Interview with Uffe Christensen
Discover for yourself a Danish DJ and producer – Uffe Christensen – through his frank interview with Soundeon team.
1. Uffe, please tell us about your journey! How did your music career start?
My story does not have any enlightening moments, I started music out of interest, and it all developed naturally. When I was really young, about 10-11 years old, I was always listening to music. Around that time, I discovered Kraftwerk for the first time. I would go to the Record shop and spend all my allowance to buy their CD’s. The album “The Man Machine” (Die Mensch-Machine) was the first CD I ever got, and I really liked theirs sound, I was listening to strange type of music at that time in general. Around the same time the son of my mother’s friend, who was like a big brother to me, introduced me to skateboarding and all alternative arts and lifestyle. He also gave me this kind of a toy DJ program, and I started experimenting with it. Several times a week after school I would also go to the music library that was in my home town, go to the electronic music section, close my eyes and pick 15 CDs, that was the maximum amount you could borrow. I listened to them at home and put aside the ones I liked the most. The next time I would go to the library I would already know what to look for. This is how my music taste and style progressed. My cousin – a Hip Hop DJ – taught me how to scratch and eventually gave me his record players when I was around 14. My skills just grew organically from that moment, and music became such a huge part of my life that I cannot stop anymore, even though I tried several times.
2. Would you mind sharing with us why did you want to quit music? And what has kept you in it?
I’ve been doing music professionally for 12 years now, and I guess that after doing it for so many years it sometimes feels like it does not bring me the same pleasure anymore. Sometimes it was like going to an office to do my job, I did it on autopilot. That is why I am trying to discover different things for myself. For example, I went to Amsterdam to study arts and graphic design, but I am always coming back to music somehow! All of it drives me to experiment and do different projects, so I don’t get stuck in the same kind of things that I’ve done before. But do not get me wrong, I’ve experienced so much fun being a musician. I travelled, met so many cool people. It’s just after so many years it can get hard to get the same kick that you had at the beginning.
3. So how is it going for you right now?
These days I am actually producing with this new singer Julie Pavon, and it’s great fun for me to work her. We just put out her first single around 2 weeks ago, and it’s doing pretty well, at least in Denmark. She is an incredible singer, very professional, but we have a lot of fun working on it. All of it has been a very nice input for me and a source of inspiration. She works more in a pop-house style which is a change for me and I enjoy it.
4. And how would you define your style?
Oh, it is a difficult one. I think my music is kind of without a genre, there is no distinct style that I always follow. Sometimes it’s ambient, sometimes it’s house and sometimes it’s influenced by dubstep. One of my friends even told me once that my music is fast and slow at the same time.
I usually take a genre that pre-exists, and without over-analysing I play with it, turning it into something different. Since I do not play any instruments, I produce like Hip Hop producers – I only use samples. I sample from vinyl mostly, sometimes tape, and sometimes I record sounds by myself. So, it is hard for me to define my style. But, a couple of years ago when my sound was a bit more pop-ish I used to call it “minimal acid disco love songs”. Now it has changed, and I am trying to make my next record a punk record.
5. Are there any other future projects you are working on?
There is some stuff going on. Right now, I’m working on finishing my new album that is probably going to be released after The New Year. There will be an EP before that is coming with “On The Corner Records” from London. I am also working with that singer Julie, that I mentioned earlier. I am also doing one project that is very bass, club and dubstep influenced, cause I just love it, I grew up with it. It was the rave music of my time, those late garage and dubstep sounds, and it has a big influence on me. The other thing that I do on a side is these sound collages, and I want to create a book to accompany it. The idea is that you listen to the tape while reading this book at the same time. I’ve been sampling a lot of people from the radio, taking quotes and putting it together. It’s kind of corny, but very beautiful.
6. Has the coronavirus pandemic affected you and your work?
Of course, it is a difficult time right now, especially financially. You know, most of the income for me does not come from music sales or streams, but from gigs and there aren’t any at the moment. Besides that, it hasn’t changed so much for me. I anyways keep working on music either at my home or in a studio. In the beginning, I kind of even enjoyed the fact that I had no excuses to not work on my music. There was simply nothing else to do! When it was really bad, I found a box with some records I had put out on my, now obsolete label, and sold it almost for shipping only on Bandcamp via a post on my Instagram and Facebook profiles. I guess people were really going nuts from sitting at home. It was the least I could do to add a bit of joy during wack ass times stuck inside the house. But the fact that I probably won’t be able to perform in clubs again for a long time is annoying.
7. Any last thoughts to add?
Not really. Stay safe, and I hope to see you in a venue or a festival in 2021 once this Covid shit-show has passed.
We thank Uffe for giving us an opportunity to chat together and are really looking forward for him