This year has been an eventful one for Oskar & Julia! On January 16, 2016 (1/16/16), Oskar & Julia got married & began their journey together as a family as well as a family business.
They finished their debut, full-production album in March of 2016, but the full drum kit & electric bass tracks didn’t sit well with them & they didn’t enjoy the way they sounded up against their acoustic guitars & important lyrics / vocal harmonies. Soon after, they stripped the electric bass & full drum kit & went for a more authentic, acoustic vibe to showcase what they really sound like & what genre they’d artistically like to portray.
Oskar & Julia bought themselves a cajon (a small, wooden box-like instrument designed to slap & thump on for a more acoustic-sounding, percussive vibe) & some drum brushes instead of drum sticks. Oskar recorded all of the cajon percussion on the album after only practicing on it for a few days before his studio day. It took him 6 hours to record the percussion for every song on the album. Julia recorded all of the shaker percussion to tie the cajon & acoustic guitar frequencies together & to give each song the rhythmic “chug” they were looking for. Oskar & Julia also purchased their bassist/instrumentalist, Boston Hatch, a Fender acoustic bass. Its tone is incomparable, holding the acoustic guitar’s frequencies together & carrying the emphasized notes. Boston recorded the acoustic bass, & Oskar & Julia recorded the percussion on the album in the Summer of 2016.
At the end of last month, September 2016, Oskar & Julia released their debut, revised album, Wilshire Royale on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify & several other streaming & for-purchase platforms!
Oskar & Julia have had a full year of playing large Corporate Events, Festivals, opening for big names like Grammy-nominated Emily King & Neon Trees’ drummer, Elaine Bradley’s break-off band, Kissed Out. They’ve also played several huge expo shows & are being hired & invited to play all over the nation for corporate events & large showcases. Things are moving quickly for this dynamic duo & their instrumentalist/best bud, Boston. They couldn’t be happier!
To showcase some of their show repertoire, here is a list of just a few of the great shows Oskar & Julia have played this year as well as their upcoming shows throughout the rest of 2016 so far:
1/16 – OJ played their own wedding!
2/13 – Opened for Grammy-nominated Emily King at Metro Music Hall
2/19 – Valentine’s Day Exclusively Acoustic Performance featuring Oskar & Julia at The Brigham Apartments
2/26 – Coldwell Banker Awards Ceremony at Little America Hotel’s Banquet Hall
3/09 – Opened for Westward at Urban Lounge
3/09 – Bones Night at The Ruin featuring Oskar & Julia
3/12 – Oskar & Julia self-hosted their original Album Release Show at Zuriick
4/15 – Gen & Todd Wedding at The Montage Hotel in Deer Valley, Utah
6/04 – Oskar & Julia featured at Feldman’s Deli
6/16 – Marmalade Summer Concert Series featuring Oskar & Julia
6/25 – Hidden Messages Jon Burton Art Show featuring Oskar & Julia
6/30 – Guitar Center Grand Opening at Orem, Utah Guitar Center
7/14 – Park City TV Performance & Interview
7/15 – Utah State Capitol Movie Under the Stars featuring Oskar & Julia before Star Wars
7/16 – Oskar & Julia’s Buie Art & Entertainment Event at Unhinged Sugarhouse
7/20 – Songwriter Round Showcase at The Acoustic Space
7/24 – Madeline Choir School Beer Festival
8/10 – Mister Brown’s Barber Shop featuring Oskar & Julia in San Diego, California
8/11 – 710 Beach Club featuring Oskar & Julia in San Diego, California
8/12 – Opened for Raelee Nikole at Lestat’s West Music Venue in San Diego, California
8/13 – Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival at The Gallivan Center
8/18 – U of U MBA Grad Student Orientation & Appreciation Night featuring Oskar & Julia
8/24 – Rhythms at Riverside Mini Concert Series featuring Oskar & Julia
8/25 – Sugarhouse $500 Songwriter Competition – Oskar & Julia WON!
8/27 – Timpanogos Music Festival at Brent Brown Ball Park
9/10 – Avenues Street Fair featuring Oskar & Julia
9/16 – Ri’Chard’s Louisiana Café featuring Oskar & Julia in Nashville, Tennessee
9/16 – Commodore Grille featuring Oskar & Julia in Nashville, Tennessee
9/17 – Jed’s Open Mic Night featuring Oskar & Julia in Nashville, Tennessee
9/17 – Private House Concert featuring Oskar & Julia in Nashville, Tennessee
9/19 – The Bluebird Cafe featuring Oskar & Julia in Nashville, Tennessee
9/23 – The Vintage Whites Market Expo featuring Oskar & Julia at the Utah State Fair Park
9/24 – Made in Utah Festival featuring Oskar & Julia at The Gateway Mall Grounds
9/30 – FOX 13 News Good Day Utah showcased Oskar & Julia LIVE
9/30 – City Home Collective Event featuring Oskar & Julia
10/07 – Oskar & Julia Halloween Costume Concert at The Loading Dock
10/08 – Humanitarian Festival Educate Guatemala featuring Oskar & Julia at The Garff Home
10/08 – The Speak Convention featuring Oskar & Julia at The Plaza Hotel
10/15 – Opened for Kissed Out at The Halloween Expo at the South Towne Expo Center
10/21 – BYU Art Museum Art After Dark Event featuring & headlining Oskar & Julia
10/22 – Halloween Masquerade featuring Oskar & Julia at Metro Music Hall
10/25 — Showcased Performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at ArtServe
10/26 – AFSA Membership Appreciation BBQ featuring Oskar & Julia The Atlantic Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10/29 – Granary Row Weekend featuring Oskar & Julia at Granary Row
11/3 — Hotel RL Showcase Performance on The Living Stage in downtown SLC — performance broadcasted nationally in every Hotel RL hotel room across the nation
11/04 – The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden & George Street Fest Main Stage ft. Oskar & Julia in St. George, Utah
11/05 – Even Stevens featuring Oskar & Julia in St. George, Utah
11/12 – Feldman’s Deli featuring Oskar & Julia
11/14 — FIRST EVER BAND to play The Brown Bag Lunch Series at Wasatch Elementary School — playing music for the children during their lunch hour
11/27 — Opened for John Calvin Abney at Nostalgia Coffee in downtown SLC
12/3 — Opened for Sammy Brue at The Acoustic Space
12/7 — A Classic Case of Lycanthropy Film Premiere at The Auditorium at The Salt Lake City Library | Oskar & Julia were commissioned to write the song for the end credits of this film & their music video for the song was showcased at the premiere.
12/08 – KFC Corporate Christmas Party featuring Oskar & Julia at The Little America Hotel
12/10 — Jon Burton Art Show & Sauce Rock Concert at the B Golden Jewelry Store
12/14 — Opened for Soul Vibe & Pixie & The Partygrass Boys at Kilby Court
12/17 — Coldwell Banker's Team Schlopy Corporate Christmas Party & Client Appreciation Night at the new Coldwell Banker Park City Office
12/21 — Hotel RL by Red Lion Hotels Concert in downtown SLC
12/23 – Coldwell Banker Christmas Party featuring Oskar & Julia at The Salt Lake Country Club
12/30 — Opened for Mythic Valley & Dealin' in Dirt at The Royal Music Venue in SLC, UT
WOW! That’s quite the list!
Thank you for supporting Oskar & Julia on their musical journey. Do not hesitate to contact the dynamic duo directly to book or just check up on their progress so far. They want to keep you in the loop as well as expand their audience & are always seeking ways to improve their businesses, Oskar & Julia Music LLC & Oskar & Julia Music Publishing LLC. Thank you again & keep in touch!