Sint-Niklaas’ Steffi Sturm, also lovingly known as UNOS, has cooked up this week’s Exclusive Mix for us – and with more than simply one exclusive track, too. Spin this on a summery Saturday when you can put aside your responsibilities, and choose to spend it with your friends and significant other instead. A progressive mix, it’s all about energy and wacky sound design with heavy ’80s and ’90s house inspirations.
Can you describe yourself in a few words?
5’2” producer & DJ currently based in SN (9100), and part of Singapore’s Darker Than Wax label.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
When I was younger I always wanted to play the drums, but my dad would never let me get one. A few years passed and I still felt the urge to learn how to make music. One day I went to see Tokimonsta play at the Nijdrop and that sparked a Harajuku moment for me. I ‘borrowed’ Ableton from the internet and have been making beats on and off for the past few years. The moments I feel at my best are the moments when I’m making music.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment?
Sadly no, I also occupy myself with IT-related projects in app development.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
The overriding influence of the mix is ‘80s and ‘90’s house inspired and as the mix progresses, it’s all about energy and wacky sound design – just how I like it. You can enjoy it anytime if you want to fist pump and have an Internet connection.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
Silo, FZPZ and I are from the Darker Than Wax family so it’s only natural to play their tracks. Also they have their own sound yet are so similar in one way or another. As for HelloTaxi?!, I came across him when I was checking out Soundcloud. The moment I hit the play button fell I love with his sound. It’s fresh with a classic house twist to it. Also I made a little Patrice Rushen edit because you’ve got to remember the classics.
When and where did you record it?
I recorded it in my bedroom surrounded by little ornaments I got from my close friends, souvenirs from abroad and drawings by my kid brother.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
Clap! Clap! – A Thousand Skies [Black Acre]
I’m a big fan of fast-paced tunes and just love how the whole album as it is.
Vorace – Bad Start [Tangram Records]
Crazy sound design on this EP! Love it!
Yussef Kamaal– Black Focus [Brownswood Records]
Not an album from 2017 but still one of my personal favorites. Every track is storytelling at its finest.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
In July I’ll be playing in Portugal, and I’ve got some exciting things up my sleeve for November time.