Drumcode, Mute, Cocoon, Bedrock, Factory 93
Vincent Geonnetti | MNRK
Part of what makes techno music — and the people that follow it, dance to it, and create it — so universal is what inspires it.
For some, they’re born into global hotbeds like Berlin, surrounded by the music that speaks to them. For others, like Weska, they find it through a more circuitous path. Growing up in midtown Toronto, Weska was first attracted to what he and his friends called electronic music after hearing it used in the bike, skate, and ski/snowboard movies they watched.
Artists like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, and M83 buzzed through his speakers as Weska, then a talented mountain biker, snowboarder, and skater, watched the professionals stomp tricks to those enticing sounds.
From there, his musical journey quickly brought him past extreme sports (though he still shreds from time to time) and into the more rarefied — and refined world — of what he later discovered as progressive house. By the time he was 16, Weska was focused on the music. His desire to create underlined his discovery, producing sounds through university and onward.
He drew inspiration from the melodies from the likes of John Digweed, Steve Angello, and Eric Prydz. Although his sound hasn’t always remained the same, his mission has: to make people dance. First, for his friends at house parties, then in small clubs in the university town of Kingston, Ontario, and on to big rooms in Toronto, and then around the world.
Fast forward to 2015, Weska saw his first support from Adam Beyer Live from Space Ibiza on his legendary Drumcode Radio. This was a breaking point for his career, his mindset completely switched, and nothing else mattered but making music. And it paid off - in early 2017 Weska received massive support from the legend himself Eric Prydz, leading him to open for Eric in Toronto, followed by an extended offer to join him at his Creamfields Steel Yard Epic 5.0. show in London later that year. A strong set generated an even bigger honor to play at Prydz’s Hi Ibiza Residency that summer. This proved to be only the beginning of his success in 2017 with releases on Suara, Kraftek, Odd Recordings and Tronic Records to name a few. A strong 2017 laid the groundwork for his 2018 debut on Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings with Kevin De Vries, and the most widely recognized techno compilation to date, Beyer’s A-Sides on Drumcode Records.
Determined to cap off 2019 on a high note, Weska committed his ‘Polarize EP’ with longtime friend and mentor Bart Skils to the techno juggernaut, Drumcode Records.
In 2020, Weska debuted his Wave series. These releases have given him full creative expression and allowed him to truly showcase the evolution of his sound. The Wave series is also an ode to his other love: surfing. The way Weska sees it, waves are powerful, ever changing, in constant motion, and continuously evolving: they’re a Force of Nature that mirrors the energy and flow within his music.
Weska’s 2021 started with a heat of a release, dropping an EP on Insomniac’s underground label Factory 93. The title track Meru soon became a hit and Weska’s top selling track on Beatport. He then followed up with two remixes for Norway’s Ora The Molecule on the iconic Mute Records imprint. Then came Wave’s 7-9. Just when you think his 2021’s release schedule couldn’t get any better, Weska teamed up with Oscar L for a two tracker on Truesoul.
Kicking off 2022, Weska partnered with Bart Skils again for a monster chart-topping drop on Drumcode with their Shades of Summer EP. Shortly after, his long-awaited and handpicked remix for Quivver came out on John Digweed's legendary Bedrock Records imprint. He remains focused, ambitious, and humble on his journey through music, and continues to prove why he's a name to watch in electronic music.