The young gun, Oliver Heldens, has had an outstanding breakout year as he’s quickly made a name for himself with his game-changing brand of future house. After clinching a UK #1 “Gecko (Overdrive),” a coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix feature, major festival appearances around the world, and more, the Dutch phenom is descending upon Los Angeles for a special Heldeep night at Exchange on Sunday, December 28th – and now you + a friend have a chance to attend for free! Enter to win one of TWO pairs of tickets to this show below.
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To get you ready for their headline show tomorrow night 9/12 in Los Angeles @ Exchange, we caught up with the LA-based duo Oliver, who’s techno driven yet disco spirited sound has catapulted them to wide spread support and made them a household name along the festival circuit.
GDD: Your Light Years Away EP just dropped this week on Fool’s Gold. Both ‘Light Years Away’ and ‘Fast Forward’ boast massive techno driven bass lines that reconcile with disco and funk chords and vocals throughout. What was the inspiration behind the 2 tracks?
OLIVER: If I remember correctly, Vaughn had the idea for the main bassline in Light Years Away and we just started building the track around that. We wrote the section that ended up becoming the bridge on piano and the lyric/melody with our friend Ryland. A lot of the time we aren’t really sure what parts are going to end up in the finished song so we like to try a bunch of ideas and see what sticks.
For Fast Forward, we had that little vocal part from some other song that ended up not going anywhere. We always liked the idea and actually tried to use it a couple times but it never went anywhere. This is a great example of having a vocal idea or song title and letting that dictate the direction of the track. We actually used the iPad a bunch on this song. And the final bassline that you hear was like one of 10 that we ended up settling on minutes before having to hand the song in.
GDD: Your production has evolved over the past few years, as you guys have played bigger shows and festivals? Has that had any effect on the productions?How would you describe what makes it an “Oliver” track?
OLIVER: We try our best to play out tracks that will translate well to crowds while at the same time be something we can stand behind. I think that has become something that is a motivator in the studio, to make songs that can translate in a live setting but not sound like everybody else. I think these two tracks are prime examples of us just having come off the road and wanting to have something original to play.
GDD: You’ve become really close with Destructo and the HARD family, both in the studio and on stage… how did that all come to be?
OLIVER: We work with a company called Pulse who manages us and Gary is a close friend of the Pulse team. That’s how we all met and started to collaborate on music in the studio.
GDD: This Friday you guys play Exchange in downtown Los Angeles. What’s your favorite thing about performing in LA and are you excited for such a big headline show?
OLIVER: Yeah! It’s gonna be a fun one. Definitely feels good having all our friends and team there who have been so supportive since day one. We are really excited to have some new material out and also working on a lot more of it. Hopefully we will be able to test out some demos on the night.
GDD: It BONES birthday party on Friday… what’s the worst/most embarrassing birthday memory you guys (each) have?
OLIVER: Oh man, I’m pretty sure every birthday of mine ends in embarrassment. I’m pretty sure we’ve all had those birthdays where people wont stop buying you shots. I mean, it would be rude not to take them right? Haha
This weekend we bring you a huge INCEPTION doubleheader, as Hot Since 82 and Carlo Lio take over the decks at Exchange LA. To get you hyped for the massive night to come, we caught up with Toronto based house music mogul Carlo Lio about his influences, his styles and the long road ahead…
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Ahead of his set this Saturday with Skream at Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles, Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus shed some light on a number of interesting topical subjects, with a bit of info on his new album out next year, a busy summer festival schedule, and a positive outlook on the future of underground music.
This Saturday, Mark Knight stops at Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles on his Road To Ibiza tour, bringing his Toolroom Records label in tow with special guest Weiss. While Mark runs the main room, GDD will be running the downstairs gallery all night with sets from Troy Kurtz, Shae B, Coastin, and The Interns.
Pick up pre-sale tickets here.
Or RSVP for discount list at the door by emailing names to firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday at 4PM.
Listen to some tunes you probably will hear on Saturday night…
Justin Martin invades Exchange LA this Saturday for the second round of his residency and this time he brings the UK dirtybird Eats Everything with him for a special 8 hour b2b set! To get you ready for the long haul, we caught up with Eats about WMC and playing with Justin. We also got an exclusive ‘Reebeef’ of his for free download, so read what he had to say and grab the tune below!
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Here’s a special treat for Los Angeles. As part of his new Exchange LA residency, Justin Martin has invited fellow bird, Eats Everything, for a special, all-night, 8-hour b2b set this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. The gents will play from doors at 10PM til the lights turn on at 6AM, making for an unprecedented night of some of the best booty-shaking House music around. Make sure to grab your tickets soon as this one is going to be a packed house.
Coinciding with the event this Saturday is a brand new EP out on dirtybird yesterday from Justin and Eats titled Hello Mr. Jello, which you can bet your booty they’ll play to the large room of Exchange. Listen below. √+
Richie Hawtin’s legendary Berlin-based Minus imprint takes over Exchange LA this Saturday, with live performances from both Gaiser and Matador as well as a DJ set from Hobo. Be prepared for a night of globally recognized House and Techno from a family of artists that have an ongoing (and much sought after) stamp of Hawtin approval.
Let Matador’s latest live mix from a gig in Madrid last month catch you up to speed.
To get you ready for his debut performance @ EXCHANGE LA this Saturday, we bring you an exclusive promo mix by the one and only Seth Troxler. One of the top ranked DJs in the world rolls through Los Angeles this weekend and its gonna be one for the books… Listen below and don’t miss out on the show!
First they had a feather fight. Then they did what’s known in the industry as ‘the gettup’ and proceeded to tear a hole into 2013… Now San Fran / Bristol’s finest dynamic duo Justin Martin & Eats Everything return with two more beastly jams:
“Steven Jello” takes us on a deep journey into the groove space continuum. Boasting a strutting cosmic bassline, hypnotic percussion, weeping synth flurries and a timeless house vocal shot, it’s Justin and Eats at their most contemplative. Heads down, feet to the floor, get busy… We have no idea who Steven Jello is, but as he’s inspired a tribute like this, we’re already in love with the man.
“Kong” is so monstrous it’ll have you climbing the nearest skyscraper for safety. You’ll be ducking from the groaning, moaning airplanes overhead. You’ll be air drumming to the gargantuan tub-thumping fills. You’ll be shaking your hairy booty to the snake-like percussion. You’ll be pounding your chest to the rusty organ flourishes. You’ll be asking yourself… Where has this tune been all my life?!
Few co-lab projects resonate with such distinctive shared spirit and sonic camaraderie. It’s a shame Justin and Eats don’t live closer together or we’d have an entire album of this high calibre material by now.
LOS ANGELES – Don’t miss Justin Martin & Eats Everything playing a very special 8-hour b2b set on Saturday, April 5th @ EXCHANGE LA!