Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 05 August 2020

Brighton-Based All-Round Alt-Pop Fireball Oz Pens Honest Appraisal Of Class Driven Identity

Brighton-based singer-songwriter and all-round alt-pop fireball Oz's debut single Money is a statement-of-intent, an uncompromising synthesis of Garbage's dark-hued rock/electronica crossover with the bass-heavy zest of contemporary alt-pop. 

Money was inspired by a friend back home in Croydon, who Oz saw lose her identity in an attempt to appease the posh parents of a new boyfriend. 

The singer's sonorous and expressive vocal pulls no punches as she sings, "Now you've got money it matters, now you've got money it flatters where you came from."
"'Money' is a song that discusses the dangers of the 'keeping up with the Jones' mentality," explains Oz. 

"We change so much of ourselves to conform to the western ideals of beauty or success. 

"It sounds so clichéd but what really matters is who you are. Of course people change and grow, that"s what we're meant to do as human beings. 

"But when you aren't being true to yourself you're in dangerous territory. In my experience, it normally leaves you sad and vacant."

The single is accompanied by a new video, which was directed by Natalie Sakstrup. 

It compiles a range of elegant monochrome visuals which illustrate Oz's words and demonstrates the all-pervading power of money

"Money can be such an uncomfortable subject and especially now in this climate it feels even more contentious," she adds. 

"I wanted the visual to make people feel, think and even shiver. 

"I like the idea of keeping a bit of mystery to a project, especially in a world where your physical appearance is under a constant microscope, so I chose not to be in the video at all. 

"I wanted it to stand alone as a piece of art without having my appearance scrutinised."

Money is the first taste of Oz's debut EP will further develop the themes that she is innately drawn to: defiance, identity and self-discovery.
Oz has been a songwriter since her early teens, after her father's passion for music inspired her immersion in the worlds of bold musicians like The Clash, Dolly Parton, No Doubt and Kate Bush. 

Her fascination with life's rough edges is surely inspired by her youth spent in her family's pizzeria in a pre-gentrified Soho. 

It was one of London's best-kept secrets: a centrally-located hideaway favoured by actors and musicians along with drag queens, sex workers, go-go dancers and old-school gangsters. People with stories to tell.
Her own story also quickly took shape. Some of Oz's early demos attracted attention, which resulted in her working with producers and writing songs from just 15-years-old. 

Oz penned a deal with a music publisher writing for other artists, before a session with Biff Stannard instigated her new direction. 

Coincidentally, the producer was already Oz"s near neighbour, living just a street away in Brighton.
As for her choice to record as Oz? 
"The part of me that's Oz is my weirder, more left side," she explains. 

"Oz has always been the nutter. She's my protection but she"s also my freedom — freedom to laugh with my mates in the street at 3am with Red Stripe, wear leather, do crazy 70s makeup, do whatever I like. 

"Oz is the part of me who's never afraid to be exactly who she wants to be."

To listen to Oz's debut single 'Money' CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


Charity Winter Streets Project will be providing more survival packs for people living on the streets in Brighton and Hove thanks to a fundraising drive through group collecting platform Collection Pot by third party enterprise support organisation Rimini Street Limited.

In what was a year without much light, one young Brighton star shone brighter than all the rest
Credit Andy Sturmey

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, has called on music fans and nightlife lovers to share their views in a Parliamentary survey on nightlife.

Goods that many people take for granted have started the New Year with a smile as they were bundled up ready for Christmas and gifted to residents at a Brighton homeless hostel.
Credit John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The latest series of livestream talks featuring celebrated authors and TV personalities begin this month, produced by Fane Online in partnership with Brighton Dome, ideal entertainment during lockdown evenings at home.

When Brighton-born filmmaker Luke Bradford travelled to Tanzania to make a documentary which featured members of a community living with albinism, he met Florence.

Brighton Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has joined businesses, MPs, faith leaders, academics and campaigning organisations in calling on the Prime Minister to introduce legally binding targets to stem the growing tide of plastic pollution.  
Credit Andy Sturmey

"I think, how the fuck did that happen, because we did all the wrong things: we didn't bother too much with America but we're the biggest selling live act in the UK." The Stranglers' bassist JJ Burnel is talking about a period from early punk until 1990. But now, thirty years later, the band has announced a final full tour of the UK.
Credit Rick Guest

One Dance UK has teamed up with independent director, filmmaker and photographer Rick Guest and his collaborators visual effects artist Rob Rae, and dancer Jamal Sterrett Phoenix to debut his new film Flow state, part of an on-going series which aims to promote mental wellbeing amongst the dance sector.

Brighton-based trans-national, genre-blending, musical riot Genn's new single Feel, is a luscious blend of 70s psychedelia and shoegaze, and an appetite-whetting taste of what's to come.

Brighton's Green Councillors are among those who have slammed 'discriminatory,' rule changes that could see migrants deported if they become homeless, saying new rules will harm and undermine vital homelessness prevention work in the city.

A Sussex-based author fought censors, do-gooders, powerful unions, and corrupt business tycoons, and now the man behind Britain's comic book boom has told his story.

Fickle Friends ended 2020 on a high when they released Radio 1 playlisted Million, now they now start 2021 in the similar style by releasing new EP Weird Years (Season 1), alongside a new video for the EP track IRL.

This Thursday, Latitude Festival and international charity ActionAid will bring some of the best comedians together for a virtual stand-up comedy gig in support of women and girls leading change.

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd