The journey of Andrea Oliva from his initial introduction to dance music to becoming a fast rising DJ talent is an organic one. From first hearing the sounds he would grow to love as a 13 year old, to taking this and learning to DJ at 16, to then working in a record store and building a collection of the most upfront promos and white labels from Europe and beyond, to soon securing bookings at Switzerland's top clubs - leading to residencies at Terminus and Pravda that ultimately led him to the front door of Cadenza Records and a pivotal residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza for ANTS.
Andrea’s passion for music also saw him team up at an early age with local club kid and owner of Basel’s Nordstern - Agi Isaku – a connection that he has maintained through to this very day. They went on to throw sold-out ‘Banditz’ parties across Switzerland and the reputation of both these and Andrea's legendary all night DJ sets soon took him across the continent and all the way to Ibiza when he was first invited to DJ at Space. It was here also that he debuted his first release in 2004 on Swedish imprint Joia Records and, as he began to forge his own sound, he started releasing tracks on Viva Music, Saved Records, Be As One, Hideout, and Cadenza.
His production reputation began to build as did his studio and the support for his music. In 2012, releases included his ‘Click Off’ EP (Cadenza) and ‘Scene’ (Be As One) and these saw him break into the Beatport Top 10 downloads chart. This led to Andrea being the most charted artist on Resident Advisor in February and March of that year, with some of the biggest DJ’s in the business playing and charting his music.
2013 was another momentous year for Andrea, as he launched his summer residency at the place that changed Ibiza as we know it today - ‘Ushuaïa Ibiza'. He played out to the masses at the venues hottest underground party 'ANTS' and also topped the Beatport charts with his remix of 'Rise Of Angels'. This ultimately became known as the ANTS summer anthem and spread like wildfire across the whole island of Ibiza; as well as being one of Cadenza's biggest selling records to date.
The ANTS brand has since gone from strength to strength and counts itself as one of the most successful parties on the island, with Andrea returning as resident for a second year running in 2014. The residency is something Andrea is a part of not only as a headline DJ but he is very much involved with the direction of the events – identifying 100% with the ANTS philosophy both as a party and musically. In only 2 years, ANTS has developed into an internationally recognized clubbing brand and has thrown parties at the huge Mexican BPM festival and Miami WMC as well as at clubs in Italy, Belgium, London and Switzerland with plans for further tours and festival stages throughout 2015. Andrea of course has played at each and every one to date and is excited to be involved with all things ANTS going forward.
The summer of 2014 also saw Andrea play over 70 gigs in the space of three months – counting key slots at Extrema Festival, Tomorrowland, Sonus, Electric Zoo and We Are Fstvl as career highlights as well as dates at clubs including Output (NYC), Panorama (Berlin), Cocorico (Italy) and of course the huge Ushuaia Closing party where he shared the stage with Marco Carola. But his incredibly busy tour schedule also extends right through the winter months too – kicking off 2015 with a widely applauded set at the infamous Underground Ibiza superclub DC10 and with gigs lined up around the globe including a forthcoming stint at Coachella whilst still holding his residency at his home club Nordstern Basel.
Production wise, his calendar has been equally as hectic. Throughout the course of 2014 he released a collaboration with DJ Le Roi on Conto 4056 (Objektivity), a 3-track EP named ‘Decomposing’ continued his long-standing relationship with British imprint Defected and he had several individual releases via Viva Music, Saved Records, Be As One, Hideout and Moon Harbour. Andrea’s dedication to the underground scene has garnered him widespread support and his music is appreciated by a range of dance music luminaries.
Moving into the new year, Andrea has already penned a collaboration with DJ duo Livio & Roby for their forthcoming album on Apollonia, a huge remix for GUTI coming soon as one of his album tracks on DFTD and remixes for DJ Sneak and Italy's musical maestro Jovanotti . With Andrea's very own debut solo album also on the horizon for release in May, 2015 looks set to be another definitive year. Featuring a range of sounds which show Andrea's versatility and depth as an artist , the album will explore a contemporary musical direction and paves the way for another year of top quality house music.