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You can tell right away when somebody cues up a track by Jeff Ozmits. By walking the fine line between progressive house and progressive trance, the Chicago DJ and producer has carved out a unique lane for himself as an artist.
From day one, Ozmits set out to illuminate the shadow cast by peak hour electronic music. In each of his soundscapes, soulful grooves and cerebral chords abound. Championed by such labels as Nueva Recordings and Elliptical Sun Melodies, his style has amassed an ever-growing following.
Although classically trained in piano from early childhood, Jeff Ozmits (whose real name is Jeff Osimitz) attributes his sound primarily to his background as a jazz saxophonist. Born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois, trance classics by superstars like Paul Oakenfold and Paul van Dyk counterbalanced these influences during his formative years. It only made sense that he would take up DJing before long, and he began to make a name for himself after relocating to Cleveland, Ohio for college.
Few other venues in the city hosted electronic music events - but shortly thereafter, the EDM explosion of 2010-2012 thrust dance culture into the spotlight nationally. Ozmits found himself at the epicenter of Cleveland’s emerging scene, affording him opportunities to open for the likes of Cosmic Gate, The Chainsmokers, Arty and BT at the city’s electronic music destinations.
After honing his skills as a producer, Jeff Ozmits made his debut as a solo artist in the form of 2014’s “Awakening.” He followed it up with “Home,” which came out on an independent label called Grimey Grooves. Despite only being his second release, the single received support on trance icon Gareth Emery’s Electric For Life radio show in addition to placement on a handful of Sirius XM stations.
The following year, Ozmits returned to Chicago and got reacquainted with the booming scene of his hometown. It didn’t take long for him to add local hotspots like Sound-Bar and The MID to his DJ résumé, as well as PRYSM Nightclub following its 2016 grand opening. During the same period, he further refined his introspective style of progressive trance with singles like “The Wanderer” and “Scylla” in addition to remixes of tracks like Pierce Fulton’s “Kuaga” and EMATA’s “Ascension.”
After being included among EDM.com’s “5 Trance Talents You Cannot Miss” in 2017, Ozmits released the Cosmos EP. After coming out on Nueva Recordings in September, it hit #1 on Beatport’s Progressive House Top 100 Releases chart. In December he released a song titled “State of Mind” on the same imprint’s From The Record Bag: Dallas compilation, and days later he released “Healing Rain” via Elliptical Sun Melodies. He closed out the already strong year by delivering a guest mix for Proton Music’s Proton Radio show which consisted largely of his own originals and remixes.
Ozmits follows his heart at times when the typical producer might follow the herd, and his sincerity is evident throughout his discography. An exchange between melancholic and euphoric elements gives every song a timeless quality, as if each were a classic ‘90s progressive house track recreated with contemporary sound design methods.
With his upcoming releases sounding as promising as ever, trance tastemakers are undoubtedly keeping an eye on Jeff Ozmits. See for yourself how the rest of his story unfolds in the years to come.
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