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Andrea Oliva "Official"
Andrea Oliva’s current status as an established international headline act is the result of an entirely organic journey.
Having taught himself to DJ at the age of 16, Andrea then started working in a record store where he built his extensive collection of upfront promos and white labels from Europe and beyond and he soon secured bookings at some of Switzerland’s best clubs leading to residencies at Terminus and Pravda. With his status in his home country growing, Andrea teamed up with the owner of Nordstern in Basel, Agi Isaku, and the duo were soon throwing sold out ‘Banditz’ parties across Switzerland. His reputation took him across the continent and all the way to Ibiza, where in 2004 he was first invited to DJ at Space.
Andrea developed his production style under the likes of VIVa Music, Saved Records, Be As One and Cadenza, with two 2012 releases - the ‘Click Off’ EP on Cadenza and ‘Scene’ on Be As One - breaking into the Beatport top 10 downloads and leading to him becoming RA’ s most charted artist in February and March the following year.
2013 continued to be an important year for Andrea, landing regular headline slots at ANTS in Ibiza - Ushuaia’s premiere underground party - something he maintains through to this day. Indeed the ANTS brand has itself gone on to tour the world and Andrea´s sets, which are synonymous with the ethos of the party, have rocked stages far and wide from Miami to Dubai, Mexico to Argentina and Croatia to the UK.
After an incredible few years of production whilst gigging everywhere from Panorama Bar to Coachella, his reputation as a credible artist continued to grow further. His Beatport chart-topping remix of Luciano’s ‘Rise Of Angels’ made serious waves both on the Ibiza circuit as well as on an international level, and he had noticeable releases also on Moonharbour, Defected and Suara. In 2015 Andrea decided to take on producing his debut LP. ‘4313’. Released via Objektivity, the album illustrated both Andrea’s willingness and ability to explore conceptual themes within his own carefully constructed house and techno framework. Centred around the promise of a ‘new age’ and produced with a mix of both live and software-based instrumentation, the album is a testament to Oliva’s continued desire to explore and experiment.
2016 was something of a landmark year for Andrea. As a DJ, summer 2016 was arguably Andrea’s busiest yet; he became one of seven all-night guests to regularly take over the Space Terrace for Elrow, made his Music On debut and played some of Europe’s biggest dance music festivals - all whilst maintaining his famed ANTS headliner commitments. His skill for crafting stand out sets attracted the attention of Pete Tong, who helped Andrea to make his Essential Mix debut with a set recorded live from Ushuaia. After an incendiary back-to-back between the two DJs at the All Gone Pete Tong Miami Music Week pool party earlier in the year, Andrea was also a natural choice to mix the All Gone Pete Tong Ibiza 2016 compilation alongside the influential broadcaster. Two South America tours, two North America tours, playing his biggest ADE show to date for DGTL X Paradise and a sold out all night long Christmas show at his beloved Nordstern also count as major highlights within Andrea´s recent calendar.
Meanwhile, his underground credentials have been further bolstered with his debut EP on Desolat, ‘Get Down’. Displaying a skill for creating tougher-edged tech to full effect, tracks from the EP were regularly heard being played out by high profile DJs, with label boss Loco Dice hammering ‘Elephant’ in particular. This was followed by a killer release on Hot Since 82´s “Knee Deep” imprint entitled “Scream” - a track that became a summer anthem and was credited as one of Pete Tong´s Essential new tunes as well as one of his top 10 tunes of 2016. And to finish off the year Andrea unleashed the mighty ‘Vermona’ on Cuttin Headz, another Ibiza anthem with label heads the Martinez Brothers keeping it on constant rotation at DC-10 and virtually every DJ on the circuit hammering it far and wide.
