[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Jeremy Olander is a rare talent. The Swedish producer has come to embody the new breed of progressive house, as evidenced by his polished work over the years for imprints like Suara, Bedrock and his own, Vivrant.
There’s a certain poised quality to everything Olander does, whether it be the cinematic charm to his studio work or his elegant, extended DJ sets. Much of it stems from the fact that Olander isn’t out to impress anyone anymore. Having firmly established his name in the scene, he’s able to avoid many of the pitfalls of younger producers.
“I’ve realized that if you make music to get the approval of others, you’re really doing it for the wrong reasons and probably won’t last,” he tells Billboard Dance.
Olander caught his first major break as an artist on Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends. With an impressive six releases on the coveted Pryda sub-label, Olander found a receptive audience for his early house and techno creations. Circa 2015, however, Olander made the all-important decision to go out on his own and establish Vivrant.
The inception of Vivrant, Olander’s independent record label, marked an important transition for the Swedish producer. No longer beholden to another artist’s brand, Olander began truly making a name for himself on his own accord. With four consecutive EPs on the imprint — two of which arrived under his techno moniker, Dhillon — Olander had finally found the perfect outlet for his music.
It wasn’t long before Olander began opening the door to others on the label. Beginning with Eekkoo, Khen and Tim Engelhardt, Vivrant has been transformed from an exclusive hub for Olander’s music into a veritable tastemaking platform within the progressive sphere.
“All the guys that are now part of Vivrant are all artists that I have a lot of respect for and look up to for different reasons,” Olander says.
Now Vivrant is gearing up to celebrate its tenth release with a new three-track EP from Olander himself, titled Gattaca. “I think this EP is the strongest we’ve put out so far,” he says.
Billboard Dance is exclusively premiering the set’s title track, which is the kind of beautifully-woven progressive piece on which Olander has built his namesake. Patient, yet wonderfully impactful, it builds with a slow, cinematic energy across its near eight-minute arrangement. Ultimately, the new release only serves to underscore Jeremy Olander’s transformation. No longer the new kid on the block, the Swedish producer has truly come into his own as an artist and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“Gattaca” is due out Oct. 13 on Vivrant. Read Billboard’s full interview with Olander here and listen to the title EP track below.