Onra (Arnaud Bernard) is a music producer from Paris, France.
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. The same year starts the relationship between the artist and irish label All City, together they released “My Comet” on a 7” as part of the 7×7 series.
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.
Onra’s latest LP called “Long Distance”, which was released in May 2010 under irish label All City Records, is heavily influenced by 80’s Electro-Funk, Modern Soul and Boogie genres. It received press coverage from respected medias such as Pitchfork, which gave the album an outstanding 8.0/10, as well as Jay-Z’s blog, LifeAndTimes.
Next on the list is a 12” EP called L.O.V.E out on AllCity Reords, and also the hugely anticipated sequel to Chinoiseries, Chinoiseries 2, which will drop at the end of the year 2011. He is now touring the world with keyboard player Buddy Sativa to perform music from his various , upcoming and past, projects.
Onra & Quetzal Present Tribute (7”, CD) Bo Bun Records 2006
Chinoiseries (7”, CD, 2LP) Favorite Recordings 2007
Byron & Onra -The Big Payback (12", CD) Just Like Vibes 2007
My Comet / Shhhhhhh (7") All City Records 2008
1.0.8 (LP) Favorite Recordings 2009
Long Distance (12", CD, 2LP) All City Records 2010
L.O.V.E (12") All City Records 2011
Chinoiseries 2 (CD, 2LP, 7”) All City Records 2011