A skilled DJ, producer and violinist in her own right, Olivia’s innocently quirky, wild yet always elegant musical style covers a wide sonic range, from disco to house to pulsing techno. Heavily influenced by her classical and jazz background as well as the early sounds from labels such as Innervisions, Running Back, Disco Halal, Compost, Permanent Vacation and Ninja Tune, the art behind her performance lies not simply in her ever-evolving track selection, but also in the ability to turn even the most eclectic underground tracks into instantly accessible dance floor hits by adding her own meticulously arranged live violin and vocals. Seemingly part of the track, Olivia blends melodies and rhythms effortlessly into her set, giving her a unique edge that stuns every crowd she plays for.
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 United States, 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 study jazz and arabic music at Berklee College of Music on scholarship and discovered electronic music production. During her two-year stint back in Hong Kong after her studies, Olivia cut her teeth playing extensively around Asia where she warmed up for international DJs including Yokoo, Rampue, Jeremy Olander, Agents of Time, Aeroplane, Jasper James, Dave Seaman, Paul Oakenfold, David Mayer, Royksopp, Doorly etc. 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, arabic, jazz to oriental and sings live. Olivia composes her own music at home in a small bedroom studio on Ableton Live. She uses a mixture of analog and digital gear, as well as combining live instruments with sampling.
Having gained respect in both the jazz and classical realms 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. Her first single will be released on March 27 as part of Reptile Dysfunction’s 2019 compilation for Miami Music Week, where she will make her US debut alongside Doorly, Krystal Klear, Tiga and others.
In just two years since she picked up electronic music, Olivia went from playing in her bedroom to playing at Tomorrowland for two years in a row with her duo “Until Dawn”, and will be making her solo debut at ADE in Amsterdam along with a fiery Australian debut at Babylon Festival. Olivia inspires fans with her boundless energy and musical depth. Her story and music have been featured on media outlets such as Vogue, TimeOut magazine, Prestige magazine, Jessica magazine, South China Morning Post, Singtao News, RTHK radio 2 & 4, HardRock FM and more. Based between London and Hong Kong, she is currently focused on writing and producing her debut EP to be released sometime in the next year.