“I love music… how it can make our emotions flow; how it can change the way we think; the way we love; the way we express ourselves.” Omid 16B
Omid 16B lives for music. A true talent on the underground scene, cutting edge dance music is like oxygen for Omid Nourizadeh. A DJ, producer and label owner of Alola, Disclosure and Sexonwax Records, he’s spreading his passion worldwide - from the UK to the USA, from Europe to Asia and Australia.
Deep Dish have handpicked Omid to mix the latest in their acclaimed Yoshitoshi series ‘In House We Trust’ with Alex Neri (Planet Funk), due out in September 2004. He’s also busy getting creative with The End’s Mr C on an exciting album project and there’s a Sexonwax mix CD in the pipeline from The Idiots - Omid’s project with Desyn Masiello and Leon Roberts.
Fans range from Sasha to Tenaglia, François K to Morales, Digweed to Danny Howells. Equally important to Omid are his fans on the dancefloor. And he turns them on with superb sets that twist and turn from sexy tribal house through to dark, emotive techno - each set morphing to bring out the best in the crowd.
Of Persian roots, Omid’s family immigrated to London when he was just one-year-old. His artistic flair and musical ear developed at an early age - as did his ambition. Influenced by Hendrix, The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Mission, he started playing the guitar at 14, joined local bands, learned how to play drums and bass guitar at 15, and split from the band when he was 17. Already Omid’s tastes were becoming “more dance than rock, more loops than words, less songs more toons”.
Omid laid the foundations for his own career path and in 1994 set up Alola Records. Under his O.R.N moniker, his stunning ‘Snow’ track was picked up by BMG Deconstruction. Omid’s production talents were snapped up by Eye Q. His debut album ‘Sounds From Another Room’ (1988) was met with critical acclaim and spawned the hit single ‘Water Ride’. Another album followed as $16 Million Dollar Man on Under The Counter before ‘How To Live 100 Years’ followed in 2002 on the respected Hooj Choons label.
“The records I make are pretty spiritual. I try and absorb my feelings.” Omid 16B
The singles came thick and fast (see discography) - but quality has always been the name of the game. To date, Omid has remixed great artists from The Cure, Gus Gus, John Creamer and Danny Howells to Halo Varga, Morel, François Kervorkian and Pete Moss.
Expect more great music on Sexonwax over the coming months from Danny Howells, Mr. C, Tom Parris, The Idiots, Francis Harris and exciting new names signed to the label.
But once again it’s Omid’s skills that come to the fore. As O.R.N, his track ‘The Decision (Small Town Boy)’ has been carving up dance floors worldwide. Pete Tong has already championed it as his Essential New Tune. And wait ’til you hear Omid’s remix of the Depeche Mode classic ‘Enjoy The Silence’ - destined to be one of the tunes of 2004.
“Some DJs and producers have their finger on the pulse - Omid 16B is the pulse. Music runs through his veins.” Lesley Wright, Editor, DJmag
The dance scene wouldn’t be what it is today without the commitment and passion of people like Omid 16B. Whether it’s creating dance floor destroyers or rocking each and every party, Omid 16B is the heart and soul of the underground.