We had a virtual meeting a while back with Tehran-based producer Kiantek, who was born in and due to return to Germany. He was willing to, so we’ve queried him about the who, when, where and why of what he’s up to…
And why produce house, even deep-house at all you ask…? Well it’s reliable, it’s clean sounding and forces you to listen to to repetitive beats so that you notice the minutest difference. That’s about all we can think of for now. Kiantek though has been successful online publishing on Beatport and Bandcamp and experimenting with famous poet Ahmed Shamloo samples (below). Here he reports back to us about the music scene over there.
Ok, so how did you get in music in the first place?
I was playing the santoor when I was 12, and making hip hop music in
high-school. But I stopped both to study the classical Kurdish maqam repertoire
and tanbur under the supervision of master Ali Akbar Moradi. I also
experimented with shurangiz, a new Iranian instrument, and learned
to play the oud. But why I make music, as opposed to do anything else or do nothing at
all, is still a mystery to myself.
And how did this progress to deep house?
It was my natural response to growing up in Tehran. A city with
many infinitely complex interwoven layers that evoke deep contradictory
emotions in me.
Yes, and no. Nothing happens in public, and everything happens
underground, and because of that, many things may happen that I may
not be aware of.
But let me tell you a short historical story. Before the Islamic conquest of Persia, the stringed instrument tanbur was played as part of a large loud ensemble in the King’s court. Immediately after the Arab invasion, music was forbidden. Instead of not playing it all, the tanbur was played in solitude, or in small groups, and to make it disguisable it was downsized. Tanbur is legal today, but deep house music is not…
Very good. And what equipment and software do you use?
Just the usual things such as a PC, midi controller, DJ controller, microphone, etc.
Are there any opportunities for clubbing in Iran?
There are some opportunities, but they are all underground opportunities. And as is the case with any illegal activity, they
are very risky.
What are the best night’s you’ve had as a part of an audience, dancing?
Because of it being illegal, DJing in Tehran is a totally unique experience, and it always comes with a mix intense emotions of fear, hope, joy and grief.
What will moving to Germany mean to you as a producer?
Living under suffocating sanctions, the constant threat of war, and a corrupt government drains all your energy. Moving to Germany will allow me to focus fully on my music, reach a large international audience, and hopefully interact and learn from other producers.
What advice would you give the younger people in Iran interested in club culture and music production?
To follow their interest.
And there you have it. Opinions as clean, reliable and to the point as his music.