Behind the stage name SLG is Łukasz Seliga, a producer and DJ from Łódź. ‘I make music with machines, but I try not to make it mechanical’ is his motto. On the minimal techno and tech house scene, he stands out for his spontaneity, his dislike for conventions and steady rhythms, and his unique musicality.
SLG is the stage name of DJ and producer, Łukasz Seliga from Łódź.
He performs live as well as DJ sets – he started with the former, but has recently been playing more of the latter. He once said that he doesn’t take melodies from other artists. If he ever uses a sample of another artist, he alters it beyond recognition. ‘The idea is to become inspired by a certain tone’, he explains. On the other hand, in DJ sets more important than super smooth transitions is the music itself, which he says is chosen with care.
In an interview he gave many years ago, he spoke about his beginnings with music:
Even as an 11- or 12-year-old, I was fascinated with electronic music and the work of artists like Jean Michel Jarre or Kraftferk, and I tried to make my own melodies on a Casio keyboard. (…) by the end of elementary school, I'd began to play the guitar and formed my first band with a group of friends. Soon I became interested in the music of bands like Nine Inch Nails or Ministry, which combined a rough sound with electronic music. At the time, I tried my hand at programming music on very basic trackers.
From then on, I was drawn to electronic music. First, it was Brits from the Warp label, mainly Autechre and Aphex Twin, later on, techno and the German electronic scene.
Seliga debuted in 2005, with the EP Quarter Past Eleven released by a small Düsseldorf label, Level Records. The German magazine Groove placed it on their prestigious ‘Top 50’ list. After gaining very good reviews, SLG transferred to the Cologne label Trapez, which released his singles Nine Hours, Caffeine, Earthworm and Lost In Shibuya up until 2008.
SLG said a few years back :
Although for Trapez, I released the most raw, percussive pieces, I never really did minimalist techno, I just aimed to make more vigorous music, melodic, complex in terms of composition and somewhat warmer. There was a time I slowed down and barely published any new pieces, because I was tired of my old sound.
The Berlin-based Trenton, the British Play It Down, the Swedish record label Studio Barnhaus (co-managed by Axel Boman), and the Canadian Cynosure have also released SLG’s EP’s.
In March 2015, SLG released a maxi-single Varsovia Marimba with an excellent title song. There are a lot of swaying, funk beats, a variety of melodies and hot sounds. The single was released by Step, a sub-label of Pets Recordings, a company led by musicians from Catz ‘N Dogz, with whom SLG has been crossing paths for years now.
The production duo (then known as 3 Channels), debuted in 2005 on a split album combining their own pieces and SLG’s. Catz ‘N Dogz have made a name for themselves, both in Europe and in the world, and now want to take on even more talented artists from Poland. Both SLG’s pieces and their mutual one’s were a part of a compilation called Friends Will Carry You Home.
Shortly after his debut, SLG was already performing not only in Europe, but even in Japan and China. Up until now, he has performed in such cities as Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, Geneva, Moscow and Bucharest, among others.
Author: Jacek Świąder, May 2015 Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska
- Quarter Past Eleven EP
- Split EP (from 3 Channels)
- Sopot EP
- Invisible EP
- Slap Back EP