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6AM Exclusive & Interview: Listen to UNER’s First “Sounds from Solar” Podcast

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UNER has become an artist well known for his releases on a collection of amazing labels over the past few years. His passion for production lead him to  start his own label in 2015 with Solar Distance.

It has been an exciting and challenging new venture for the award winning artist, with his musical releases inspired by deeper, more refined, harmonic styles.  He started the label with a view to identify and establish new talent from around the world, and this has been showcased in many of their releases to date, with newcomers including Jairo Catelo, Elojet, Natural Flow and Scoom Legacy.

We caught up with UNER right as he heads off on his US tour, for the ins and outs of running a label in today’s competitive industry. He was kind enough to offer 6AM readers an exclusive premiere listen of the first Sounds from Solar podcast episode before it’s released to the rest of the world in 48 hours. Find full info and tracklist below following our interview with him.

Q1. What’s the hardest thing about running a label you have experienced?

The hardest thing for me is saying “no” to someone who sends you their music with so much excitement. Most of the time, the music doesn’t fit the label because of the style. Believe me when I say its super hard to say it to someone, no matter who they are! But I always try to give them important feedback. I know how hard it is, because I received the same kind of negative replies for so many years, but of course its better to get a reply with a “not this time” than silence or never knowing If they have even listened to your music, which I feel is the case these days, and that’s sad.

Q2. How would you advise others, before they decide to start their own label? Any Dos or Don’ts?

No, just enjoy it as much as you can. Running a label is another part of thejourney for me. The main idea was to build something to bring opportunities to unknown artists. Its very difficult to find support at the moment and I wanted to create something special. My advise is to be patient and work really hard with a great team of professionals!

Solar Distance LogoQ3. How did you decide about the artwork for your releases?

Of course we have a theme with the name of the label, and that is the solar system and space, so the artwork should reflect this. Solar distance isn’t just about space, it’s a metaphor – emphasizing a long journey you need to take to find your own sun, and the lonely times you have to sometimes endure to do this. So basically, the artwork comes from this! And of course we have an amazing designer, Rafa!

Q4. Are you also releasing on Vinyl? If not, what lead you to this decision?

Not yet. The main plan was to focus 100% of our budget to promoting the artists, especially during the first year. Costs are high when running a label, so to me that was the most important thing to ensure we have right from the start, bringing new artists and exposing them to the industry. I think going into 2017 we will start producing vinyl’s, but maybe just with the special edition releases, along with some surprises! As I said, its just another step for us in the journey around space to find your own sun


 

UNER will be playing La Vibe at Le Jardin, where he holds a residency, this coming Saturday November 12th. Tickets and info can be found on Resident Advisor.

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The sun marks the beginning and end of each of our days, present with its light and hidden in the night, it’s the source of life that puts the rhythm to our own existence. It is the key that gives meaning to our planetary system, which fits perfectly like a puzzle, just like the pieces combined into this series of mixes.

“Sounds from Solar” is more than music and more than just another podcast. It’s the solution to the maze of electronic sounds we surround ourselves with, combined into a one-hour monthly mix taking us on a journey as told by UNER with his unique selection of tracks every month. It shows you the now and tomorrow of electronic music from the solar system and our universe.

Tracklist:

Robyn & Kidness – Who do you Love (Wolfgang Voigt GAS Mix Echo)

Pezzner – Right Place Rigth Time – DirtyBird

Re.You – Break it Down – Younion

Yotam Avni – Tikkun – Innervisions

Black Coffe feat Toshi – Buya – Get Physical

Fideles – Monark – Solar Distance

Scoom Legacy – Secret Hints – Solar Distance

Andre Galluzzi – Submerge – Ovum

Raxon – Nebular – Diynamic Music

Max Cooper – Woven Ancestry (Lusine Remix) – Get Physical

Connect with UNER: Resident Advisor | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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Q&A: On Tour with UNER

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We often see the lives of our favorite DJ’s from the perspective of DJ booths, event galleries, and the occasional airport photo. But in between the clubs and fast paced life there are some great moments captured that don’t always make it to the public spotlight.

UNER, one of our favorite Spaniards, has shared with us some pictures of his recent travels in the United States, and took some time to answer some questions about life on tour. Touching down in Los Angeles, Miami, and then venturing back to LA and San Diego, UNER makes the most of his time on tour.

