Tony Ozier is 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 and his popular 10 piece band The Doo Doo Funk Allstars. Ozier’s been on the grind ever since falling in love with engineering and beatmaking then graduating from Full Sail University. He’s worked out of the Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, and now, Portland markets with artists countrywide from local talents to pop’s biggest names as a producer, engineer, and touring musician, continually refining his sound. 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.
His latest album AutoTone is a dive into the depths of Ozier’s greatest studio abilities and the musical techniques he’s honed since his youth. On the album, along with longtime production collaborator Key2C, Ozier adds features from local star Rasheed Jamal and West Coast heavyweight J Lava. AutoTone approaches 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.
Just this summer, Ozier and his Doo Doo Funk Allstars project headlined Portland, Oregon’s second annual OCA Summer Fair Pachecos Stage hosted by Eco Firma Farms along with DJ Slimkid3 formerly of The Pharcyde. MAGNETIC sat down with the talented producer to discuss his musical influences and learn about the songs that keep him lifted.
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“Rockafella (RIP) Remix” by Redman
I was at a party when I first heard this remix. I went straight to the record store and bought the maxi-single. Fast forward a month later, I received my first car (my step mom’s old ride). It had a bangin’ system, so sometimes I would just drive around and listen to music. This song takes me back to when I would ride around town with my cousin Mike aka Peanut! We had a lot of FUN.
“Stakes Is High” by De La Soul
I like to roll up, then listen to this song by myself. De La hit a home run with this whole album, but “Stakes Is High” just hit me a in an unexplainable way. As I listen to it now, it still feels like they just wrote this song.
“Greatdayndamornin/Booty” by D'Angelo
This is one of my favorite songs ever. You can tell he was burning some very high grade when he wrote this. “Greatdayndamornin/Booty” works on any type of day. “Good days, bad days, halfway days / Good times, bad times, halfway times / Good days, bad days, halfway days / But I'm still looking for a great day in the morning.” The title says it all, too. Roll one up, and press play.
“(Not Just) Knee Deep” by Parliament/Funkadelic
This is a classic! Fifteen minutes of (P)ure FUNK! I was introduced to The Funk at five years old in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by my Dad. I never knew that concert he took me to would influence me this much as an adult. Hell, I didn't even know I was funky until I met Greg "GRock" Sanders and he told me!
“Love Rears Its Ugly Head” by Living Colour
This is one of my ‘must-have in my collection’ songs! When I first heard “Love Rears Its Ugly Head,” I couldn't stop playing it. Over and over, joint after joint, time after time, it’s magical!