Meticulous DJing and intricate sound design: one of the must-see DJs and must-hear club producers of his generation delves into his craft.
Many musicians are genre-hoppers these days, but few have an inventive take on every style they touch. RBMA alum Objekt could be an exception to the rule. His first record, the white-label Objekt #1, came out in 2011. Across his subsequent club output on labels such as Hessle Audio, Leisure System and Power Vacuum, audacious sound design and meticulous arrangements have served to buckle and twist dancefloor conventions. His debut album, 2014’s Flatland on PAN, consolidated his influences – IDM, electro, techno, industrial and ambient, among others – into a sonically adventurous narrative imagining “a world in which any scene can be seen from every angle at once.” His 2018 follow-up, the introspective Cocoon Crush, deploys a more organic sound palette of foley recordings and ASMR-inspired textures in service of more personal themes. In parallel, Objekt has built a reputation as one of the must-see DJs of his generation thanks to a deft, highly technical mixing style combined with a technician’s mindset honed through his years working as an instrument developer at music software company Native Instruments. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin, Objekt delved deep into the intricacies of his sound design process, as well as his meticulous approach to DJing.