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Mr Oizo – Flat Beat (Original Mix) (1999)

EDMclassics | 6 November, 2021

Quentin Dupieux (born April 14, 1974), also known by his musical stage name Mr. Oizo, is a French filmmaker, electronic musician, and DJ. Dupieux uses his full name for his filmmaking career, Mr. Oizo being only used for his musical career.

Dupieux has directed numerous films including; Rubber (2010), Wrong (2012), Wrong Cops (2013), and Reality (2014), shot in the United States and began making films in France in 2018. Since then, he has released Keep an Eye Out! (2018), Deerskin (2019), and Mandibles (2020) which have been entirely filmed and produced in France.

Under the pseudonym Mr. Oizo, he is best known for his 1999 single “Flat Beat” released on 22 March 1999 through F Communications and was featured as a bonus track on his debut studio album, Analog Worms Attack. Widely publicized by Flat Eric’s appearance in many commercials for Levi’s and the popularity of the music video, the track became a surprise European hit. “Flat Beat” peaked at number five on the French Singles Chart and reached number one in Austria, Finland, Flanders, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

Prior to the “Flat Beat”, Dupieux created Flat Eric, a fictional puppet character, for Levi’s commercials for Sta-Prest One Crease Denim Clothing, built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The popularity of the commercials lead to a music video for the song being created, also featuring Flat Eric.

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