Bringing you only the finest of music in WWD102 this week! We have the honour to host none other than Jeremy Olander. Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, DJ, producer and label owner Jeremy Olander has been described as the savior of the melodic house and techno style once made famous by Sasha and John Digweed.
Looking in the rear mirror, Olander got his start eight years ago on Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends imprint. He went on to put out an unprecedented seven releases with Prydz, play New York City’s Madison Square Garden and record a BBC Essential Mix that was shortlisted as one of the best of the year.
Born in Fairfax, VA in America to a Swedish father and an Indian mother, Jeremy was brought up in Stockholm and become exposed to the city’s small but passionate electronic scene in his early teens. With role models in the likes of Adam Beyer, Cari Lekebusch and Joel Mull leading the charge, Jeremy found sources of inspiration at defunct legendary club Grodan Cocktail Club among Stockholm techno royalty, as well with Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Berry Gordy, Shigeru Miyamoto and east coast hip-hop.
His deep and emotionally charged style aside, true to his Swedish electronic music heritage, Jeremy also masters the craft of driving, drum-oriented techno under his enigmatic Dhillon monicker. With multiple tracks on fellow Swede Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label, one of the most coveted in the world, Olander displays his near uncanny breadth as a producer.
In late 2015, in an attempt to gain control and vertically integrate his creative visions in all aspects of his career, Olander founded Vivrant. Now, almost three years into its existence, the label has become one of the most exciting and forward-thinking in recent memory. With a clear vision and well-crafted profile, 7 of 8 of its EP releases has made it to #1 on Beatport. With a steady stream of peer and fan support, it’s clear as day the label’s sound has filled a void. Described by Olander as a creative refuge for himself and others, Vivrant is already home to established artists in the likes of Henry Saiz, Finnebassen and Jamie Stevens, as well as to new, emerging talent such as Khen, Eekkoo, Charlie Thorstensson and Tim Engelhardt.
Coupled with its steady stream of quality releases, Vivrant has also become synonymous with sold out label showcases. In October of 2016, Olander took Vivrant to an abandoned 1200 capacity warehouse in the outskirts of Stockholm. He invited Henry Saiz and Finnebassen to join him, marking Saiz’s first-ever show on Swedish soil, and ended up selling out the venue with fans outside the venue clamoring to get inside.
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