From the first glimpses of Robert Balotsky’s work as Buku, it was clear that the Pittsburgh native and graduate of Music Technology was onto something. With an effortless grasp on sound design and music theory, the young producer combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, laden with resounding bass drops and intricate drum patterns. With a love of drums rooting from childhood, his work reflects the obsession – emitting percussive elements only a trained ear could produce.
Behind a kit since age 8, he followed the progression of handling percussion duties for multiple bands throughout his adolescence. Once introduced to digital production, Buku took his techniques to stranger dimensions – and he’s been pushing the boundaries ever since.
His early work has placed him at the forefront of a new wave of rising talent amongst East Coast producers. Garnering interest and plays from Starkey, Lunice, Paper Diamond, Shiftee, Clicks & Whistles, Kastle (to name a few), the up-and-comer has been paving a promising road over the last year.
With his debut release, ‘Slippy’ under the Slit Jockey imprint and a remix of Starkey’s ‘Command’ on Civil Music, Buku is poised to make much larger waves in the coming months: haters beware.
"Jay Smith, founder of music technology company Livid Instruments, has started an organization called Every90Minutes in hopes to fight ALS with not ice-cold tap water, but red-hot grooves. A lifelong figure in the music tech industry, Smith was himself recently diagnosed with ALS earlier in the year, and along with Gravitas Recordings, has tirelessly helped curate a unique compilation of some of the best tracks from all along the electronic music spectrum."-- Thump
"If you’re going to buy one album this week, please make sure it’s Beat ALS. Not only does it feature awesome tracks from bona fide bass and beat bubblers such as Bassnectar, Au5, Buku, ill Gats, Mr Bill, Machinedrum and Psymbionic. Not only does it feature contributions from the top of the very premiership such as BT, Richie Hawtin and Nicolas Jaar. Not only does it feature this very UKF upload… Much more importantly than any of the above, every penny and cent invested in Beat ALS goes to an incredibly important cause: Every90Minutes. Every90Minutes was established by Livid Instruments founder Jay Smith. In May this year he was diagnosed with ALS. The disease many of us drenched ourselves in ice cold water for recently, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – or motor neurone disease as it’s known here in the UK – is a fatal disease that affects the ability to speak, move and breathe. It is truly devastating and every 90 minutes in America someone is either diagnosed with the disease or dies from it. Jay has founded Every90Minutes to raise as much awareness and research funds as possible. Read his story. His attitude is a blueprint for how to be a positive, progressive human."-- UKF