Olivier Heldens was born on 1st February 1995, is a Dutch DJ and electronic music producer from Rotterdam. He is known as one of the pioneers of the future house genre that propelled him to international attention with songs like “Gecko (Overdrive)”, “Last All Night (Koala)”, “The Right Song”, “Fire in My Soul” and “Turn Me On”. He also produces bass house songs under the alias HI-LO, which comes from “Oli H” in reversed form, and runs the label Heldeep Records.
Oliver began his professional music career in 2013 when he signed with Spinnin’ Records and the first two songs released were “Stinger” and “Thumper”, which features DJ Jacob van Hage. Also in 2013 the song “Gecko” caught the attention of fellow Dutch DJ Tiësto, who signed the song to his label, Musical Freedom, and later released a vocal version through Warner Music Group’s FFRR with British singer Becky Hill on 23 June 2014 as “Gecko (Overdrive)”. The song peaked at number 1 on the UK Top 40 chart in June 2014, was named “Essential New Tune” by BBC’s Pete Tong on 31 January 2014, and DJs including David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Zedd began supporting it.
In January 2014, Heldens launched his Heldeep Mixtape on his official SoundCloud page, creating extended mixes that incorporate various genres of electronic music including different types of deep house and tech-house. The first mixtape included his remix of fellow Spinnin’ Records signee Martin Garrix’s “Animals”. In March 2014, Heldens also released a remix of Robin Thicke’s “Feel Good”.
Heldens entered the DJ Mag Top 100 of 2014, making his debut at number 34. In July 2015, the HI-LO song “Renegade Mastah” was the first track to be released on Heldens’ new label Heldeep Records.
1.Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive)
2. Oliver Heldens & Lenno – This Groove
3. Oliver Heldens ft. Shungudzo – Fire In My Soul
4. Oliver Heldens & Sidney Samson – Riverside 2099
5. Oliver Heldens – Koala
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