Armed with a synthesizer, vocals, self-programmed beats, and Vindice the electric violin, Mei Ohara is an eclectic artist that strives to merge genres, from electronic to rock to classical. Her style takes influence from her multi-cultural background as a half Japanese, half English-American. She draws inspiration from everywhere, from the beauty of the vast enigma of the universe to the human psyche and love. Mei performs throughout Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
*Performs either an electronic set, a more acoustic and standard singer-songwriter style version, or somewhere in between. Upon request, Mei can also prepare an instrumental set with electric violin and self-produced backing tracks.
Mei - Vocals, Electric Violin, Synth/Keys, Beat Producer
Antimatter EP (January 2013)
Mei Ohara - Antimatter EP
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Ohara's driving industrial beats with their booming low-end and the darkly prismatic array of sy...Ohara's driving industrial beats with their booming low-end and the darkly prismatic array of synth sounds make for an eerie dystopian backdrop that is both chilling and seductive. Her high-soaring silvery soprano, though, is what carries the tunes, cutting through the densely-packed steam-powered productions with its cathedral-sized echo, haunting vibrato, and sky-high range. The cherry on the top of this EP, however, is the high-pitched wail of her violin that's so wet with psychedelic effects, it must be tripping hard on brown acid. She may be classically trained, but her space-age fiddle warbling is so far from classical it's not even in the same galaxy, let alone ballpark. More Hendrix than Haydn. Man, I could listen to this for hours. Probably will, too.
Mei Ohara – “Antimatter Man”
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“Antimatter Man” doesn’t so much start as it boots up. And it’s some extreme, futuristic technology ...“Antimatter Man” doesn’t so much start as it boots up. And it’s some extreme, futuristic technology that can seem at times very robotic and at other times almost more human than you, man. We can credit this to Ohara’s neo-futuro-classical essence, as soulful string bowing-meet digitized sound somewhere in the stratosphere of your head and then do all sorts of intricate and possibly naughty things together quite gracefully in the air.
The vocal adds yet another dimension to the arrangement, twisting and turning in the air like something that is both weightless as it is extremely potent. The melody takes several delicious twists and turns along the way but it still coasts on the occasional cloud when the mood is right.
The pervasive hook in this track is almost surprising – it’s sort of like special effects in a movie: when they are done well, you don’t even realize that they were effects until later. The motif, which starts at the bottom of the scale and winds up twiddling somewhere toward the V/V# stays in the mind’s ear after the end of the song, and it’s almost like “Where did that come from?” and then you realize it. But it goes without saying that antimatter is tricky stuff, so this just must be how it works.
Mei Ohara + DJ Rory Stark + Wave///Length
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Mei Ohara’s January EP Antimatter is a complex thing. The classically-trained violinist takes her es...Mei Ohara’s January EP Antimatter is a complex thing. The classically-trained violinist takes her estimable chops and runs them through synthesized electronic layers, creating a depth of sound and sharpness in production that is a welcome respite from this era of messy bedroom recordings. She and her electronic violin, Vindice, take center stage tonight in Cambridge on a bill with equally experimental duo Wave///Length and DJ Rory Stark.
Listen To: Mei Ohara
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Recently we learned of Boston area violinist MEI OHARA. She absolutely rips on the electric violin a...Recently we learned of Boston area violinist MEI OHARA. She absolutely rips on the electric violin and has a 6 song demo on bandcamp that is full of haunting ballads backed with electronic drums and sounds. “Comet Eyes” is where she really lets loose on the violin, conjuring up some wailing Middle Eastern flavored melody. Check out her tunes and find out when she’s playing near you.
Different combinations of the follow songs:
Deep Sea Vinyl
The Touch Upon Request
Never Beam Again
Empty my Bones
Reservation in Past Tense
Lone Star Lullaby
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