Uroš Umek (Slovene pronunciation: ˈúːrɔʃ ˈúːmək; born May 16, 1976 in Ljubljana, Slovenia), better known as DJ Umek or simply Umek, is a Slovenian dance music composer and DJ. Musically active since 1993, he is the owner of several techno record labels. In 1999 he founded Consumer Recreation and Recycled Loops, the former of which he co-runs with Valentino Kanzyani. Recycled Loops formed the sublabel Earresistible Musick in 2001, and in 2007 Umek founded the large techno label 1605.
In 2010 he won Best Techno Artist at the Beatport Music Awards, and in 2013 he was named Best Techno DJ at the EMPO Awards. In 2013, he won Best Techno Track at the International Dance Music Awards, and the following year he won Best Techno/Tech House Artist. He has recently released singles and remixes on Spinnin' Records and Ultra Records, working with artists such as Groovebox and Waka Flocka.
Early years (1990s-2006):
Umek began DJing in 1993 at the age of 17 years. He was among the pioneers of the electronic music in Slovenia. In 1999 he released music on his own labels Consumer Recreation and Recycled Loops, the former of which he co-runs with Valentino Kanzyani. Umek became famous by techno-supporters in Europe about 2001, for his fast mixing skills and his uplifting dj-sets. In the later years he changed his style a little bit. He has released a large number of EPs and anthems and has a reputation as an innovator. He is known to play the music from 4 turntables simultaneously. In 2001 he released music on Earresistible Musick, and in 2006, on Astrodisco.
1605 and hit singles (2006-present):
See also: 1605 Records
In 2006 he released a single "Posing As Me," which was a big hit in Slovenia. In 2007 he did another video supported project with a Croatian singer and lyrics writer Anđa Marić Carbon Occasions, and also released music on the label 1605 Records. On his birthday May 16 he organized a musical event called Dan Elektronike (Electronica Day). He was ranked at position 29 of the TOP 100 DJs for the year 2007 by the DJ Magazine. Some people regard Umek as one of the Top 10 Techno DJs in the world.
He performed an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 in November 2007. In 2010 he won Best Techno Artist at the Beatport Music Awards, and in 2013 he was named Best Techno DJ at the EMPO Awards. Also in 2013, his song "Goes On" was named Best Techno Track at the International Dance Music Awards. The following year, he won Best Techno/Tech House Artist.
Beatport Music Awards
Best Techno Artist
Best Techno DJ
Best Techno Track
Best Techno/Tech House Artist
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