Oh. has a passion for creating both ethereal ballads and progressive rock, metal and acoustic renderings that whisper of Satriani with Vai-esque hard and fast shreds that burn through her Ibanez guitar. Her music is rich in symphonic and harmonic choruses accompanied by powerful sultry vocals in the timbre of Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giesbergen and Tori Amos. Her music always challenges the listener to journey in her sonic landscapes and escape into the atmospheres she creates — with sounds take the listener musically to places they 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. What drives her to play a half-dozen instruments or insist on mixing and mastering her own music isn’t revealed so much in a succession of outer events. It’s driven more by her passion to musically reveal her “inside-story” – her path to gnosis or revelation and share that process with the world.
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 that played late into the nights entering her bedroom walls. She says:
“I never felt as if there were ever a question of whether I can play music or not, playing music was always only a question of whether you have something to express.”
Her time in her studio is spent in crafting a sound, as she says. ‘epic enough’ to touch the soul, whether in the darkest recesses of sorrow or heights of elation.
And as you go deeper into her music you will hear a strong and powerful voice of hope. And after a couple listens more you will notice her music has somehow changed you in a subtle way.
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. 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 – one of the first Greek artists to create a 360° virtual reality video without a 360° camera.
The last of the single ballad series, “Deserted Eyes” was released on January 19, 2018 with an animated music video and innovative WebGL experience. The song is presently a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriters Competition (ISC) and the music video is a participant in the 13th Athens Animfest 2018.
A progressive metal EP, “Metallia” will be released in February 2018. 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. The music video for the title track “Trials – a song for a lost generation” won an international video contest
• Oh. was added 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.
• Honored the developers of the Mettle Skybox Suite reposted the unique workflow used to create a 360° virtual reality video without a 360° camera on their Skybox Studio blog – invited to present the workflow at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) – for the music video, “Love of Avalanches” in 2016. mentioned in Huffington Post (Greece).
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. is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, violin, piano and percussion) who composes, performs, produces, mixes and masters her own music from her studio in Athens, Greece.