Oliver Heldens (born Olivier Heldens; February 1, 1995) is a Dutch music producer from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. His 2013 song, “Gecko“, caught the attention of Tiësto, who signed him to his label; Musical Freedom- and released the track with vocals from British singer Becky Hill on June 23, 2014. Heldens also has a weekly podcast titled Heldeep Radio. He has had huge success in the UK in the last 12 months, having had 3 top 5 singles, those being his songs ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’, ‘Last All Night (Koala)’ and his remix of Dr Kucho!’s ‘Can’t Stop Playing’ reaching numbers 1, 5 and 4 respectively. In 2015, he began created music under the alias ‘HI-LO’ ,which comes form Oli H, Oliver Heldens, but read backwards. He uses it as a way to produce more bass driven songs, so far he has released three singles under the alias titled “Crank It Up”, “Renegade Mastah” and “Wappy Flirt”.
Heldens began his professional music career when he signed to Spinnin’ Records in 2013. His first releases on the label include “Stinger” and “Thumper” which features DJ Jacob van Hage. Later collaborations include “Panther” with ‘Robby East’ which was released on the Oxygen label on the December 2, 2013. The single “Gecko” was released in the same month on DJ Tiesto’s Musical Freedom record label and peaked at number 1 on the DMC Magazine Buzz Chart and was named “Essential New Tune” by BBC’s Pete Tong on January 31, 2014.
In January 2014, Heldens launched his Heldeep Mixtape on his official SoundCloud page, creating extended mixes which incorporate different genres of electronic dance music including different types of deep house and tech house. The first mixtape included his remix of label mate, Martin Garrix’s “Animals” which was largely well received by the press who described the new version as, “leaving us with a completely new anthem with a notable melody left intact.”
Heldens also released a remix of Robin Thicke’s “Feel Good” in 2014 and tours the summer festival and night club circuit with appearances at EDC, Amnesia Ibiza, Tomorrowland, Departures Ushuaia Ibiza, Creamfields, Electric Zoo Festival, Veld Music Festival and Stereosonic.
July 2014 sought the release of his single “Koala”, followed by a vocal version in October, with singer KStewart, titled Last All Night (Koala). Last All Night (Koala) entered the British Singles Chart on the week ending December 20, 2014 at number 5, making it Heldens’ 2nd top-five single in the UK.
Meanwhile, Oliver Heldens entered the DJ Mag Top 100, making his debut at number 34. He received praise from British radio DJ Pete Tong, who called him ‘one of the producers of the year’ and invited him to play an Essential Mix in his show. Music recognition app, Shazam, saw ‘Koala’ grow out to one of the most popular searched dance records; the company predicted Heldens will probably make it to the next level of DJ stardom in 2015. He is well known for his trademark sound of using reverb as well as delay in the last bars of his track.
At the end of July, the song “Renegade Mastah”, performed by HI-LO was the first track to be released on Oliver’s label “Heldeep Records”. But later, in a interview to UKF blog, was revealed than HI-LO was Heldens, using the label to launch the HI-LO project. Since then “Renegade Mastah” and “Wappy Flirt” by HI-LO have been released and “Scrub the Ground” by Chocolate Puma and Tommie Sunshine is due to be released through the label on October the 5th.