With a soft plume of ginger beard and a pale ‘club to studio to airport to club [repeat to fade]’ complexion, Oliver $ (pronounced Oliver Dollar) divulges some of the lesser known conventions of his current lifestyle with us ahead of his anticipated fabric appearance.

What are your top five favorite things?
1. Music
2. Vinyl
3. Bavette no. 13 (A type of French beef cut)
4. Analogue [music] equipment.
5. Fine Wine

What did you want to do when you grew up?
As a kid I always wanted to jump on the back of garbage trucks and ride around the city, although I haven’t lived the dream yet, I may in the near future.

Initially being presented on the tech-house scene in 2007 with co producing ‘wake up’ with Jesse Rose which earned him his own release ‘Hotflash’ his debut release at the beginning of 2008 on Jesse Rose own Made To Play imprint, getting him momentous attention. These releases along with the huge response of Jesse playing the Oliver $ mix of London boy, Grovesnor’s pop-cult ‘Drive your Car’ in Sydney on New Years Day 2008, confirmed Oliver $ as a recognised contributor to the scene.

What’s it like working with Jesse Rose – is he a significant role model for you?
Definitely, Jesse’s had a huge impact on my career. I went from his biggest fan to his understudy (of sorts), which is something that I don’t think happens to a lot of people. Since then he’s shaped my musical tastes and pushed my releases on Made to Play. He’s also been influential in showing me the ropes for DJ-ing at places like Panorama Bar and perfecting my DJ set in general.

Oliver has steadily graduated a momentum as a key muse of the Fidget/Tech-House scene. Appearances on Shir Khans celebrated ‘Exploited’ CD and the last Crookers’-mixed ‘I Love Techno’ compilation along with a vast succession of remixes and one-offs on token labels such as Polydor, Greco Roman, Rekids, Grand Petrol and Front Room Recordings has affirmed his talent and measured his portfolio against significant others.

His tracks and mixes hold a distinctive appeal among critics hailing his use of technical rhythms and relentless combination of groovy bass lines, intricately timed playful phrasing and toughened up drums that put him apart from many popular and alongside rarer types of producers of now.

Where is house music today?
Theres too much hype at the moment and way too many niche genres… House has blown up recently and everyone seems to be doing it because it’s the current trend. Otherwise, I think it’s alive and healthy and I’m definitely happy to be a part of it.

Tell us about how you approach the London scene?
I think it’s cool that the London scenes specifically are the current trend setters. I really dig the fact that they take different genres and make a coherent new sound and scene out of it. I really think it would have been hard for anyone in Germany to do that.

His contribution to the ‘Cut‘n’Paste’ wonky house context has compared him closely similar to the likes of artists such as Akufen (see Fabric 17, 2004) and fellow label mates Jan Driver and Riva Starr complimenting Made to Play’s intrinsic signature sound with an obvious commonality to Jesse Rose himself.

What’s been the best gig you have had since you started playing worldwide?
The Made to Play night at 2009s Winter Music Conference was absolutely amazing and Ballaton Sound Festival with Justin Martin this summer was up at the top too, definitely the highlight of my summer. There were a couple of illegal parties this year that were also super dope.

Mr. $ has already earned himself a valuable name among current scene leaders like Claude von Stroke, Derrick Carter and Ricardo Villalobos for his consistent quality and light-hearted approach. Having performed at top parties across the globe, including a regular residency at Berlin’s own Panorama bar at the monthly label night Made to Play, his relentless performance style has propelled his popularity as a mover of the modern House scene. He now inherently works with ‘Made-to-play’ records as Jesse Rose’s assistant producer and general label ambassador.

With a rapid development of this sound leaning towards Ragtime and Jazz samples with a bold Gypsy or Balkan feel demonstrated on the most recent Riva Starr ‘I Was Drunk’ release (on Made To Play) and his new track ‘You Got It’ out on digital-only release on November 30th, we can be sure to seriously experience an unrelenting barrage of groovy loops and a conspicuous ‘loss of marbles’ on the dance floor.


  1. Trevor Loveys,Affie Yousuf feat Spoek_Bitch Fight_Made to Play Remix_Trunkfunk
  2. Benga & Coki_Night_Geeneus Remix_Tempa
  3. Ying Yang Twins_vs_Shlomi Aber & Kenny Larkin_Whispering Sketches_Oliver $ Edit
  4. Riva Starr_Black Cat,White Cat_Made to Play
  5. Genetic & Gio Martinez – Rempejack_Oliver $ Remix_Kingdom Kome
  6. Poligono_Changes_Cdr
  7. The Answer_Gipsy Kink Remix_UPS
  8. Deetron_Orange_Music Man
  9. Markus Homm Mihai Popoviciu Jay Bliss_Bis Co¬_Diynamic Music
  10. Unknow_Bootleg_Cdr
  11. Sick Jargon_Go Hump_Daniel Carro Rmx_Edit
  12. Daniel Haaksman_Deixa Tocar_Consistent Rmx
  13. Zed Bias_Bareknuckle_Sick Trumpet


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