Ulf Eriksson

Ulf Eriksson


Ulf Eriksson (Kontra-Musik)

Ulf Eriksson and his label Kontra-Musik are so deeply interconnected that you can’t really imagine one without the other. It’s like trying to picture Saturn without its rings. Ulf Eriksson started Kontra-Musik as a club night in 2002, trying to change the way techno was perceived by the general public in Malmö, Sweden. Back then, there were some illegal parties in the outskirts of the city, but bringing electronic dance music into a more public and accessible environment was unheard of. Ulf Eriksson’s part in transforming Malmö to the stronghold for electronic music it is today is nothing less than pioneering. For many years, he’s been the artistic director of the music department at Inkonst, a renowned cultural centre and high end club venue in Malmö. He’s also the chief curator for Intonal – one of the most prestigious festivals for electronic music and experimental culture in Europe. The relatively happy state of electronic music and club culture in the region is simply impossible to separate from Ulf Eriksson and Kontra-Musik

Ulf started his label in 2006, releasing an Agaric aka Patrik Skoog record, which Marcel Dettmann chose to remix one year later – the first remix ever by the German producer that later on became the superstar we all know today. Ulf has always had a knack of connecting interesting and creative artists to his label, from artists like Jason Fine and Tyler Friedman overseas to Frak, TM404, Rivet and Sebastian Mullaert closer to home. The collaboration with Sebastian Mullaert has been especially instrumental for both Kontra-Musik and Ulf Eriksson himself. The two friends started touring the world together a couple of years ago with a unique hybrid setup where Sebastian plays live and Ulf plays records. This also resulted in very special album called The Dance, released on Kontra-Musik in 2015.

The two TM404 albums, the mini album from Durian Brothers and the recent album from Frak are certainly crowning moments of Ulf’s label, but Kontra-Musik X deserves a special mention as well. This album was released in 2016 as celebration of Kontra-Musik’s 10 years’ anniversary, featuring many of the label’s heroes. A revitalizing remix album, X: Colors, soon followed, making it plain that there’s no end in sight.

The recipe for the success and vitality of Kontra-Musik is Ulf Eriksson’s rejection of recipes. The label is outspokenly free of restraints and what gets released is simply up to Ulf’s intuition. This has kept the label relevant and exciting for over ten years. Ulf appreciates artists that have something to say and music with a perspective of its own. This is not only apparent in the label’s catalogue but also in Ulf Eriksson’s record bag. He has been a DJ for nearly 20 years now, always expertly mixing with great personality and an open mind and always with an impeccable sense of what’s genuine and – above all – dance-inducing. This has brought Ulf Eriksson to venues like Berghain, Tresor, Khidi, Lux, Culture Box, Concrete, The Block, Unit and Liquid Room in Tokyo as well as festivals like Labyrinth, ADE, Forte Festival in Portugal, Organik Festival in Taiwan, 4GB in Georgia and the mighty Fusion Festival, to name a few. Ulf loves to dance, he loves to make other people dance and he’s awfully good at it. It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.