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Rising Stars Zach, Jacob & Nich Oswald: “People often say to be happy where you’re at and we should; But we should also push ourselves to be better and better people on a daily basis”

Strive to be the best you that you can be in every aspect of life. People often say to be happy where you’re at and we should. But we should also push ourselves to be better and better people on a daily basis. I had the pleasure to interview the rising music group OBB. OBB is […]


Strive to be the best you that you can be in every aspect of life. People often say to be happy where you’re at and we should. But we should also push ourselves to be better and better people on a daily basis.


I had the pleasure to interview the rising music group OBB. OBB is an emerging pop band hailing from Atlanta, GA. Comprised of three accomplished songwriters who are also brothers; OBB includes lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Zach Oswald, lead guitarist, Jacob Oswald, as well as drummer and background vocalist, Nich Oswald. In 2016, OBB debuted at #23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart with their single, “Sweater”- a rarity for a new artist. The band independently released their first extended plays, “Ready Set Go,” “3,” and “Live, Life, Loving,” which caught the attention of Nashville’s Curb Records who signed the band to release their EP “OBB” followed by a Christmas EP, “Feelin‘ like Christmas.” In 2016, OBB released, “Sweater,” which debuted at #23 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart and in 2018, followed this by releasing singles, “Mona Lisa” and “Is This A Thing” which saw immense success. The single “Mona Lisa” was featured in a Google Chromebook National Ad Campaign and in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The single also appears in an episode of YouTube’s “Dude Perfect” called “Water Bottle Flip 2” which reached over 200 million views. In addition, their music has been included in three Spotify playlists including Viral 50 USA, New Music Friday, and Young & Free and the group has garnered over 1.5 millions streams on the music streaming platform in the last 18 months. This year, OBB released their single “7 Billion” in February, which was instantly added iHeartRadio’s Fresh Picks and Chill Dance playlists as well as Pandora’s New Pop playlist and the music video for “7 Billion’ quickly garnered over 550K views. OBB performed the single at iHeartRadio’s Pop Summit, which included other notable artists; The Chainsmokers, Khalid, and Lau. The trio has spent numerous years on the road, touring the nation to a combined audience of over 3 million. This year alone, OBB has opened for RIAA Platinum recording artist, Andy Grammer, performed alongside AJ Mitchell and Ally Brook (Fifth Harmony) on Atlanta’s Q99.7, Pre-Super Bowl party performance on The Future of Awesomeness Tour sponsored by Xfinity Cable & So Far Sounds and are about to embark on another nationwide tour later this summer. OBB has launched their career at lightning speed, thanks to their insatiable work ethic, and their energetic pop/rock delivery and a true passion for creating music for their fans. They are currently working on their first full-length album, but in the meantime, their singles are making waves in the pop/rock genre. They have appeared in various publications including CBS News, Houston Chronicle, Sound Rebel Magazine, New Music Buzz, Front Row Live, EDM Sauce, Variance Magazine, and many more. For more information on OBB, click here.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

We have always loved music. Our dad actually signed us up for a battle of the bands competition. This was the first time we would ever play as a group of brothers. After the competition we decided that music was something that we all wanted to pursue as brothers.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

On the way to one of our shows we got caught in a snowstorm. We were stuck in the same spot all day and night. We tried to walk somewhere for food; it was about a mile away and we did not make it. We had to turn around and go back because the snow storm was so horrible and Nich had thought he saw a wolf.

Once the snow melted enough for us to get back on the road we realized we weren’t even on the road, we had been driving in the grass.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

We are currently working on our new album and are really excited about the songs that we are writing.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Zach is a big Lauv fan and the first time we saw him at an event Zach became start struck and took a stalker photo of him but all you could see in the picture was Lauv’s blue hair.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

Zach: Nicolaus Copernicus because he dared to challenge the idea that the earth revolved around the sun. He challenged tradition for truth and even died for it and it turned out he was right. I think it’s important to always be open to change even if it goes against the crowd.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

We try hard as a band to make everyone feel special. No one person is more important than the other.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Strive to be the best you that you can be in every aspect of life. People often say to be happy where you’re at and we should. But we should also push ourselves to be better and better people on a daily basis.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Always remember why you are in this industry and don’t take any moment for granted. Just enjoy the journey.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1. It’s a lot of hard work but just keep moving forward if it’s something that you love
2. Don’t rely on anyone to do it for you
3. Write songs that have meaning to you and that you think will help others
4. Don’t let other people’s opinions change who you are
5. Don’t play the comparison game just be the best you can be

We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂

Martin’s Licis- we are very into fitness and he is the world’s strongest man. We love his personality and would love to try and eat as much as he would for breakfast.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Obbmusic.com is our website

Twitter:@OBB_Music

Instagram: @OBB_Music

Facebook: OBBOfficial

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