"Machine allows me to create new beats live, play, improvise and especially gives more energy"
Uner is a classically trained musician who has worked with labels such Cadenza, Cocoon, Visionquest, Diynamic or Cécille with his house and techno style. This season the artist has become a regular in the lineup of Ants in Ushuaïa.
Welcome to a new edition of the DJ Awards which ceremony will be on Monday, September 22nd at Pacha Ibiza! You have been nominated in the Tech House Category. This nomination is to celebrate your achievements. What do this and other DJ polls mean to you?
Thank you very much! The truth is that after the nomination last year and the surprise victory, it is an honour to return once more and appear in a category packed with so many big names.
I have always said that awards shouldn’t be given more or less importance than they have. We cannot deny that we all love to receive a nomination or an award because it’s a sign that you're doing well, but not to receive or win is not a sign that you are doing badly. :)
It’s festival time across the globe now, tell us which are your favourite festivals you’ve played at so far and why? And which are still on your to-do-list and why?
We've been through many festivals this year. I can remember several that have surprised me such as the Pacha Festival in Holland, or Freelive in Spain, among others. But one in particular that has surprised me this year has been DreamBeach in Almeria, where almost 80,000 people gathered and where we had the opportunity to play, just after Hawtin, with an amazing reception. It was a great experience.
Which are the countries you have been touring the most during the last 12 months?
We've toured almost the entire world. We have covered most of Europe and much of America. We’ve toured UK, France, Germany and, of course, Spain. We’ve been in the USA visiting more than 15 cities, some several times, as well as in Argentina, Chile, etc. ... To date we have performed almost 100 gigs, so you can imagine…
In 2014, is there any new equipment, or software that you´ve discovered that now are must-haves for your DJ sets? And why would you recommend them to fellow DJs and producers?
Yes. Some time ago I started using “Maschine” in my studio and decided to add it to my live sessions. Actually, it was a revelation. It allows me to create new beats live, play, improvise and especially gives more energy to the pace but sometimes with more gentle rhythms. Right now it is a major tool in my sessions.
Tell us about any new productions you´re working on, and which producers you’d like to collaborate with in the future and why?
After the experience of my first album, I'm currently working on the ideas for the following album. Besides, I have in line remixes for Guti and another one we cannot reveal yet, although I can say that is the most important work that I have done so far. There are other projects in terms of music and live performances.
If you had a week off in Ibiza, which parties would you definitely not miss?
When I have days off I try to rest hahaha! But Reverse, Enter or Paradise on weekdays are the ones I wouldn't miss, and of course ANTS on Saturdays. Yes, to tell you the truth I have not yet had the opportunity to go to these parties on one of my actual days off.
We wish you the best luck. How will you celebrate if you result to be chosen by the public and receive the Kyptonite DJ Award?
Thank you! And also, I would like as always to give a big thank you to all my team, my friends and my family, without whom all this would be pointless.