- Arnaud Bernard
"Onra (Arnaud Bernard) is a music producer from Paris, France. Coming mostly from a Hip-Hop background, his inspirations vary from genres such as Soul, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Boogie, Modern Soul, R’n’B, Dub, World, Prog Rock, to name a few.
He first appeared on the collab-album“Tribute” in 2006 with other french producer and friend, Quetzal, a Hip-Hop tribute to Soul music which was played several times by Gilles Peterson, Benji B and covered on Okayplayer.com.
At the same time, he started collaborating with Byron The Aquarius, an American keyboard player from Alabama. Together they released an album under the name of “The Big Payback” in 2007, on japanese label Circulations. A project full of different influences such as futuristic hip-hop, nu-soul and broken beat. They also appeared on highly praised compilations such as Beat Dimensions and New Worlds.
In 2006, year of his first trip to Viet Nam, the land of his grand-parents, he managed to bring back some Chinese and Vietnamese vinyls out of which he created a hip-hop instrumental album called “Chinoiseries”. The stand-out track “The Anthem” has been included on various compilations, and also covered for TV ads.
He has been selected to attend the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in 2008, and played at the Sonar Festival the next summer.
His project called “1.0.8″, made out of Bollywood samples, has got the Internet buzzing over once again in 2009, and had been elected as album of the week by many different shops across Europe and his latest is “Long Distance”, which was released in May 2010.
He and his trusty two Akai MPC1000 samplers have toured Japan, China, North America, New Zealand, Viet Nam and all across Europe."
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