ARJUNA SCHIKS: MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS EP (OUT NOW AT KROOKS)

If one talks about melodic techno and electronica, Arjuna Schiks should instantly pop to mind as one of the more influential producers in the Netherlands. He personifies the niche of danceable, ambientic electronica, full of feeling and emotion. Or, as DJ Isis eloquently described it before, he “makes machines sound human”.

In his newly started project in cooperation with the Amsterdam creative platform KROOKS, some of these machines have made way for live instruments. Arjuna brought together a pool of classical musicians to arrange a set of new tracks with, and to do rearrangements of his most iconic works for classical composition. How? By adding live vocalists, cello, harp and violin to Mahesvari and Hua Hun and turning them into tracks for listening purposes rather than to hear in a club. “Music For Your Ears” is meant to be ‘both primitive as well as futuristic’, referring to the Johannes Heil album Future Primitive; primitive in its sound, futuristic in its approach.

It is no wonder this change of style creates a new way of experiencing his music, where the focus is actually more on listening to it rather than moving to it. With this in mind, two fully seated shows have been done with KROOKS by Day at the Tobacco Theater in Amsterdam, both completely sold out. In the near future, we’ve been told more shows and a second release are being planned.

All six tracks are beautiful and have a unique approach to the modern day fusion of classical instruments with electronics. The full EP has been released at KROOKS. Make sure to check it out below, it is definitely worth your while.

 ARJUNA SCHIKS – MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS EP (KROOKS)

Release: https://pro.beatport.com/release/music-for-your-ears/164661
Video Krooks by Day: https://vimeo.com/13448411
Interview Arjuna: https://vimeo.com/128613963

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