Since announcing himself onto the scene, Germany based Italian DJ and producer Ornery has established himself as one of the leading figures in the Underground clubbing world, thanks to his unique Progressive infused Techno records. With releases like ‘Evolution EP’ on Flemcy Music, it’s no wonder he has been compared to heavyweight stars including Eric Prydz, Maceo Plex and Fritz Kalkbrenner – a monumental achievement for any calibre of artist.
After the success of his debut solo EP ‘Evolution EP’, which entered the Beatport charts, Ornery and Flemcy Music teamed up again to release a remix package of the record – and the results certainly do not disappoint. We caught up with the multitalented studio wizard to talk about all things ‘Evolution Remixes EP’ related. Hi Ornery, thanks for taking time to answer these few questions. For those who aren’t familiar with you, can you tell us a bit out yourself? First of all, thanks for having me! I’m a Producer and a DJ. I’m originally from Rome but I’m based in Berlin now. Music is my life, plain and simple. I’m not a big fan of categorising and ‘putting things in boxes’ but if I’d have to define myself stylistically, I’m between Progressive and Techno. I make Deep, Progressive Techno I guess. How would you describe a typical Ornery track using only five words? Deep, dark, energetic, large and unique. Well, maybe not every one of my tracks contain all of the five elements, but that’s what I shoot for when I’m making one! What were the reasons for you and Flemcy Music teaming up again to release a remix EP of ‘Evolution’. When I signed my original EP with Flemcy, JP Lintier and I talked about the future possibility of doing a remix of one of the tracks at some point, but the response to the EP has been so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to go for it sooner than expected! In short, it all came very naturally. I feel at home at Flemcy, and I think we’re a very good fit for each other. Anthony Francis, JP Lintier, Mystic Vybe, Paul Alexander were tasked with remixing the record. Why and how did you select these artists? We thought of artists close to us that could both fit the sound of Flemcy and the mood of ‘Evolution’, while at the same time adding something new to it. It sounds cliché, but every single remixer did exactly that! Some were already Flemcy’s artists, some weren’t. It’s tricky with remixes, because of course you never really know what to expect, but I’d say we’re very satisfied with our choices. How long were the artists given to submit their remixes to the label and who had the final say when it came to approving the mixes? I want to say we gave them a month or so, but it was probably less, ah! The turnaround was pretty quick. The whole release was prepared and completed in less than two months. Both JP and I had the final say on approving the mixes, but there weren’t any big changes required in the end. You also remixed ‘Evolution’ for the EP, why did you decide to remix it? I felt like I had to offer another version of the track myself. It was such an important track for me! Plus, I’ve never remixed myself before, so it was also an interesting and new thing to do. The funny thing is, I was about 60/70% done with my remix, and I got to that ‘cool, but something’s missing’ point, but then the other remixes started to arrive… I was so inspired by what other producers had done with something that I created, I went and finished mine in a couple of hours! Do you have a favourite remix and how have they been performing in the clubs? It’s hard for me to pick one, really. I’ve heard at least one great piece of feedback on every single remix! I think they’ve all been played in different clubs and radio shows around the world, and that is what’s so special about this release: there really is something for everyone in it. What do you feel are the advantages of releasing remix EPs? I think it’s a great way to work with other artists which you didn’t work with before, it opens up future collaborations possibilities, and of course it’s also important because you and your sound can touch and be known by different audiences, which is a great thing. Overall, I love the idea: like I said before, it brings diversity and versatility to a release, at least in this case. Can we expect a follow up to ‘Evolution’ in a similar style? I’d love to do that. I have to admit that I usually don’t produce my originals thinking ‘this is going to be an EP’, or ‘this is going to be a single’ but I’m actually re-considering this approach lately and, yes, I can say that I’m working on a new EP idea right now: I simply put down a list of track names that inspire me and that I think fit well together. I hope it’s going to be as well-received as ‘Evolution’ was! What can we expect in terms of future releases and plans from Ornery? I’m actually working on many different projects, and very happy to do so. First thing in the pipeline (I hope I can announce it!) is my original ‘Evolution EP’, which along with two remixes, will be released on Flemcy Music in stems format, of which I’m a big supporter. Speaking of Stems, I’ve also just released a special ‘DJ Tools’ kind of collection called ‘Deep Techno’ in that format for Looplounge. Then, I have two forthcoming remixes coming out very soon, another couple in the works, and I’m always working on new originals: I have about 15 new unreleased records on my hard drive, not all of them finished, and hopefully I’ll be able to sign some of them in the second part of the year. Nothing is 100% defined yet, but I think I’ll also be part of some end-of-summer and ADE specials compilations with a couple of exclusive tracks. I’ve also done a few slightly harder techno records that I’m sure will appear somewhere at some point… Let’s see what else 2016 will bring!