Slovenian DJ and music producer Eros Umek has been wooing crowds with his pioneering techno/tech house style for over ten years. He is considered one of the founding fathers of Eastern Europe’s electronic music scene and his record label, Sixteenofive, is one of the world’s fasting growing techno labels.
In 2011, his unique sound and relentless musical successes earned him the title of Beatport’s Best Artist. He was ranked 29 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s. His music continues to top Beatport’s techno charts, and has been mixed artists like Carl Cox, M.I.K.E., and John Digweed.
This is all passing through my mind as his agent ushers me into his trailer behind the Carl Cox arena at Ultra Fest. I tell him straight away that he’s the first international artist I’ve interviewed; he smiles encouragingly and offers me a seat.
I’d heard about Andy C long before I started listening to drum and bass. Considered by many a pioneer in the D’n’B scene, his name came up often in my conversations with other DJ’s of the “turntablist breed.” So when I hear it called out in the press tent at Ultra, I make my move and introduce myself.
“Mandy, my love,” he says in a delightful London accent. “It’s a pleasure meeting you.”
Press traffic in the tent has slowed down for the moment. Taking advantage of the temporary lull, we pull up chairs and start to chat. I ask Andy what drew him to drum and bass.