Joe Nader, aka Osal8, is the original founder of Elev8 San Diego’s first and longest running weekly Dubtep/Glitch/midtempo events brand. Osal8’s vision has always been to share his insatiable passion for music, art, and the bass culture that he loves with the people.
Joe is a compassionate, insightful, and straight forward individual who inspired me to question where my food comes from and how our food choices affects us all. The most simple lesson he taught me was to live my life according to my values. Joe was guided to his cruelty free diet through the punk rock scene and has been a plant powered vegan for the last 14 years of his life. You don’t want to miss Osal8 on the decks or for a heart to heart conversation. My plant powered peeps, MEET OSAL8!
“Tune yourself into the most important energy source on this earth….LOVE.”
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, your plant powered lifestyle, and your musical endeavors.
Well in a nutshell I think I’m a pretty laid back peaceful person who is obsessed with music. I started playing guitar when I was 16 and went on to play in a few bands, most notably a band called Gaia. It wasn’t until many years later through the live music scene, with bands like Sts9, that I was exposed [to the] electronic music that moved me. It started with DnB because that’s what the 9 was doing a lot of at the time (circa 02-04). I have lived a 100% plant powered lifestyle for 14 years and I love it.
“I saw through the “but its so hard to give up cheese/dairy” myth.”
- What creative projects are you currently working on?
Currently my main creative endeavor, that consumes all of my time, is Elev8. Fine tuning and figuring what is it that we want out of it and where we want to go as well as where it could possibly go is an exciting yet daunting task. Keeping up and even being ahead of an ever rapidly shifting landscape of talent takes a true passion and dedication to the music that’s a lifestyle.
- Tell us about your shift from the Standard American Diet to Plant Powered Living. Was there a distinctive ah-ha moment in your life or was it a gradual change?
I became vegetarian when I was 17. My aha moment was when I was shown one of the classic videos of animal torture and it rocked me. It was through the punk rock scene that I first got interested in animal rights. A few months later I went full on vegan after I realized how little I really needed to change. I saw through the “but its so hard to give up cheese/dairy” myth.
- What difficulties have you dealt with being vegan and how have you over come them?
Occasional awkwardness with family and friends possibly but I’ve always welcomed that as an opportunity to engage in a good conversation. I suppose being aware of getting proper nutrition can be difficult for some, but I’m a firm believer that it is usually due to lack of basic study. Being vegan or raw isn’t for someone who is lazy or doesn’t want to know what’s in their food or how it affects their body. You need to know how to identify deficiencies if they develop. It certainly isn’t for someone who doesn’t want to prepare their own meals either. I guess that could be considered challenging but I think of it as having the ultimate control over the quality of food that goes into your body.
“Occasional awkwardness with family and friends possibly but I’ve always welcomed that as an opportunity to engage in a good conversation.”
- What are the top three benefits you are experiencing in your life by choosing to be Plant Powered?
Top 3 benefits are hard to say but a few would be: a clean bill of health, personal spiritual well being, youthful vigor and vitality. You can break all of those into more specific things like improved digestion, skin clarity, increased libido, stronger immune system, etc. The beauty of it is there is no right or wrong reason to begin a plant powered lifestyle. In the end there will be different reasons why people switch but all roads will lead to wellness if done with care and attention.
- What have you found to be effective ways of raising awareness in others about the benefits of Plant Powered Living?
Well I’ve found that waiting until a person becomes interested and engages YOU to give them your opinion or facts on the matter is much more effective than trying to make someone be a certain way. That’s why blogs are so great for spreading awareness. It’s non-confrontational. Leading by example is key. I think one of the most effective ways is to just make someone amazing vegan/raw alternatives to their favorite dishes, I’ve found that’s always a real eye opener.
- You have several cat companions. How does caring for them and having a vegan diet play out?
Even though I don’t feed my cats a vegan diet I still make sure to give them only the highest quality kibble and wet food. I believe the general consensus is that a 100% vegan diet for cats is usually not optimal at best, very detrimental at worst. So my cats are omnivores. It’s much easier to turn a dog vegetarian/vegan from what I’ve read, although I’m not sure how I feel about that either. I feed them Orijen Dry Food and Weruva wet food. Can’t recommend both of those brands enough if you’re looking for safe quality pet food!
- You introduced me to one of my favorite books EVER, Living in the Heart by Drunvalo Melchizedek. So I have to ask, what are your top 3 favorite books?
Oh wow top 3 books is almost impossible so here are 5 I highly recommend:
1) The Archaic Revival by Terrence Meckenna (all Mckenna really)
2) Cosmic Trigger (all volumes and all R.A.W )
3) Keys of Enoch by JJ Hurtak
4) The Alchemy Of the Nine Dimensions by Barbara Hand Clow
5) The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean by Dr Doreal
- You have been a huge influence on my diet, music, and spirituality. Will you leave us with some wise words on how you live your life to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit?
Well I have my downfalls like we all do, and I think to err is to be human, but I think the main key to a healthy mind and spirit at least is to tune yourself into the most important energy source on this earth….LOVE. Within love you will find that vibration which is the basis for not slaughtering another creature for an inferior energy source. It’s also that same inspiration behind a lot of the most amazing healing music and art on the planet. Finding a way to tap into and be inspired by that power on a consistent basis is something I think we should all strive for.
- Where can we find you throwing it down next??
You can find me throwing it down next at Kava Lounge on 5/12 with Stephan Jacobs and Nico Luminous, then for my birthday bash on 6/16 at SPIN with Sun in Aquarius and Goosebumpz
“Keeping up and even being ahead of an ever rapidly shifting landscape of talent takes a true passion and dedication to the music that’s a lifestyle.”
Photos by Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan