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In 1998 the talk of Aaron Olson’s DJ skills quickly spread across Canada and his mix-tapes gained him recognition in various publications including a 5 star review in Toronto’s Tribe Magazine. Once Nukleuz’ hard dance began taking over, Aaron quickly found his niche with the more aggressive sound that BK and Nick Sentience were championing at the time.
After scouring the country destroying dance floors, Aaron got involved heavily in production. His first dance EP, “Subversion”, was quickly snapped up by BK’s label manager, Scott Attrill, and remained in the top 10 trance charts on Trackitdown.net alongside Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Nick Sentience.
His second EP, “Equilibrium”, this time signed to Traffic Records, was hailed by Beatport.com as “…one of the best packages of mixes ever to grace Traffic Records…” and was supported by Flatland Funk, Scot Project, Luca Antolini, Kutski, Scott Attrill, Anne Savage, BK, Lisa Lashes, Alex Kidd, Kamui, Organ Donors and K-90.
Aaron got into the studio alongside Rodi Style and churned out “Million”, a panic-inducing-synth-filled-roller-coaster-ride of a hard dance tune that landed on a Tidy Compilation straight away!
Follow that up with a more techno-influenced 3 track EP signed to Tech Fu Recordings, a sister label to Rodi’s Kung Fu Wax, also hit the top 10 hard dance charts on Trackitdown.net and received massive praise from BK, Andy Farley, Anne Savage, Lisa Lashes, JP & Jukesy and Ed Real!
2011 saw the release of Aaron’s “Empathy EP” on the massive Nukleuz Records gaining recognition throughout the trance world while being licensed to multiple compilations, including Trance Adrenaline, Trance Ibiza 2011 and Trance Miami 2011!
It also saw Aaron’s first vocal trance track, a cover of Bat for Lashes “Moon and Moon”, see release on Trancend Recordings. Shortly after release, Brett Wood snapped it up and relicensed it for his own imprint, Direct Drive Recordings – which will feature new remixes and a video!
In the world of compilations, Aaron was asked to mix not one, but four albums in 2011.
Kung Fu Wax asked Aaron to mix their first ever compilation, “Kung Fu Wax Presents Vol.1” which smashed it’s way through the hard dance and NRG charts and hit “Compilation of the Month” in September’s issue of Mixmag!
Nukleuz Records and Aaron came up with a project to help celebrate their diversity in both music and in success on the Canadian side of the pond. Given birth was the “Nukleuz in Canada” series. Volume 1 featured 23 tracks of some of the best uplifting, tech and harder edged trance while Volume 2 included some historic tracks that now make up what we call “hard dance” and helped shape both BK and Nick Sentience’s widely successful careers! The series was dedicated to fallen comrade, Richard O’Brien, who was both a friend to Aaron and previous champion of Nukleuz Records.
“Wow! Awesome,” Anne Savage
“Bring it on Aaron!” James Lawson
Riot! Recordings is set to release a 4 disc mix with some of the brightest, biggest bangs in the hard electrik circuit and Aaron was fortunate enough to be asked to mix one of the discs. He churned out a 26 track journey through electro trance, hard electrik and fierce techno showcasing the past, present and future of hard electrik.
With constant airplay on UK radio, Aaron’s diversity in style carried over into the world of house and electro which saw his unofficial remix of Sander Kleinenberg’s “This is Our Night” gain huge support the world over – including from Sander himself!
“…heard a clip of this on a radio station, I freaked out…LOVE IT,” Sander Kleinenberg
Now that he has relocated to Vancouver, BC, Canada, Aaron will be continually persuing all forms of his first love, music. With gigs ranging from hard tech-trance to progressive house straight through to dirty electro, he will not be pigeon-holed and accepts any challenge that awaits him.
When he’s not bouncing around to electronic music, Aaron is composing film scores alongside recording partner, Devon Quelch, for various drama and action films.
Aaron’s creativity, it would seem, has no bounds as he also spends time creating logos, websites, posters and various other odds and ends for companies, both large and small.