OXIA (Diversions Music – 8bit – Sapiens / France)
OXIA is one France’s most respected DJs and producers, with a career spanning over twenty years and intensive touring on all continents. With an impressive list of remixes and releases on famous imprints (8bit, Hot Creations, Saved, Knee Deep in Sound…) in addition to his own label, Diversions Music, and a string of collaborations with high-profile artists such as Agoria or Miss Kittin. The year 2017 is particularly promising, as illustrated with the re-release success, ‘Domino remixes’, of his worldwide classic smash hit on Agoria’s label, Sapiens and by his recent remix of Moby’s classic ‘Why does my Heart Feel so bad’.
Olivier Raymond AKA OXIA got into music in his early teens, with a predilection for Funk and disco, and a debut on a local Funk radio show. Olivier already had started mixing, influenced by a large spectrum of music styles: Funk, Italo-disco, New Wave and the early House scene. He met in high-school his future musical partner, Stephane Deschezeaux with whom he bought his first bits of equipment and started to compose music in the early Nineties. Not too long after that, Olivier became a resident DJ at a club in his hometown Grenoble, jumpstarting a career in electronic music. By 1994, Stephane and Olivier’s live act ‘OXIA’ was born.
In 1995, they met The Hacker, Alex Reynaud and Kiko; that same year Olivier created Ozone records together with Kiko, where OXIA released their first EP.
Olivier went on in 1998 to create a new label with The Hacker and Alex Reynaud, christened ‘Goodlife’ in homage to the mythical Inner City track.
Stéphane and Olivier then parted ways in the early 2000s; the latter continued with the OXIA moniker as a solo DJ act. He’s continued sound evolution, by now heavily focusing on groovy techno, gave birth to a series of EPs & remixes on Goodlife but also on labels such as Intec, Terminal M, and many others. In 2004 he released his debut solo album ‘24 HEURES’ on Goodlife, a vibrant homage to, amongst others, the Detroit techno scene.
‘Domino’, initially released on Kompakt, became a worldwide hit in 2006. Today, this track has become a classic, still regularly played around the world, boasting more than 20 million views on YouTube.
In 2008 OXIA scored second & third spot in the Beatport Music Awards for ‘Best Remix’ (with his remix of Butch’s track “On the Line”) and Best ‘Techno Artist’.
2009 saw the track ‘Whole Life’ (8Bit) win the Beatport Music Awards’ second place in the ‘best tech-house’ category. It was also Number One on Resident Advisor’s Annual DJ Charts.
Many remixes & original tracks followed throughout the following years for SCI+TEC, Tsuba, Soma, Herzblut, Time Has Changed, etc. As well as two mix compilations (5 years of Systematic, 5 years of 8Bit).
In 2012 OXIA released his second album ‘Tides Of Mind’ on French label Infiné Music, on which he collaborated guest singers Miss Kittin, Mesparrow and Scalde. Deep and melodic sounds gave a diversity of tracks, from dancefloor to downtempo.
Later on, OXIA completed numerous remixes and tracks for Visionquest (collaboration with Agoria), Noir Music (collaboration with Nicolas Masseyeff), Clarisse Records, Moan, Material… OXIA’s ‘Perception EP’ was released two years later on Saved records. A mix CD compilation for Club Kyo in Singapore followed. In 2015 Several remixes & EPs were released on highly respected imprints such as Hot Creations, Saved, Knee Deep In Sound…
In 2016 OXIA went back to 8bit and released his ‘Unity EP’. Summer of 2016 also saw him 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 first release was ‘Connivence EP’, a three-tracker by the duo themselves. October saw Diversions’ second release, ‘Secret Point EP’, another tight trio from OXIA himself.
2017 saw OXIA’s classic worldwide smash hit ‘Domino’, which had recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary, re-released on Agoria’s new label, ‘Sapiens’. ‘Domino Remixes’ features a reworked version by its creator, as well as remixes by Frankey & Sandrino, Matador and Robag Wruhme. OXIA remixed Moby’s 1999 classic hit ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad ?’, released on Spanish label Suara in March. In April, his Stefano Noferini’s remix “Exposure” on Italian label Moan is due to be released.