Hailed by media as one of the top rising underground talents to emerge from Asia, Olivia is perhaps best known for delivering spectacular violin solos and haunting vocals over her live DJ sets. A skilled DJ in her own right, Olivia’s ever-evolving style carries influences from house, disco, techno, electronica and world music. However, the true art of her performance lies not simply in her unique selection, but also in her ability to turn even the most obscure underground tracks into instantly accessible dancefloor hits by adding her own unique live elements to it. By mixing in fresh original numbers with old hidden gems with live instrumentals and vocals on top, Olivia tells a compelling story with her music.
Born in Hong Kong under the name Olivia Dawn Mok, Olivia started learning the violin and piano at the age of six. She left her hometown at fourteen to study high school in the U.S., where she honed her songwriting skills and fell in love with music. After having graduated with a classical violin degree from The Juilliard School in New York, Olivia moved to Valencia, Spain, where she began to experiment with jazz at Berklee College of Music and discovered electronic music. During her short two-year stint back in Hong Kong after her studies (where she worked at a hotel), Olivia cut her teeth playing extensively around Asia where she warmed up for international DJs including Royksopp, Doorly, David Mayer, Yokoo, Rampue, Jeremy Olander, Agents of Time, Aeroplane, Jasper James & Dave Seaman, Paul Oakenfold, Jonas Blue and Bebe Rexha. Her sets stood out not only for her refusal to be boxed into one single genre, but also because Olivia improvises effortlessly on her violin in styles ranging from classical to arabic to latin jazz and sings her originals live. Olivia composes all her own music at home in a small bedroom studio with a piano, a synthesizer, a drum machine and her microphone on Ableton Live. She enjoys using a mixture of analog and digital gear, as well as combining live instruments with recorded samples.
Having gained respect in both the jazz and classical realm and been highly sought after as a songwriter (previously for PeerMusic Spain) and session player in the studio, She has recorded vocals for TIME (Sapiens/FR) and strings for Eagles & Butterflies, Casey Driessen (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) and Latin Grammy award-winning producer Javier Limón. Her latest release BIRD (in collaboration with TIME & Kiko Franco) was listed on Spotify Brasil’s Top 50 viral chart for a week.
In just two years since she picked up electronic music, Olivia went from producing beats in her bedroom to playing live at Tomorrowland for two years in a row with her duo “Until Dawn”, and has recently made her solo debut at ADE in Amsterdam with an upcoming Australian solo debut at Babylon Festival in Feb 2019 alongside the likes of Carl Cox, Damian Lazarus and Amelie Lens. An advocate of sustainability, equality, fitness and mental health, Olivia occasionally gives TEDx talks and performance lectures at Berklee College of Music and serves as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Recently she hosted a bilingual live webcast following the International Music Competition Harbin on behalf of Medici TV, the largest classical music channel in the world. She has ongoing collaborations with Nike, through which she maintains an active running lifestyle.
Olivia is currently based between Hong Kong and London where she, when not on tour, serves as W London’s first ever Music Curator. Her story has been featured on media outlets such as TimeOut magazine, South China Morning Post, Prestige magazine (named 40 under 40 two years in a row), Jessica magazine, South China Morning Post, RTHK radio 2 & 4, HardRock FM and more. With her boundless energy, extreme focus and an infectious smile, Olivia looks forward to what may be her most exciting year yet as she embarks on a new chapter in her career with more European shows and her debut EP release.