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.