December 8, 2017

Interview with OK Sure

Don't Piss Her Off (Or She'll Write Songs About You)


When interviewing an artist with a track penned “Don’t Piss Me Off (Or I’ll Write Songs About You” you know it’s not going to be a boring exchange. Her catalogue of emotion fuelled electronica spans back almost a decade.

As well as putting out a six track EP ‘Anamnesis’ earlier this year she’s also just released her fifth separate single ‘Atlas’.

We had a quick (and candid) Q&A with Melbourne Producer/DJ Ok Sure AKA Akaysha Davey about music and life.

I’ve listened to Nightshade at least 30 times since it came out in late October. Safe to say I now know all the words and have related them into my own life.

How does a track like this, with such raw lyrics, start? With the words or the music first? Or something else?

The basis of this track I wrote years ago and was originally an instrumental, I revisited it this year and thought I’d see if it worked with some vocals. I wrote these lyrics when I was trying to navigate my way through dating someone in an open relationship, who was about to get married. It’s basically about how he would be fine if everything fell apart while I’d probably be a mess. Which surprise surprise it did and I was.

So I’ve seen you on a few line ups around Melbourne over the years, do you have a favourite venue or party crew you like to play for?

No but I’d really love to play with the Beaút crew but they never get back to me!

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you when you’ve been playing a gig/festival?

What’s with people coming up to you and requesting songs that aren’t yours when you’re playing a live show? I mean, I think that’s a pretty weird thing to do.

What’s your scene outside of Dj/Producer life? Is it clubs? Is it pubs? Is it cross stitch? And what are we most likely to find you doing on a Sunday?

I’m not big on going out to clubs, I’d probably rather have a few friends over and drink wine & eat cheese or go to a small bar. As I make my own hours and don’t really follow a schedule, my Sundays are like any other day really. I’m also an Uber driver so I’d probably either be doing that, in the studio or feeling sorry for myself with a hangover from too much wine & cheese.

Uber Driving. Oh! Do you have a weird or wonderful story you can share with us about your time cruising around? Do you drive at particular times of the day/night? (No Stalko)

I usually drive weekends if I haven't got anything on. All the funny stories probably involve people getting up to dodgy activities & their secrets are safe with me...

If you could write a track with any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I’m obsessed with Sevdaliza at the moment, would love to work with her, she’s just so mesmerising and everything she does is beautiful.

Tell us about your background as a musician - did you play any other music before you started producing?

Yeah I started piano lessons when I was 6 but didn’t really stick to it, I wish I did, also did a bit of guitar and drum lessons in primary school then got into electronic music around 13-14

You’ve had a shitty day and you want to chuck on an album that you know will chill you out. What is it?

Sevdaliza - Ison

If you could curate a festival with unlimited funds, who would be three of your headliners?

Can Sevdaliza play 3 times?

What's a track you wish you wrote?

Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal.

Have you come across any new local artists lately that you think we should be watching out for?

Osopho. Check her out.

And lastly…any tips for young creatives entering the Aussie music scene?

Self sabotage, makes for good song writing. Also probably don’t listen to me.

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