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Introducing: Oliver Heldens

The latest in a long line of producer/DJs to emerge from the Netherlands, 20-year-old Oliver Heldens claims he’s offering something different from his fellow countrymen by offering a crossover between tech house, deep house and EDM.

It’s a sound which has instantly paid dividends, attracting the attention of Dutch trance hero Tiesto, who released Heldens’ breakthrough single “Gecko” through his Musical Freedom label, while a vocal version featuring The Voice UK semi-finalist Becky Hill went on to top the UK charts last October.

There’s plenty more where that came from. Featuring guest vocalist KStewart, the anthemic “Last All Night (Koala)” has already guaranteed that Oliver Heldens won’t be a one-hit wonder, while recent collaborations with Sander Van Doorn (“This”) and Zeds Dead (“You Know”) have also maintained his impressive strike rate.

Inspired by the Sneakerz Muzik label responsible for early releases from the likes of Afrojack and Bingo Players, Heldens first began DJing at parties and producing his own music using Fruity Loops while still at school. After abandoning his ambitions of becoming a designer/architect to pursue a career in dance music, he signed to Spinnin’ Records aged just 17, launched his own podcast/mixtape series entitled Heldeep, and soon became championed by a whole host of superstar DJs, including David Guetta, Hardwell and Zedd.

But it’s in the last twelve months that Heldens has really started to establish himself as a major player, debuting at No.34 in DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 DJs Poll, remixing tracks for the likes of Robin Thicke (“Feel Good”), Disclosure (“Latch”) and Coldplay (“A Sky Full of Stars”), and landing high-profile festival slots at the Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland and Creamfields.

With a series of headlining dates across North America and Europe planned for 2015, as well as hook-ups with Tiesto and drum ‘n’ bass maestro Netsky, expect Oliver Heldens to be challenging Martin Garrix for the title of the Netherlands’ premier young dance export.

 


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About the Author

on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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