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OxiaOlivier Raymond, born in 1971 in Grenoble (France), got into “black music” (disco & funk) already in his early teens. During college years, Olivier’s friendship with Stephane Deschezeaux, kick started a musical journey, with a debut on a local radio station broadcasting a show dedicated to Funk … hence, only being 15 years of age, Olivier had started mixing. Olivier’s mixes were influenced by a large spectrum of music styles: italo-disco, newwave and the early Chicago and New-York house scene.

By 1991, Stephane and Olivier bought their first bits of equipment and started to compose music. Not too long after that, Olivier became a resident dj at a club in Grenoble, jump starting a career in electronic music! It was by 1994, that the experiments of Stephane and Olivier became official. Their live act ‘Oxia’ was born. In 1995, Olivier and Stéphane met Michel Amato (The Hacker), Alex Reynaud and Kiko in Grenoble, the electronic-tuned city of France. That same year Olivier created Ozone records together with Kiko, where Oxia released the first EP. On that same stamp, Olivier also co-produced the first releases of Jack de Marseille.

Olivier never rested and went on to create a new label with Michel Amato aka The Hacker and Alexandre Reynaud in 1998. They baptized it ‘Goodlife’ in homage to the mythical Inner City track. Olivier and Stéphane still produced several EP’s together and by the end of the century they decided to part paths (as good friends) and Olivier continued with Oxia as solo DJ act.

Oxia’s continued sound evolution gave birth to a series of EP’s & remixes on Goodlife but also on labels such as Intec, Terminal M, Monoïd, etc. The excelling dj qualities were captured in several mix cds, and an intensive touring schedule worldwide. A page still unfolding, Oxia released his debut solo album ’24 HEURES’ on Goodlife. It clearly illustrated Olivier’s indebtedness to the hypnotic techno rhythms of Jeff Mills, UR and the deep electro dynamics of Other People Place, Drexciya or even Aux88.

The series of strong releases & remixes is ongoing.’Domino’ (Kompakt / 2006), became a worldwide hit played by every DJ you can possibly think of. ‘Whole Life’ (8Bit / 2009) was a killer in the underground house scene gaining the second spot ‘best tech-house production’ in the Beatport Music Awards and most charted track of that year in Resident Advisor DJ Chart. In between there was amongst others a follow up for Kompakt, SCI+TEC, Tsuba, Soma, Time Has Changed, and numerous collaborations with befriended artists alongside two mix compilations (5 years of Systematic in & 5 years of 8Bit). All this hard work didn’t go unnoticed and In 2008 Oxia scored second & third spot in the Beatport Music Awards ‘Best Remix’ (with his remix of Butch’s track) and Best ‘Techno Artist’.

In 2012 Oxia is back with a new LP ‘Tides Of Mind’ on the French Infiné Music. On this album he works for the first time with guest singers: Miss Kittin, Mesparrow, and Scalde. Oxia decided to put aside the trendy electronic patterns and to move back to more classic but no less enjoyable House Music. With this said, the album is not shy of a deep and melodic sound that ventures to the dancefloor with a stamp of the Oxia groove. This is music conducive to daydreaming, smiling, feet-tapping and escapism … ‘Tides of Mind’ is the work of an artist who appears to enjoy a new-found sense of tranquility and is second to none in managing to convey it. During the album tour Oxia did several special LIVE performances.

After the intensive touring period, Oxia dedicated his studio time finishing numerous remixes and tracks for Visionquest (collaboration with Agoria), Noir Music (collaboration with Nicolas Masseyeff), Clarisse Records, Moan, Material, and more. In 2014 the Frenchman released his “Perception” EP. Once more this release showed how Oxia masters the house and techno crossover.

In 2016, Oxia went back to 8bit and released his ‘Unity EP’, tight drums and rich bass carried by an airy vocal making this EP the perfect dance weapon. Summer of 2016 also saw Oxia perform multiple times for Music On at Amnesia Ibiza for the third year in a row, including notably its closing. In July of the same year, together with his close friend Nicolas Masseyeff, Oxia founded Diversions Music. The label’s ethos is galvanized by their strong shared vision: to only release music that truly touches your soul and makes you dance, to embrace all styles and shades of house and techno and to avoid releasing the same time-after-time-after-time. The label’s first release was the ‘Connivence EP’, a three-tracker by the duo themselves. October saw Diversions’ second release, ‘Secret Point EP’, another tight trio from Oxia himself. Its rich breadth covers every chapter of the night imaginable and represents House’s fullest spectrum from lean and deep to diesel powered tech. And the story continues …

Oxia Top 10 March 2017:

01. Oxia – Domino (Frankey & Sandrino Remix) (Sapiens)
02. Nicolas Masseyeff – Unbalanced (Diversions Music)
03. Sven Tasnadi – Train (Moon Harbour Recordings)
04. Paolo Rocco – That’s It (Hot Creations)
05. Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Oxia Dub Mix) (Suara)
06. Nicolas Masseyeff – Oblecto (Diversions Music)
07. Isolee – Pisco (Maeve)
08. Andre Butano & Odd People – Hotel 99 (8bit)
09. Hernan Bass – Pulpo Al Olivo (Yoruba Grooves)
10. Bengal – Masada (Dachshund Remix) (Manjumasi)

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