Since the age of 14 Robert Koster aka Groov Mekanik has been working towards his passion in the music industry. Over his career Robert has performed at some of the best venues in Australia, supporting acts from around the world, all whilst cultivating his signature techno sound.
Releases on DSR, Discovery Records, Different Is Different Records, Gastspiel Recordings, running events under his Fixation brand and being the locals mastering engineer of choice has seen Robert become a pillar of Adelaide’s new breed of techno community. He also teaches music production to ensure the next generation of artists continue to push boundaries.
You are intending to play exclusively live, can you tell us about your rig?
It’s more so taking a break from DJing so I can focus on other things; one being building a live rig as well as delving further into VJing and finishing more music of various types. I have a handful of analog gear but my live rig is currently focused towards being in the box to allow a greater cohesion between music and visuals, consisting mainly of Ableton Live, Max For Live, Push, Allen & Heath K1 & 2D, Korg Microkey and 2 iPads. It’s a long way to go until I have it all set up how I want it so you wont see much until the second half of the year at least but I promise it’ll be a unique experience.
What challenges have you had when producing your recent releases?
I tend not to run into many challenges during production but you can ask my colleagues – I am a perfectionist! I tend to over complicate things or try to re-invent the wheel for no good reason but I am learning to pull things back and performing live means tracks have to be simplified which will help with that.
You can expect a lot more music from me this year as it’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve released on a label and I have quite a bit banked up ready to send off. First up this year though is the remix I am featuring in this mini-mix out on Superordinate Music on February 20th.
If you were to describe your music as a meal, what would it be?
Deep, dark, dirty and delicous! I tend to vary a bit but there would definitely be some crunch, a lingering intense heat and the occasional burst of flavour. Mmh yum.
And at last, we are very excited to present Mini-Mix #7.4. Delve into this deep tribal inspired techno mix by Groov Mekanik, our final mini-mix of the 7th series.
Feral – Brahma [Hypnus]
Modern Heads – Beggining (Claudio PRC Remix) [Outis Music]
Van Bonn – Gradient (CPH dub) [Van Bonn]
Naetek – Wave 4 (Groov Mekanik Refix) [Superordinate Music]
Stefan Weise – Muon Approach [Wolf Trap]
Ray Kajioka – Chair Encounters Keyboard [Kanzleramt]
Acronym – Getting Closer [Semantica]
Peter Van Hoesen – Expected Utility [Semantica]
Luigi Tozzi – Naga [Hypnus]
KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. We want to build something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind. The seventh series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from January 4th to 25th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #7: