Insect O. - Studio

While standing on top of Hong Kong’s “The Peak” and looking down to Central, you see big birds flying circles over the city’s skyscrapers. This is a typical inspiration for Insect O.’s hypnotic techno. Beside his music, Oliver Hartmann shares a big passion for traveling and video filming. Australia, China or Thailand are some inspiring places for him, where he played live or dj-sets and shot some video clips for his music. Together with Melbourne’s Echo Inspectors he recorded Bourne Dub and Bribie Dub which has been released on Australian Primary [Colours] imprint. On his way from Bolivia to Chile a he found the inspiration for his first full length: Atacama. It´s music for traveling.


2 years of echoes with Insect O. at One22 in Sydney in Nov 2012

The roots of his music are somewhere between dub and detroit techno, inspired by artists like Basic Channel or Maurizio. His goal is to transform dub techno in an up-to-date audio frame, ranging from spheric and hypnotic to rough and driven. Most of his music has been released on his own Etui Records imprint. In the studio he creates musically memories of his journeys using tones of analog synthesizers, sounds from his modular system, endless echoes and warm reverbs. Always on the look to enhance his art of music production he attended to FELD workshop with Ulf Langheinrich at ICAS festival 2015 and DAVE Workshop Camp with Electric Indigo and Thomas Wagensommerer at University of Music in Dresden 2017.

Insect O.

Insect O. is an old hand in Dresden’s electronic music scene. Enthusiastic about the radio show “electronics” on East German radiostation DT64 in the early nineties he started buying records and making music at the age of 14. In the late 90s he was co-promoter and  resident dj of Dresden’s famous techno club Flugzeugwerft and started the label Etui Records in 1998. Nowadays he is member of DAVE festival board with focus on organising workshops about music production and music business.

For booking & licencing requests or just to talk about music production and the machines, please get in touch via email:



Insect O. – Artist Bio
Insect O. – Atacama LP – Press Release
Insect O. – Press Photos

More information:

Etui Records
Insect O. on Soundcloud
Insect O. on Facebook
DAVE Festival