MikeOzMainPhoto2MikeOz (Michael Oxman) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and continues to call LA his home. Even as a child he was fascinated by the power and emotion of music. Embracing a variety of musical genres–classical symphonies, sweeping movie soundtracks, rock and roll, pop, and new age–Mike rarely found himself without music playing an integral role in his life. And thanks to a local public radio station, KCRW, and a then-famous night-time show Metropolis, Mike was exposed early on to non-mainstream genres like downtempo/trip-hop, house, trance, and drum and bass.

Mike began classical piano lessons at the age of 6 and though he loved playing piano, he quit after only 5 years. His instructor gave the warning that if he stopped his lessons, he would likely stop playing altogether (a result she had no-doubt witnessed many times before). Instead, Mike continued playing the piano and even taught himself the guitar. As PCs became powerful enough to support digital music production, Mike embraced music production as well.

In his teens, MikeOz began assembling electronic songs using what would now be considered very basic music sampling programs. As the software sophistication increased, Mike continued to create music that spanned a number of world genres, with electronic music being his ultimate passion.