The dark tone that “Surface” portrays throughout showcases Kotek’s previous metal band influences and sounds. It has an industrial feel that pounds with a four-on-the-floor beat, making it a perfect club tune. The suspenseful build-ups and mutating basslines work in harmony to create a flavorful feeling of being scared and wanting to dance. Furthermore, Kotek’s influence from metal music blends well with his electronic tastes and REZZ inspiration.
Michael Mliktoic began his musical career the minute he first sat down at a piano. He played on a variety of instruments before he ultimately settled down on drums. He performed in his high school’s jazz band, but then began a metal band, which forced him to learn the ins and outs on the technical sides of production. Shortly after the band split up, he heard Zedd‘s remix of a Skrillex track that caused him to move to Ableton. The up-and-coming producer has been charging through the genres and has been evolving ever since.
I spent most of my time writing songs, so naturally I had always wanted to have an orchestra of sound at the disposal of my fingertips. – Kotek
Last year, Kotek won Splice‘s remix competition and earned a slot at the Mysteryland festival in June. He then released his debut EP, Aurora, on Gramatik’s Lowtemp Records. Shortly after came a cunning remix for The Funk Hunters and “Ascension” with REZZ.