Oliver Koletzki "The Arc of Tension (Album)"
On his sixth album, The Arc of Tension, the Berlin based DJ, label owner and producer Oliver Koletzki yet again presents his remarkable vision of contemporary electronic music, while he assumes the role of a storyteller. The Arc of Tension speaks to its listener as a singular, self-contained work, which communicates by way of its natural flow and arc of suspense. The latter is mirrored not only in the multifarious narrative of the actual album, but can also be understood as evidence for its creator’s long musical history.
While Koletzki focussed on a diverse range of vocal collaborations on his previous long-players, he now moves on to a different form of storytelling, rooted in the quiet confidence of a veteran musician, as well as the hectic lifestyle of a globally in-demand DJ. The Arc of Tension is the psychonautic journey through the various continents of Oliver’s consciousness.
Ultimately, what lingers is the feeling that we are being granted a deep glance into the innermost being of an outstanding artist.
Biography Oliver Koletzki
It sounds like a fairy tale. In 2005 29-year old OLIVER KOLETZKI presses 500 copies of his underground hit "Der Mückenschwarm". One of those white labels lands in Sven Väth's record bag and whenever he plays the track, the people go wild. Shortly after techno-king Väth signs the track on his techno empire Cocoon. "Der Mückenschwarm", already considered as a techno classic - becomes the best sold techno record of 2005, the best ever selling record on Cocoon and OLIVER KOLETZKI gets voted best newcomer of the year in prestigious Groove magazine.
But one would be fooled to think that this was the start of Oliver's musical career. Since he was 12 years old, OLIVER KOLETZKI has been deeply infected with the production of music. He starts out by programming Hip-Hop beats on the C64, but quickly falls in love with more electronic sounds like breakdance and synthie-pop that 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 DJ in the local clubs. In 2000 he decides to move to Berlin to study music – and the excessive Berlin 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 into the most prestigious clubs all over the world and gets asked to remix 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 for not going nuts. Basically, I am still doing the same that I have been doing for years now: making music during the week and playing out on the weekends, even if it is on a slightly different level now.
In October 2005, while still riding on the success of his debut single, Oliver directly realises one of his dreams: to have his own label. He founds Stil vor Talent, a label dedicated to pushing new artists and creating a platform for a huge variation of quality electronic dance music – from minimal techno to squeaky 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 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 hours and hours listening to demo tracks and goes out to see people play live in small clubs. Up until now, Stil vor Talent can look back on over 40 releases that include Oliver’s first artist album "Get Wasted", the über-hit "3 Tage Wach" or Oliver's latest masterpiece: his electronically influenced pop album "Großstadtmärchen".
OLIVER KOLETZKI seems to have a nose for commercial success out of the underground, which Lützenkirchens ironic afterhour manifest "3 Tage Wach" is the best example for: the track becomes the best-sold techno track of 2008. In 2009 Oliver continues this success story with the release of his album "Großstadtmärchen" – an electro-pop album featuring national and international big names such as Mieze Katz (MIA), Axel Bosse or Die Raketen as well as many newcomers such as singers Juli Holz, Pyur and Fran. With "Großstadtmärchen" Oliver has managed to achieve what only few techno producers manage can do: to produce a pop album with club credibility. The singles "Hypnotized" and "U-Bahn" get nationwide airplay on the radio and when Oliver plays them in the club people sing along to the lyrics.
But he wouldn't be OLIVER KOLETZKI if he didn't want to perform the album live on stage as well. In the summer 2009 he founds his band The Koletzkis with many of his old friends and the singer Fran. They have already played live at Bar 25, Watergate and Lido in Berlin as well as in Leipzig, Bern, Hamburg, Vienna and many other cities. For 2009 they have big plans: in the summer they will play the big festivals and will put Oliver’s music out there – from the clubs into the concerts halls, from the beach raves to the open-airs.
Label manager, producer, DJ, bandleader: above all this, Oliver still manages to fill the clubs around the world and make people smile to his energetic DJ sets. Be in the best clubs of Europe such as London's Fabric, Berlin's Berghain or around the rest of the world: Oliver knows how to perform and connect with his audience. In March 2010 Oliver will do another Australia tour, he will tour South America again and play the infamous Thai Break festival. While rehearsing with The Koletzkis and signing new hot artists for his label Stil vor Talent, OLIVER KOLETZKI is already working on his next album. There is really no stopping him in 2010!
Biography Stil vor Talent
Since it was founded in 2006, STIL VOR TALENT has continuously striven to evolve, to enable and further numerous artistic careers. Niconé, Sascha Braemer, KlangKuenstler, Teenage Mutants, HVOB are just a few of many names that inextricably link to the label. Next to commercial success in popular culture, embodied by hits like ‘Hypnotized’ or ‘3 Tage Wach’, STIL VOR TALENT is particularly known for its DIY-attitude, graphic realisation, booking agency, connected fashion label and musical variety, spanning from dreamy house to complex electronica and floor-shaking techno. Apart from EPs, released on a monthly basis and aimed directly at the dance floor, the past years have seen an increased focus on the long-player format. While "10 Years Stil vor Talent presented by Oliver Koletzki" was a recent milestone, artists like Niko Schwind, Kellerkind and HVOB have explored the joys of a longer format with particularly impressive results. This colourful mix of music has obviously created many magic moments at countless parties – one of STIL VOR TALENT’s main driving forces and motivations. Thus, clubs all around the world know: the name STIL VOR TALENT stands for great artists, long nights and quality music. With showcases at Amsterdam's ADE or Barcelona's Sonar, as well as at MELT! Festival or SonneMondSterne, STIL VOR TALENT is a constant presence at electronic music's most influential events.
The country’s capital can obviously not fall short, which is why Berlin is the backdrop to many legendary STIL VOR TALENT nights. After stopping off at several different locations, the label has settled at three of the city’s most loved venues: Watergate, Ritter Butzke, and the beach location Rummelsburg. The latter's bi-annual Stil vor Talent Festival serves as the blueprint for SVT's openair events throughout Germany. Whether it's Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt or Oliver Koletzki's hometown Brunswick – STIL VOR TALENT has become synonymous with high quality outdoor productions, nationwide. A few summers ago, the STIL VOR TALENT headquarters moved to the heart of Kreuzberg, where the SVT Store couples workspace and shop, in order to be more accessible to the fans. Music may inform everything, but STIL VOR TALENT is not just a record label. “It’s a lifestyle choice,” Oliver Koletzki notes with a hint of irony. Hence, sounds lead to skirts and beats to blouses: there’s a fashion output in the form of STIL VOR TALENT FASHION that has several collections under its belt, all designed by young newcomer designers. This year STIL VOR TALENT is going to stay true to its successful roots: there will be LPs by Reinier Zonneveld and Null & Void. Paired with new EP material by Teenage Mutants, Several Definitions and Niko Schwind, as well as lots of unforgettable parties, everyone should get their money’s worth.