Ozzy aka Thermal is trained in classical and jazz piano and started writing music using computers in 1996. He became massively influenced by the sound of acts such as The Prodigy, Orbital, The Chemical Brothers, Goldie (and the Metalheadz camp in general), Leftfield and Underworld. The Nuskool Breaks sound of the 2000’s also had, and still has, a big impact on his music. “My music is often about balancing the rough with the smooth,” Ozzy comments – “although lately the tunes have been more on the ugly side!”
Signed to a Danish label in the mid-2000’s while studying Law at the University, Ozzy had DJ gigs as Thermal around Norway as well as abroad, with highlights being sets at Culture Box in Copenhagen, and Bastard and ACUD in Berlin. His music got played by Blu Mar Ten on BBC radio and he played alongside artists such as Utah Jazz (Planet V, Spearhead) and Soulmatic (Good Looking Records). He wrote a Liquid Drum & Bass album which unfortunately never got released due to label issues.
Around the same time, he graduated from Uni, and office jobs and family life became the order of the day. However, Ozzy never stopped producing, and squeezed out “The Chagrined EP” on DOOH! Records in 2012 and the self-released LP “Heritage” in 2018.
In recent years, as more time to make music became available, he put in so many hours in the studio that it was only natural to start Heat Audio, marking a career shift from contract negotiations to sound design. To name a few sound design projects, Heat Audio has delivered multiple sample packs to Splice for release on their Test Press sub-label, and also made factory presets for Martinic’s AX73 synth plugin as well as an expansion pack for Algonaut’s Atlas 2 sampler.