EDMBoutique Exclusive Interview with Panda Eyes

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with upcoming artist Panda Eyes for an exclusive interview. Check out what he had to say about 2018, the industry and more. Make sure you follow him to stay updated on news, events and releases!

Real name / age?
Oskar steinbeck / 21

Where are you from?
Im from zurich, switzerland.

What inspired the name & brand behind panda eyes?
I used to have black circles under my eyes cause I wasnt really sleeping well and producing music all night long. So I came up with the name panda eyes

How long have you been dj & producing?
I have been producing for about 8 years

What artist were early inspirations in becoming an dj / producer?
I always loved music and was around it since I was born. I found the justice cross album on my sisters ipod when I was like 6-7 years old. From there on I was so hooked on electronic music and I really wanted to make my own. Some years later I discovered the prodigy, pendulum and then later skrillex and from there on many many more that inspired me and continue to inspire

With the industry being so oversaturated, do you feel it is harder to maintain an original sound and why?
Maintaining an original sound is kinda funny to talk about since authenticity or originality is a funny thing. We never come up with our own ideas really. Art is always copying and embracing and making your own what has already been made before. I think after time you eventually develop a signature sound which basically signs whatever style you do. So to be honest its easier than I once thought to stay ”original” since I unconciously make things sound like me while producing them whatever genre I feel like doing.

How did you and chimes link for your recent collab ‘white magic’ and what inspired the track?

We actually wanted to collab since back when he was still called dec3mber. Eventually something worked out. I dont think we really planned something we just started vibing and sending an idea back and forth till it came to a point where we liked it enough to release it. I think we both have styles that are heavily inspired by like old nintendo games and so that was definitely an inspiration.

Coming off a huge 2017, what can new listeners expect from your lp ‘continue’?

Theres a video I uploaded on my youtube channel called something like ”talking about my life” where I tell my fanbase about my life just so they kinda get to know me a bit and also according a disease I got diagnosed with which was the inspiration of the title ”continue”. Whatever happens I will continue making music and doing what I love. On the lp I tried to get a bit out of my confort zone and try different genres and all in all have it very varied. You can expect different genres and vibes. From very heavy and agressive to very melodic, soft and melancholic.

Explain a little about the process behind selecting the tracks for your ‘take my hand’ remix pack?

The take my hand remix ep happened out a very funny accident actually. My good friends from ”hi I’m ghost” wanted to remix my other tune and first released tune with vocals called ”one smile”. He then asked for the vocal files without effects on it. I was really tired and I accidently sent him the wrong vocals. The vocals from my second vocal tune I created which was ”take my hand”. Him not realizing either at first tried to work with both vocals in one tune and since he is a professional he made it work. At one point we both realised what happened. Had a good and long laugh about the situation. Then decided that the take my hand vocals actually sound better in his remix and so we decided to remove the one smile vocals and just go on from there. I then previewed the remix on my snapchat and a lot of producers actually texted me asking ”hey can I remix this?”. At this moment the idea of a remix ep was born. I then contacted my favorite producers im close with and that I think I could help out with this and also have a good result.

What can we expect from you in 2018?
We can expect from me a lot of new music. Ranging from melodic, soft, heavy, trappy, experimental and all around. I aim to learn a lot and to grow and travel. And just make this year a lot of fun for me and my fans.

What other artist are inspiring you at the moment?
A lot of artists actually. Melodic wise tokyo based producer snails house has been giving me the chills and has inspired me a lot recently. Also always inspiring for me is virtual riot. Barely alive. Tokyo machine. Been loving svdden deaths new ep aswell.

If you could collab with any artist who would it be?
I guess it would be skrillex since he was my main inspiration back in the days and its just like a childhood dream to come true for me.

Besides music what are some of your passions and interests?
I love to talk about life. Learning new things. Talking about the things we can see and the things we cant. I love to connect with people. I like to see new things. Overcome fears and grow and stay curious. I dont really do much next to music except maybe my passion for videogames. Especially old ones. But I collect them more than I actually come to play them anymore.

If you could plan your own festival who would be your top 5 headliners?
Virtual riot
Tokyo machine
Alvin risk