portrait of the artist: WEISZ & SCHRENK

picture by Flo Waitzbauer
picture by Flo Waitzbauer

Weisz & Schrenk are Andi Weisz & Michi Schrenk – a twentysomething-up-and-coming-producer/DJ-outfit hailing from Vienna, Austria and rooting their distinctive and delicate style in electronic music in a lot of different things. Working together since 2010, they are ready to take the dancefloor, hearts and minds and most definitely the whole world …

Listening to music almost always evokes images that derive from the connotations the listener puts to the sound. When listening to the sound of Weisz & Schrenk a quite vast range of visualisations appear – urban sceneries, vast landscapes, fast lane driving, outer space adventures and emotional realms without form or colour. Like with any good electronic music, space is the place for the elegant and passionate techhouse-based sound the duo creates. With only a handful of releases under their belt, they already gained a lot of attention – be it from club-goers, blogs, all sorts of media and, of course, admirers of the electronic music arts as such.

Weisz & Schrenk claimed a very characteristic sound-aesthetic from the very start: club-oriented and beat-driven, but also smart and cinematic, tricky and deep, yet still accessible, funky and maybe most of all – soulful, with a translucent grounding of ethereal beauty like an underground river carrying dreamscapes to the far shore of an uncharted island.

 „Of course, we are inspired by a wide range of other people’s music, we love Roxy Music as well as Jan Garbarek, we also listen to a lot of blues and reggae, but we take our hints also from movies and literature. And this also includes a very wide range from Asterix to Kafka.“ explains Michi Schrenk, „No one is an island, not even an art form.“ Andi adds: „We both are quite curious in general and interested in a lot of things, we would love to just travel the world and play our music everywhere – and inspire people. Our music should strike a chord with people.“

Weisz & Schrenk have so far released a few remixes, among them the stunning afrospacefunk of their rework for Makossa & Megablast’s Smash-Hit „Soy Como Soy“, the brightly shining ambient soul remix of Konea Ra’s „Pray For Sun“ and the percussive minimal groove they put on Das Ende Der Welt’s „Gib Mir Mehr“

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But not only are their own productions a fine example for visionary artists engaging in an inherent and authentic musical cosmos. Their DJ-sets combine the efforts of similar minded artists, declining musical opportunism, cheap tricks and avoid the mainstream without falling prey to art for art’s sake. It still has to be fun!

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When it comes to the process of the productions, both have a very colourful background to rely on, tells Andi: „My family has always been very musical, I learned the piano when I was 6 and my older brother Sascha (aka Megablast) taught me a lot about productions. So I am very much into that for some time now, but enjoy DJing very much as well. I guess producing and DJing are two faces of the same coin.“  Michi on the other hand started out as a DJ but: „Now I see myself more as a producer, the lines are quite blurred these days, especially in electronic music. With the productions as well as with the sets, we’re in this together and there’s no clear role for either Andi or me, all the music we put out, we create it together.“

This year will be the year for the release of original material by Weisz & Schrenk, apart from some more remixes for various artists – expect nothing less than deep and flawless, minimalistic electronic funk with an edge. Something for your mind, something for your feet. The course is set, all systems are go.


[VW012] Vienna Wildstyle Recordings:  Konea Ra – Pray for sun (Weisz & Schrenk Mix)

[GIGOLO280D] International DeeJay Gigolo Records: Makossa & Megablast feat. Cleydys Villalon – Soy Como Soy (Weisz & Schrenk Remix)

[GRCD006] Goldton Records: Das Ende der Welt – Gib mir mehr (Weisz & Schrenk So High Mix)“

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