Mr. Oizo

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Mr. Oizo
Quentin Dupieux.jpg
Background information
Birth name Quentin Dupieux
Also known as Mr. Oizo, Flat Eric
Born (1974-04-14) 14 April 1974 (age 40)
Paris, France
Genres French house, techno, experimental
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ, filmmaker, composer, songwriter
Instruments Synthesizer, sampler, drum machine, computer
Years active 1991–present
Labels F Communications (1997–2006)
Ed Banger Records (2006–present)
Brainfeeder (2014-present)
Associated acts Uffie
Feadz
Busy P
Sebastian
Boys Noize
Website www.oizo3000.com

Mr. Oizo (French: [ˈməsjø ˈwazo]; born 14 April 1974) is the stage name of French electronic musician and film director Quentin Dupieux.[1] His pseudonym is a corruption of the French oiseau, meaning "bird". He is currently signed to Ed Banger Records & Brainfeeder.

Early life[edit]

Quentin Dupieux was born on 14 April 1974 in Paris. At the age of 12, he found a camera and started taking photographs. At 17, he began to play music to illustrate his images, and he bought his first synthesizer. In 1997, Laurent Garnier of the record label FCom bought a car from Mr. Oizo's father.[2] Garnier then found out about Dupieux's talents and let him direct the music video for his song "Flashback". Later, Dupieux was signed to FCom, which he released his first EP, "#1".[citation needed]

"Flat Beat"[edit]

Dupieux released "Flat Beat" in January 1999, a track consisting mainly of a repeated bass loop and a drum sample from "Put Your Love in My Tender Care" by The Fatback Band. In an interview with XLR8R magazine, Dupieux stated that it took him only two hours with a Korg MS-20 to produce. However, Flat Beat became a hit throughout Europe in 1999, becoming the best-known Mr. Oizo release. The track was featured in a series of Levi's jeans TV commercials, which featured a yellow puppet named Flat Eric nodding his head to the rhythm while riding in an old, beat-up car. Flat Eric was also featured in the song's music video. The Flat Beat EP has sold over three million copies.[citation needed]

Analog Worms Attack[edit]

After "Flat Beat", Oizo spent two months creating his first full album, Analog Worms Attack, which was released in 1999. The album's name was derived from the album's production – it was composed entirely using analog equipment. The record scratching effects were provided by Mr. Oizo's friend Feadz. "Flat Beat" appeared as a bonus track after the five minutes of silence following the final track "Analog Wormz Sequel". There are a total of three singles off of this album. A version of "No Day Massacre" without any record scratching exists on the Flat Beat EP, titled "Monday Massacre".

Moustache (Half a Scissor)[edit]

Moustache (Half a Scissor) was Mr. Oizo's second studio album. Released in 2005, the album was composed exclusively using computers as he had by that time decided to eschew the use of analog equipment. The extensive time it took to remodel his studio and master the use of computers in composing electronic music is cited as the reason for the long hiatus between Analog Worms Attack and Moustache (Half a Scissor).[citation needed] Before its public release, a promo CD was released onto the internet featuring three tracks not on the original release: "CPU","Nazis", and "A Nun."

Some songs on the promo differ from the released album versions. For example, "Nurse Bob" is much longer on the final release whilst the promo version splices vocal samples into a much shorter version. This is his only album not to have its debut release on vinyl; in January 2011 it was released through Brainfeeder.[3]

Ed Banger Records[edit]

Mr. Oizo's first EP released on Ed Banger Records is called "Transsexual". The EP features the track "Patrick122", which is a re-working of the 1979 disco track "Do It at the Disco" by Gary's Gang. The track appeared on Mr. Oizo's MySpace page in 2006 under the title Patrick122.

On 16 October 2008, his MySpace page had another video appear: a promo for his upcoming album, Lambs Anger. The first single off the Record was "Positif", which was released 3 days after Lambs Anger. On 15 March 2009, the second single off the album was released, Pourriture, whose EP features some reworked titles by Oizo himself and a remix of Erreur Jean by Arveene & Misk.

Lambs Anger[edit]

Lambs Anger is Mr. Oizo's first studio album released by Ed Banger Records, the label he chose after his split with F Communications, who notoriously referred to Moustache (Half a Scissor) as "unlistenable".[citation needed] "Positif" and "Pourriture" were chosen as the album's singles. It includes a track, "Steroids", which features his label-mate Uffie. The track "Two Takes It" is a cover of the song "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock that features samples of "Let's Start The Dance" by Hamilton Bohannon; the song also features an unknown artist by the name of "Carmen Castro".

Collaborations with Uffie[edit]

Mr. Oizo and Uffie first collaborated on her second single, "Ready to Uff", in 2006. Since then he has produced the following tracks for Uffie: "Dismissed", "Hot Chick", "F1rst Love" (which charted at number 18 in Belgium[4]), "Steroids" and "MCs Can Kiss".

