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UMEK bio

Born in 1976 in Slovenia, Uros Umek began DJing in 1993. He and his friends were the pioneers of dance music in Slovenia, and between them they were responsible for putting on the first large scale parties there. The result has been that Umek is Slovenia’s most famous DJ, and techno is Slovenia’s favorite form of music. His colleagues include Recycled Loops, Consumer Recreation and ASTRODISCO, who defined "Slovenian techno sound" and that was an important driving force on the world stage. He is currently working with his own Consumer Recreation and Recycled Loops (with Valentino) labels, as well as releasing tracks on Tortured (as Mumps), Electrix (as Zeta Reticula), Planet Rhythm, Audio and Missile. He has also been releasing his own productions on labels like Toolroom, Spinnin, Great Stuff, Intec and many more, and has been heavily involved in choosing who to sign to his arty imprint 1605, which mostly supports young and talented artists who haven’t yet made it onto the global party scene. Umek has used his 1605 Therapy label, in conjunction with other labels such as Renaissance, Little Mountain, Ultra, Pacha, and Armada, to create a constant presence on dozens of radio stations around the world. These include appearances on Essential Mix, Primavera, Monegros and Dance Valley festivals, as well as numerous compilations and the constant support of many colleagues as Sander Kleinenberg, Fergie, Tiesto, Judge Jules, Eddie Halliwell, John Digweed, MIKE, Lützenkirchen, Sébastien Léger, Dubfire and Carl Cox. Having conquered most of the world’s biggest stages and festivals, Umek started his own weekly radio show “Behind the Iron Curtain,” which immediately landed on dozens of the world’s hippest EDM radio stations. His current style is the combination of many different roots, which the more long term Umek fans may recognize. Starting with a rough, uncompromising edge he quickly built a reputation in the studio. He has moved towards a funkier sound with his massive Mumps release on Tortured in 2000. His dedication and impressive work rate have led to his studio skills being increasingly called upon with a wealth of successful releases under his belt.

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