Ojai, CA


Oliwa is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and DJ Oliver Newell. After wandering out of the LA psych-rock music scene to the idyllic mountain village of Ojai, he found himself exploring his own genre of deep house music, gently approaching the techno pathocracy from a nurturing place of love and earnest creativity. Endowed with a rich musical performance and composition background, a fascination with the future, and the earthen sensibility of the California coast and its denizens, Oliwa’s unique world of electronic music explores subtle and fantastical landscapes as he weaves together meditative textures with complex rhythms from an array of influences. Twangy and skanky, funky and spacious, elaborate and deep; he strives to inspire dance floors through transcendent epiphanies and emotional release.

As a producer, arranger and performer he has worked with a swath of artists including Jonathan Wilson, Dawes, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Sheela Bringi, Dave Stringer, Heather Christie, Equanimous and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister.

In addition to being an accomplished musician and producer, Oliwa is yoga teacher, student of the natural sciences, meditation practitioner, and multimedia artist.