OLi-GiO has always been involved with music in some way, but his passion really grew when moving to Manchester for university. His love for music saw him attending a lot of events, working for The Warehouse Project, and getting opportunities to play at Parklife garden parties. In those 3 years he has taught himself how to mix and most recently has started producing his own beats. His sound has been inspired by the likes of Jamie Jones, East End Dubs and Rich Nxt. We caught up with the Manchester based DJ to find out more...
What style of mix have you gone for?
The mix is just a bit of a reflection of the music I enjoy and like playing, and that I know can bring a vibe. I tried to concentrate on the energy of the mix, by gradually changing it throughout.
What made you start mixing?
I remember trying to mix whilst I was still in school on Virtual DJ haha. But it really kicked off during my first year at uni, when one of my mates bought a pair of decks, just trying to mix on them I just knew I had to get myself some.
What's your favourite part of the GROUNDED mix you've created for today?
My favourite part is where I start to release the energy slightly as I think that’s the sort of vibe I’m trying to get at with my own music, with a heavy rolling bassline and nice tight percussion.
If you could throw a party anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
This is a tough one, there is so many places I would love to travel to, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the atmosphere at events in South America, and from venues such as Space Miami. Although when we come out of this crazy time we’re living in at the moment, I can’t wait to be back in Fabric and Joshua Brooke’s up in Manchester.
Which other artist are you digging at the moment, and have you been listening to in lockdown?
There has been some serious beats coming out of lockdown, with everyone being at home and it’s very hard to pick one. But if I had to choose, I’d say Antss, he is definitely one to look out for. Gotta give a shoutout to Stefano Noferini too, been listening to his weekly mix for years now.
Whats your tip top for getting through these past months in lockdown?
For me, it’s just been keeping myself busy, with producing music and also trying to keep fit. But I know this has been a tough time for a lot of people so just try and stay positive and hopefully it won’t be too long till we’re all back at an event soon.