As A Day Of sLick! edges closer to it’s March 14th showdown, the Sherp had a fun chat with Jeremy Olander, who revealed the secret behind the success of Swedish artists, his favorite b2b buddy and the intimate love he possesses for his earplugs.
1. Sweden is such a hot-bed for musical talent and home to some of the biggest artists in the world. What makes you guys so damn good?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I get this question a lot and I don’t really have a good answer other than we spend a lot of time indoors due to the bad weather. It’s dark and gloomy for the most part of the year and in my case, I don’t have a whole lot to do other than make music. I think weather influences our sound a lot, Swedes are really great at making melancholically sounding music.
2. Can you describe your artistic vision in three words?
Sound-wise, I’d say uncompromising, emotive and vibrant.
3. Your fans here simply love you and your music. What’s the one thing that keeps bringing you back to India?
Well, what makes me want to come back is the very thing you just mentioned; the fans. House music is a relatively new thing in India and the enthusiasm and energy I get from people that come to my shows is truly something special. Also not to mention that my mother is from India so I have connection with the country.
4. Who have been your biggest musical influences through your journey as a producer?
In electronic music, I’d say Adam Beyer, John Digweed, Sasha and Eric Prydz. I’m also a really huge Michael Jackson fan and he’s inspired me a lot musically and in many other ways too.
5. Here’s a test of true love: Would you rather lose the ability to produce tracks or the ability to mix live?
I consider myself a producer first and DJ second, so that’s an easy one for me. Even though I’ve grown to love both equally these days, producing is my first love so I’ll stick with that.
6. Are there any artists you would like to do a collaboration with or perhaps do a back to back with in the DJ booth?
Haven’t really though about that because I think i’m a pretty bad person to collaborate with. I have a certain way I want things to sound and have a my own work flow so I find it difficult making music with others. I’m not ruling it out though and if it happens it has to be organically. Things like that shouldn’t feel forced.
As far as sharing the DJ booth with someone, I’d say Guy J, and that already happened at Vh1 Supersonic. I think our styles blend in a cool way and I’d love to do it again sometime.
Here are a few fun festival related questions we’d like you to answer:
1. If you had to get married at a festival, which one would it be and why?
That’s a tough question. If I really had to I’d probably do it at Burning Man. The vibe there feels like it’s one of a kind and it would probably be a memorable experience.
2. Who/what is your favorite festival buddy? Tell us why.
My year plugs for sure! They’re my favourite companion at any festival or club. For obvious reasons one of my biggest fears is losing my hearing. The first thing I bought when I made some money doing music were these earplugs.
3. A festival you would consider being sober at?
I’d say pretty much any festival. There’s so much going on at festivals and the music is amazing so I don’t really need to drink too much to enjoy myself. When I play I usually have 1-2 beers to loosen up and that’s it.
4. If you could take only 3 things to a festival, what would they be and why?
Weather appropriate and comfortable shoes, Farben and 5 of my best friends.
5. Name a festival you would consider attending alone. Tell us why.
I’d have to say Burning Man on that one too! I feel like there’s so much to discover and experience over there that I wouldn’t be bothered being on my own.
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