If Mister Saturday Night has become almost synoynmous with lofty Brooklyn avant-house, Alex Burkat is a man who’s working on the softer end of the label’s output. “Shower Scene” became one of the standout tracks on John Talabot’s !K7 mix, and “285 Kent” for Third Ear Recordings reaffirmed that Mr. Burkat has a talent for finding the sweet spot: There’s a sultry disposition in Burkats productions’, a thing for dubby pads and that epic playfulness. And there’s much more. The artist, involved both in music and video, compiled an exclusive liveset for us, including a bunch of unreleased tracks and special mixes, showcasing his artistic range. Photo credit: Jason Shaltz.
ROOF.FM: Alex, what are you up to these days?
ALEX BURKAT: Lately? Sun and Concentrating.
How did you get into club music?
An obsession with sub bass and watching “Hackers” too many times.
You did a liveset for us.
This is a collection of a ton of music I’ve been working on over the last two years mixed together.
Music-wise, what’s it all about?
Overcoming day to day pressures I put on myself, trying to understand what I can do for society. Starts with a question, ends with a question.
Are you playing out regularly these days?
Yep! I needed to take a break though and get more organized. I play in a variety of styles, so lately I’m stepping away from production and focusing on being able to play all the styles how I want to, when I want. Although I do enjoy playing live shows of my own production on a good soundsystem for people who have never heard it before.
Please describe the current club vibe in New York.
Lately, I feel like New York is very transient and ever evolving. When my 285 Kent EP finally came out–which has songs all designed for different NYC club contexts — they all closed. What still remains? The people who are still here, and it’s always been that way. Took me four years living here to realize that. Stick it out and enjoy the ride.
What’s the essence of your life in New York City?
Bass, bagels, bodegas and real time documentaries.
And what’s coming next?
More chess moves.
What remains? The people who are still in NYC. it’s always been that way.