Olli Wisdom Death – British Goa and psy trance musician, and clothing producer, Olli Wisdom is Dead. Olli Wisdom died on August 23, 2021 at the age of 63. However, his cause of death has not been made public.
Olli Wisdom was known in the early 1980s as the singer in the theatrical glam and gothic rock group Specimen, and for co-founding and running The Batcave, London’s famous weekly goth club-night at the Gargoyle Club. Before forming Specimen and opening the Batcave, Wisdom was the frontman for the punk band The Unwanted. Their most popular song was a cover version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”. After the Unwanted, Wisdom joined Metroz for a few months.
For as long as we can remember, Olli Wisdom has stamped his mark on the global Psytrance scene. says NANO Records, they con’t, “From the GOA days to the present, his musical influence transcended how we heard and thought about what we now call full-on Psytrance. His bright smile and infectious attitude made him a loveable character and a true friend to all of us at Nano Records. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and all who knew him ❤️ Space Tribe – a friend, a pioneer, a legend! May his music live on.”
Wisdom was a pioneer of psychedelic trance for many years. After Specimen split up, in 1986 he went travelling in Asia and in 1988 he came to Koh Phangan in Thailand, where he first encountered the electro-driven wild psychedelic parties on the beach. He stayed there for two years DJing and set up a small studio to make tracks for the parties before moving to Goa, India.
Heartbreaking news today that Olli Wisdom has left the building..long long time friend who loved the music and the scene he helped create..I’d actually been a big fan of his earlier music, long before dance music came along, when he fronted the arch goth band ‘Specimen’ and ran the infamous ‘Batcave’ club in London..fly high my alien brother.. The world will be (literally) alot duller without you.. written by Eat Static
Over the next four years, Wisdom spent his time mostly in Goa, but started to travel around DJing parties in other places (San Francisco, Switzerland, UK, Japan). In 1993, with his brother Miki, and Richmond, he started Space Tribe clothing in Bali. In 1995, the first Space Tribe tracks were hatched in the studio with Simon Posford (Hallucinogen/Shpongle).
Wisdom moved to the rainforest in Byron Bay in Australia and set up the Rainforest Space Base studio. Space Tribe released its first album, Sonic Mandala, on Spirit Zone in 1996. In 2004 Space Tribe Music was set up as a record label providing an outlet for Space Tribe releases and compilation albums. Space Tribe has also made many tracks in collaboration with other artists such as Sirius Isness, X-Dream, GMS, Menog, CPU, Psywalker and especially Electric Universe, working under the name ESP.
It's not that I don't usually care when celebs die (of course I do) but it doesn't usually feel so immediate. Olli Wisdom 🙁 So grateful I got to see Specimen play 10 years ago.
— Die Booth (@diebooth) August 23, 2021
Wisdom travelled all over the world, playing live at parties in a variety of locations including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
RIP Olli Wisdom AKA @spacetribemusic, one of the mad old ones of the psychedelic trance movement. He was there when it all started and never stopped touring and pumping out new music, emanating hallucinatory madness and fractal kitsch with a wry smile. https://t.co/1HLFHNXdKC
— DJ Basilisk 🐲🎶 (@DJBasilisk) August 23, 2021