Thu, 14 Nov 2013  /  Post a comment
When I was approached by the program manager with a request for a label night I immediately said ...
Is there a better way to recover after the longest tour I've ever had than to spend an evening with my friends on my own label night in my hometown of Ljubljana? Well, some massages and wellness sure help with the jetlag, but since I won't be able to sleep at night for at least two weeks, there's no other way for me than to visit a newly open club my friends will set up in December.
They named it Kurzschluss and I love the name! It means short circuit in German and I see it as a defibrillator for Ljubljana's clinically dead party scene. Sure there are one or two decent clubs back home, but that's far too poor for my country's capital city.
When I was approached by the program manager with a request for a label night I immediately said yes and called around to get a proper lineup. So I'm proud to announce that on the 26th of December 1605 will take over Ljubljana's hippest club with sounds of Phunk Investigation, while my own homecrew will give the Italians the support they deserve.
So if you plan to visit Ljubljana in Christmas time (it's stunningly beautiful with all the lights), then make sure to get tickets. I already got mine (technically it's guest list but still :P).
Wed, 13 Nov 2013  /  Post a comment
They decided to Rock It all Out in this massive collaboration.
UMEK and Groovebox both had quite a summer! Right before doing a show in Scotland, Groovebox had a close encounter with the Loch Ness monster, and when UMEK did the biggest annual electronic music event in his home country, he made it so big that he even scared the American embassy. Despite the turmoil, they decided to Rock It all Out in this massive collaboration.
1. UMEK & Groovebox - Rock It Out (Original Mix)
11.11.13 @ Beatport.com
More info @ www.sixteenofive.com
Tue, 15 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
MUCHAS GRACIAS to all...
I have just wrapped up my last gig in South America this year. I know it's a cliche for a performer to say that you were the best crowd, but in this case it's not just a phrase. I know I'm wanted there since you guys keep inviting me in comments and I expected a warm welcome, but having fans greeting me on the airport (by the way - how did you find out about my flight arrival hehehe) and performing in front of packed clubs with 500 people waiting and partying outside just blew my mind away.
So from the bottom of my heart a grande MUCHAS GRACIAS to all my Peruvian, Colombian and Argentinian fans for losing their minds on the dancefloor.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013  /  Post a comment
Let's the music talk!
5 Years Anniversary, Siwell artist Album, 12 tracks in 2 releases, 8 guests artists. There's no more numbers you need to know! Let's the music talk!
1. Siwell - The Beginning (Original Mix)
2. UMEK, Siwell - Get Funk (Original Mix)
3. Siwell, Heartik - Loving (Original Mix)
4. Siwell, Hollen - Underground (Original Mix)
5. Siwell - Nueva Esperanza (Original Mix)
07.10.13 @ Beatport.com
More info @ www.spherarecords.com
Thu, 26 Sep 2013  /  Post a comment
With 20 new and exclusive cuts that leave you wanting more, 'Rhythm Distrikt 05' offers everything from the coolest underground grooves to the darkest rumbling Techno, securing itself a welcome place in the ever-evolving Rhythm Distrikt series.
The hugely successful 'Rhythm Distrikt' returns to Toolroom Records for its fifth instalment, delivering the very best in driving Tech House & Techno. Including 100% new and exclusive tracks from the world's finest DJs and producers, 'Rhythm Distrikt 05' provides another collection of full-length underground essentials. Highlights include UMEK vs DJ Dan's Techno rumbler 'Mighty Wind', Cristian Varela's bass driven 'Meanwhile', Sinisa Tamamovic's 'Control' and Adrian Hour & DJ Fronter's 'Kraft'. 'Rhythm Distrikt' favourites Spartaque, Mr. Bizz, & Filterheadz sit alongside new family members Tomy DeClerque, & MiniCoolBoyz.
01. UMEK vs DJ Dan - Mighty Wind (Original Club Mix)
02. Spartaque & Konstantin Yoodza - The Sandal (Original Club Mix)
03. Cristian Varela - Meanwhile (Original Club Mix)
04. Filterheadz - We Can Take It Anywhere (Original Club Mix)
05. MiniCoolBoyz - Blacky (Original Club Mix)
06. Tomy DeClerque - All In (Original Club Mix)
07. Sinisa Tamamovic - Control (Original Club Mix)
08. Adrian Hour & DJ Fronter - Kraft (Original Club Mix)
09. Mass Digital - Fanpire (Original Club Mix)
10. Quivver - Sugar (Original Club Mix)
11. D-Deck & Alex Mine - Warung (Original Club Mix)
12. Oscar L - This Is Our Night (Original Club Mix)
13. Rafa Barrios - Fino (Original Club Mix)
14. Pete & The Fox - Growler (Original Club Mix)
15. Mr.Bizz - Line Up (Original Club Mix)
16. Peter Bailey - Decoded (Original Club Mix)
17. Max Freegrant - Naked & Dangerous (Original Club Mix)
18. Egoism & Bazu - Mono Mosquite (Original Club Mix)
19. D-Deck - Lione (Original Club Mix)
20. Gaga - Bongo (Original Club Mix)
25.09.13 @ Beatport.com
More info @ www.toolroomrecords.com
Fri, 06 Sep 2013  /  Post a comment
This year around 25 thousand people gathered in Ljubljana's main park to dance to my 7-hour set.