Francisco Allendes, Chilean DJ and producer now residing in Ibiza, is one of the hottest talents of the contemporary dance music scene. Active since early last decade, Allendes has grown over the years, releasing music for some of the most prestigious labels in the techno / house scene such as Desolat, VIVa Music, Cadenza, Mood and Spectral Sound. The Fiebre Amarilla World Tour 2009 consecrated him on the world DJ platform and ever since, he has been omnipresent in his home country Chile at Awakenings, Mysteryland and Love Parade Festivals as well as on the world circuit at Love Parade Berlin, Creamfields, WMC (Desolat and Mood Day), ANTS (Ushuaïa), Hyte (Ibiza & Croatia), Cocoon, Ostend Beach Festival, Kiesgrube, Sonar off Parties, Destino, Space and Privilege to name but a few. His sound as a producer shifts between synthetic house and techno grooves - always displaying flashes of organic rhythms and percussion. Allendes has produced several hits of the tech and house scene - the most recognisable being Esa Nena Quiere, El Ladrón de Mails and Espíritu; and his production has been widely received and supported by some of the most influential DJs of our time, including Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Reboot, Josh Wink and Luciano.
Music in the DNA
Francisco Allendes was born in Chile and introduced to music from a very early age. At the tender age of nine, his parents bought him a violin, on which he continued to be classically trained for eight years and which took him to play in numerous chamber orchestras and folk groups. At 17, his musical taste took a turn when he first discovered progressive rock and synthesizers. The synthesizer was his initial contact with electronic instruments, and opened his eyes to a whole new world, which in turn, motivated him into researching new sounds. Soon after, he began to produce his own music and naturally he also moved on to discover the art of DJing. In 2001, he laid his hands on his first Technics and he progressed rapidly to join the circle of professional Chilean DJs. His first productions soon launched him onto the scene and led him to perform at some of the biggest festivals in Chile as well as giving him exposure to the international circuit.
The formative years
In 2005 Allendes moved to Zaragoza (Spain) and started working with DJ and producer Iñigo Oruézabal on the Monomachine and Garlic projects. He soon started releasing on European labels Immigrant, Catwash and Paradigm amongst others as well as playing in some local clubs. In 2007 he took his experience and returned to his hometown, and in association with his long time friend Marcelo Rosselot, started the first vinyl and digital record label based in Chile called Andes Music; aiming to promote upcoming South American artists. Shortly after this his career received a boost when he released a track he worked on together with Alexi Delano named “El Coleccionista de Piedras, on Matthew Dear’s Spectral Sound label – all of which began to cement his name within the flourishing tech house scene.
Early success and international recognition
Allendes thereafter discovered his identity as a producer and developed his unique style (tech house and vigorous dance with Afro-Latin influences. He wrote multiple successful tracks: Espíritu (Kling Klong Records), Llovizna (Cadenza) and El Ladrón de Mails (Cadenza Lab), releases that caught the attention of many international and iconic DJs. In 2009 he embarked on the Fiebre Amarilla World Tour, playing in clubs all over the world, including Japan, the Netherlands, USA, Spain, France, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. This tour put him firmly in the spotlight of the international industry and he soon after made the decision to move to Ibiza.
Allendes in Ibiza
Francisco Allendes arrived in Ibiza in 2010 and immediately signed up a residency at Ushuaïa Beach Club, a venue renowned for the underground music revolution that year and the place that launched the current Ushuaïa Club as it stands today. That season Allendes released the track Esa Nena Quiere on Steve Lawler’s label “VIVa Music” - a record that immediately became an overnight success and received high acclaim from Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Reboot, Josh Wink and Tania Vulcano. In 2011 he was called up by Sven Väth and asked to be Cocoon resident of their party in Formentera (Tipic Club) – a collaboration that continued throughout 2012. In 2013 he went on to cement a monthly residency at ANTS (Ushuaïa) and throughout that summer he played back to back with Paola Poletto there, as well as performing at Loco Dice’s Used + Abused parties and at the Privilege Closing Party.