Mr. Oizo provided both production work and songwriting for Uffie's 2010 debut album, Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans. He worked alongside Feadz, SebastiAn, Mirwais, J-Mat and Uffie to produce and write the album. He produced the first single from the album, "MCs Can Kiss", which peaked at number 48 Japan and 97 in France.[5][6] He also produced the tracks "Art of Uff", "F1rst Love", "Our Song" and "NeuNeu".

Production and equipment[edit]

In his early years, Mr. Oizo used a Korg MS-20, an Akai S1000, and an Atari 1040 computer.[citation needed] Mr. Oizo is known currently for strong use of computers in his music. As he stated in an interview with XLR8R, he started using computers to avoid having to plug in four different appliances, and because the result of music is more or less the same.[citation needed] His first album to switch to all computers was Moustache (Half a Scissor). In Lambs Anger, Mr. Oizo used a Macintosh G5 running Logic Pro to compose all of the songs. During his DJ sets, he uses two CDJs.

Filmmaking[edit]

Mr. Oizo's first feature film, Steak was released in France on 20 June 2007.[7][8]

On 25 September, Oizo wrote on his Twitter feed that his next film would be titled Rubber. Shooting for the absurdist thriller started 27 October 2009. In the November 2009 issue of Mixmag, electronic music duo Justice stated that they would be working on the soundtrack for Rubber, saying they had to 'finish working on the soundtrack for Mr. Oizo's new film before we start recording for the new album'. However, only Gaspard Augé of the duo worked on the soundtrack, collaborating with Oizo himself. The film had a United States Video on Demand release.[9]

A new film entitled Wrong premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.[10]

Another film by Dupieux called Wrong Cops was produced by Realitism Films.[11] As its website says, "It is a filthy 90 minute comedy about some disturbed cops. It is not a sequel to Wrong." The first thirteen-minute chapter of the film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
FRA
Analog Worms Attack 56
Moustache (Half a Scissor)
  • Release date: October 4, 2005
  • Label: F Communications
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Lambs Anger
  • Release date: November 17, 2008
  • Label: Ed Banger Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
142
Stade 2
  • Release date: November 11, 2011
  • Label: Ed Banger Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
The Church
  • Release date: November 17, 2014
  • Label: Brainfeeder
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
AUT BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FRA NED NOR NZ SWE SUI UK[1]
1997 "#1" Non-album EP
"M-Seq"
1999 "Analog Worms Attack" Analog Worms Attack
"Flat Beat" 1 1 2 5 5 2 12 4 4 1
2000 "Last Night a DJ Killed My Dog"
2004 "Stunt" Moustache (Half a Scissor)
2006 "Nazis" Non-album EP
2007 Transsexual
2008 "Positif" 90 Lambs Anger
2009 "Pourriture" 73
2012 "Stade 3" Non-album EP
"unreleased unfinished unpleasant"
2013 "Amicalement"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaborations[edit]

Year Artists Title Format Label
2007 Mr. Oizo, SebastiAn & Sebastian Tellier Steak Soundtrack 12", CD, MP3 Ed Banger Records
Because Music
2010 Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Augé Rubber EP
Rubber Soundtrack
2012 Mr. Oizo & Tahiti Boy Wrong Soundtrack
Handbraekes (Mr. Oizo & Boys Noize) #1 12", MP3 Boysnoize Records
2014 #2

Music videos and filmography[edit]

  • "Kirk" (1997)
  • "M-Seq" (1999)
  • "Flat Beat" (1999)
  • "Analog Worms Attack" (1999)
  • "Inside The Kidney Machine" (1999)
  • "Nonfilm" (2001)
  • "Stunt" (2004)
  • "Steak" (2007)
  • "Making Lambs Anger" (2009)
  • Rubber (2010)
  • "Where's the money, George?" (2010) [12]
  • Wrong (2012)
  • Wrong Cops (Three-Part Series) (2012)
  • Reality (2014)[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 371. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Flat Eric's cruise to the top". BBC News. 20 March 1999. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Mr Oizo – Moustache (Half A Scissor) re-release | Reviews. Trebuchet Magazine (2010-12-18). Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  4. ^ Uffie – First Love. ultratop.be. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  5. ^ MCs Can Kiss – Uffie Billboard. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  6. ^ Uffie – MCs Can Kiss. lescharts.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  7. ^ Steak (2007) at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "Steak". Telefilm Canada. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  9. ^ Bronson (2010-06-07). "Discover The Source Of Robert The Tire's Rage In The New RUBBER Clip!". Twitchfilm.net. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  10. ^ Watch: Quentin Dupieux's Wacky Sundance Film 'Wrong' Teaser Trailer. FirstShowing.net (2011-12-01). Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  11. ^ "Wrong Cops". Wrong Cops. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  12. ^ "WHERE'S THE MONEY GEORGE ?", Vimeo, Uploaded 2010-01-02, Retrieved 2010-04-09
  13. ^ Films, Realitism. "Reality Film Page". Realitism Films website. Realitism Films. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 

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