Olivier Raymond, born 1971 in Grenoble (France), got into “black music” (disco & funk) in his early teens. During the collage years Olivier befriended Stephane Deschezeaux, another young man passionate about this music. They made their debut on a local radio station broadcasting a radio show dedicated to Funk. Olivier, only 15 years old, started mixing. Olivier’s mixes were influenced by a large spectrum of music styles: electro-funk (Afrika Bambaata…), italo-disco, new-wave (Depeche Mode, New Order… ) and the early Chicago and New-York house scene.
1991 Olivier & Stéphane bought their first bits of equipment and started to compose music.
1993, Olivier became resident dj in Grenoble. Only a year later the live act ‘Oxia’ (Olivier & Stéphane) was born.
1995, Olivier and Stéphane meet Michel Amato (The Hacker), Alex Reynaud and Kiko in Grenoble, the electronic city in France. Together with Kiko, Olivier creates Ozone records on which Oxia released their first EP which was influenced by American techno. Also on this label Olivier co-produced the first releases of Jack de Marseille and made a couple more EP’s with Stephane before splitting up though as good friends. Oxia became Olivier his solo project while Stéphane is now one part of Human Body.
1998 Oxia created a new label with The Hacker (Michel Amato) and Alexandre Reynaud. They baptized it ‘Goodlife’ in homage to the mythical Inner City track
Both personality and sound evolved, giving birth to a series of EP’s & remixes on Goodlife but also on other prestigious labels (such as Intec, Monoïd, Terminal M, Missile, Scandium, …) leading to a busy worldwide dj-diary.
A page still unfolding, in 2004 Oxia released his debut solo album ‘24 HEURES’ on Goodlife. His first full album floats between groovy melodic techno & electro.
As known for his mixes of funky techno with an open musical mind, Oxia got more and more into an eclectic trip mixing: electro influenced house & techno, atmospheric ‘techno’… Taking a glimpse on his production work this evolution is also crystal clear.
His new approach is very visible on his recent productions & remixes he did on 2006:: “Traces” remix for The Hacker,, ‘Picture of Now’ mix-cd on Scandium), a 12'' on Tsuba Records, H-Man remix on Giant Wheel, Markus Lange remix on Craft Music.
But the huge success is for his 12'' ' DOMINO' on Kompakt Extra /Speicher 34 released on march 2006. This track is one of the most played ( Miss Kittin, Agoria, Hell, Steve Bug, Oliver Huntmman, Tiefschwarz…).
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