Born at the end of the 70’s in the Aragonian capital, Javier Orduña grew up closely linked to the city’s first punk scene. He entered into contact with the sounds of legendary bands like Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Joy Division.
In the 80s, Orduña experienced genres such as acid house and Detroit techno live for the first time, defining the rest of his life. In 2000, Orduña decided to pack and move to Barcelona. He connected with the emerging electronic music scene and got his first residency at the legendary Moog club, where he shared the DJ booth with the elite of the global techno. Soon, he was arranging dates with the most important clubs in Spain, like Florida 135, Danzoo, Cassette, Pagoa, Space (Ibiza) and Metro Dance Club, as well as sets in some of the most renowned international clubs, including Lex Club (Vienna), Luzztro Club (Warsaw), About Blank (Germany) Lola Club (Shanghai), National Underground (New York), La Feria (Santiago of Chile), Boa Boa (Geneva), and ADE Festival (Amsterdam Dance Event).
After having travelled around half of the world, Javier focused his efforts on what today is his natural environment: musical production. In the last years, he has become one of the most prolific and respected producers in Spain, making his music a personal and unique language. He combines the soul of Detroit with the complexity of the jazz, resulting into a sound brimming with soul and groove.
This has captured the attention of the most prestigious record labels of the electronic scene, turning him into a talismanic producer for many front-line DJs. Artists such as Guy Guerber, Hot since 82, Guy J or Chaim, among others, have played his tracks in several well-known festivals and clubs. Some of his best works have been published by great labels like Visionquest (Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtiss’ label), Viva Music (run by Steve Lawler), and also Moda Black, where he shared works with his partner and brother Upercent.
His latest additions have been Jeudi Records (captained by Doctor Dru, Davide and Take It Easy), Culprit (the most important record label in Los Angeles), and the English label Chapter 24, which has recently acquired a constant presence. Javier also owns his own label, Nightcolours, where renowned artists and new promises are bringing to life an elegant and personal label that has already earned respect and consideration among its peers in the current electronic scene.
Keyframe caught up with Javier to discuss music history, creative process and upcoming projects.
Keyframe: You have an eclectic music background. What is it about Techno that you feel so drawn to?
Javier Orduña: I was getting bored listening to and playing in punk and rock bands. The most important thing that Techno did was bring my attention to the idea of creating music alone at my home, without sound limitations. I also felt really drawn to Techno for its strong dance energy, and as a medium to change the world.
Tell us about your creative process for music production.
I work at night, from 8pm to 7am; it’s the best time for my creativity. I always begin by playing some analog synths recording it. After that, I begin to play with my drum machines — that’s how I usually start a song. Other times I just think in a colour, or a feeling, a soul, or a picture, and with that idea I work on what my brain thinks will be the music for that.
What do you hope to accomplish through your music?
I want to travel around the world and meet people, change ideas and try to expand a positive message. I think the best thing that listeners can get from my music is that they will see I’m not a “fashion” artist. My music is really personal and strange at the same time. They can feel and understand some of the things and messages that I try to explain through my music
Who would you like to work with in the future?
I have worked with some of the artists that I admire like Chaim, Bambook, Alexi Delano, Jay Haze, Upercent, Pablo Bolivar, etc. I would also love to work with artists like Carl Craig, Frank Wiedemann, Four Tet, Burial, or Tom Demac.
What are are you currently working on?
I’m working on a split EP with Bambook, a EP for Beesmeyer (the Pete Tong label) and also my album.
Any advice or insight you’d like to share?
Hope that we will stop these wars around the world and work to form a better world, with more love, respect and peace.
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