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59

Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:25

Style: 
Halfway between techno and tech house.
Best known for: 
Creating good music and mayhem on the dancefloor.
Tune of the year: 
K
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
It's a three-way tie: Mike Vale, Mladen Tomic and Sinisa Tamamovi?
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
I would be known as Mr Goodwill and I'd spread positive vibes around the universe.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
A combination of both.
What does EDM mean to you: 
My life revolves around electronic music and it has for the past two decades.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Celebrities, reality show contestants and ex-porn starlets are generally not very good DJs, I think.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
No, never!
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Beat matching is just the start. DJing is much more than that.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
The whole Croatian coast and the islands will explode in the next couple of years.

Umek is excited. He's just finished working on a new compilation for Toolroom that will be out early next year. He's got some hot new tunes from artists he's excited about coming out on his 1605 Records label, and just yesterday he heard a batch of new tracks that he says he can't wait to play on his weekly Behind The Iron Curtain radio show.

"All of it - the label work, the radio work, the production and the DJing is equally exciting to me," says the Slovenian DJ/producer. In the past 11 months Umek has done over 100 DJ gigs, covering every continent. Highlights for him, he says, were supporting Carl Cox for his Revolution residency at Space in Ibiza and playing his "most ever USA gigs" in the space of a year. As one of Eastern Europe's most famous dance music exports, Umek is as excited about what's going on in that part of the world in terms of dance music as he is about his own career trajectory. "It's all about music for me," he says. "It's what keeps me going."

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