Mixside: I would like to give you the chance to introduce yourself to our readers, who is Jacek Sienkiewicz?
J.S.: Jacek Sienkiewicz is a peculiar individual. Musician, performer and life admirer. Doing his thing for almost 20 years now.
MS: Your recently published LP in Cocoon Recordings is called ‘On The Roads’. Does the title have anything to do with the content of the album? Can you explain it to our readers?
J.S.: Yes of course – what’s the point of giving my work a title which is not related to its content? «On the Road» is a sort of a diary, a recapitulation of my past few years – and hopefully a soundtrack to any journey my listener is going on – or imagining. It’s a road trip – and imaginary journey in one.
MS: Despite having published in various labels, such as Klang Electronic or Trapez, and run your own, Recognition, your name is linked to the Cocoon rooster. How does it feel being a member of the Cocoon family? How did you meet them?
J.S.: Is there anything like Cocoon family? It’s a pretty varied label, with broad sonic spectrum and many artists from all over the world… It’s really great to be a ‘Cocoon artist’, but I think we should not go much further…
How I met them – simply: one of my early Recognition releases was charted by Sven… so I sent him some new music… which landed me a record deal. I really appreciate working with Cocoon – which gives me freedom and total control of my work…
MS: What can you tells us about the start of your career in Poland, how did you get in touch with electronic music? How is the electronic music scene there?
J.S.: Well I was a music lover from the very start – as my home was always filled with all kinds of music. I think moving towards electronic was a logical step somehow… So I started buying records, which led to playing them out, which quickly led towards producing… nothing special here.
As for the scene here in Poland – it’s good, but could be much better. There are some great clubs and proper promoters – but still far too many below-average clubs and dodgy types trying to cash on current trends… Great festivals don’t make a scene – we need more consciousness and better soundsystems that’s for sure!
MS: What is the main idea behind your own record label, Recognition ?
J.S.: Shortly – freedom. Total freedom, total control over what I do – and a chance to release both my own music, and sounds made by my so-talented friends… Quality over quantity – that’s the thing.
MS: Can you tell us some of your major influences in music? And your favourite producers right now?
J.S.: My major influences come rather from jazz or classical music than electronic or pop… Definitely Peter Christopherson is my ‘father figure’ – both his work with Coil and his late, esoteric projects… And honestly, I don;’t listen to the current music that much… I can say that Isolee is doing pretty decent job, but that’s it….
MS: Do you have any night playing that you will remember for the rest of your life? Which are your favourite places to show your art?
J.S.: Well I’d rather hope that the best night of my life is still ahead of me… I enjoy playing big festivals, it’s both fun and challenging… but the best parties are usually small affairs with a lot of good friends present… so my favorite places would be either Poland or South America.
MS: Apart of the release of “On The Roads”, what are your plans for the next months?
J.S.: Firstly – to promote the album, to take it on the road around the world. Next stage – focusing on new Recognition releases, and my first properly experimental album, hopefully to be released by the end of this year.
MS: When you are not touring or at the studio? What do you do in your every day life?
J.S.: Living, loving, eating, breathing – actually, nothing special or different from what all the people do…
Interview in Spanish: HERE