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February 22, 2017
February 22, 2017
At the young age of 21, Oliver Heldens has made a huge name for himself.. well, two names. At just 17 the Dutch producer, originally from Rotterdam, was signed to Spinnin’ Records. His ascent to the top has been a quick one. In 2013 he released “Gecko” that reached the top of the UK charts, top of the Beatport charts, and held the number one spot on the deep house charts for over a month. Pete Tong named him “one of the breakout producers of the year” in 2014. His second release “Koala” (are you catching a theme?) saw similar success. He has residencies in Ibiza and on BBC 1 radio. Heldens also has podcast, Heldeep Radio, that features some of the best in house and tech music on a weekly basis.
HI-LO is the deeper, darker side to Oliver that is bass-driven and dwells in the underground. In July of 2015 Heldens launched Heldeep Records and introduced his alternative persona to the world with the track “Renegade Mastah”. HI-LO blew up about as fast as Oliver Heldens, gaining hundreds of thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify alone. In an interview with UFK Heldens explained, “People expect a certain sound when they listen to artists. By creating HI-LO it gave me the freedom to work on a completely new sound. It gives me the opportunity to show another side of me without having to let go of the Oliver Heldens sound”. HI-LO has worked closely with Chocolate Puma, most recently, releasing “Steam Train” earlier this year. HI-LO has become more than an alias to release music under; Heldens does shows solely as HI-LO, including HiLoWeen in LA with Hannah Wants.
So, Oliver Heldens or HI-LO, which one is your favorite? We love them both! Catch Oliver Heldens (and maybe a little HI-LO?) at Phoenix Lights on April 9th, 2017. Get tickets here.