Frankfurt based DJ & producer Oliver Lieb pioneered the electronic music since 1988. No matter if it‘s Techno, House, Electro or just „electronic music“, with the release of more than 200 singles including remixes for FAITHLESS, MOBY, SNAP, SVEN VÄTH, YELLO, HUMAN LEAGUE, MORY KANTE, FAITHLESS, UTAH SAINTS (to name just a few) Oliver belongs to the premier league of international producers.
One reason for Oliver’s success might be found in his studio, which is without question one of the most exciting equipment-collections worldwide. Oliver prefers high-end equipment and analogue gear for its very own sound character. And he always keeps surprising and amazing people with his extraordinary sounds and diversity.
At the age of 14 he started playing bass in several Funk/Soul/Jazz bands and later got in touch with electronic music of PINK FLOYD, KRAFTWERK, JEAN-MICHEL JARRE and discovered a new and endless horizon of expressing himself.
In late 1989 Oliver’s first record FORCE LEGATO System gets released by Dorian Gray resident DJ Torsten Fenslau on his Abfahrt label. The single gets great worldwide reactions and almost hit the official German charts, way before electronic music has been recognized by the masses.
In the years to follow Oliver released hard & wild tracks under PSYLOCIBIN on Jörg Henze’s Delirium record label and signed up with Sven Väth’s legendary Harthouse label to establish a platform for his highly appreciated SPICELAB project, which developed into one of the most important projects of the label.
Soon it was clear that Oliver’s creativity was far away from reaching it’s limits and as Oliver never wanted to focus on just one specific style he simply created several pseudonyms for each of his different styles: e.g. SPICELAB for rough & experimental sound, THE AMBUSH for ethno-percussive style, L.S.G. for flying & drifting Tech-Trance and PARAGLIDERS for more harmonic trance. Not to name the various projects in which Oliver teamed up with producers and artists such as Pascal F.E.O.S., Torsten Stenzel or Rainald Götz.
Due to rising demand Oliver created such a stunning set-up of live sequencing and realtime programming that he regularly was found under the 5 Best Live Acts in annual reader polls of German Magazines like Groove or Rave line.
Although Oliver stopped later in 1998 to focus on DJing he can look back to several hundred live sets and countless tours all around the world, highlighted by one of the most impressive experiences in Oliver’s career: The invitation to perform on the renowned Montreux Jazz-Festival in 1994. The live-performance of the album act THE AMBUSH was played together with Harald Grosskopf (KLAUS SCHULZE) Marlon Klein (DISSIDENTEN), Bas Broikhus (RON BOOTS GROUP) and percussionists, dancers, a breathless pyro-tech show and wicked stage-deco.
In 1995 the first L.S.G. album ‘Rendezvous in Outerspace’ is released with massive success. Oliver decided to separate from the Harthouse label to found his first own label: Spy vs. Spice. Distributed by Intergroove with outlets in the UK and USA his new SPICELAB-album appears in the beginning of 1996 demonstrating even more progressive sounds.
L.S.G., founded in 1993, has always been one of his most important and most famous project with an impressive number of exclusive licensees e.g. to the British label Hooj Choons. Having released 5 full-length albums and a number of outstanding 12-inches so far, also within projects Oliver proofs his ambitions to surprise the audience. In 1997 Oliver expresses his character with the Black Series. A special release series of dark hard “listening-techno” crowned by the Black Album. In Turn the following L.S.G.-album Into Deep, carried by the beautiful voice of Spanish singer Cybèle de Silveira shows the “listening and down tempo” side of the project while the vinyl releases with Club mixes and a remix collection including interpretations by Holy Ghost, Laidback Luke, John Johnson and Oliver Lieb himself were pleasing the clubs.
Oliver decides to start 4 labels, each one featuring a special sound. The labels Methan, Phoolish, Testfied and Dimension Rec. come into existence in winter 1999. However, due to lack of time the labels were stopped in 2001. Instead Oliver toured several times e.g. through the US, Australia and Asia, concentrated on producing strong remixes e.g. for Tiesto and Paul Oakenfold as well as several new singles like his own Oliver Lieb project on Orbit and Data/Ministry of Sound with great success.
In 2003 an old love of Oliver, already demonstrated impressively with the Music to Films Album „Koyaanisqatsi“ (Fax Records, 1994), is reanimated. Oliver produced 3 titles incl. the main title for the Soundtrack to the “House Of The Dead” movie. The movie-version of the Sega Video Game, directed by Uwe Boll, is the most successful German movie productions in the U.S. in 2003 and made 6th place of the U.S. box office charts on the first weekend after it’s premiere on 10.10.03.
In late 2003 Oliver starts to work on the Popscore for the new Video Game Picturisation of “Alone In The Dark”, to be expected in the theatres in autumn 2004.
After the release of the 5th L.S.G. Album “The Hive” in 2002 the ‘Best Of L.S.G.’ Series comes into existance in late 2003. Featuring the brand-new version of one of the biggest L.S.G. hits “Fragile” the single marks the first release of the mini-series, followed up by the album Best Of L.S.G. : The Singles Reworked to be released in late February 2004. Other than normal ‘Best Of’ releases his greatest hits Netherworld, Fragile, Blueprint, Hearts and others have been reworked onto a new level, completely stripped down out of the tech-trance environment to the naked hull, to be rebuilt up to a smooth electronic or rather chill-out field.
After leaving Superstition in 2004 and shutting himself off for a while to work on new sounds Oliver finds a new base for his LSG project on well respected John 00 Flemmings label JOOF Rec. in the UK and releases remixes of the biggest LSG track “Netherworld” including mixes from John OO Flemming, himself, Incolumis and Oliver Prime. The mixes make it into the playlists of Paul Oakenfold (‘Wont stop thanking JOOF for this track’), Paul van Dyk (3 weeks radio support), Armin van Buuren (4 weeks radio support), Pete Tong (Radio 1 support), Tiesto (‘Biggest remix for 2005’), Marco V, Ferry Corsten, Judge Jules and Above & Beyond etc.
In late 2004 Oliver starts a cooperation with DJ Preach on Montreal based label Ascend Recordings. Their “Papel EP” was followed in June 2005. Oliver also continues his techno project on W.Joerg Henzes(Gecko) label “Delirium Red” where the new maxi is coming out in July (OL-Schleudertrauma/DelRed69).
After finishing numerous tracks in his studio and going into new directions Oliver now announces the start of his new label “Maschine” which is distributed worldwide by “Neuton” and released his first single “Solieb - Circus Maximus”. The label is representing his ongoing challenge to find new ways and sounds to bring music to new borders.