Osben Toulson (Techno Station) (USA)
Coming from Delaware, a land where the local culture is derived from surrounding cities, it was a chance invitation to a “rave” in New York City that opened his eyes to the underground scene of electronic dance music.
“We actually got lost in the city, looking forever to find the party.” But it was the music that his friend played on the two hour drive that made the initial impact.
“I had never heard anything like it before. I was told that we were going to go dancing. In my mind I was thinking top 40 remixes and whatnot, but what was coming through the speakers was this tripped out trance music that just moved from one song to the next.”
After talking with another friend about his experience, he was given a promo copy of John Digweed’s Global Underground compilation mix.
“Eventually I started to hunger for more. I would hit up the music stores but the selection became stale after awhile. I figured, ‘Why not do this myself? So I bought gemini DJ package and shopped for some vinyl…at Hot Topic of all places!”
And so began his DJing ambitions.
A decision to join the military gave the aspiring DJ even more exposure to electronic dance scene.
“Of all the places I could have been station, I was stationed in El Paso.” Today, El Paso is a EDM mecca. Weekly Osben was able to physically go out and see all of this favorite, and even not so favorite, DJs spin live and connect with the masses of people who also loved EDM.
The military eventually sent him overseas, but his passion for EDM only grew stronger.
“I somehow managed to get the Morale and Welfare officers let me put on shows over there. So once a week I took out my equipment I had shipped to me and span for the soldiers I was deployed with.”
On his third deployment, this one in Afghanistan, Osben focused on his production skills.
“Right before we left, I hit up the Post Exchange and bought a Macbook and Ableton Live. I ended up spending that whole year just figuring out how to make music on a computer and learned everything on my own. It was a bit of a blessing in disguise.”
Now finished with his enlistment, Osben’s plans are to spread his love of EDM in his home state and beyond. He’s recently started up his own label, Segue Music and sister company, Segue Events. He continues to harness his production of all forms of EDM and takes pride in every mix he creates.