Ulises is an Argentinian electronic music performer based in Berlin. Having a multi-instrumentalist background and tireless curiosity, Ulises began experimenting with recordings of South American native instruments and merging them with electronic tools, such as drum machines, samplers and synthesizers. In his DJ and live sets there is a wide range of colors, moods and organic instrumentation, from deep basslines and abstract synth atmospheres to ancient drums and percussions—all pulse-driven by textures from around the world.
The Argentinian-born DJ and producer on imbibing the culture of his current hometown of Berlin, his near lack of boredom, and what inspires him.
What inspired you to do what you're doing?
Music simply makes me feel good and complete.
Do you think you'll ever change direction?
I am changing direction all the time.
What advice would you give your younger self today?
Don’t pay too much attention to what others think.
Do you consider your work a luxury or a necessity?
I consider it a privilege, but not a luxury.
Who/what was the last thing that made a significant impact on your thought processes/creative processes?
Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way.
How do you keep yourself inspired?
Watching movies, listening to more music every morning, reading, walking in the city or in a forest. Life in general.
What do you do when you're not "working”?
I watch movies, listen to more music, work out, meditate. I do long walks or long bike rides to the countryside. I go to the lake often to be close to water or into the forest.
What do you want people to take from your work?
I try to evoke emotions in the listener. It could be anything, as long as they feel something.
What are you currently listening to, reading, or watching?
I’m listening to a lot of ambient music, reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano and Seneca’s Moral Letters to Lucilius, and I’m watching many movies, especially Jarmusch and Wenders.
Which record or artist influences you most?
Neil Young, lately. There are so many though.
Is silence important in music?
There is no music without silence. If there were no silence, it would be only noise.
What are your thoughts on boredom?
I am only bored when I am very tired at airports. I am never really bored with myself, there is always something fun or interesting to think about.
What's the oldest thing you own?
My guitar, I think.
What's the most enjoyable thing in life?
Being in a state of flow.
What was the last law you broke?
I jaywalk all the time.
Do you read books made of paper or books on digital devices? Why?
Both, I prefer paper though.
Do you read more fiction or non-fiction?
Lately more fiction.
As a musician, do you feel any obligations during this global pandemic?
Not more than my regular human obligations to other humans at any time.
What do you think something like a global pandemic does to collective/individual creativity?
It will depend on which government you are linked to. I think lockdowns can be good creatively if you have the luck to be in a proper environment for creation. If not, It can be a real nightmare.
Did the isolation influence your creative process?
How does the pandemic influence your creative network?
Well, we have lost the chance to gather physically.
Name three records that help you through crisis times.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Zuma, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alles in Allem, and Roedelius’ Wahre Liebe.