Did you dance the pain away in 2017? You did if you’re a fan of future house funkster Oliver Heldens, who dropped the deep house groove “The Answer” last March under his bass-focused alias Hi-Lo. If you made a playlist of songs to get you through a year full of challenges, the track was a must-add.
Heldens is starting 2018 with a new Vegas residency at Marquee Nightclub, kicking off the year with a Friday-night gig. The Dutch DJ and producer landed in the EDM consciousness in 2013 with “Gecko,” a song Tiësto grabbed for his Musical Freedom label that established Heldens, then just 18 years old, as one of the innovators of the future house genre. Two years later he launched his own Heldeep Records and began going deeper underground as Hi-Lo, dropping original material and remixes with varying sonic styles.
“It has given me the opportunity to produce other tracks than just the Oliver Heldens sound,” he told EDM Identity in July. “I can draw influences from the ’70s and ’80s and even my own childhood, the soul and disco funk kind of stuff. I think my show has become more diverse, and there is more of a flow to it.”
Get a feel with Hi-Lo’s latest track, “Alien Technology,” a collaboration with Brazilian producer Alok, before catching Heldens at Marquee. Oliver Heldens at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, January 5.