Artist Tips: Iron Curtis

“Since debuting in 2008 on Hamburg’s Mirau imprint, Berlin-based artist Johannes Paluka has amassed an impressive catalog of music that ranges from moody deep house to pensive acid, soulful techno, and broken-beat synth excursions. Paluka is most known as Iron Curtis, an alias that has seen him release on Uncanny Valley, Morris / Audio, Mule Electronic, Hudd Traxx, and Midnight Shift Recordings. Outside of his solo work, Paluka releases inspired takes on acid techno as Achterbahn D’Amour alongside Jool (a.k.a. Edit Piafra), moody electro and beat-driven synth outings as Moon with Johannes Albert, and classic deep house as SMPL, his collaboration with Liam Schewski (a.k.a. Leaves). Although his projects differ stylistically, there is a soulful melancholic thread embedded throughout Paluka’s work.

Paluka’s aversion to genre boundaries spills over into his live sets and DJing, too, which seamlessly connect the dots across the electronic spectrum with alluring appeal. His gig resumé includes performances at Panorama Bar, Tresor, Robert Johnson, Dance Tunnel, MusicBox, Corsica Studios, Bassani, Output, and Croatia’s Lighthouse Festival, among many others—a testament to his wide-reaching appeal.

For our latest Artist Tips, we invited Paluka to impart his studio knowledge, from escaping creative roadblocks to sound processing, organization, and much more.” Read the full item here.