You cannot book me for the last weekend in August, because it's been reserved for my traditional charity show in my hometown of Ljubljana for the eighth year in a row. I usually play alone on the stage of Party for a Cause, a mega show everyone can enter for a donation of 1 EUR. The money then goes to an NGO that is selected by a public vote.
This year around 25 thousand people gathered in Ljubljana's main park to dance to my 7-hour set. The gig has such an enormous impact on the public that the US embassy in Ljubljana issued a warning to US citizens living in Ljubljana, that they should be careful and think twice about attending the event due to a large risk of riots that often rise when such a large mass of people gather together in one place. Of course I responded publicly and claimed that the bombs I drop on the dancefloor haven't killed anyone and that the only consequence one can suffer is slight ringing in the ears. In the end the US ambassador to Slovenia attended the event himself, moved out of the VIP area into the crowd and posted an update on Facebook stating that "it's not exactly Woodstock, but still a great party."
I'm now starting my "around-the-world" tour, starting in the USA, followed by South America and after some additional US gigs I'll head on to Japan, Shanghai, India and then back to Europe in mid-December.
Then I'll take some time off and keep myself as far away from the airports I can.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013  /  Post a comment
UMEK Move Around Great Stuff Recordings.
UMEK Move Around Great Stuff Recordings Slovenian star UMEK's latest banger for Great Stuff does away with anything as pedestrian as a featureless beat-led intro, instead dropping us straight into a breakdown/build style scenario. Its energy is all the more potent for it. A cheeky '90s Euro dance style synth hook stabs away at a supremely skippy, feisty percussion section, with a bouncy bassline mirroring its infectious melody in synergistic fashion. Backwards fills, manic drum rolls and colourful FX provide plenty of entertainment in the background, the groove hammers away in the fore. Think names like Kadoc, Klubbheads and Natural Born Groovers given a 2013 update, and bolstered by lashings of that inimitable UMEK grooviness. Brimming over with dancefloor energy, it's set to be a firm favourite over the summer months with those who like their house music rampant and bursting at the seams.
01. UMEK - Move Around (Original Mix)
19.08.13 @ Beatport.com
More info @ www.greatstuff-music.com
Thu, 08 Aug 2013  /  Post a comment
Leading the TEN campaign, Fedde le Grands classic track, Metrum, gets the remix treatment from techno titan, UMEK.
In our most memorable year to date and as part of our tenth birthday celebrations, here at Toolroom Records we present to you our landmark tracks from the last decade, updated and reworked by some of our favourite artists. Leading the TEN campaign, Fedde le Grands classic track, Metrum, gets the remix treatment from techno titan, UMEK. A masterful pioneer of dance music, Fedde le Grands influence can be felt throughout the electronic landscape through his creative beats, grooves, melodies and rhythms, culminating in a long list of house anthems. Metrum was one of those defining tunes; a firm favourite at the festivals in 2011 and the backdrop to many a memorable moment. Now, techno legend and Toolroom regular, UMEK, having conquered the global dance music scene, sets his sites on reworking Metrum. Maintaining the essence of the original with the unforgettable beats and atmospheric breakdown, UMEK brings out the groove with this effortlessly unrelenting take on the track; its a real dancefloor destroyer! Join us, as we take a look back at our classic tracks, revived and ready for another ten years of Toolroom Records.
01. Fedde Le Grand - Metrum (UMEK Remix)
07.08.13 @ Beatport.com
More info @ www.toolroomrecords.com
Wed, 24 Jul 2013  /  Post a comment
We didn't want to ask Umek typical questions about his inspiration or how he became one of the world's most appreciated techno artists. Instead we wanted to dig a little deeper into Umek and his label, 1605. So, we asked him some questions we thought might be interesting and he bounced back with some very insightful and interesting answers.
Camera & Editing by Julian Scrivo, Scrivo Productions: https://www.facebook.com/scrivo.produ...
Lion's Den U: www.LionsDenU.com
Acid X Tone Magazine: http://acidxtone.com/
Wed, 17 Jul 2013  /  Post a comment
Does life really has to be always complicated?
There's not a single DJ fan on Facebook this moment who's not being spammed beyond reason with countless tries by DJs to be creative when asking for votes. And most of us do it in such way that it doesn't look like we're begging directly for a minute of your attention.
For years now the guys from my office have been banging their heads against the wall in an effort to come up with numerous creative ways to ask fans to vote for me. Everything but a simple "can you please vote for me?"
Does life really has to be always complicated?
And I'm noticing this is the case with most of my fellow DJs. In a way we all want to be rebels and pretend we don't give a shit about how we rank on this semi-official list of who's who in the industry. But if I'm being completely honest - I want to be on this list and I want to be on it as high as possible. There shouldn't be any shame in admitting that. The ranking doesn't influence my number of bookings, nor the price I can charge for my performance. It's just an ego trip and let's face it - we all like it. Some of DJs out there like it so much, they go too far with it by hiring Indian companies, pay hackers and do all kinds of twisted stuff (like getting the president of your country to make a public announcement hehehe) to get a few places higher. And then at the same time pretend to ignore the results once they come out. But in the end everyone of us awaits that moment at ADE, when the magazine announces the results.
So fuck it - if you like what I do, show me support
, if you like what Guetta does, vote for him, if you fancy how Paris Hilton turns that "cute little buttons on that mixer thingy", vote for her. It doesn't matter what others say. DJ Mag made their way into creating a benchmark for dance music and although with all the subtle and not so subtle campaigns, sometimes the whole thing really looks like a beauty pageant, it means something to me and my fellow performers to see our names among the great 100.