Ollie first heard proper house music when his best friend's brother returned from Ibiza in the summer of 1989 with a bag full of mix tapes. Having copied every tape, he discovered early hardcore and house and was hooked.
He bought his first decks in 1990 and was booked to play Intense at Peppermint Park Norwich within 2 weeks! The reaction he received at his very first gig has been the catalyst for him to persue a career Djing.
Within the first year of Djing, Ollie managed to play all over East Anglia at clubs such as Hyperbolic, Pleasure Zone, Pulse, Intense, and several illegal raves including the infamous Bees Knees. His enthusiasm and passion of music and the scene earned him a residency with Hyperbolic at King's Lynn Speedway stadium where he played every Friday.
It wasn't long before he changed direction and began playing house from 1994 onwards. His reputation in East Anglia grew and he began to pick up more and more guest sets around the region.
With the Norwich club scene well underway in the mid-90's, Ollie was lucky enough to land a prestigeous residency with Milky Lunch. Here he was playing alongside some of the world's finest Djs including Sasha, Marshall Jefferson, Danny Rampling and Boy George. His contacts within the industry began to escalate and was playing regularly for Miss Moneypennys at the UEA, Norwich and at their Birmingham home Bonds.
By the end of the 1990's, Ollie had played all over the country for some of the best clubs around. You'd find him at Progress, Club UK, Temptation at the Whitehouse Newmarket, Slinky, The Gallery at Turmills, Gods Kitchen, Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound tours and Renaissance. He kept his local interests alive too, securing regular work with Dance Paradise and the then fledgling promotion Pams House. He was also resident for events at the UEA, Norwich whenever a big tour was in town.
In 1999 Ollie became a resident for Universe. Universe are famous for the pioneering dance festivals which spawned Tribal Gathering. His residency with Universe set him up to play on the Universe show on Atlantic 252, Music Choice on Sky (Channels 498 & 499) every Friday to a global audience, and play on a UK tour promoting the film 'Sorted'.
The UK Tour took Ollie all over the country. He was lucky enough to play alongside Carl Cox, Danny Howells, Lisa Loud, Timo Maas and Terry Farley to name a few! The highlight of the tour was Djing at the glittering premier party at London's Browns nightclub.
Ollie landed a weekly residency Djing live on TV with the now defunct Rapture TV. Ollie would play live to a studio audience as the show was broadcast around Europe.
Ollie now plays US House music, whether it's a funky soulful warm-up set or the more driving beats of Jackin house. From San Fran to Philly, Chicago to NY, Ollie's set inspire and make you move. He is resident and co-promoter for Soulshaker. His tastes are broad, and caters for the crowd without playing obvious, commercial house music.
Ollie is a focussed and committed DJ, he performs to inspire.
Trainspotters - Rapture TV
Music Choice - Sky TV (Channels 498 & 499)
Ministry of Sound Radio - Interview and guest mix
Atlantic 252 - regular on Universe show
Flight 100 - Norwich pirate station
Style FM 88.4 - Norwich pirate station
Wensum FM - 2hr Mixes 12am-2am
Future FM - Late night mixes
Various internet radio stations
Hyperbolic, Pulse & Pleasure Zone, Kings Lynn and area
Milky Lunch, Norwich
Temptation, The Whitehouse Newmarket
Dance Paradise, Gt Yarmouth
The Opium Lounge, Ipswich
Club UK, Ipswich
Qat Club, Lowestoft
Fat Factory, Lowestoft
Pams House, various
The Aquarium, London
Miss Moneypennys, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Norwich
Progress, Derby and Norwich
Gatecrasher tour Norwich
Ministry of Sound tours Norwich
Slinky, Bournemouth & Birmingham
China White, London
Honey Club, Brighton
Vision 2k, Cardiff
Junction 21, Leicester
Mustard Lounge, Norwich
Bar Mission, Gt Yarmouth
Sugar, Lemmington Spa
Planet K, Manchester
Living Bar, London
Summerfest, Norfolk Showground
Gods Kitchen, Birmingham
Soulshaker, East Anglia
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You can download or stream MP3 mixes from Ollie Blackmore in our audio section. Over the coming year expect an archive of Soulful, Deep and Jackin house. You'll never be bored at work again!
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