Band Members: Bogdan Popoiag and Dan Griober
* Bogdan Popoiag wrote:
It all started on an otherwise uneventful afternoon,the last day of March, 1982 -the day of my birth. Finding myself at a young and feckless age, in 1996, together with Dan I started playing about with breakbeat and a bit of a jungle, coming up with the track ‘Hard Breakbeat’.
In 1999, buoyed up by the success we’d so far enjoyed, we signed our first contract with a record label, and in the same year won the “In Za House” competition organized by Atomic TV.
In January 2002 I finally changed my identity card so that it bore my official address – Bucharest – and in the autumn of that year me and Dan released the first UNU’ album with CAT MUSIC/SONY MUSIC. In 2003, UNU’ and Dru Klein took to the stage to give our thanks for receiving the prize for Best New Act at the MTV awards. Remixes, producing tracks, producing videos, and, as a hobby, directing videos, all quickly followed.
In 2005, I initiated the N-EATGROOVE project. Under this name, in the spring of 2006, I released the maxi-single “Scream” through my own label “Mutralina”. The track started life as a collaboration with Rocca, the vocalist from the rock band Firma. In the autumn I found myself a finalist in the Heineken Thirst Music Studio competition for Romania… and ended up in second place. Right now you can catch me DJing in various places, as well as working on upcoming UNU’ releases.
* Dan Griober wrote:
It all started with a reel-to-reel tape recorder and a stack of music. By 1996 me and Bogdan had progressed onto tape-decks and keyboards (with a few jungle loops thrown in for good measure). The result? The birth of Hard B. By ’97 we’d moved on to CDJs, and before long we managed to get our hands onto a Roland 303. My early ventures into production came out in the form of the first three Hard B albums, released between ’98 and ’99. Next up, bit of radio, a bit more production, and the recognition of our efforts through winning Atomic TV’s “In Za Haus” competition for music producers.The Hard B albums 4 and 5 came next, sometime after 2000. 2002 saw me busy with lots of remixing and production, work that would later appear released on the Unu album. It was around this time that I started the Audionesimtire project, an outlet for the more experimental things I was coming up with.The next big landmark was the release of the Unu album, a compilation of Hard B productions alongside special guest collaborators, released by the Sony Music label. This led to us winning the MTV Romania Award for best new act back in 2003, in our UNU guise. Side-projects still abounded, and together with DJ Rhadoo I formed the Radio Cuba project, which went on to remix the Unu track ‘Lumea Viseaza’. In 2005 the track “Action” was released, and the side project Gringo+Kaiser appeared, a collaboration with the bassplayer from the celebrated rock outfit ‘Omul Cu Sobolani’.In 2005, Audionesimtire made an appearance at the second edition of ‘AVmotional’, the Romanian festival of electronic music and visuals. In 2006 the track “Skuzmi” along with other productions. Around this time I also headed into the studio with ‘Omul Cu Sobolani’, producing their LP Superparanoia’.
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