OCULA has quite rapidly become one of the premiere names in house music. After a rapid rise to prominence with back-to-back releases on deadmau5’s epochal label mau5trap, the Staffordshire, UK native has quickly made a mark with his blend of moving, organic melodic house. He draws inspiration from the iconic soundscapes and sonic innovations of Jon Hopkins and the crisp, melodic nostalgia of deadmau5, amongst others. His intimately addictive sound quickly became a mainstay at Lane 8’s imprint This Never Happened. Official remixes for Gabriel and Dresden, Le Youth and Lane 8 himself are amongst the many staples of OCULA’s expansive discography, which includes showcases on iconic labels Future Classic, Anjunabeats and Colorize.
His signature sound is underpinned by dancefloor-staple synthwork but there’s so much more to his work than meets the ear.
His artistic maturity shines through his songwriting - showcasing distinctively organic inspirations and a warm, skilful style. He embraces glorious textural expanses and a personal, soulful touch – demonstrated with class and efficacy on his viral “Summit” EP in 2020. He crafts a captivating mix of lush soundscapes and intricately woven melodies, with a discography that shows an emotional depth that is distinctive amongst his contemporaries. From jubilant to melancholic, brooding to hopeful, OCULA’s brand of emotive alchemy has earned him widespread acclaim across the world of dance music. Above and Beyond, Camelphat and Radio 1's Phil Taggart are amongst the plethora of icons to have thrown their weight behind OCULA, and his name has been popping up on tentative touring schedules rapidly. Expect to see plenty of OCULA in 2021, as he continues to entrance electronic enthusiasts with his sharp, spectacular musical touch.
- Takashi, AUTOGRPH.