Oli Brand is the course manager for the HND DJ and Electronic Music Production at dBs Music Cornwall. Oli began DJing at raves and warehouse parties in the mid 90s across the south of England. Here he discovered an intense passion for electronic music and went on to study Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University. Whilst studying he started releasing techno on labels Blipped Out and KSS Records, DJing at venues and festivals across Europe whilst holding down monthly residencies in Bristol. At the time Oli was part of the DMT Sound collective, running both the Sound and Lighting Company and Record Shop from Stokes Croft, Bristol. DMT were responsible for the sound at many venues and festivals including Clockwork, Lakota and the Arcadia stage at Glastonbury.

 In 2012 Oli started a new project producing under the pseudonym Beaka. Having just completed a remix for Ableton of Writerbloc by Cosmin TRG’s, his new productions are pushing the boundaries between bass, dubstep, garage and techno. This combination of styles and tight production has been met with strong support from the bass and techno community with his tracks having found their way onto Guy Andrew’s drum clinic show and Troy Gunner’s Mindset podcast.

What is a memorable musical memory from your childhood?

My Mum playing Truckin' by the Grateful Dead.

What was your most embarrassing music-related moment? 

Stopping the wrong record in front of a packed out Lakota nightclub in Bristol.

What three albums would you take to a desert island (and those you'd really take, not those that'll impress the readers!)? 

This would take too long to decide....perhaps ask me again when I have more time to consider!

What would your super power be? 

Stop time.

What pop legend would you dress up as for a party? 

Lemmy - as I have the looks for it!

Music software, what's your weapon of choice? 


What's your fave piece of music tech hardware?

My TB-303.

What are you most proud of? 

Getting support from Ellen Allien on my last EP.

What are your three favourite music tech techniques? 

  • Parallel processing everything.
  • Doing the opposite of what I have been told.
  • Making mistakes which end up in the final track.

What is your favourite thing about dBs? 

Working with passionate and like-minded music heads.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? 

Last Thursday and then I would remember to save my project before it crashed and I lost nearly 4 hours work which won't be replicated.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

A wife who could cook without burning the food every time.