Oded's affair with the night life started at the age of 16, when he somehow got through the tight selection of the legendary Allenby 58 in Tel Aviv. What he heard, saw and felt that night is something that DJ biography's all around are filled with. 'Caught the bug, head blew off, saw the light, met his calling, fell in love' and all that.
With his move to Finland, Odeds mom bought him a pair of turntables, because he pretty much always got what he really wanted. Full of energy and innocence, Oded secured some gigs and started to build a name for himself. Events got more exciting, crowds got bigger, parties got longer and the all day breakfast more appealing than ever before.
The biggest chapter in Oded's life in club-land happened when he was 19. After many trips to a then booming underground Amsterdam scene, Oded got the idea of starting up Finland's first professional DJ Booking agency. Together with his big brother Asaf, they started Misc Management in 1999. What was meant to be an office concentrating in promoting and booking Finnish artists abroad, quickly evolved into one of the most active importers of international DJ's into Finland and its surrounding Scandinavian and Baltic countries. David Morales, Tiësto, Pete Tong, Eric Prydz, Sister Bliss, Mr C, 808 State, José Padilla, Derrick Carter, Nick Warren and over 100´s others all establish great connection with Misc based on their professional attitude to the business and hospitality as warm as a sauna.
Aside for the fact that working with egomaniac DJ agents was killing the brothers' passion for the scene they loved dearly, it was also obvious that there was so much more within their reach. For 12 years and counting, they have been writing for magazines, producing TV and radio shows, running a DJ school, tour managing internationally, producing events for corporate companies and promoting some of the most visible and respected club events in their country. What I'm trying to get at, is that Oded's understanding of what makes a memorable night is built out of so many different aspects, that even a hardened Ibiza hedonist couldn't get to the bottom of.
Oded's time in the studio has resulted in a couple of vinyl releases, appearances on compilations such as Underwater Records and in the record cases of some of his personal heroes such as Josh Wink, Joe Clausell, Orlando Voorn, Laurent Garnier and Derrick May. Oded has always enjoyed mixing up different styles of unexplainably genred music. He feels best playing what could be called 'Hightec 21st Century Soul". Which is also a bit annoyingly genred.
Aside from his continuous gigs in Finland, Oded has DJ'ed in 20 different countries. From warming up Underworld on their Baltic tour, to a teenage packed ice hockey stadium in Murmansk, to a sweaty gay club in Singapore and never forgetting his sunset gigs in magical Bali. Oded always aims to give his crowd something they are looking for, but more than that, give them that feeling like it's the first time, every-time.
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