We spend time with a true vibes man.
One of the first things people will tell you about Laurie Osborne is that he's a really nice guy. You could even say that his humble personality has been the one constant in a career that's taken many twists and turns. Osborne got his start in the mid-'90s as a bass player in a psychedelic rock group and became a key name in the dubstep scene in the mid-to-late '00s. These days it would be tough to label him at all—he's just as likely to release IDM-influenced techno as he is sunny house music. In club music circles, Osborne's name will also be forever linked to Skull Disco, the singular label he ran with Sam Shackleton. He always said that the label was ultimately Shackleton's vision, but Osborne's tracks made up a large chunk of Skull Disco's incredible output. Osborne went on to start his own label, Apple Pips, which soaked up the wide-ranging sounds of post-dubstep, and it became a platform for some of his many collaborations. Peverelist, Ramadanman and Komon are just a few of the artists Osborne has stepped into the studio with. His latest joint venture is Second Storey & Appleblim Present ALSO, an album of rhythmically warped club bangers for the venerable R&S label. Osborne visited our London office recently to chart this winding journey in his own words.