|Birth name||Omid Nourizadeh|
|Also known as||16B, ORN, Phaser|
|Genres||deep house, tech house, techno, nu disco|
|Occupation(s)||record producer, disc jockey|
|Labels||Alola, Disclosure, SexOnWax, Sony, EyeQ, Hooj Choons, Tsuba, Deconstruction, Tulipa, Stronghouse, Bedrock, Baroque, MOS, GU, BALANCE series|
Omid Nourizadeh (Persian: امید نوری زاده), better known as Omid 16B or 16B, is a British-Iranian electronic music producer/composer and DJ based in London. He is considered one of the creators of the tech house genre.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Omid's parents were Iranian but he spent his childhood in Putney, London. He grew up listening to rock music, and listed Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and the Cure among his favourite artists – after Robert Smith became a fan Omid would later remix various Cure songs. He learnt to play guitar and formed a rock band, but after hearing hardcore records played on pirate music stations he began making his own tracks on basic equipment that he had bought. Beginning in 1995, his early house and techno singles were released on his own Alola and Disclosure labels under the names of 16B and Phaser, but they soon attracted the attention of big-name DJs such as Derrick Carter, François Kevorkian and Sasha, and he signed to Sven Väth's Eye Q label to release his debut album Sounds from Another Room in March 1998, which was described by the Independent on Sunday as "avant-garde" and by Muzik as "quite breathtaking".
Although he started out as a producer, Omid gradually moved into DJing, at the request of friends who asked him to play records at parties. He secured a regular spot playing the Elements club night run by Hooj Choons record label boos Red Jerry. In October 2001 Omid released The Witch/Which Equation under the alias of the Sixteen Million Dollar Man. Inspired by Prince initially releasing his Planet Earth album as a covermount with a British newspaper, Omid released his third studio album Like 3 Ears and 1 Eye (Part 1) in a similar manner as a covermount with the November 2007 issue of DJ Mag.
Omid also formed the SOS collective of DJs, consisting of him, Desyn Masiello and Demi. The trio secured a residency at London's Ministry of Sound nightclub, and were asked to produce the club's first mix CD in 2010.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Studio albums[edit | edit source]
As $16 Million Dollar Man
- The Witch/Which Equation (Under the Counter, 2001)
As Omid 16B
- Like 3 Ears and 1 Eye (Part 1) (Sex on Wax, 2007)
- Like 3 Ears and 1 Eye (Part 2) (Sex on Wax, 2008)
Mix albums[edit | edit source]
- Everything All of Them Every Year (Aloha, 2002)
- In House We Trust 4 (with Alex Neri) (Shinichi/Yoshitoshi, 2004)
- DJ Face Off (with Mr. C) (DJ Mag, 2005)
References[edit | edit source]
- Mardles, Paul (9 May 1998). "Room Service". Echoes. p. 13.
- Murphy, Ben (November 2007). "Stand and Deliver!". DJ Mag. Vol. 4 no. 54. pp. 26–31.
- "Omid 16b акостира в София". News.bg (in Bulgarian). 8 October 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2012.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
- Wyatt, Kieran (May 1998). "Review: 16B - Sounds from Another Room". Muzik. p. 72.
- Barr, Tim (31 January 1998). "16B: Housin' authority". Melody Maker.
- Jones, Tobias (12 April 1998). "Arts: Hot hits for a sizzling summer". Independent on Sunday. p. 24. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- Barr, Tim (March 1998). "B Listed". The Face.
- "As Hooj As Ever". M8. No. 152. November 2001.
- Murphy, Ben (January 2010). "Three's the Charm!". DJ Mag. pp. 24–28.
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