Who does not know this guy? I have seen Ozanii many times in St. Gallen before we «officially» introduced each other in my living room. Already his visual appearance is remarkable, not to speak of all his project and weird ideas. Whenever there is a great party going on, when local artists sell their stuff at the «Cash for Trash» market in St. Gallen, or even in Zürich at the legendary «Zitrone» or just around the corner - this guy seems to be everywhere.
Anyway, before Ozanii entered the front door of my apartment I could not have told you much about the guy with an impressive amount of hair and a very particular style of clothing, even though we are studying at the same University. All I would have told you, would just have been superficial things I heard here and there - rumors, or what I read somewhere on Facebook or on a blog.
Nevertheless, a couple of days before our meeting, he revealed me the reason for his wish to purchase a record player. After a few words Ozanii came straight to the point «Now that I’m the proud owner of a Testpress of Sankt Göran’s newest EP it’s getting serious. I am in urgent need of a record player». In order to be sure of what he should buy, Ozanii brought his records along. Mainly electronic music. And that’s how it works: you should always profoundly test what you buy, especially when it is a vintage item. The following lines are proof of this!
Throughout the afternoon we tried a few players until we once again ended up in the dual section. This time the lucky one was a white lacquered«H52». To give you more than numbers, we are talking about a late 1960s tube-amplified portable record player out of german production. Compared to its bigger brother the P55 looks much more extravagant.
However, half a year before I sold the same record player to a mom and her daughter. They wanted it as a christmas gift for daddy. So far so good. Daddy was damn happy about his gift but nevertheless brought it back a few days later as there was a gentle noise coming out of the drive. What a pity I thought. Now in July Ozanii immediately fell in love with the same H52. So we put all kind of records on it, in order to give Ozanii a good feeling about what he was going to buy. As in my record collection electronic music is not the main section I had to dig deep before choosing a few adequate test objects. Then I took out two records in order to convince Ozanii: number one was by the Californian band «Rhye« and number two was the actual LP of «Austra». And they did their job well. Both records blew Ozanii’s mind like they had blown mine before. Rhye’s music feels deeply intimate. Beats, basslines, and singer Milosh’s voice are at the center of nearly all of their tracks. Their debut album «Woman» is just wonderful.
Then suddenly we were disturbed in our euphoria. Out of nothing the same noise that appeared half a year before could suddenly be heard again. A few seconds we wondered about it, then I took my screwdriver and opened the record player. Together we were thinking about where the noise could come from. We applied some oil, checked some mechanic parts and then found the source of the problem. A few parts needed to be cleaned with alcohol and that was it. Glad of having resolved the problem and proud of my technical skills I took a deep breath enjoying the moment. But in the moment when all the screws were in again and we were eager for some more great tunes the record player didn’t work anymore. What a debacle! I did not feel well at all and started to open the record player again. Four, five times I tried to fix it without success. Ozanii was waiting next to me and after some time of useless efforts calmed me down.
Instead of getting nervous or just leaving he offered me to cook something while I tried to get the job done. So our rendez-vous did not end before four hours passed by. In the meanwhile I was able to fix the record player after minutes of trying and guessing. Together we enjoyed a great spicy chicken salad before Ozanii left with his new baby.
You cannot imagine how glad I was that in the end everything worked well. And now I know for sure - Ozanii is a great dude. If you want to get to know him check out his homepage http://www.bananii.ch/. But just one last thing: I cannot promise that he will cook for you!