UMEK’s IDMA Award Ceremony Invite Caught In Spam Filter


When Slovenian DJ/producer UMEK’s first U.S. tour concluded in Miami last month with three events — he hosted his 1605 label showcase together with Deeperfect in The Clevelander, played Toolroom’s pool party at the Raleigh Hotel and finished with a set at Carl Cox’s Megastructure at Ultra Music Festival — amid all of the insanity that is Miami in March, the mixmaster says his IDMA invitation for Best Techno/Tech House DJ went to his spam filter. In fact, UMEK says he found out about winning the award, edging out Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn, Loco Dice, Sven Vath, Adam Beyer and Tiga, on Twitter.

Cue sad trombone.

UMEK is moving forward without a hitch, preparing a collaboration with Waka Flocka due out this summer. In a statement he said, “I would never produce a track I wouldn’t then play on stage. I constantly want to try out new things. I turned my studio gadgets upside down and around to get some interesting sounds and now it’s time for me to experiment with human voice a bit. After all it’s an instrument we all know how to operate. I think it fits perfectly!”

With the cash that track will probably rake in, UMEK might want to hire someone to manage his inbox, right?

President of Slovenia Urges Citizens to Vote For UMEK in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Poll [Video]

With the annual rush of DJs begging asking fans for their vote in DJ magazine’s annual Top 100 poll now under way, Slovenian techno stalwart UMEK has received support from his nation’s highest office. President Danilo Türk is asking Slovenians to support UMEK by voting for him in the magazine’s annual poll. “Music is a universal language. It can bring us together in peace, love, unity and respect. UMEK stands for all that,” says President Türk in the promo video below. President Türk says he event hit the ballot box himself, urging Slovenians to do the same. This begs two questions: Which other DJs will ask their presidents or prime ministers for support? Will DJs begin endorsing politicians in return? Here’s hoping this charming endorsement remains a one-off and doesn’t become a trend.