DUTCH DJ AND producer Oliver Heldens’ rapid rise began when his song Gecko caught the attention of fellow Dutch DJ Tiësto. Pete Tong’s FFRR imprint snapped it up and took it to the UK number one spot with a vocal from Becky Hill. Remixes for Coldplay, Martin Garrix, Robin Thicke, Disclosure and Calvin Harris followed catapulting Heldens into the mainstream to the extent he is now regarded as a ‘future house’ pioneer.
The Friday pool & beach brunch, Ritual at Zero Gravity is where you’ll find him this weekend, but before that we caught up with the artist to find out what makes him tick.
How has your own style evolved over the years?
I’ve been doing more darker bass heavy things with my HI-LO alias which I started in 2015. Over the years, HI-LO has become a little bit more techno influenced. While as Oliver Heldens I’ve been doing more melodic things over the years, with warmer and more organic sounds, and working more with vocals, while at the same time doing more clubby stuff too. In general, I’ve been widening my horizons and I’ll keep doing this. And actually I’m not tired at all of my earlier music, I still love playing tracks like Gecko, Koala and Can’t Stop Playing in my sets!
What have you got planned for your Dubai set?
For my sets I’m always working on new edits/bootlegs/remixes/mashups and those will probably surprise the crowd. I’ll of course play a lot of my own music as well, but also with my own tracks I like to mash them up with other things I love. I take a lot of vocals and samples from songs, new and old (actually a lot of old ones) from a wide variety of artists like from Madonna to Eminem to ABBA to Justin Timberlake to Cardi B. Mixing them up with my own music or other tracks I love, result into pretty interesting and fun dance floor weapons. At my shows you can expect to dance and you won’t stop dancing.
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