Hard, fast and uncompromising. That's how VTSS, one of the brightest new techno stars of recent years and one of dance music's most celebrated thrill-seekers, is often described. Her sets have already been acclaimed all over the world, from Berghain to the respected experimental festival Unsound, from mega raves like London's Junction 2 to Paris's Possession, and she has become famous for her banging energy. In recent years, she has achieved milestones such as signing a highly acclaimed Essential Mix for the BBC, being featured on the cover of Mixmag and being chosen by Danny L Harle to remix a track from his Harlecore project. But the artist, whose real name is Martyna Maja, is much more than what that reputation might suggest.
After moving from Berlin to London last September, when restrictions were timidly eased, the Polish artist found herself with a positive culture shock and a radically different attitude. And, with it, came the opportunity to reinvent herself. Suddenly, she found herself with the freedom to explore new musical ideas far from the sound of the world techno capital.
At the end of January 2022, VTSS releases the EP Projections via Technicolour, which she says is a "new chapter" and a redirection back to her experimental roots. VTSS recaptures the heritage of vintage drill & bass, while honouring the genre's innate sense of humour. Projections introduces a new phase of the VTSS catalogue, with more new music arriving in 2022, loaded with sparse tempos that express a desire to break away from familiar ideas on the one hand, and a determined search for self-expression on the other.
VTSS arrives at MUTEK Barcelona 2022 to sign a DJ set in which she will burn up the dancefloor in front of her, either experimenting with her new works or revealing all the sound arsenal that has made her a new star of the international rave scene.