Holiday Party: Oxia at Lantern
Newly reborn label DOT is bringing Oxia to Lantern on June 10, along with Elvis.T and Eddie Lv. Oxia, a pioneer of the French electronic scene, is back with a new LP ‘Tides Of Mind.' With tracks described as "conducive to daydreaming, smiling, feet-tapping and escapism," we wanted to hear from Oxia about his most recent work and what life is like as a DJ.
- How has the reaction been to "Tides of Mind"?
When I started working on the album I didn’t really have a concept or a special message to spread. I just wanted to make an album and enjoy myself. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to do things differently.
My aim was to make tracks that were deeper and more melodic, some really downtempo tracks too and I really wanted to work with vocalists. However, I didn’t want to put my dancefloor personality aside. The idea was to make an album holding a balance of both.
And the reaction so far is quite good, and the first reaction is, what a surprise, it’s been eight years since I made my previous album (The 2004 techno/electro-based "24 Heures").
- What's your favorite track to throw down when the dance floor needs a pick-me-up?
“Domino”, my dancefloor favorite work.
- Do you prefer being in the studio or in front of an audience?
I think I have as much fun producing as DJing. For me these two go hand in hand, complementing each other. I like making tracks to play them out at night. The difference is that a production remains, one can listen to it again and again. A DJ set is perishable even when it is recorded you don’t have the atmosphere anymore. That remains in our memory, which I also like.
Now I combine both as I do live performances. The debut was last weekend at "Nuits Sonores" Secret Stage for the tenth anniversary of the festival, it was huge! I like this configuration. A festival with an audience of 5/6000 people that raise their hands to your own productions, it's always fantastic. On the other hand I adore the small clubs as well where often the atmosphere is warmer, you’re closer to the people. I am so happy to do both!
- What's the craziest thing a fan has ever done?
A “Domino” tattoo.
- How can you tell a DJ from someone with a great playlist?
A DJ is someone with a great live show that drives the dancefloor. A great playlist is the basis of a great set, but not the whole of it.
- Who are some of your heroes?
Old classics like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Miles Davis to more a modern style like Melody Gardot or Stacey Kent. As well, quite a lot of new folks such as Bon Iver, Alela Diane, Emily Jane White, Syd Matters, not to forget to mention artists such as Radiohead, Apparat, Matthew Dear, and Loney Dear. I’ve been getting more and more into classical music, too, and I’m still a big fan of soul and funk.原文链接