“AutoTone is all about love,” says Tony Ozier, whose 6’ 6” build and laid-back demeanor unite with a near constant jovial smile alluding to his charming southern roots. Pleasant and always producing something hot, it appears Ozier was made to blueprint this album. The Portland famous frontman producer known for his collaborations with Bootsy Collins and fellow PNW music-elite like the late Janice Scroggins and Blues Hall of Famer Curtis Salgado, delivers a game winning slam dunk with his latest album, AutoTone.
Ozier, and the lyricists he features—West coast heavyweight J Lava and Portland rising star Rasheed Jamal, along with longtime production collaborator Key2C—approach relationships, from sex to friendships and race in the U.S., from a place of prescience fused by an expert use of weighty analog synths, crisp rhythms, and funk production sweetness.
From working with the biggest names in music--DJ Premier, Too Short, Ty$, Wajeed, Al B Sure, Ropeadope and Cherries Records, plus members of the Mayer Hawthorne Band, Ozier is as accomplished a producer as any Grammy winner or nominee. AutoTone is the deepest dive, to date, into the depths of Ozier’s greatest studio abilities and the musical techniques he’s honed since youth.
Ozier’s mastery of music shines across all seven songs. The album also features an under-the-hood collab with Lifted, the prolific beatsmith known for producing Kanye West’s “Mercy.” AutoTone’s fifth song, “Sav’em,” is backed by a Lifted beat—a product of their longtime friendship, forged performing in a band together, touring LA back in the day.
Watch the powerful video for the album track “Wake Up” while you’re at it.
Ozier is also one of the founders of the Portland Black Music Festival, and regularly works with youth at Beats Lyrics Leaders, the Auburn Hip Hop Congress, and similar organizations to provide youth with musical experiences.