UNER remains to be one of the most important names in the new generation of Spanish electronic music producers.
His background in production as well as being a classically trained musician has encouraged him to incorporate both passions into a new concept to combine both his Dj set and a live act. This provides the audience something very experimental, versatile and unique which make his performances an unforgettable experience. His set up is constantly evolving, giving him endless capabilities for creativity.
Today, UNER talks about his latest works and recent project with Bridges for Music.
Electronic Groove: Hi UNER thanks for your time today. You recently released your charity EP ‘Wonderland’ in collaboration with Bridges for Music. Can you tell us a bit more about the charity itself and how the collaboration came about?
UNER: Thanks for inviting me! I’ve been collaborating with Bridges for Music for a while now. In 2014 we did a charity bicycle ride from London to Amsterdam, fundraising to build a school in Langa, South Africa. I thought this foundation would be the perfect charity for this release because they have always been heavily linked to electronic music and have put a huge amount of time and effort into supporting aspiring talent in underprivileged countries around the world. We had a chat with the Mixcloud team about the idea of making a release in which we would all put our efforts without any economic contribution — collaborating just for the love of music and also to help others. Bridges For Music has always been very involved in electronic music and perfectly fits the whole concept for us. We are very happy to work with them again.
EG: The EP is being released on your very own Solar Distance imprint. Why did you start Solar Distance and what is your vision for the label moving forwards?
UNER: I started Solar Distance because of the personal need to have my own musical family, my own space where I can edit the music I like, the one I make and also give new artists the opportunity to release their material. Nowadays it is very difficult to get access to well-known labels which usually do not listen to the demos that are sent to them, becoming very frustrating for new artists. That is where Solar Distance was born and that is what we continue. Regarding the future, my idea is to take the label to increasingly more personal sounds. We have made the output grow and made it known with more club sounds on many occasions but the main idea and the goal is to turn the label into a platform that does not have to rely just on the Dj world.
EG: What do you enjoy most about running your own label?
UNER: Working together with my team, trying to find new talent and having control over the creative direction is the most exciting thing ever. I really love to be involved in new projects and I’m always trying to do something different. Solar Distance is a great platform to do this, but step by step — the same philosophy I had with my own career as an artist.
EG: And what are some of the biggest challenges?
UNER: Time. We are all very busy and sometimes is very difficult to be all together at the same time in the same place. Having said that we have an amazing organization and an incredible team. A new label like Solar Distance is like a newborn, it needs to be fed every 3 hours and needs attention and love, so there are so many things to do, but we are doing it with the best of intentions and I’m so happy to have the chance to do something like this.
“I really love to be involved in new projects and I’m always
trying to do something different”
EG: You’ve had continued success in this industry for over ten years. Who were your biggest inspirations starting out?
UNER: All my life has been based on effort and learning from everyone around me. Learning from the good and learning from the bad too. At a personal level, my family has always been my mentor since I was a child. But at a musical level, I will always say that Jean Michele Jarre is and always has been my greatest inspiration. It was his sounds that made me fall in love with electronic music and it’s still one of my references. Outside of that, my biggest inspiration has always been the people around me, my life, and the stories that happen around me.
EG: What do you think is the key to success over such a long period of time?
UNER: Well, I do not know what success means for everyone since success is very ephemeral. But the key for me has always been to work hard. When you feel that you don’t have the strength, work a little more. And do not listen to those who say that this is a matter of luck. Luck is the result of effort.
EG: For those that aren’t so familiar, how would you describe your sound and the sound of Solar Distance?
UNER: Whenever I have been asked that question, I have answered the same. I define my sound as myself. It’s just me from the inside. And this is Solar, the platform where artists can express themselves from within without tags.
EG: As a musician and a performer, what is your definition of art?
UNER: Art is a way of expression. It is the most personal expression of our feelings in a universal language.
Art is the only thing that can unite us all, without making differences of sex, race, politics and so on…
UNER and Alex Kennon’s ‘Wonderland’ EP already available. Grab your copy here.