Moon Wheel is the independent project of Swedish artist and self-taught musician, Olle Holmberg. Increasingly prolific and active on the Berlin scene, Holmberg has started turning heads locally and abroad through his finely-crafted and constantly evolving productions.
Following seven years in Melbourne as a member of experimental electronic group Pissypaw, Holmberg moved to Berlin, where his first production under the Moon Wheel moniker – a 13 -minute drone work on a split cassette with post-punk outfit Ill Winds – was released on Noisekölln Tapes in 2012.
Holmberg’s cerebral, shape-shifting compositions are inspired by “nature, history, and wandering”, synthesizing electronic and organic sounds through dubby groove deconstructions, uncanny ghost-in-the-machine moods, and grey psychedelic hazes. From a solid starting point in physical analogue techno, Moon Wheel releases have been steadily shifting towards experimental tones and music for late-night listening. As each piece is largely improvisational, his live performances do not recreate his repertoire, but rather experiment with creation as a process of discovery.
With a self-titled solo album debut on L.A. label Not Not Fun in March 2013, a follow-up 7” on eclectic Parisian label Wool Recordings and a debut appearance in Berghain alongside Oneohtrix Point Never later in the year, and with a strong 2014 start alongside Marcel Fengler and Peter Van Hoesen at Boiler Room Berlin in early 2014, Moon Wheel has been garnering praise as a producer with a “subtle knack for building a mood” (Resident Advisor), that is “at his best when dissolving the boundaries in weird dub scapes” (Boomkat).
A new Moon Wheel full length is due out on Not Not Fun in late 2014.