Oh. has a passion for creating both ethereal ballads and progressive rock, metal and acoustic renderings that whisper of Satriani while Vai-esque hard and fast shreds burn through her Ibanez guitar. Symphonic and resounding harmonic choruses summon you like a Siren’s call while her piercing and sultry vocals in the timbre of Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giesbergen and Tori Amos seduce you. Her music challenges you to escape into her sonic landscapes and atmospheres that take you by surprise and lead you to places musically have never been before.
The real story about Oh. and her music is not disguised behind her moniker or cultivated in the place she was born. The whys and wherefores of her music, her drive to play a half-dozen instruments or even her insistence on mixing and mastering her own songs isn’t decoded in a random train of events. It’s more an “inside-story”.
Yes, she calls herself Oh. because those are the initials of her real name Olivia Hadjiioannou *, – unpronounceable to most except to other natives of Greece where she was born.
And though, some hints as to why she became a musician can be found scattered in snapshots of instruments on her childhood walls or heard in the music played late into the nights of her home culture, in celebration or gatherings… she says:
“I never felt as if there was ever this question of whether I can play music or not, being a musician or composer was always only a question of whether you have something to write or say.”
But then again, the secret to Oh. is concealed somewhere in the recesses of an intrinsic introversion and introspection.
Her time in her studio is spent in crafting a sound ‘epic enough’ to express these illuminations perceived in her inner world.
In her compositions, you will hear instrumental acoustic rock renderings that whisper of Satriani and Vai-esque melodic hard and fast shreds that burn through her Ibanez guitar. And as you go deeper into her music, symphonic and resounding harmonic choruses summon you like a Siren’s call and piercing and sultry vocals in the timbre of Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giesbergen and Tori Amos will attempt to seduce you. As she says,
“I compose with whatever instrument, sound or vocal (and the voice is an instrument and not a lead) —the particular song calls for”.
With possible obsessive compulsive or perfectionist-auteur tendencies aside, she insists on mixing and mastering her music because as she says,
“Mixing is as much a part of the composition as are the instruments and vocals. And knowing mastering is important… so you can get the sound you want and not just an industry “loudness” standard.”
There is so much more to Oh., you just need to listen and her music does ask you listen carefully because there are many twists and turns in her progressive rock and metal landscapes.
*click to hear how to pronounce her name
Oh. has released a debut progressive rock EP “Sleeping World” in 2013 with the award winning video “Trials – A Song for a Lost Generation” and metal album and vinyl release, “Synemotion” in 2015 and two singles, “Love Will Heal” and “Love of Avalanches” in 2016 with an innovative 360 virtual reality music video.
Two more singles, “I’m in Love” and “Deserted Eyes” are coming up for release this summer and a prog metal EP, “Metallia” is coming in fall 2017. Right now, she’s in the studio working on the progressive rock album, “Prog Unshaven” coming out in Spring 2018.
• OH.’s debut EP Sleeping World released in February 2013 – with the title track “Trials – a song for a lost generation won an international video contest.
• The album entered into Prog Archives into the Crossover Prog category.
• The song “Trials” was considered one of the top 50 influential events that marked Greece in 2013.
Reviewers have compared the timbre of her voice to Sharon Den Adel and Anneke Van Giesbergen, others to Happy Rhodes and a cross between Kate bush and Tori Amos. They emphasized her quite unique style, as one said, “she defies analysis somewhat as Queensryche” with distinctive sound of her own.
OH. composes, performs and produces her music, plays the guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, violin, piano and percussion. She is also an accomplished sound engineer and mixes and masters her work. She lives between New York, NY and Athens, Greece.