Oliver Heldens’ “Gecko (Overdrive)” Hits Number 1 In The UK [Interview]
Written by Deanna Krolowitz & Robby Engle
Oliver Heldens is one of the producers responsible for bringing deep house to festival main stages around the world. Just this week, "Gecko (Overdrive)," featuring Becky Hill, hit the number one spot on the U.K. Singles Chart.
However, the track's success is not the only thing causing us to rave about this talented producer. Recently, Oliver Heldens just finished his first ever appearance on the main stage at one of the largest festivals in dance music history, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. At the end of May, the producer was also seen illuminating the beautiful main stage at the inaugural Mysteryland USA, where EDM.com was able to interview the budding star. Heldens has big plans for the coming months, including a main stage spot at Electric Zoo in New York on Labor Day Weekend.
EDM.com: When did you first get into electronic music?
OH: In the Netherlands, in the 90s there was a lot of house music. When I was a child you’d hear a lot of house music tunes so that was really my first experience with electronic dance music. But the first time I really liked any form of EDM was with Hardstyle and jumpstyle types of music (Headhunterz). And after that, I moved to high school parties where there was no hardstyle, but there was a lot of old house music around, such as Bingo Players and Hardwell stuff.
EDM.com: What’s it like being such a young producer and being booked around the world as a DJ?
OH: It’s crazy. At school, students think it’s really cool, but they’re still normal to me and we’re all good friends. But there’s also people who only know me for my music and are like, “whoa that’s Oliver,” and behind me I hear them singing the beat to my songs.
EDM.com: Who are some of your musical influences at the moment?
OH: At the moment, I’ve really been influenced by the UK sounds like Disclosure. Also, with "Gecko" for example, and the old house stuff that I would listen to when I was thirteen, like the old Fedde Le Grand and Bingo Players, that all also inspires me at the moment.
EDM.com: How did the collaboration for "Gecko (Overdrive)" with Becky Hill come together?
OH: "Gecko" did really well on Beatport. It was two months on the top ten, so we also wanted to have another version of it and Becky’s vocals fit the the part the best.
EDM.com: What about the music video for "Gecko (Overdrive)?" Where did that inspiration come from? Was it alien sex because that’s how we saw it?
OH: I guess. (laughs) The video creator wanted it to be weird and we all agreed.