Kurt Uenala aka Null + Void may not be a familiar name for many music fans, but chances are you've heard his work. The Swiss-born New Yorker is the kind of prodigious musician you'd call a "lifer": no matter where he is or what he's doing, music is the focus. He first made his name in 2003, debuting as Kap10Kurt on the essential compilation The Sound Of Young New York. His song "Die Sleeping" was an early classic of dreamy, club-ready synth pop, and it caught the attention of fans and artists around the world. It eventually landed him a gig recording with Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, not to mention a long list of major acts such as Moby and The Kills.
The collaboration with Dave was especially fruitful—the two became friends, and it wasn't long before Kurt began writing original songs for Depeche Mode. His love for vintage synthesizers, dark electronic music, and exploring unusual chord structures was a natural fit. The more Kurt worked with Dave and Depeche Mode, the more time he spent at his Manhattan studio. He started writing his own shadowy, melancholic songs, filling them with angular beats and moody atmospheres. After a while, the basis of Kurt's new solo project, Null + Void, took shape.
Inspired by retro sci-fi, electronic innovators and new wave, the upcoming debut Null + Void album, Cryosleep, puts Kurt's extensive production experience into a wide variety of songs. Vocal performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Big Pink, Light Asylum and Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan bring their resonant humanity into the music's austere beauty and cold dynamism. There are mighty club tracks, too: lead single "Asphalt World" is built on Detroit electro's mechanical bounce and has a sinister glint in its eyes.
"I'm more studio driven: I sit with machines and often stumble over ideas," Kurt says of his creative process. "I just start playing and see what comes out, let the sometimes unpredictable equipment and whatever happens guide me." Suffice it to say that he's a bit of a gearhead, albeit one with a strong sense of intuition that can only come from a lifetime spent immersed in your art. Null + Void may be a new name with endless possibilities ahead, but it arrives with the history of a seasoned artist bursting with vital music.