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?