Austrian musician Lukas Koening is a drummer and so much more. After studying in Vienna, Linz & Bern he quickly became one of the most sought after side-men for jazz musicians. Continuously striving to improve his technique and searching for new sounds he was an important part of shaping the sound of Viennese music in the last years. He is part of the acclaimed jazz band Kompost3, was a founding member of the avante-garde pop band 5K HD, has toured with the indie-pop-rock band Bilderbuch, is playing international festivals with the impro electronic noise trio Mopcut and is exploring the world of groove-noise solo as KŒNIG. Those are only a few of the projects Lukas Koenig is involved in (full list here) and the list of musicians he has cooperated with and the festivas he has played at is too long to list here… but is worth checking out. His project KŒNIG has evolved from a neon one man rap band – where he played drums, synthesizer and rapped at the same time (!!!) – to a more minimalist setup of a cymbal, kick trigger pedals, synths and effects with which he produces experimental, groovy, noisy and deep music. Two of these tracks are featured on this release, recorded on the 3nd October 2021.
… how & why:
The first time Clemens Radauer heard Lukas play was at a jam session at the jazz club Porgy & Bess and he was in awe how well this young man was playing. After the show Clemens Radauer und Lukas Koenig talked and when Clemens asked where Lukas was studying he replied “I’m still in school”. Fast forward a few years and Lukas Koenig was a regular on most Viennese stages, having played himself into the hearts of many music fans – from jazz to hip-hop to noise. It would be impossible to count how often Clemens Radauer have heard Lukas perform, but he knows that each and every time was a pure treat. So you can imagine how happy Clemens was when Lukas Koenig accepted his invitation to record for Wien33.
released October 22, 2021
WIEN33 is an ongoing series of direct to vinyl recordings. Artists are invited to record 7 inch vinyls, 33 units and each one by one, making each vinyl one of a kind.
Host is VINYLOGRAPH, a space for live recording that uses a lathe cutting machine built by Natascha Muhić & Christoph Freidhöfer in 2014. They based their design on the technology of recording booths popular in the 1940ies, but improved specific aspects and made the machine fully automatic. Since building the vinylograph a diverse range of vinyls have been cut in the multi-purpose space in the center of the 5th Viennese district – most direct to vinyl and in very limited series. Aras Seyhan is the sound- & recording engineer who is responsible for transporting the sound from the instruments/artists through the vinylograph and onto vinyl. A task that can sometimes be a bit tricky since the machine is a prototype that unfortunately may run into some minor difficulties.
Cut with a lathe-cutter from the 1940ies, the vinyls are mono and have a distinct vintage sound.
The series WIEN33 is curated by Clemens Radauer, a cultural historian and music aficionado, who has been working in the music context for almost 25 years. He invites artist from different backgrounds – from literature, to experimental music to jazz – active in Vienna or close to the Viennese scene.
The artists have full freedom in deciding how and what they want to record… some choose to record one song 33 times and leave the flip-side blank whereas some choose to record 66 different tracks on both sides. Clemens also designs the covers for each recording and decorates them each by hand, making them one of the kind just like every vinyl.
Each recording session has been an amazing, intense and a once-in-a-lifetime experience both for the recording artist and the WIEN33 team. And we are looking forward to many more.
all music by KŒNIG