7 Sides of Om Unit [Interview & Mix] | Selector After Dark

This weeks interview & mix comes from Om Unit

Introduce yourself and tell us about the part of the UK you’re from?

I am Jim Coles aka Om Unit and I currently live in Bristol.


Tell us about some of your British DJ heroes?

Historically, I’ve loved to listen to what you might call journey DJs regardless of genre, people like Coldcut and The Psychonauts back in the 90’s, and the more melodic jungle DJs also like LTJ Bukem and the darker jazzier/experimental DJs like Krust and Ed Rush in the later 90s. Other than that, into the 00’s I was a fan of people like The Scratch Perverts, The Turntablists in the USA and also Roc Raida, and Q Bert, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, D Styles and people like that. I guess later on I got into early dubstep, people like Youngsta and Mala.


What have you been working on recently?

I just released my 3rd album Self on my own label Cosmic Bridge, which has been a real labour of love and a personal achievement I am very pleased with.


Tell us about the mix, how did you put it together, what did you want to represent?

This mix is a mixture of music I am releasing at the moment, and also in the future on Cosmic Bridge, and also other music that I feel connected to.


Talk us through the British music featured in this mix? Which British artists are you most excited about?

I’d say most of the British music is my own, but there are a couple of tracks in there from a young talented guy called Crypticz. Above and beyond that I’m ceaselessly impressed by the passion of our electronic music scene in Bristol, so many passionate young people making all kinds of interesting music here.


What is on the cards in the immediate future?

I will be continuing to DJ in various countries around the world, and continue to release music I believe is worth sharing.


Where is the best place in the world you have DJ’d and why?

Favourites are hard to pick, to be honest, but I’ve found a great response in the past in Canada, Australia, and a lot of love from Germany and the Netherlands in general, but each place has it’s own quirks and sweet spots culturally. I just enjoy and am very grateful to be able to tour almost continuously every weekend as a DJ.