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Oliver KoletzkiIt sounds like a fairy tale: In 2005, 29-year old Oliver Koletzki presses 500 copies of his underground hit “Der Mückenschwarm” onto vinyl. One of those white labels lands in Sven Väth’s record bag and whenever he plays the track, the people go wild. Shortly thereafter techno-king Väth signs the track on his empire Cocoon Recordings. “Der Mückenschwarm” – already considered a classic – becomes the best sold techno record of 2005, the best ever selling record on Cocoon and Oliver Koletzki gets voted newcomer of the year in the prestigious Groove magazine.

But one would be fooled to think that this was the start of Oliver’s musical career. Since the tender age of 12 Oliver Koletzki has been deeply infected with the production virus. He starts out by programming hip-hop beats on the C64, but quickly falls in love with more electronic sounds like breakdance and synth-pop, which he produces on the first Amiga computers. When he turns 18, he also starts to DJ in his hometown of Braunschweig and quickly becomes a regular in the local clubs. In 2000 he decides to move to Berlin to study music, as well as the city’s excessive nightlife. He promptly lands himself DJ gigs in smaller clubs and bars, but with the release of his first record things change for the better. In the summer of 2005 he starts to play festivals, gets booked by the most prestigious clubs all over the world and remixes the likes of Rockers Hi-Fi, Client or Cassius. However, while superstardom is lurking around every corner, Oliver stays down to earth: “I have been making music for nearly twenty years now. That provides me with a stable base against going nuts. Basically, I am still doing the same thing I’ve been doing for years now: making music during the week and playing out on the weekends, even if it is on a slightly different scale now.”

In 2005 he founds his own label Stil vor Talent, an imprint dedicated to pushing new artists and creating a platform for a huge variation of quality electronic dance music – from minimal techno over groovy house to pop music. “From the beginning I wanted to give people the same chance that I’ve had and offer them a platform to release their music. However: the quality of the music is the priority above everything else. Firstly, I have to like it”, Oliver comments on the philosophy of his label. And he is a workaholic. He still spends countless hours listening to demo tracks and goes out to see newcomers play live in small clubs. Oliver Koletzki proves that it is possible to achieve commercial success through an underground sensibility.

Label manager, producer, DJ, bandleader: above all, Oliver still manages to fill clubs around the world and makes people smile to his energetic DJ sets. Be it in the best clubs of Europe such as London’s Fabric or Berlin’s Watergate or major festivals like MELT!, Oliver knows how to perform and connect with his audience.

Oliver Koletzki Top 10 November 2013:

01. Kellerkind – I Know (Leftwing & Kody remix) (Stil vor Talent)
02. Lexer – My Princess (Niko Schwind remix) (Der Turnbeutel)
03. Dan Caster & Bjoern Stoerig – Go With The Flow (Light My Fire)
04. Hot Since 82 vs Joe T Vannelli – The End (Moda Black)
05. DJ Yellow & Flowers and Sea Creatures – No One Gets Left Behind (Konstantin Sibold remix) (Compost Records)
06. Edu Imbernon & Coyu – The Storm (Daniel Dexter remix) (Suara)
07. Sonic Future – Move Your Hips (Suara)
08. Niconé – Heroine (Stil vor Talent)
09. Ben Weber & Phable – Castle In The Air (Low Steppa remix) (Light My Fire)
10. Kellerkind – I Know (Oliver Koletzki remix) (Stil vor Talent)

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