DJ and music producer. Real name: Łukasz Stachurko. Born in 1980, he is native to the Warsaw's right bank district of Praga.
DJ and music producer. Born in 1980. HIs real name is Łukasz Stachurko.
Sonar Soul's music transcends categorizations: he uses intriguing samples, old-time synthesizers, and contemporary electronics, but is also fond of more natural sounds (his live performances have featured the drummer Rafał Dutkiewicz and the vocalist Paulina Przybysz of Sistars). He is equally capable of producing dancefloor house hits and subtle ballads. He has collaborated with various soul singers and rappers.
He could also, though indirectly, be associated with a philharmonic – the one based in Szczecin. In early May 2015, its headquarters received the Mies van der Rohe award for best new building in Europe. Van der Rohe was an avid propagator of Sonar Soul's favourite slogan: “Less is more.” The Szczecin Philharmonic building – a distinctive white form, created by architects from the Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga – is modern, but also well adjusted to the city's historic architecture. Such is also Sonar Soul's music – soft, refined, and modern, but at the same time not without a touch of sentimentalism.
This tendency can be noticed in Waterfalls, in which dynamic house sounds and somewhat kitschy samples meet acoustic guitar strumming. It sounds as if he had made a bet with someone: "I will combine fire with water in a way that you couldn't anticipate." He is very well-versed in music and aware of its latest trends – he used to have his own programme on the Polish PiN radio station.
He explained the story of his beginnings as a musician in the Zwykłe Życie magazine:
I was making my very first steps in the second half of the nineties, when I was obsessed with hip-hop (the cut&paste techniques) and techno music. I worked on a demo version programme, where you couldn't save your projects, but for a very long time I wasn't bothered by the lack of that option.
He started working as Sonar Soul in 2007, while in 2009 the label Funky Mamas & Papas released his debut single Fleelosophy. Later on, he published Adore through Razmatazz. In August 2014, U Know Me Records released the first extensive showcase of Sonar Soul's work – the EP Trip To A, which was very diverse stylistically.
The album was comprised of only seven tracks, but the list of featuring musicians demonstrated the wide scope of the artist's skills. He invited the ever so gentle singer from the duo The Dumplings Justyna Święs, the queen of Polish electronics Novika, Paulina Przybysz of Archeo (formerly associated with Sistars) who is known for her strong, bluesy voice, and the Chicago-based rapper S Squair Blaq.
Sonar Soul - The Dive feat. Justyna Święs (The Dumplings) [UKM 034] from Culture.pl on Vimeo.
The music styles on the record stretch from heavy, languid rhythms of Blow Up The Spot, through samples that substitute vocals and experimental and frowsty Man Blues, to the proper dance piece Let's Dance, which works especially great in the version that features Przybysz and S Squair Blaq. One can only regret that the audacious version of Let's Dance by the rapper Żyto didn't make it to the album.
What is his method of working? He tells Zwykłe Życie:
I only use samples from vinyl records, high quality synthesizers, and audio converters. The equipment and experience I have gathered over years allow me to be uncompromising when it comes to the quality of what I make. Even if I spoil the sounds, I do that willingly, with the use of best quality tools intended for that. […] I have never been drawn to making retro music. […] I have always been most interested in the intersection of pop and avant-garde.
Besides his solo act, Sonar Soul is one half of the band Rysy, which released its debut single at the beginning of 2015. Rysy, in which he plays together with Wojtek Urbański, aims to create “appealing dance music.” In an interview with the Hiro Free magazine, Urbański said that he considers himself to be more melody-oriented, while Stachurko gravitates towards samples. They permanently collaborate with the vocalist Justyna Święs.
Stachurko launched his phonographic career with the album Lot 76 by Namaste, recorded as early as in 2001. He also played in Namaste Soundsystem, Jazzava, Confashion Orchestra, Basalias (with Urbański and Teielte). He is also a member DJ of the Junoumi Crew. He has performed at such festivals as Open'er in Gdynia and Tauron New Music in Katowice. When playing live, he doesn't use the computer. His other activities include interior design and making video clips.
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/sonarsoul
Author: Jacek Świąder, May 2015, transl. Ania Micińska, May 2015