Earlier this year, Jeremy Olander went back to back with fellow countryman and Pryda label boss Eric Prydz for a special Essential Mix, once again reminding the world how much we actually love deep and dark progressive house. It’s not like we ever lost any love for Progressive House–this kind of dance music traces back to the core of rave culture with producers like Sasha and Digweed. Maybe we felt it lost it’s way amidst the glitz and glam of big room and one-off festival bangers. The fact that Eric Prydz can pack festival stages the way he does proves that there is a deep connection to the pure progressive sound. But it’s not about what kind of genre we call it at all. The music Olander produces makes us dance. That’s the goal.
In an interview with Magnetic Mag in May of this year, Olander spoke about this. “I make music for the dance floors that I feel I miss in my sets,” he says. “Anyone that’s heard me play knows that can mean anything from drum-oriented techno, deeper progressive records all the way to larger vocal infused tracks and everything in-between.” Olander’s goal is the same as the those on the dancefloor, and it’s a goal more DJ’s should share. When our workweek is over, we want to regain a feeling of vitality we’ve let slip away. We want to feel something.
“To me that’s what’s music is about. It’s a form of expression,” Olander explains to Magnetic Mag. “I can’t really pin point exactly what it is but I guess I have some sort of ability to channel what I feel when I produce.” Olander has the unique ability to translate that feeling to the dancefloor in ways many of his contemporaries can not.
On Saturday, August 1st, Jeremy Olander is taking his sound into the cavernous confines of Exchange LA with every intention of satiating LA’s lust for getting deep.