Bae Tokyo Feature: Bianca Oblivion

By Ann Irvina Ravinther on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

 

 

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Bianca Oblivion began dance training at a young age, evidently contributing to how she relates to music. She felt it in the core of her body as she internalises rhythms and drum patterns. Over the years, her family had collected hundreds of record albums, which she used alongside an occasional iPod track, when she first began DJing. The DJ landscape of 2006 is very different from now but her ethos remains the same. The progression from DJing to producing grew organically for her. A year ago, she started making edits and has since followed up with several official remixes for the Hot Mom USA label. More is to come with some originals.

Her brainchild, Club Aerobics, which she runs with fellow DJ Suga Shay, is a melodic blend of different styles curated to make you sweat. Whenever Bianca is at a club and has connected with the music, the concept of time slowly fades away. By the end of the night, all the grooving and dancing has left her sore and sweaty. Expect her music to have the same effect on you, too.

WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF DANCE?

I remember buying my first cassingle, Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam”, and dancing to it non-stop in my living room. When the video would come on MTV, I would follow along with their moves and make up some wild ones of my own.  Every Saturday after morning cartoons were over, I would watch Soul Train with my mom and she would tell me to imitate the dancers. Rosie Perez was our girl.  By the time the Fly Girls came around on In Living Color, I was fully about that life. What makes me happy about it is the excitement and energy I remember feeling and how, for the most part, the elements of the music I appreciated back then are still a large part of what resonates in the music I play now.

TELL US ABOUT THE BEST GIG THAT YOU’VE PLAYED SO FAR.

It’s really difficult to say because I’ve had such incredible and varied experiences at many shows. But, playing Bonnaroo in 2016 was really amazing because it was my first time playing a major U.S. festival and the energy was so electric.  One night, there was a lightning storm so everyone had to take refuge in the performance space.  Finally, after the storm passed, I went b2b with Ducky and the crowd was so ready to party again. Their excitement totally fueled our set!

WHAT’S YOUR VISION FOR CLUB AEROBICS?

Club Aerobics is ever-evolving.  Whether as a label, radio show, or collective, the intent has always been to showcase tracks of all genres, from every facet of dance music worldwide. There tends to be this divide between the underground club scene and the big room/festival circuit, and while I understand people gravitate toward one or the other because of the cultures connected to them, I think there is an appeal to hearing the styles curated together. In the future, we are looking to host events and build up the merch line while continuing our NTS show and releases.

WHAT IS MUSIC TO YOU?

Music to me is sonic expression that evokes emotion, feeling, and movement.  In whatever form it takes, it is something that resonates with us at the most visceral, primal level.

FAVORITE CLUB/PARTY AT THE MOMENT?

There are so many parties I enjoy at the moment and still so many more I’ve been wanting to check out.  I’m restricting this to LA otherwise my list would go on forever… Rail Up, Paradise Boom, Plugged In, Mustache Mondays, Swagger Like Us (technically a Bay Area party, but they host an LA night every few months)

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO BE ASKED?

I would love to be asked to go on tour with an artist I admire.

GIVE US THREE SONGS TO GET US SWEATING.

Wongo ft. Divoli S’vere – Handle It (Bianca Oblivion Remix)

CLB – Don’t Walk Away

$crilla – Wood (Kiff #JerseySoca Remix)

LASTLY, WHO IS YOUR NEXT BAE FEATURE SUGGESTION?

Suga Shay because she’s bae all the way! She’s a stellar DJ, runs Club Aerobics with me, and is also one of my closest friends.