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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:19

Style: 
“Stuck right between techno and tech house.”
Best known for: 
“Mayhem on the dancefloor with DJ sets, productions and remixes.”
Tune of the year: 
“Groovebox’s ‘Brooklyn’.”
From: 
“DJs' fees are the reflection of how much people are prepared to pay to experience their gigs.”
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“If you mean pop as popular, it’s hard to argue against that. The electronic sound has taken over the radios, clubs and charts.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
“A bird. Being able to fly would give me an amazing feeling of freedom.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
“Why not? You can’t argue with love.”
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
“No, I think it’s a very personal thing.”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
“A good teleportation device for taking me to and from gigs!”

“I am currently in LA for three months,” says 37-year-old Uros Umek, who otherwise lives in his hometown of Ljubljana.

“This year big American promoters such as Insomniac have been pushing me onto the main stages at festivals so, at the moment, it makes sense to be closer to all that.”

Umek started DJing in 1993, inspired by rare imported vinyl 12s such as Royal House’s ‘Can You Party?’ and releases from German techno don Westbam. Now, 20 years later, he’s one of the few responsible for putting Eastern Europe on the global EDM map.

His Behind the Iron Curtain radio shows continue to spread the techno and tech house sound he loves across the region, and beyond. His own productions — such as his 2007-released deep, liquid, melodious tech house hit ‘Ricochet Effect’, that came out as part of his ‘Print This Story EP’ — sum up the maverick spirit of his sound.

“I love that buzz of creating music from scratch,” he says.“I produce music based on the energy I get from the dancefloor.”

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