Living through diversified cultures, no kidding Weska has such an ear for dance music! With synchronized sounds, the Canadian based artist, portrays his musical journey in his younger years living in Toronto to up beat Berlin. Read down below, to find out more about Weska unconventional creative career.
- What inspired you to migrate from Toronto to Berlin? What’s the scene like back at home in Canada?
I love Toronto, but I wanted to change it up. There are too many places in the world I want to see. I had visited Berlin in November 2016 and I thought how sick it would be to live there, so 4 months later I went back. I had also just signed with my first European agency and was starting to get more gigs over in Europe. It’s been my home base ever since! Another aspect which enticed me to move to Berlin, was the opportunity to study audio engineering, which I did for the first two years. There are audio schools in Canada, but I thought it would be cool to study abroad if I could.
The scene in Canada is still developing but its good. I would say Montreal and Toronto are the cities where it’s the strongest. My favourite clubs are Stereo and Coda. Coda did a lot for me when I was first breaking out, so I can never thank them enough for all the opportunities they gave me.
- Now being a local – why is Berlin the epicentre of Techno music? Where are you favourite spots to play? What makes the city so great besides it’s street art & music?
Of all the places here, I would say Sisyphos is my favourite place to play, especially the Hammahalle. It’s like you’re playing in a techno barn. The production is completely DIY and there is always a vibe there. I have had some really cool moments in and out of the DJ booth at Sisyphos. During the summer they open up their outdoor space with a stage and lots of wooden forts and a treehouse – it’s such a cool place to hang out. It has this kind of small festival or carnival feeling which is something I have not yet experienced at another club.
Besides the clubs, Berlin is just a great place to have no plans! You can wonder around the city and run into someone you know in the park, get a good meal, a nice drink in one of the many bars and also end up at a friend’s house or an afterparty. There is ALWAYS something happening. There is a sense of spontaneity here, along with a laid-back attitude, it makes the city a very fun place to visit and live. It’s also very bike friendly – so I take my bike everywhere, even to the club sometimes!
- How have you been spending your quarantine? Do you find it hard to be motivated when producing music at such a vulnerable time?
It’s a pretty weird time in general, and not just for producing music. In the first few weeks I was paranoid and in a bad headspace, but I tried to make music all day every day. I struggled and even though I did it all day, I wasn’t happy with much that came out. After 3 weeks though some things fell into place and I started to make tracks that I’m really stoked with. I continued this grind for a couple more weeks and have really tried to be as productive as possible, but over the last week or two I’ve been building my new bicycle, skateboarding a lot more, and enjoying some beers here and there. I go through periods where I will grind music very hard and then take a break for a week or two, and I’m in the latter at the moment.
- You just released your unofficial edit of the Chemical Brothers track ‘Don’t Think’ remix as a free download – can you explain the drive behind doing this remix?
I have always loved the Chemical Brothers throughout my adolescent life and my teens. Whether I was fully aware of it or not, they were always there somewhere. One day I was listening to their live set on YouTube and ‘Don’t Think’ popped on. I was listening for about 20 seconds when I knew I wanted to make my own edit of the track. I have heard the song before, but for some reason in that moment the vocal really clicked with me. I sat on my bed in the same spot and a few hours later the track was done. This is why this edit is super special for me, as it reminds me of these moments.
- What was your inspiration behind releasing on your own and not using a label for your WAVES series of EP’s?
Simply, I just have a bunch of music that I want to get out to the world that I’ve been sitting on for a while, some stuff even years. Now with the ability to just digitally self-release my own music, the freedom is honestly amazing.
- The next one ‘Fourth Wave’ is due out soon on the 1stMay – can you tell us about the tracks and their history on this one?
The cool thing about this EP is that each track is from a different year – 2018, 2019, and 2020. Even though they were all made at different times I think they really fit well together as an EP. The older ones I went back and touched up, as my mixing and production process has changed. I’m stoked the way they sound now, along with the feedback I’ve gotten on this release and the whole ‘Waves’ series.
- What is your everyday routine? How can you stay motivated as an artist?
I kind of touched on this above, but I have learnt to not put so much pressure on myself and that has been a huge help when it comes to actually making more music, which also sounds better. The creativity and ideas flow more when you do something naturally with no time constraints or limitations. I think relieving some of this pressure has helped me to be more productive.
I know some producers are making tons of music, and I know some who are making zero right now. I think a balance somewhere in the middle is a nice spot to be, so I am just rolling with it these days. Sometimes I find am super creative but other times I take a step back from it all.
As for a routine, I get up, make coffee and have breakfast, meditate, watch some surf videos, listen to music or start a new track. It depends on the day, but I do a resistance band HIIT workout somewhere outside, ride my bike or maybe both. It’s been really hard for me to motivate myself to work out like I did before the gyms were closed, but I still try and do something to get my body moving whether that’s yoga, push ups etc. Yoga has really helped in my overall mind and well-being during the lockdown. But I have also really been looking forward to all the Zoom beers I’ve been having with my friends back home in Canada.
- Anyone in particular you would ever dream to collaborate with?
Eric Prydz for sure. I’ve looked up to him since the start of my music career, and I love how he breaks all the boundaries in terms of genres and just does whatever he wants. It’s really inspiring. Kevin Parker is also someone I would love to write some music with.