THE OUT EAST VIBES PODCAST
EP. 5 - OLI BENZ
BY: DUNE ROAD LIFESTYLE EDITORIAL STAFF
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Unless you live under a rock (or off Instagram), you’ve heard of Australian-born, Montauk-based DJ / model / dadfluencer Oli Benz. From his legendary sets at The Surf Lodge to his face gracing the pages of your favorite glossy, Oli has been a tastemaker and trendsetter since he first landed on our shores from his native Oz.
But now, for the first time ever, Oli has released a solo track that we, frankly, just cannot get enough of. Entitled “Rhythm Romance” and named after his / his wife (Sasha Benz)’s firstborn, the song, and its accompanying disco edit, have been tearing up the charts on Spotify and elsewhere.
Oli took time out of his busy summer schedule to sit down and chat with us about his early days as a teen in Noosa Heads and Bondi Beach, the amazing story of how he met his wife, their move to NYC, and so much more. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the mid 2000s NYC club scene, or want to hear about the best ways to enjoy Montauk, this episode with Oli Benz is one you just can’t afford to miss.
01:19 – The Debut Of Rhythm Romance
04:00 – You Won’t Believe What Instrument Oli First Picked Up
07:42 – Have You Ever Heard Of The Roscoe Boys?
10:55 – From Music To Fashion
14:19 – The Incredible “How They Met” Story (It Gives Us Chills Every Time…)
17:43 – The Early Days In NYC: Models, Parties, Madness
23:14 – Always Keep Good Music On Your Phone (You Might Need To DJ…)
31:20 – Playing The Long Game
42:55 – The Style Game Of Oli Benz
46:24 – Making The Move To Montauk
51:15 – Is Montauk Our Version Of Noosa Heads, Australia?
52:40 – The Legend Of Betty’s Burgers
54:51 – Oli’s Montauk Selects
59:30 – How To Dad Without A Dad Bod
59:36 – Braving The Waves
A true beach kid, from a small coastal town in Oz called Noosa. His mantra was always surf by day, music by night. After being scouted at a surf shop Oliver soon won the hearts of Australia as a model and actor gracing the pages of many iconic magazines and appearing in numerous well known commercials.
Determined to take the world by storm he followed his heart to New York and in 2014 sealed the deal marrying his love Sasha, and a career in DJing followed soon after.
He hit the ground running and from that one moment on, has never looked back. Comfortable in the spotlight and a natural behind the decks Oliver has found himself playing at all major hot spots across NY, LA and Oz.
Growing up in a jazz infused home has influenced his unique style and he is widely known for his disco funk retro flair, and to always get the d-floor tapping.
If you’d like to connect with Oli further, defo follow him on Insta @olibenz.
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