The past three years has seen Allendes continue his presence in Ibiza – still holding a residency at Ibiza´s biggest underground event “ANTS” at Ushuaia, as well as playing parties at Space, Amnesia, Sankeys, Underground and Heart. He´s also continued his worldwide touring, with dates in 2016 already spanning Chile, Peru, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, the US and Spain to name but a few and with some exciting country debut´s soon to be announced. But of course you will never find him far from his beloved studio where in the last few years he has penned releases for Desolat, Mood, Be As One, Crosstown Rebels, Underground Music and Snatch. Never one to rest on his laurels, Allendes has 2 huge Desolat EP´s due for release later this year and a brand new radio show also soon to be launched. In Fran´s own words “music has always been part of my life – I have never done or wanted to do anything but music, and I can´t imagine a day when I wasn´t doing something music related”. This ethic is one which keeps Francisco Allendes in the spotlight and which also will fuel his commitment to the electronic scene for many years to come.
A name synonymous with electronic music culture, Nic Fanciulli represents the formative generation of DJs that carved Ibiza’s status within dance music; his career has spanned two decades at the forefront of the underground music scene. With so many projects constantly in the works, Fanciulli stands out as a truly multifaceted artist, with this proving the key to his longevity in an increasingly fast-paced industry.
Nic’s career began with working in a record store and handing out demo tapes. Fast forward several years and his skills now pull crowds of over 40,000 internationally and have earned him a remarkable 3 residencies in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza including his own ‘La Familia’ at the 5000 capacity venue Ushuaia and ‘We Are The Night’ at Pacha. The latter saw support from the likes of Sasha, Tiga, and Guy Gerber, whilst in 2016 Nic played the final ever closing set of the renowned club Space in an incendiary six hour b2b performance with Carl Cox. Nic returned to the venue in 2017 to mark the new era of ‘Hi Ibiza’ for his weekly residency ‘In The Dark’ alongside Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn, and Luciano, and has proven himself a hugely influential figure in the popularity of the venue.
The Grammy-nominated producer is responsible for a high output of sleek, intelligent yet driving house and techno and his remix of Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples track ‘Ascension’ received vast critical acclaim in 2017. The desire to share music with others has always been a driving force in Nic's career, which led to him founding one of the UK’s biggest house and techno labels Saved Records in 2005. A purveyor of international house and techno, Saved has become a global brand renowned for it's cutting-edge releases from wide ranging producers such as Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Hot Since 82, Andrea Oliva and Guti and collaborations with Young Turks’ Jamie XX and Romy to name a few.
Nic released his 16-track debut album ‘My Heart in 2017, an LP that was 10 years in the making. The production features the likes of Damon Albarn, Jamie Principle and Kanye West collaborator CONSTANCE, and has served as an open, creative space where Nic set out to delve into unexpected and experimental soundscapes presenting both club-ready tracks and more downtempo records for the home-listener. “I’ve spent so much time and effort making this album that it’s essentially become a part of me, it has become my heart and my soul”, Nic Explains. The album’s success saw Nic slated to perform only two exclusive ‘My Heart’ live shows at Miami’s Art Basel alongside album collaborators Agoria, Audion, Eagles & Butterflies, with another show scheduled at Village Underground in London for January 2018.
It’s this continued desire to share his experiences that also led to Nic to found his boutique festival, The Social. Beginning life as a way of bringing world-class names to Maidstone, The Social has grown from a one day event to a three day festival, and has branched out to hold parties in Mexico and Columbia, and many more in 2018. The festival continues to go from strength to strength, with a 2017 line-up which included the likes of Carl Cox, Nina Kravitz, Apollonia and Sasha & John Digweed, who’s first show back together was at The Social in 2016.
Nic remains an Ibiza regular with dates at circoloco, Paradise and ANTS and appearances at festivals including Tomorrowland, Mysteryland and Movement. Playing a Resistance festival residency that spanned across Columbia, Brazil, Peru and Buenos Aires, Nic’s journey to his current status has been an entirely organic one, born out of his genuine love for the scene and a desire to share this with others. His tireless work ethic has sees him continue to tour the globe relentlessly, expanding his many projects along the way. 2018 is set to be yet another landmark year for the artist where for the first time he'll be debuting a fashion collaboration with celebrated designer Marc Jacques Burto
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