Aljosha Konstanty, has passionately been making music under the moniker of AK since 2012. Despite never considering himself being bound to a genre, he predominantly works within the genres Ambient and Chillout. He has done vocal collaborations with Holly Drummond, Laura Brehm, Veela, and many more. Recently he has also started releasing more cinematically influenced music, which can be heard and licensed via MusicVine.
We came across Aljosha’s new production ‘Sentimental‘ and absolutely loved the way he combines ambient music with uplifting and ispiring rhythms. We contacted AK for an interview and are happy to annouce a few personal insights.
Hey Aljosha! To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
If I were to describe my music, I’d say “ambient” would probably sum it up pretty well.
Let’s get us an idea and listen to Sentimental on ChillGROUND:
How did it all start for you?
I started taking up electronic music when hearing Skrillex’s remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema”. At the time, I hadn’t heard anything like it before, and that intrigued me enough to research how this kind of music was made.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
Every song starts differently for me, however I do often start by writing a chord progression.
Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can’t live without?
My guitar and my microphone. I mean, if you have a microphone you can pretty much make anything, all you need is something to sample.
What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.
I’m really quite in love with music that was written for motion picture. Otherwise, I draw inspiration from many different kinds of music, including Future Garage, Hip Hop and Pop, just to name a few.
What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing, where everything was restricted to vinyl, and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?
I think either are fine. One of the things I have to learn myself is that people often don’t care about the process, they only hear the result. Hence, do whatever works best for you.
What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
I’ve really been enjoying the work of Sublab and Tim Schaufert recently.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
None related to music. I rarely go out to see live music. There just aren’t a lot of concerts in my area that I care for.
Another very beautiful tune ‘Sky High’ can be found on AK’s very own YouTube Channel. It’s worth checking out!
Jeff Mills is quoted as saying: “This music isn’t for followers, its for innovators. Its truly the music of the future, it has no boundaries, no structures, and it can go as fast as time goes.” What are your thoughts on this statement?
The conclusion I draw from that statement is that you’re always bound to disappoint some of your following if you want to innovate. I wouldn’t wholeheartedly agree with that though.
Interesting! What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Well, I have a lot of new music coming out soon! I also want to do another zine soon, similar to the one I sold with my album. The latter is going to take a while though, as I haven’t quite come up with a concept that satisfies me.
Seems like a lot to look forward to! Sounds great. Thank you for conducting this interview with us. We dearly wish you all the best for your future and look forward to your upcoming releases.
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