A 20-year veteran of the international techno scene, UMEK recently lent his studio expertise to curate Native Instrument’s new MOLTEN VEIL Maschine Expansion. Featuring sounds crafted by UMEK himself, MOLTEN VEIL is aimed at producers looking for the bold, dynamic sound of UMEK’s dense basslines, jarring hi-hats, and deep kick drum characteristics of his dynamic, four-to-the-floor mainroom techno, as displayed in his recent track “Inhumane Visions,” out now on his own label 1605. “ Inhumane Visions” sees UMEK continuing the reincarnation of his techno origins.
“Sooner or later all artists return to their roots. I’ve always been known to be a techno artist, even when I wasn’t really playing and producing techno. So, when the fans and the media see you as a techno artist no matter what you deliver, then you probably are a techno artist – if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck,” says UMEK. “Jokes aside, I’ve always followed my intuition and listened to my feelings, no matter what the people thought about it. Much like Forrest Gump ‘just felt like running,’ I just feel like doing techno now. Also, techno kids have more fun. They really do.”
As a man of many hats, it’s a little known fact that UMEK is also a very successful tech entrepreneur. His start-up Viberate.com has just raised a seed round of $600,000 to introduce analytics and decision making tools to the music market. With the goal of bringing “order and standardization into the music business” and finally “put an end to all that chaos,” as stated by UMEK, the company already owns the highly successful website Topdeejays.com, where they analyze social media growth for more than 30,000 DJs.
More info on The MOLTEN VEIL Maschine Expansion is available at www.native-instruments.com. Umek brings his renowned 1605 Music Therapy Techno night to Exchange LA this Saturday 08/27 with special guests Ramiro Lopez & Oscar L alongside Exchange LA resident Shmitty.