Q&A: Oliver Carloni

Newcastle born and bred, Throne Room Records boss and techno up and comer Oliver Carloni is seemingly only getting started with his mission to bring high quality club tunes to the British isles.

He has put music out on IAMT, Funk’n Deep and Respekt thus far, and his label roster consists of DJOKO, Reset Safari, Matt Sassari and more.

We caught up with Oliver and got to talking about his own music, as well as what’s to come from Throne Room and what gigs he has coming up this year.

Hey Oliver, thanks for chatting, how are things?

Hi mate, all good thanks! I’m currently chilling with two family sized bars of chocolate, watching wildlife documentaries. It’s Sunday so I’m allowed!

And tell us about your label, Throne Room Records?

Throne Room Records is the result of several years Djing on my local circuit (Newcastle). I realised that there was a demand for fresh underground music and wanted to give clubbers a new experience instead of simply playing the top 100 tracks that everyone’s heard before. I partnered up with another local DJ; Liam Armstrong and discussed our plans over coffee one morning, which became the foundations of the record label today.

We follow a simple ethos of ‘quality over quantity’. Releasing fresh music from prosperous artists bi-monthly. We’ve found this most effective in gaining support for the label which has also helped us secure over 30 artists including Reset Safari, DJOKO, Matt Sassari, Rudosa, Transcode, Chicago Loop and many more. We have also hosted label showcases around Europe including the UK, France and Netherlands. I’d like to think of the label today as a well-oiled engine and a platform to express our creativity without politics or being judged.

You have an EP with Leo Lippolis coming up, what kind of support have you seen on it?

Leo’s EP is set for release on 21st May 2018, already seeing support from industry heavyweights such as Paco Osuna, David Squillace, Josh Butler, Dexon, Giorgio Rusconi, Tube & Berger, plus more.

Will you be releasing on any other labels this year?

Yes, I have a release just out on D-Unity’s label Unity Records with my friend DJOKO. I also have an EP forthcoming on Durtysoxxx’ label Funk’n Deep accompanied by a remix from DJ Preston, scheduled for summer 2018. You will also see a few bits from me coming on Throne Room Records later in the year.

In terms of gigs you have some bookings in Newcastle coming up, which are you most excited for?

I’m really excited for my next gig on 21st April at World Headquarters, Newcastle. I’ll then be playing ‘Remedy Festival on May 12th, in the name of charity and another show at the end of May at an undisclosed venue in Newcastle for Concept10.

And is there anything else you have going on in 2018?

I have alot of new techno finished and ready to send to potential labels including some collaborations with DJOKO, there’s only a handful of labels I would want to release on so I have my sights alligned. I also have guest mixes coming up on Mayfie’s When We Dip show, Elektrik Cats Data Transmission show and The Reactivitz: Vision of Techno Show. So yeah things are quite busy!

What about Throne Room?

I’m currently locking in plans for two label showcases during ADE, Amsterdam this year. We also have some sick releases coming up on the label including a Best Of 3 Years VA featuring our biggest tracks since we launched.

Give us one tune we should definitely listen to?

D-Unity – Attraction. I haven’t played it out yet but I’ve listened to it on repeat in my bedroom while visualising playing it to 5000 people in a smokey warehouse!