Raw Unkut

Raw Unkut

 

Raw. Fast. Unkut. This Ukrainian knows and owns her sound and style, and puts it on full display for the tenth edition of our mix series. Her gritty and speedy approach to her selections, amplified by her ability to move swiftly between genres and tempos, makes for something special. We got to have a mid-show chat with her to learn more about her home and her music.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

Born and raised in Eastern Europe, I'm kinda like a professional gypsy currently playing music all over the place.

Is there anything specifically that draws you to a track?

I like it when it kicks even harder after the breakdown, but overall, if stuff makes me move or nod my head, it's a good sign.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

It's usually all in my mind that is playing tricks on me, but mostly from the people I love and respect, aesthetics I'm into, walking through different cities, field recording subway trains etc.

How does the scene in Ukraine compare with other countries?

I feel like kids are coming to dance and just sincerely have fun which isn't always the case in the West. The sound is mostly hard and rough at the raves and local parties, but of course it's possible to find something more elegant or refined if you're looking into different energy. Overall, I have an impression our dancers have a pretty good taste and high expectations from those who deliver music.

If you could recommend one place to those who haven’t been to Kiev, what would it be?

Since my favourite club (Jugendhub) got shut down last October, come chill at Closer. I've been with this place from the very first party and watching how it naturally grows into something influential and beautiful thanks to its crew makes me really happy.

Where is your favourite place to play?

You know, Mexico City is fucking sick! I've played at Yu Yu Club there, which is a small space, and these people definitely know how to party!

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Who are some Ukrainian artists that we should know about?

You should check out the Progressive Future label run by K. Lobanov and Prinx Hashime. They produce what I call a real Kiev sound. Dope AF.

What was your favourite moment of 2018?

I just enjoy my life - it's my favourite thing on a daily agenda. In terms of playing, it's Macao in Milano. In terms of hanging out it's Sustain Release festival in Upstate NYC curated by Aurora Halal and Daniel.

What are you looking forward to the most in 2019?

You know, every day is like a celebration, but I’m looking forward for playing at Ohm Berlin tonight. I’m going to Moscow and St Petersburg soon, and both clubs (Pluton and Klub) were on my list to play at for years. Then hitting NYC for a massive Groovy Groovy event in April with my favourite people, Akanbi and X-Coast, on the line-up.

Is production on the horizon for you in the near future?

I don't think it's something that is in my main focus right now, even if this question is one of the most common deejays are being asked. Production and selecting tunes have different approach and shouldn't always go hand in hand. Time will tell though, who the fuck knows…