Olive Oil

DJ, Remixer, and Producer Olive Oil hails from Tokunoshima in the Amami Islands, where his feel for music was nurtured by the area’s vibrant natural surroundings, and a privileged musical environment influenced by his father. He now makes his home in Fukuoka. Jazz and soul samples are the backbone of his sound, enhanced by sharp editing and superbly constructed beats. A pivotal figure in the Japanese beat music scene.

He also works under the names Soloal One and El Nino, and has released a variety of work through both domestic and international labels. He has collaborated with Japanese rappers such as Tamaki Roy and MC Freez, and has toured extensively on his own both in Japan and overseas. The single Pianity, from his 2008 second album Spring Break, earned high praise from renowned British DJ Gilles Peterson. The single was put in heavy rotation on Peterson’s iconic BBC1 radio show, and went on to garner worldwide critical acclaim.