Olli Wisdom

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Olli Wisdom
Birth nameOliver John Wisdom
Also known asSpace Tribe
Born(1958-03-08)8 March 1958
London, England, UK
Died23 August 2021 (aged 63)
London, England, UK
GenresGlam rock, gothic rock, deathrock, Goa trance, post-punk, psychedelic trance
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, DJ
LabelsSpirit Zone Records (1996–2004);
Space Tribe Music (from 2004)

Oliver John Wisdom[1] (8 March 1958 – 23 August 2021) was a British Goa and psy trance musician,[2] and clothing producer, who lived in London. From the 1990s he recorded under the name Space Tribe.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Olli Wisdom was the eldest son of Anthony Wisdom and his wife Charlotte (née Hartstein) and grew up in London and in Monmouth, Wales. He went to school in London and at Hereford Cathedral School in Hereford.

Career in music[edit]

In the early 1980s Wisdom was the singer in the theatrical glam and gothic rock group Specimen, and co-founded[4] and ran The Batcave, London's weekly goth club-night at the Gargoyle Club.[5] Before forming Specimen and opening the Batcave, Wisdom was the frontman for the punk band The Unwanted.[6] 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.[citation needed]

Wisdom was a pioneer of psychedelic trance for many years. After Specimen split up, in 1986 he went travelling in Asia and in 1989 he came to Ko Pha-ngan 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.[citation needed]

Over the next four years, Wisdom spent his time mostly in Goa, but started to travel elsewhere, DJing at parties in Japan, Switzerland, the UK and the United States. 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).[citation needed]

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 also made many tracks in collaboration with other artists such as GMS, CPU and Electric Universe, working under the name ESP.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Wisdom had one daughter, born in 1996.

He died on 23 August 2021, at the age of 63,[7][8][9] and was buried at Islington and St Pancras Cemetery on 13 September.[10]



Space Tribe[edit]

  • Sonic Mandala (Spirit Zone Records, 1996)
  • The Ultraviolet Catastrophe (Spirit Zone Records, 1997)
  • The Future's Right Now (Spirit Zone Records, 1998)
  • 2000 O.D. (Spirit Zone Records, 1999)
  • Religious Experience (Spirit Zone Records, 2000)
  • Shapeshifter (Spirit Zone Records, 2001)
  • Heart Beat (Spirit Zone Records, 2002)
  • Time S-T-R-E-T-C-H (Spirit Zone Records, 2004)
  • Collaborations (Space Tribe Music, 2004)
  • Thru the Looking Glass (Space Tribe Music, 2005)
  • Electro Convulsive Therapy (Space Tribe Music, 2008)
  • Continuum Vol.1 (Space Tribe Music, 2011)
  • Continuum Vol.2 (Space Tribe Music, 2011)
  • Peak Experience (Space Tribe Music, 2011)
  • Space between Atoms (Space Tribe Music, 2021)


  • Electric Space Phenomenon (Space Tribe Music, 2006)
  • Sensory Overload (Space Tribe Music, 2007)

Alien Jesus[edit]

  • Open Your Eyes (Space Tribe Music, 2010)
  • Time Machine (Space Tribe Music, 2012) (EP)

Mad Tribe[edit]

  • Spaced Out (TIP Records, 2015)
  • Amazing Tales from Outer Space (TIP Records, 2017)


  1. ^ "Olli Wisdom". Discogs. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Olli Wisdom / Space Tribe Interview". GoafreakscomTV (via YouTube). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Olli Wisdom". Spacetribe.com. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  4. ^ Rankin, Kelly (October 2020). "The Batcave Club, London: A venue that kickstarted the 1980s goth movement". Far Out. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  5. ^ Johnson, David (February 1983). "69 Dean Street: The Making of Club Culture". The Face. No. 34. p. 26, republished at Shapersofthe80s. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "The Unwanted". Damaged Goods. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  7. ^ Sheppard, Oliver (24 August 2021). "Olli Wisdom of Specimen and the Legendary Batcave Has Passed Away". post-punk.com. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  8. ^ Moses, Emma (25 August 2021). "Vale Olli Wisdom – a life well lived". The Echo. Mullumbimby, New South Wales. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Olli Wisdom, Space Tribe, has passed on". Trancentral. August 2022. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Olli Wisdom Memorial Page". Chará Production. 13 September 2021. Retrieved 5 November 2021.

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