Get To Know: FJAAK

 

“FJAAK have scaled techno's mighty walls and have become one of the genre's most venerable acts”.

How long before an artist or group of artists is considered indispensable to a scene or musical movement? Is it about their years or about the experience? Is it about the credibility or the creation? In their relatively short musical lifetime FJAAK have scaled techno's mighty walls and have become one of the genre's most venerable acts. Together, their friendly inclination toward the city's musical abundance happened to immerse them in the experience and the sounds they would come to count upon in the formation of their band and their recorded work thus far. Living and creating together, their fervour for music and the output that which it helps them to create is undeniable. Focusing on the spontaneous over the rehearsed, their music tells of their personality and their passion for the special moment where sounds become songs and the unintended becomes the sublime. 

 
 
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“Their obvious talent was soon noted by Germot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary”

Three friends that started out by Djing at their own parties in and around their native Spandau, FJAAK surfaced first on Brighton based Baalsaal records. Their obvious talent was soon noted by Germot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, better known publicly as Modeselektor and over the proceeding two years their releases on 50 Weapons hard fastened their reputation as gifted studio engineers and artists. Their eponymous debut album demonstrated the trio's adaptability to the longer form and displayed their versatility in spanning multiple genres whilst fostering a distinctive sound of their own. A refinement in electronic music production that is often overlooked. Breaks, techno, house and ambient feature prominently in their work. The dutiful team have continued to make new music at a furious rate and their follow up album Havel appeared as FJAAK LP01 in 2018 on the group's own self titled record label. Released just one year after their first, it's no real surprise that much of the same energy has being captured again on Havel but in spite of it's lukewarm reception in the press, FJAAK's artistry should not be called into question nor should their efforts or their abilities. 

Beyond the talk of hardware and studio processes, FJAAK have abundant talent. Their innate knowledge of their audience also gives them the steer on where their music will go in the years to come. Turning heads already, as they have done so far in their brief but busy career, one wonders what will lie next for the three Berlin natives as they continue their ascendency and plot their future adventures in electronic music.

UPDATE: Fjaak announced on 30th January 2019 they will become a duo, with Kevin Kozick leaving to concentrate solo productions.

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Jon Averill