Oskar Proy caught our eye when he won the Teenage category of The Voice of Frankston and Mornington Peninsula in 2016. His passion for music then saw this former Padua College student singing on The Voice Australia two years later. Kate Sears speaks to Oskar after the release of his debut single, Tell Me Why.
How has your career panned out since we last spoke?
I’ve been busy releasing my first album, Sticks and Milestones, creating new music in the studio, playing many gigs and working on improving my craft. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had opportunities to open for many esteemed artists such as Daryl Braithwaite, Reece Mastin, Taylor Sheridan, The Pierce Brothers and Lee Kernaghan. My main goal, while creating my newest collection of music, has been to ‘find my sound’. My new single, Tell Me Why, holds a special place in my heart as it is the first song to come out of this new project and is an excellent representation of the direction I am heading as an artist. It’s now on all platforms, and I’m so thankful for all of the support it has received so far from everyone. As an independent artist, every single share, playlist save and listen means so much to me. I’m just really excited to finally be sharing Tell Me Why with the world.
What is this song about and what inspired you to write it?
Tell Me Why explores the themes of working through the monotonous day-to-day routines of everyday work life and how we work to make money that tends to end up being spent on dumb things more than we’d hope. The chorus of the song represents the questioning of why we continue to do this to ourselves. Due to this COVID-19 pandemic, I also thought that the concept of questioning ‘why’ was coincidently very fitting in our current situation. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been guided again by my producer, mix engineer and friend Andy Shanahan with this single.
How was it launching your debut single during the COVID-19 restrictions?
My music video shoot was scheduled the week regulations began, and so I was left without one, but luckily I did my promo photos before then – thanks to my cousin, Luke Proy. This dilemma left me unsure if now was the right time to release. Still, I feel that when life happens, it’s always essential to remain flexible, especially in times like these. I think music, among many other things, is something that will always bring comfort to people and I was also itching to share it with everyone. So I decided to release it but with a lyric video instead for now.
What’s next on the agenda?
I have a lot of new material that I’ve been building up over the past year, and my plan over these coming months is to keep consistently releasing singles while striving to improve each new release. Apart from this, I’m taking this time in isolation to focus more on my creativity, songwriting and improving my live performance. I’m looking forward to sharing these new projects with the public; there is much more yet to come.
Catch Oskar’s catchy new tune on Spotify or stop by his Instagram @oskar.proy.music