Mr. Oizo

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Mr. Oizo
Dupieux at Festival Deauville, 2012
Dupieux at Festival Deauville, 2012
Background information
Birth nameQuentin Dupieux
Also known as
  • Mr. Oizo
Born (1974-04-15) 15 April 1974 (age 46)
Paris, France
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Quentin Dupieux (French pronunciation: ​[kɑ̃tɛ̃ dypjø], born 15 April 1974), also known by his stage name Mr. Oizo (French pronunciation: ​[məsjø wazo]),[1] is a French electronic musician, DJ and film director, best known for his 1999 single "Flat Beat".[2] His pseudonym is a corruption of the French oiseau, meaning "bird".[3] He is signed to Ed Banger Records and Brainfeeder. Dupieux uses his full name for his cinematic work, Mr. Oizo being only used for his musical work.

Early life[edit]

Quentin Dupieux was born on 15 April 1974 in Paris. At the age of 18, he found a camera and started taking photographs. At 19, he began to play music to illustrate his images, and he bought his first synthesizer. In 1999, Laurent Garnier of the record label FCom bought a car from Mr. Oizo's father.[4] 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. 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 Chevelle. Flat Eric was also featured in the song's music video. The Flat Beat EP has sold over three million copies.[citation needed] The song reached number 1 in the UK.

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.[citation needed] 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.[5]

Ed Banger Records[edit]

Mr. Oizo at Les Nuits Secrètes in 2009

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 and 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".[6] "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 and 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" (speculated to be Lola Zaidline).

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[7]), "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.[8][9] 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.


Dupieux at Festival Deauville in 2013

Dupieux created a number of music videos and feature films, starting with the 1997 music video "Kirk".[10] He not only directs his productions, he is usually also writer, editor, composer and cinematographer.[11]

Dupieux's second feature film Steak was released in France on 20 June 2007.[12][13] The cast is composed of Eric Judor, Ramzy Bedia, Jonathan Lambert, Vincent Belorgey (Kavinsky) and Sebastian Akchoté (SebastiAn), with an original soundtrack signed Dupieux himself, Sébastien Tellier and SebastiAn.

Filming for the absurdist horror film Rubber began in 2009. The 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'.[14] However, only Gaspard Augé of the duo collaborated with Dupieux on the soundtrack. The film had a United States Video on Demand release.

The surreal comedy Wrong premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.[15]

The comedy Wrong Cops was produced by Realitism Films,[16] who describe it as "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.

Dupieux returned in 2014 with the surreal comedy Reality, starring Alain Chabat, distributed in the US by IFC Midnight.[17]

In 2018, Keep an Eye Out (French title: Au poste!), starring Benoît Poelvoorde and Grégoire Ludig released in theaters and then in 2019, Dupieux returned with Deerskin (French title: Le daim), starring Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel.

His next film Mandibules, which has finished shooting, has no release date yet.[18]


Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result
1999 MTV Europe Music Awards Himself Best Male Nominated
Viva Comet Awards Beste Werbung (Best Advertise) Won
2000 Billboard Music Video Awards "Flat Beat" Best New Artist Clip (Dance) Nominated
2008 Beatport Music Awards Himself Best Indie Dance / Nu Disco Artist Nominated
2016 UK Music Video Awards "Hand in the Fire" (with Charli XCX) Best Animation Nominated
Best Art Vinyl All Wet Best Art Vinyl[19] Nominated


Music videos[edit]

  • "Kirk" (1997)
  • "M-Seq" (1999)
  • "Flat Beat" (1999)
  • "Analog Worms Attack" (1999)
  • "Inside The Kidney Machine" (1999)
  • "Stunt" (2004)
  • "Making Lambs Anger" (2009)
  • "Where's the money, George?" (2010)[20]
  • "Being Flat" (2015) (Short film)
  • "Night Owl" - Metronomy (2016)
  • "Discow" - Handbraekes (2018)
  • "Viandes Légumes Véhicules" - (2019, directed by Meat Dept.)[21]


  • Nonfilm (2002) (TV premiere 2007, DVD release 2011; two versions exist, 44 and 75 minutes long, respectively)[22]
  • Steak (2007)
  • Rubber (2010)
  • Wrong (2012)
  • Wrong Cops: Chapter One (2012) (Short film)
  • Wrong Cops (2013)
  • Reality (2014)[23]
  • Keep an Eye Out (2018)
  • Deerskin (2019)
  • Mandibules (2020) (French title)
  • Incroyable mais vrai (TBA) (French title)


  1. ^ Douglas, Edward (25 March 2013). "Interview: Quentin (Mr. Oizo) Dupieux Can't Do Wrong -". Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles and Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 371. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Mr. Oizo" (in German). Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Flat Eric's cruise to the top". BBC News. 20 March 1999. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  5. ^ Mr Oizo – Moustache (Half A Scissor) re-release | Reviews. Trebuchet Magazine (2010-12-18). Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  6. ^ "Mr. Oizo: Moustache (Half a Scissor)". FACT Magazine. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  7. ^ Uffie – First Love. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  8. ^ MCs Can Kiss – Uffie Billboard. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  9. ^ Uffie – MCs Can Kiss. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  10. ^ "Quentin Dupieux". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  11. ^ "Quentin Dupieux". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  12. ^ Steak (2007) on IMDb
  13. ^ "Steak". Telefilm Canada. Archived from the original on 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  14. ^ Mixmag, 2009-11
  15. ^ Watch: Quentin Dupieux's Wacky Sundance Film 'Wrong' Teaser Trailer. (2011-12-01). Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  16. ^ "Wrong Cops". Wrong Cops. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  17. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2014-11-10). "AFM: IFC Midnight Acquires Quentin Dupieux's 'Reality' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  18. ^ "Des nouvelles de "Mandibules", le prochain film de Quentin Dupieux". Les Inrocks. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  19. ^ "Best Art Vinyl 2016". Archived from the original on 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  20. ^ "WHERE'S THE MONEY GEORGE ?", Vimeo, Uploaded 2010-01-02, Retrieved 2010-04-09
  21. ^ "MR OIZO - VIANDES LÉGUMES VÉHICULES - official video", YouTube, Uploaded 2019-03-29, Retrieved 2019-04-25
  22. ^ "Nonfilm (2002) : Release Info". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  23. ^ Films, Realitism. "Reality Film Page". Realitism Films website. Realitism Films. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2012-07-28.

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