Strahil Velchev a.k.a KiNK is an innovative, uncompromising producer, captivating dj and live performer from Bulgaria, incorporating in his record the very best examples of the electronic music with a KiNK twist. In his early teenage years he was raving on acid, techno, proto-hardcore and jungle. At 20 he got his hands on one of the first modular software synthesizers. At 27 he got his first vinyl released and few years later everybody who dig deeper for quality electronic music had heard of him.
There are a few things that shape Strahil’s accomplished sound: his patience and persistency in the studio, his long experience as a music listener, his love for the soul and the pristine sound of the old music and his passion for the futurism.
u8232 KiNK is a multi-style producer, but in 2005 his first vinyl release on Chris Duckenfield’s Odori imprint placed him firmly in the frame of house and techno. In 2008 Strahil proto-house music project with Neville Watson recieve a worldwide recognition through their releases on the Dutch imprint Hour House is Your Rush. In the following two years KiNK (solo and with Neville) produced music for high profile labels like Rush Hour, Ovum, Poker Flat, Systematic, Mule Musiq, Get Physical, liebe*detail and others. His music was played by almost every well known dj around the world.
Strahil remixed important names on the electronic music scene like Hercules and Love Affair, Patrick Cowley, Marc Romboy and Blake Baxter, Riva Starr, Pete Tong and Dave Spoon, DJ T (just to name a few). KiNK`s production skills were noticed by the media and several interviews artist reviwes followed in places like Pete Tong`s show on BBC, Resident Advisor, DJ Magazine, De:Bug, Groove Magazine, Raveline and others. KiNK took the prestigious 20th position in the Resident Advisor chart „Top 100 charted artists in 2010″
Strahil used to perform as a dynamic and skillful DJ mainly for Bulgarian audience till 2009, when due to a higher demand by the international club scene he decided to take a new challenge: finding a way to play his own music live. The Bulgarian artist found his live setup as a mixture of dusty analog gadgets and modern digital technology.
KiNK performs with his machines in the same way as he play records – he is fast, busy, he takes risks and he is pushing his tools to the limit. KiNK played as a dj and live at some of the best spots for underground dance music in Sofia, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Hannover, Vienna, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Oslo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Turin, Bologna, Milano, London, Glasgow, Dublin, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne…
In 2012 KiNK was voted as 5th “Best Live Act” by Resident Advisor.
Now after series of successful records with his music, Strahil feels bigger artistic freedom and he is encouraged to push harder the musical barriers in 2013. KiNK`s release schedule includes Ep´s for Ovum records, Rush Hour, Liebe*Detail, Systematic and other friends of him. Also he is working on his first album which will be full of surprises..