Strahil Velchev a.k.a KiNK is not Josh Wink`s brother, he isn`t Aphex Twin`s room mate and definetly not Larry Heard`s son. He is simply an innovative, uncompromising producer and captivating DJ / live performer from Bulgaria, who incorporates the best examples of the underground dance music in his production.
At the age of 12 – jumping up & down to acid, techno and early rave tracks; at 20 – his touch with the fist modular software synthesizer and couple of years later – his first vinyl release. These are a few things that shape Strahil as an accomplished electronic artist with his own signature sound. “Take the soul and the groove of house and techno, the futurism and detail of experimental electronica and the raw energy of acid” – this is how Strahil defines his style.
KiNK is no stranger to the underground house scene since his first appearance on vinyl in 2005 on the UK based label Odori: His acid-house track “Same Old Thing” was noticed by DJs like David Duriez and Laurent Garnier, the track was re-released on the French imprint RZ later in 2006. KiNK`s remix of Eviljack from the same vinyl appeared at the Essential mix of Francois K. and numerous dj sets. His tracks and remixes could be found on 10 vinyl releases so far and few digital ones, he produced music for labels such as Odori, Rush Hour, RZ, Rebelone, Endless Flight, Boe, Spatula City, and more. KiNK worked with different artists like the producer / label boss from Berlin – Stefan Goldmann (under the name “Vinyl”) and the UK based producer Neville Watson. KiNK`s record with Neville did an impact on the underground dance music scene in the middle of 2008, the collaboration track “Inside Out” appeared at Josh Wink`s top 10 chart under #2, it was heard at Glastonbury, played by Hercules & Love Affair and it landed at Steve Bug`s prestigious “Bugnology vol. 3” mix compilation, released on Pokerflat later in 2008. Steve Bug says at Beatport interview the b-side of “Inside Out” – KiNK`s “traffic” tune is his ultimate bassline weapon and “it rocks every place from a small club to a big festival floor”. KiNK`s most recent release – “Get Nervous” vinyl, on Boe recordings (UK) had a great reactions from many djs, such as Jimpster, Jeff Samuel, Hipp-e, Luke Solomon and it entered the TOP TUNE section in IDJ magazine with 5 / 5 points. Other artists, supporting further KiNK tracks are: DJ Sneak, DJ Rolando, Osunlade, James Ruskin, Ken Ishii, Llorca, Funk D’Void, Terrence Dixon, Samuel L Session, Paul Woolford, Chris Duckenfield, Crookers and more.
Unlike other recording artists – KiNK behind the decks is not spinning mainly his own tracks or current label`s sound, he is a skilful and versatile dj, who played house and techno alongside Laurent Garnier and Andy Cato / Groove Armada as well as underground hip-hop, funk and downtempo alongside Olie Teeba / Herbaliser and Scratching Perverts. KiNK does live p.a. in very rare occasions but he managed to impress the audience and the headliner (Audion) at his first notable live p.a. session at the techno stage of Wilsonic festival 2007 (Slovakia).
KiNK`s studio time now is separated between production for Bulgarian pop artists and tracks for the fans of underground dance music worldwide. He is looking forward to the release dates of his 2 x 12“ debut album on Kolour recordings with remixes from Abacus, Men At The Top, his next collaboration record with Neville Watson on Rush Hour, an e.p. on Spatula City and his most popular track (never released so far) – “The Big Payback”, also known as “Gipsy” signed on Minority Music.
Some of the local mixes:
V.A. Composite Mixed by KiNK
KiNK – From Mars to Miami 2008
pbpm.net pres. KiNK – Risky Mixes Vol.1