One Step Program, a riveting Austin music producer and eccentric animation specialist, is carving a space in the recesses of 90’s nostalgia and bringing it to the forefront of the downtown ATX (Austin TX) music scene. His unorthodox projection of subjective chaos manifests itself in an electro-hip-hop vibe paralleled by none. While one foot is in the underground sounds of East Coast, West Coast Hip Hop from his formative years, the other foot is in the creative space of the new age which allows for the inventive conglomerations in which OSP has come to express.
Sharing his work on his two major platforms, Soundcloud and YouTube, OSP channels a poetic cynicism as his skills in the studio are matched by the vocal talent he has refined from his year as a Hip-Hop rapper. With that chapter of his life far behind him, OSP has since devoted his artistic abilities to the unparalleled sounds of a mind so distant from the norms of which a casual audience may expect. With no adherence to a single genre, each track is a sample of the pure creation that flows intricately through his fingertips, paralleled with his own track-specific recipe of sonic-wave virtual animations. As the music touches you in ways you wouldn’t imagine, the videos he formulates are just as well. Though, chaotic in its very nature, One Step Program’s output is bound by no means of audience expectation and thus it breeds limitless freedom of production.
That voice at the back of most people’s head demanding conformity for the sake of success and recognition is seemingly non-existent to One Step Program. A single listen to one of his funkier tunes, I See the World Through my Selfies, and suddenly it becomes crystal clear that there is little noise between what goes on in his head and how the music comes out. This creates a special bond between the artist and listener because there is no performing act in the sense of a catered sound. Rather, the music and animations are imperatively made as a window to an idea far greater than the face value of a solitary sound.
Weeks go into each video animation on top of the already complex garage-style mixing of which steadily leaks from the bizarre collective pooling from one of OSP’s ears across to the other. Having started with digitally-chaotic video animations as a means to portray his music, these videos have developed into a necessary element of the music. Like a cold beer and a cigarette (or vape), the two aspects of intelligent design drastically complement each other. Think about a windows 98 desktop. If that’s too much for you, use what you know from that same aesthetic culture and imagine a plethora of random clips without any pertinent context or meaning, then, throw those thoughts against a forever-morphing mess of color and pixel migration.
One Step Program, in the very name, the name suggests a similar feel that the artist is about. The name refers to common rehab efforts and self-help programs. Though rehab has very little to do with the artist, that same sarcastic despair of concept is true to the dry humor and crisp melancholy in the lyrics from track to track.
Keep an eye out for One Step Program in local venues, for he cannot be missed. Though it is never clear what the future holds, this man will be bringing the past with him, giving funky insight into the sounds of his own world to the weirdest city in Texas.