Oliver Lieb on Making Music Come to Life
There are a handful of names whose music directly influenced the direction of electronic music, whose sound became definitive of an underground movement as it was starting to find its audience around the world. Oliver Lieb is one of those names. Well, in this case, he’s many of those names. His multiple aliases each represented different styles and genres as he explored the variety of avenues that were opening for electronic music, while always staying true to his own sound defined by precision, emotion, and creativity. From downtempo and chill, to hard techno and trance, Oliver Lieb has released over three hundred EPs & LPs, with singles on legendary labels as Bonzai, Bedrock, Platipus, Hooj Choons, Yoshitoshi, and much more.
It was his projects as L.S.G. however, which first enraptured me and many others around the world. To me, L.S.G. embodies the energy of an incomparable era, capturing the euphoria that can only truly be felt once you’ve experienced the depths. His music tells stories of the beauty in the darkness, providing a gateway for the sound to enter your soul. Tracks like Netherworld, Shecan, Goddess… they still make my heart flutter whenever I listen.
It’s a testament to Oliver’s dedication to creation that his music continues to leave an impact on listeners and peers alike. Some of his recent projects include his expansive album Double Vision on Bonzai Progressive, Epoxi EP on Bedrock, and Gone EP on Tronic, with features on John Digweed’s Live in Tokyo and Christian Smith’s All Stars 2019 to name just a few. While Oliver admits that he’s “never happy with his sound”, his passion for the music has never faltered, and his production schedule is as busy as ever. His latest release Freakwaves is a return to Bonzai Progressive with some finely tuned Techno that represents what L.S.G. is all about.
It was a pleasure to catch up with him amidst all of his projects, and to learn about the past & future of Oliver Lieb.