Faces: music artist Undveld

As far as I remember, my first encounter with electronic music was when a teenage me discovered house music, later on my brother introduced me to drum and bass and my friends to techno and more. What moment, artist or track was the very first introduction to electronic music to you?

My first introduction to electronic music was when I was 12 or 13 years old when I got my first personal computer. I used to spend a lot of time on “YouTube”. I don’t remember the first track I heard, but it was by D.A.F for sure.

How did your taste changed during the years? Do you listen to different kind of music than before?

It has changed, and a lot. At the time when I was 12 or 13, I was mainly listening to electro and metal. Throughout the years I discovered more genres and sub-genres that really caught my ears. Now I’m more into darker and industrial sounds for example; techno, experimental, industrial, ambient, drone, noise, EBM and etc.

What is the most enjoyable part of producing music? Or is it the whole process?

The whole process is enjoyable. I wouldn’t produce if it wasn’t fun!

This month you will release your EP called The Reach, under your latest project named Undveld. What is the idea behind it?

The Reach is an imaginary location which is similar to our planet earth. It’s full of despair, melancholy, hatred and love. I like to imagine about events or places that don’t exist in the real world but have similarities to the environment that we live in.

The Reach has pretty unusual names of the tracks. For example, Neverland förlorades or En sista dans.  What do they mean? How do you pick names for your tracks? Do you have a vision, deep meaning or do the names come naturally?

Naming the tracks depends on the whole visual of the concept that I want to perceive through sound. If it has a blurry concept or if it is just an improvisation there might not be an accurate title.

Where do you get inspiration from: other artists and music, nature, other places?

I find inspiration in everything that is around me (people, places, events, feelings, emotions and etc.)  Mostly I find inspiration in places I’ve never been before. (Nature, cities, abandoned places and etc.)

I believe that we live in the golden age of electronic music. However, do you think that nowadays it’s harder to get recognition?

I think it is hard to get recognised because people nowadays tend to follow what is popular unlike what is underrated, new, fresh and what is always evolving into something more interesting and futuristic.

As a young artist you have been discovered already, yet you prefer to stay anonymous. Why?

Music has nothing to do with my identity; it only has a connection with my visions, stories and ideas which I perceive through sound. People need to relax and dig deep into the music not into the person behind the music.

Who are your ultimate electronic and non-electronic music icons?

I try not to dwell too much on one or several artists. I’m always open-minded to new and different sounds and artists. But of course I do have some favourites that I come back to time to time. For example; Abdulla Rashim, Drexciya, Varg, Pye Corner Audio and etc.

Writers get writer’s block (an inability to produce a new work, a lack of ideas).Do musicians have musicians’ block? If so, how do you cope with it?

From my point of view we do have this block. Only if you’re working on a concrete idea and it lacks of something but improvisation and experimentalism has no borders and no blocks. Every improvisation can be a new idea.

Listen to  Undveld 

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(photo credits: Domantė Nalivaikaitė)

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