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Uner Launches New Label and US Tour

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UNER is a techno veteran who needs no introduction. He had an amazing run this summer, performing at top Ibiza clubs such as DC10, Space, Sankeys, and a residency at ANTS (Ushuaia). In addition making waves in Ibiza, UNER performed his second Boiler Room set (Berlin 2014, Barcelona 2015) and debuted a new live music project which blends DJ performances with live instrumentation. He has also toured extensively this year, including a massive US tour and unforgettable performances at Rock In Rio (Vegas) and Burning Man.

uner liveAlthough 2015 has been an amazing year for the Spanish producer, he has some big moves lined up that show us the year is far from over. November will see another North American tour, which kicks off in Chicago on the 6th. The tour will feature 5 shows, also including Los Angeles, Miami, Dominican Republic, and a secret location TBA. The announcement coincides nicely with the launch of his new, highly anticipated label, Solar Distance. UNER will begin the endeavor on November 16th with Return & Rebirth, his own 4-track EP that was inspired by deeper and more harmonically intricate musical styles. Solar Distance will definitely be a name to keep an eye out for in the future as they continue to push the boundaries of techno as we know it.


Don’t miss your chance to see UNER drop some new tracks from the EP

Friday 6th November – Primary, Chicago
Saturday 7th Novmeber – Le Jardin, Los Angeles
Friday 13th November – Heart, Miami
Saturday 14th November – Barbete Beach, Punta Cana
Sunday 15th November – Special Event TBA

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Event Review: Minimal Effort – Andhim, UNER, Matador, Butch

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Minimal Effort kicked off its 2015 season in orderly fashion last Saturday at the Legendary Park Plaza featuring a rare combination of House & Techno. Leading the outdoor stage was German duo Andhim and Spanish groove master, UNER, while the indoor stage showcased Austria native, BUTCH, and M-NUS artist Matador who displayed a remarkable live set. This was a night truly made for music lovers in Los Angeles as all came together for an unforgettable good time.

What has made Minimal Effort a staple isn’t just the line-up they book, but rather the unique and diverse crowd they attract and the vibe it brings to each series. It was a nice treat to see some old familiar faces, industry colleagues, along with meeting new people throughout the night. Something rare when we go out these days or maybe we’re just going to the wrong events

The Legendary Park Plaza was a great location providing two stages, which allowed the party to have two separate sounds, and the venue layout allowed for a great flow through both rooms. Drinks were served quickly from the friendly bar staff and bathrooms were plentiful once they opened up the ones inside.

OUTDOOR STAGE: The atmosphere coupled with the cool weather really made this stage standout as music flowed impeccably from Dadon to Human Resources to UNER and Andhim. The standout of the night that had everyone raving was UNER’s remarkable set that had the entire party erupting with beats after beats. This does not take away the mind-blowing closing set by Andhim as the duo took us right through until the end. The horizontal stage set up made things a bit cramped in the back for people trying to pass through; you really had to be in the meat of the dance floor or the outskirts to really get your groove on. We would suggest next time to make the outdoor stage vertical next time as it’ll create a longer space for more people to dance while minimizing the sound bleed in the indoor room.

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INDOOR STAGE: If Techno is your answer then this was the room to be. The indoor stage provided a moodier side of Minimal Effort with its pitch black setting giving it the mysterious underground warehouse vibe that is notorious here in LA. We caught the tail end of DAVI’s set which perfectly set the tone for the much anticipated showing of BUTCH, who delivered a stellar set that balanced between hypnotic and driving techno leaving the dance floor in awe. Matador finished the night off with a grand live set further exemplifying his unlimited arsenal to destroy the dance floor and close out the night.

This was one of those parties that people were in shock and awe when the lights came on in the end as those remaining simply craved more. If that’s not a sign of something special we’re not sure what is.

One criticism from event-goers was that the sound could have been louder indoors as the bass didn’t really quite kick as hard as desired. Minimal Effort returns on Saturday May 23rd with Audiofly hosting their Flying Circus series with Nina Kraviz plus more to be announced. We know we’re not the only one to say that “we can’t wait for the next Minimal Effort”. See you soon….

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