Nivek Ogre

Nivek Ogre
Kevin Ogilvie Headshot.jpg
Nivek Ogre in 2008
Background information
Birth nameKevin Graham Ogilvie
Also known asOgre, ohGr
Born (1962-12-05) December 5, 1962 (age 56)
OriginCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation(s)Vocalist, musician, performance artist, actor
InstrumentsKeyboards, synthesizers, guitar, vocals
Years active1982–present
LabelsNettwerk Records, American Recordings, Spitfire Records, SPV GmbH, Metropolis Records
Associated actsSkinny Puppy, Rx, ohGr, Pigface, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, PTP, KMFDM

Nivek Ogre (born Kevin Graham Ogilvie December 5, 1962) is a Canadian musician, performance artist and actor best known as a founding member of the industrial music group Skinny Puppy.[4] Since that band featured another Kevin (Crompton, a.k.a. cEvin Key) and was produced by another Ogilvie (Dave, a.k.a. Rave), Ogre's alias was practical as well as theatrical. Since 1982, he has served as Skinny Puppy's primary lyricist and vocalist, occasionally providing instrumentation and samples. Ogre's charismatic personality, guttural vocals and use of costumes, props, and fake blood on stage helped to expand Skinny Puppy's fanbase[5] and has inspired numerous other musicians.

He is also a member of the electronic music group ohGr, which he founded along with longtime collaborator Mark Walk. Originally named W.E.L.T., ohGr has released five studio albums since 2001, three of which have placed on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Ogre has also been involved with several other musicians and acts including the Al Jourgensen bands Ministry and Revolting Cocks, Pigface and Rx with Martin Atkins, and KMFDM.

Ogre has on several occasions worked as an actor in low-budget horror films. He appeared as Pavi Largo in the rock opera film Repo! The Genetic Opera, as well as Harper Alexander in the comedy-horror film entitled 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams.[6] Ogre was reunited with Repo! director Darren Lynn Bousman for the 2012 musical short film The Devil's Carnival. In 2014, he starred in the Canadian film Queen of Blood.[7]

Early life

Ogilvie was born on 5 December 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[8] From a young age, he had imagined working in a studio as a singer, describing it as his own "manifest destiny".[9] He was also interested in magic and had attempted to become a magician and joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He entertained his parents with magic shows, during which his tricks would often fail humorously.[10] Ogilvie described his childhood as "introverted", and that he would take refuge in watching monster movies; he also enjoyed the horror fantasy writings of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.[11]

As a child, Ogilvie was fascinated with words, and often used his basement as a writing space. He would write several pages at a time and then play around with what he had written. "From that, I developed a keen sense of how words sound, how they can phonetically sound and be changed. How [these] words obviously have different meanings and with a slight displacement can take on almost a surreal meaning". This interest for language and vocabulary stemmed from Ogilvie's love of music and lyrics.[10] His subsequent musical stylings were informed by the likes of Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, and Joy Division. He also described listening to the Cure album Pornography as being a "transformative" moment from his youth.[12]

Ogilvie left Calgary for Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of twenty. "Vancouver has an edge to it; an attitude; an arrogance when it comes to music. I came there as a young 20-year-old from Calgary and entered into a world I’d never seen before".[13] In 1982, Ogilvie attempted to start a record distribution company using borrowed money, a venture that ultimately failed. Ogilvie was further troubled by the death of his father due to cancer and a divorce from his wife.[14] At the time, Ogilvie was roommates with Images in Vogue member Gary Blair Smith when he met Kevin Crompton, the drummer for Smith's band, at a party.[15] Ogilvie also met future collaborator Steven Gilmore, who he learned went to the same high school as he, Ernest Manning High School.[13] Crompton asked Ogilvie to join his project, Skinny Puppy, an invitation he accepted.[15] Images in Vogue recording engineer Dave Ogilvie also signed up.[16] They adopted stage names to avoid the confusion brought by having two people named Kevin in one group; Crompton became cEvin Key and Ogilvie became Nivek Ogre.[17]

Other Languages
español: Nivek Ogre
français: Nivek Ogre
italiano: Nivek Ogre
norsk: Nivek Ogre
polski: Nivek Ogre
português: Nivek Ogre
русский: Нивек Огр
svenska: Nivek Ogre
Türkçe: Nivek Ogre