WIPPENBERG, Alain Octavo
Genre-warping electronic music adventurer Wippenberg (a.k.a. Olaf Dieckmann) has been supplying the world’s dancefloors with audio titans for close to 15 years. Most recently renowned for his productions including the neo-classic ‘Chakalaka’, ‘Drumster’, and his ‘Wippenberg presents Sphaera’ releases ‘Front’ & ‘Back’, his music hazes the multiple boundaries of house, electro, trance and techno. This unique composite electronic blend is now spun by the widest imaginable cross-section of DJs… He’s championed as much by Eric Prydz, Angelo & Ingrosso, Tocadisco and Pete Tong in 2009, as he is by Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. This casts Wippenberg as one of, if not, the most diverse DJ/producer in today’s EDM universe. In 2004 Olaf released the two ‘Elemental EPs’, which included the tracks ‘Fire’, ‘Water’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Air’. They drew strong support from the highest echelons of the DJ hierarchy and pushed the Wippenberg name firmly into the headlines. The EPs release prompted close associates Cosmic Gate to collaborate with Dieckmann on their ‘Earth Mover’ album with the track ‘Guess Who’. Around the same time Olaf completed work on his next single ‘Promised Land’, and with it came a new label relationship with Dutch heavyweight independent High Contrast Records. The track (which featured the vocals of Tiff Lacey and was remixed by Nic Chagall) beat the drum hard for what was to prove Olaf’s renaissance record. In 2008 ‘Chakalaka’ (partnered by the B-side ‘Drumster’) exploded into the clubbing consciousness, thanks in no small part to major 3 month-long floor and radio hammering from Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. As was always Olaf’s desire the tracks started to chip away at the stylistic borders of dance and came to enjoy heavy deck support from Angello & Ingrosso, Eric Prydz, Eric Morillo and Dirty South, amongst a multitude of others. Late that year and branching further out still, Olaf launched a new nom-de-plume Sphaera. The tracks ‘Front & ‘Back’ were released on Tiësto’s Black Hole Records to, once again, broad DJ acclaim.