“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.”- John Cage
 

Oscar Merlo is a Los Angeles-based composer and songwriter. Classically trained with an interest in electronic music, Oscar has composed pieces ranging from waltzes for string quartets to punk songs.

A recipient of a Herb Alpert scholarship, Oscar received his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University. He holds a Masters in Music with an emphasis in music history from California State University Los Angeles. Under the guidance of Dr. Beverly Stein, Oscar completed a thesis which analyzed the musical and thematic commonalities of three operas written about the conquest of the Aztecs by Hernan Cortes.

Oscar is a former keyboardist for Los Angeles-based punk band Dead Pony and is currently one half of the creative duo Kill Me Now, Kiss Me Later, a group whose music combines elements of opera, theater, and electronic music.

Passionate about music synthesis, Oscar's background in music history allows him to compose music informed by a variety of styles and genres. Oscar is a member of the American Composers Forum.