Karst van Oosten
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Karst van Oosten           

Karst van Oosten is an Amsterdam based multi-instrumentalist and composer with a special affinity for late sixties and early seventies blues rock, rhythm and blues, funk, jazz, fusion and classic hard rock.

Short bio Karst was introduced to keyboards and computer music at a young age but after seeing a video of Jimi Hendrix and his legendary rhythms section of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding playing at the Monterey Pop festival at age 15, he picked up the guitar, bass and drums and decided all he wanted to do was play music. His hero Frank Zappa inspired him to develop himself to become a composer and arranger and Prince inspired him to develop himself into a multi-instrumentalist. After gaining experience playing in various bands, and learning about music theory from Raise the Roof guitarist Sander Hop, he spend some years studying to prepare for the traditional jazz major at the conservatory, though at age 21 he choose instead to attend a special composition major at the Utrecht School of Arts enabling a focus on both playing and composing in multiple musical styles and instruments; not just jazz, but also classical, rock, pop, electronic and film music. After mainly focusing on composing and producing music for Film, TV, radio, jingles, commercials and session work for several years, Karst started to miss performing live and writing his own songs, so his main focus shifted back to playing in bands. At the moment his main focus is on his band EXP playing a mix of original tunes and legendary covers from the late '60s and early '70s. Besides that Karst is for hire as session musician, playing drums, bass, guitar and keys with various artists and groups.

As a Guitarist/Singer and Multi-instrumentalist Karst participated in projects ranging from funk, rock, grunge, metal, punk and electronical music, to classical music and jazz. Some of the bands and projects Karst participated in so far are: Punk-Jazz-Metal Ensemble 'Tsja...' (with Moke bassplayer Marcin Felis on Drums), The Phonetics feat. ex-urban dance squad's DJ DNA, Boy Edgar Prize winner Alan Laurillard's In Da Da pocket (avantgarde, jazz, funk), Live Hiphop project Skizm (with Boemklatsch's Mc.Atactic), Danarama, Lupo (retro pop/rock), Live Soundscape Project with Michiel Bertens & Mark Nieuwenhuis,  Skiff (singer-songwriter), Roy Avni feat. Mason's release 'Horz', NHpop2011 winner and Grote Prijs 1/4 Finalist 2012 Rodelle (post-pop), Player (finalist Clash of the Coverbands 2013/2014), Christopher Max and EXP, a raw and soulful power trio fronted by Karst that plays originals as well as covers and notably their tribute to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with which they managed to reach the semi-finals of the European Battle of the Coverbands 2014/2015.

As a Composer of music for media productions Karst delivered music for (short)film, documentaries, corporate film, and other media productions, such as: Parels en Zwijnen (TV series), Taped (feature film), Penvriendin (short film), Avro's Ziezo (children's program), World press Photo (documentary), and composed music for commercials and corporates for a.o. General Electrics, Volkskrant Banen, Akzo Nobel and Kennisnet.

As a Music Technologist and Producer Karst recorded, mixed and produced most of his compositions for media productions, and also contributed to recordings of a few independed releases for bands and acts such as: Pony Camp (post-rock), In Da Da Pocket (jazz-funk), Lupo (pop-rock), Danarama (singer-songwriter meets beats), Michael Beard's Trendy 3D Junk (live @ sju jazzpodium), Subbacultcha (rock), Norman Kapoyos (funk-soul), and Dodewaard (emo core). Beside this Karst also worked as a DJ (a.o. resident in Ekko) and sound engineer (a.o. resident technician in Ekko, De Vloer (Tivoli de Helling) and SJUhuis).