Techno legends don’t regularly make their way to Phoenix, but this month, Valley music fans are in for something special.
Slovenian Uros Umek, known simply as Umek, is heading to Phoenix to perform at the Monarch Theatre on Saturday, January 21.
Emerging from Ljubljana in the mid-1990s, the 40-year-old Umek kick started the country’s electronic music scene with enthusiastic parties around his home country.
This put Slovenian techno on the map. In 1999, Umek founded Consumer Recreation and Recycled Loops, the latter of which he runs with Valentino Kanzyani. Recycled Loops formed the sublabel Earresistible Musick in 2001. Six years later, Umek created the large techno label 1605. It has released more than 140 collections by 250 artists.
In 2011, Umek started his own weekly radio show, “Behind the Iron Curtain,” and it immediately found its way into the hearts of techno lovers around the world.
Umek has played some of the world’s biggest festivals and continues to captivate fans with his more than 100 annual gigs. Umek’s influence on the EDM world has not only shaped a genre, but inspired a movement.
Umek, Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, relentlessbeats.com, 10 p.m. Saturday, January 21, $15.