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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

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Ministry of Sound has teamed up with Defected Records to re-release Oliver $ & Jimi Jules‘ spring smash, “Pushing On,” which has been ubiquitous since its March release — sitting snugly in Beatport’s #1 spot for a nice while in addition to massive Radio 1 support and a proper rinsing at clubs everywhere in Ibiza and beyond.

And speaking of Ibiza, Made To Play/Play It Down boss, Jesse Rose, has put together a lovely “Live from the Villa” remix to coincide with MoS’ August 31st release, equipped with a dramatic intro and a classic piano-based groove that easily transports the listener poolside on some sunny Balearic island. Have a listen to Jesse’s top notch remix below. √+

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To gear you up for this year’s Brunch (@ Mesa) 2014 season, our very own BONES has mixed up 30 minutes of the vibes to come. Featuring artists scheduled to play the events and as well the genres to be played, let this mix take you on a journey into the sounds of Brunch, and get ready for the summer!

TRACK LISTING:
The Aston Shuffle – Tear It Down (Low Steppa Remix)
Claptone – United (Original Mix)
Clean Bandit, Sharna Bass – Extraordinary (Bontan Remix)
Oliver $, Jimi Jules – Pushing On (Original Mix)
Nick Monaco & Kill Frenzy – Femininity (Original Mix)
Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Soul Clap Balearic Mix)
Poupon – I Want It All (Original Mix)

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My personal one to watch for this year is on a warpath of production and his newest creation doesn’t stray from that truth. The mysterious Parisian known as Tchami has spread his viral sound this year into some huge originals and remixes for the likes of Mercer, AlunaGeorge, Oliver and more. Today he dropped a preview to his forthcoming original “Untrue” and it is on another level of feels. I’ll just stop talking and you can just listen below…

WMC – Don’t miss Tchami @ HARD Miami!

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Chic feat. Nile Rogers, Giorgio Moroder, Tensnake, Oliver, and Destructo. Woah. The biggest names in Disco from the past two decades all in one sentence, all on one bill, this coming May, as presented by HARD. With their Dischoteque stage in recent years, HARD has given the nod to the timeless genre on multiple occasions, but this time they give it the spotlight for what is sure to be a transcendent timeline of Disco’s existence in the modern dance music industry. On one hand you have the men who have virtually given birth to the movement, men who have worked with the legends your parents used to get down to. Then on the other, the producers who have/are keeping the genre alive in it’s current state. You have the chance to hear history unfold, a chance to understand an idea that has managed to keep it’s footing all this time. Continue Reading

GDD™ favorite and ultimate legend, Green Velvet, has released his 7th studio album as Green Velvet today on his own Relief Records, boasting 13 new collaborations with established and budding talent. Guys like Riva Starr, Harvard Bass, Oliver $, and our mate Craig Williams lend their expertise to the LP in addition to new names like Boooox, Saso Recyd, and Zcarab, who all won their way into the studio with Curtis through a worldwide production contest.

Chicago House, Techno, and Acid are all prevalent in Unshakable, calling upon lasting influences while injecting new sounds for an incredibly balanced record. More than 20 years after “Coffee Pot,” Green Velvet proves his relevance without fail. What cannot be shaken will remain…

Preview collabs with Oliver $ and Craig Williams below and snag the LP on Beatport.

Coming off a huge tour w/ Zedd and Alex Metric, the LA rising duo Oliver follow up their finely tuned Mechanical EP with an all-star remix collection that casts their already-diverse originals in a stunning new light. Kicking off with a stomping, fan favorite mix of “Night Is On My Mind” by festival king Dillon Francis, Mechanical Remixes kicks into even higher gear with Nom De Strip‘s big room take on “Control,” before pulling a moody left turn with Tchami‘s bouncing funky house version of “MYB,” and closing out strong with a high energy remix of “Mechanical” by new young producer Values. Machine music on all levels!

*Don’t miss Oliver on the main stage @ HARD Day Of The Dead – Saturday, November 2nd!

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The wait is over! Prep School Recordings has released today the debut EP from The Supertraxxe, the much anticipated 4-track release that crosses boundaries from Disclosure to Justice to Oliver and back again. The Supertraxxe’s funk-infused take on indie dance is fresh and infectious, pairing classic disco elements with modern synth grit. Get into the groove and see for yourself… support this young guns!

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Oliver made their Fool’s Gold Records debut back in January with the 4-track EP, Mechanical, which truly illuminated the diversity of the duo’s production. Not to be labeled as Nu Disco DJs, Oliver included the late-night, 100BPM mover, “Night Is On My Mind,” on the release, featuring pitched down vocals and a heaviness that many would deem somewhat uncharacteristic of the talented producers. Over 6 months later, the tune has been given a video treatment, and I must say, it’s absolutely brilliant. I’ll give you a few keywords that should tickle your fancy — LA Gear, mobile rave station, blonde in heels, and ass. √+ (obviously)