Wehbba’s Top 5 inspirational producers
Wehbba stands tall as one of techno’s most consistently outstanding producers, stretching back to the mid-2000s, having notched up quality releases on labels of the ilk of Drumcode, Kompakt, Soma, Bedrock, Second State, Systematic, 2020Vision and Knee Deep In Sound, among many others.
Following on from a strong five-track EP on Drumcode which included a collaboration with ghetto tech icon DJ Deeon, Wehbba lands on Scuba’s influential Hotflush imprint for the first time this month, remixing SCB x Reset Robot’s ‘Arp’. With his quality pedigree in mind, Data Transmission asked him for a rundown of his five most inspiring producers and why they’re so special.
“I’ve picked 5 producers that are still, and have always been, very active, and who still influence me with their current output, which is why they inspire me so much. These are people who kept on top of their game for decades and never dropped the ball,” he says.
One of my biggest influences ever, his production skills are second to none, he’s always had the best sounding stuff from all of Detroit’s producers, and that’s not to be taken lightly. His minimal approach, with maximum impact, has been instrumental in keeping my own productions grounded and focused.
Through his many different aliases, his music always finds a way into my sets, and I’ve always liked how free and futuristic it is. He uses amazing sounds for every part, and can make the strangest combinations sound as if they would be obvious and easily digestible.
Since Figure 1.1, I don’t think there were many tracks Len Faki released that I didn’t buy or play. He’s by far my favourite producer and one of my favourite performers as well. His sound aesthetics resonates directly with me, there’s always a standout element, even if very subtle, that makes his tracks pop and rise above the rest. He showed me I didn’t need to be always groundbreaking to be special, and his consistency is second to none.
Same as with Len Faki, Johannes is one of the most regular names in my record collection. I love his sound, the way he makes trance – in the best sense of the word – and techno tracks, that are just to the point, simple but not cheesy, and always effective, both for the dancefloor and in people’s minds.
‘Positive Education’ showed me what I liked, it taught me (pun intended) how I needed techno to be, powerful, energetic, musical but not “fluffy”, funky, it has all of it. I’ve followed their music and Soma’s since I’ve started, they’re always in my playlists and their sound is a major influence in my music.
SCB & Reset Robot ‘Arp’ (Wehhba remix) is OUT NOW on Hotflush. You can grab a copy here: https://bit.ly/2Ie6BFR