“I sound like a boot in a washing machine left on the rinse cycle for too long in a large and vacuous laundry room.” Vohkinne introduces himself.
Who are you?
I am an Australian guy who is a little long in the tooth, and has been playing techno records for about 15 years now. I also make a few of them myself from time to time, in between being a dad and working freelance in the design field.
What do you sound like?
I sound like a boot in a washing machine left on the rinse cycle for too long in a large and vacuous laundry room. I adhere to some old-school principles and enjoy getting my hands dirty in the process, so I guess you could say I sound a bit organic.
Why should we listen to you?
There’s a lot of music out there that is very good, and I hope I contribute to that in a positive way. I definitely bring a unique view and a lot of experience, so I think you’ll find something in my sound you can connect to, if you give it a try.
What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?
I’ve released a run of singles on my label, Atrophic Society, under the moniker Vohkinne, the latest being ‘Bathed In Dust’. I’ve also released a bunch under my own name, Craig McWhinney, on a swathe of different labels, the latest being the Versions EP for Southern Lights.
I also perform musical experiments to my studio wall on a regular basis.
What song sums you up? Why?
Probably the song ‘Heaven’s Gate’ by Trans Am. I think it’s because it sounds like a set of drums falling down the stairs, with very little structure but awesome impact… chaos basically. That sums me up fairly well.
What or who is your biggest influence and why?
I would say, historically, that skating and skate culture is my biggest influence. I mean, I was a terrible skater, prone to injury and not overly co-ordinated, but I did love it. It has been something that has stayed with me since I was a teenager in the way I dress, the music I listen to, and the attitude I bring to the music I make.
Where can we hear your music?
I try to be really pretentious and release to vinyl, but you can also find some of my music on Beatport, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc. To hear it in a club environment (or similar) I’ll next be playing at the Eclipse Festival in Sulawesi, Indonesia. After that, somewhere in Melbourne in the not-too-distant future.
Where will you be in five years’ time?
Whether it’s in Australia or elsewhere, in five years time I’ll definitely be taking it easy, drinking a beer, and spinning a few techno records for anyone that’s willing to listen. I should also have a dog by then, and maybe a new tattoo.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I grew up in an incredibly religious household, and although I get along with my family very well, I have turned out to be (surprise) completely non-religious. This makes me great fun at Christmas and Easter time.
Vohkinne’s ‘Bathed In Dust’ is out now, featuring a remix from Patrick Skoog aka Agaric.