“Oxygen”, World Fusion Music Band from Chennai was formed in 2003. The band conceptualizes Live Music and blends World genres with an array of Indian elements. Oxygen has composed more than 40 tracks ranging from Irish, Jazz, Funk, Arabic, Oriental, Latin, Synth, Rock, Symphonic, Carnatic, Hindustani, Indian Folk Albums with reputed music labels like HMV Sa Re Ga Ma & Kosmik music titled “Breath of music”, “Dimensions”, “AURA” and “Ooh La La La”. “Ooh La La La” was produced and released by Dr A R Rahman in the year 2009. Since 2003, Oxygen has performed over 1500 live concerts globally.
Apart from its rich repertoire of own compositions, Oxygen has also composed many cover versions of popular cine numbers both in Hindi and Tamil. The uniqueness that Oxygen brings to the existent cine songs is that while retaining the innate essence original tune of the song, it blends different genres of music in its own fusion style to give the song a new perspective.
2003 - 2004 :
In association with Carnatica, Oxygen’s first music album was released by playback singer Srinivas , guitarist Steve Vatz and actor Bharath at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore. The music album had songs including "Vatapiganapathim" complete with guitar and drums in the background to give it a fusion effect. Dimension, Silverstone, Mist, Intensity and a few more of their own compositions completed the live performance. Through this album, Oxygen, World Music Band hoped to make its foray into the world of fusion music.
2004 - 2005 :
Their eponymous debut album drew a wave of positive reviews and even led them to have an interview with CNN. Their second music album release came as a reaffirmation of their talent. The album had seven compositions. Desert Mirage in Arabian, Serene Village in folk, Rain in Paradise in Indian fusion and other numbers in varied genres. During the release of the album, Prasanna, a Jazz Guitarist, Sitar Artiste Pandit Janardhan Mitta, Manikanth Kadri, MusicDirector, Palghat Srirama Bhagvathar, a Carnatic Musician and playback Singer Unni Menon performed too.
2007 - 2008 :
Oxygen’s third music album titled "Aqua" (with Kosmic Music) was released by acclaimed Mridangamartist Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman who presented the first copy to Ganesh of the famous violinist duo Ganesh-Kumaresh. The compositions in the album included Rain Dance, Energy, Sig-Nature, Odyssey, The Rising, Bass-O-Mania, Velvet and Soulful Strings unify not just Western and Indian musical instruments, but their musical traditions as well. Some of these compositions have been made through vocals from playback singer Naresh Iyer.. Janardhan Mitta and Keith Peters have been guest artistes.
2014 - 2015:
In January 2014, Oxygen launched their 4th music album at a shopping mall in Vadapalani and named their album "Oxygen Vol 1". The album was launched by Siddharth Vipin, Krishna Kumar, Justin and Prashanth, all upcoming music directors in the Tamil cinema industry. The event kick started with 26 musicians performing live on stage and the show was witnessed by nearly 1500 people at the mall and over 13000 people globally through live online streaming. The music album comprised of 6 songs. The first song was Bengali Folk sung by Rasika Shekar, a flautist and Bollywood singer.. One song titled Phoenix Revisited is an instrumental track which has an orchestra setup. The song titled Mystic Nation is an unique composition in Indian rock and the song named Sacred Jewel is a contemporary Carnatic Fusion number. Rainbow County is an Irish song fused with Indian elements. 12 Miles West is a Blues Song and is merely an experiment to try a different genre.