Ükrenek is all about industrial techno. His music is based on a deep and tortured kick over rhythmic, tribal percussion.
In his teenage years, he DJ’d at the local club in the city, soon he turned his attention to electronic music and decided to transform his hobby into a career. When he finished school he travelled to Buenos Aires to study at EMBA (Electronic Music School in Buenos Aires) to perfect his techniques and abilities.
During this time he organised events in the big city with his college buddies, establishing the Wertz Electronic Group.
We are pleased to present an exclusive interview with Ükrenek alongside his track ‘Basement’, a pick from his latest release “Torture Detected”, released via Portuguese Techno label Trau-ma on August 12th, 2019.
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
When I was a child, I used to watch many electronic music recitals, such as Time Warp and Awakenings, etc. I have been influenced by tribal music, mixed with alternative rock and cinema sound, besides, genres like dub-techno & dark ambient, merging them creating dark atmospheres. When I was 19 I started studying at EMBA, (Electronic Music School in Buenos Aires) , the electronic music producer career, where I learned techniques to manipulate my knowledge much better.
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
Achieve with the music, transmission with the music and my sensation with it, and be able to meet the whole world, with the most I like in life, the music.
What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
Technically talking, I have a studio in my residence, in which I count with monitors, Akai MIDI key controller, KORG synthesizer,a KOMPLETE audio sound card. And software, Ableton Live 10 because it seems much versatile for my creations.
What/who are some of your greatest musical influences?
As I said before, I have been influenced by Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, Krafwerk, Front, Plastikman and others.
Outside of music, what inspires you?
Apart from music, I have too many hobbies, such as skateboarding, sailor, skiing, travel around my country and the world, enjoying the landscapes and discovering new cultures.
What kind of relationship do you have with the internet? How does this inform your artistic expression?
Nowadays, I think the Internet is the most useful tool in the world because you have the opportunity to get known in the world, just by tapping on a screen. Because of that, I am doing my best on my creations, and working in parallel with my social networks, to show the people my music expressions.
How has your approach to writing and producing music shifted from when you started?
I started listening to a lot of music, trying to catch some techniques so then I can use it on my projects, and during the last years, I was improving that technique and by them creating my new ones.
As a performer or as a member of the audience, what single show has been the most memorable for you?
One of the most memorable presentations as a DJ, was last year in the most popular Techno Club in Argentina, Cocoliche (Actually I continue being a resident of the club); in which Adam Beyer made a presentation too.
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
TWCOR, MODIG, Sebastian Kramer, 74185# , A4, Exsiderurgica , Endlec and others.
Please suggest an album for us to listen to.
Torture Detected & Nemesis on Beatport or Bandcamp, my favourite.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
A record label for my events producers “Wertz Electronic Group” and new releases that i have been preparing.
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