Jacek Sienkiewicz (RECOGNITION) is a Polish electronic music producer who also runs the label Recognition.
“Walking the line between full-on modern, detroit-inspired techno and digital experimentalism.”
Born in 1976 in Warsaw, Jacek started his foray into electronic music as a DJ in mid-90s, spinning then-hard-to-find-in-Poland Detroit techno and Chicago house. Experiments with analogue machines soon led Jacek to producing his own music – and playing it live. By ’96 he completely ditched DJing, and his very first live show – which notably took place at Warsaw’s Centre for Contemporary Art – was a example of his love of vintage Roland synths and analogue sequencing. Soon, the Recognition label came to life – in 1999 issuing debut CD sounding equally rough and melodic, a blueprint of things to come.
After first few vinyl releases, Jacek spent some time living in Berlin – years before everyone moving there became a global fashion statement. This resulted in a string of EPs for German labels – like then-budding Trapez, underrated De:Bug Hartwaren and prolific Klang. Early Recognition singles found their way to Sven Vath’s record bag and soon Jacek has become the first artist to release a full album) on Frankfurt’s finest, Cocoon Records.
2002’s “Techne” was followed by the moody “Displaced” two years later. In 2009 Cocoon released Jacek’s mix/compilation CD, “Modern Dance”. “On the Road”, new album of premiere material and probably his most complex and challenging work to date is due in Spring 2011.
But it is his label Recognition Records that’s by no means the most important factor in realizing Jacek’s unique vision of club music – definitely dancefloor-friendly, but also bearing some sort of organic complexity and a rare attention to detail. Recognition catalogue is now approaching 30 releases, most of them documenting Jacek’s evolving experiments with sound and rhythm, proving his unparalleled approach to the music formerly known as minimal techno. The label is also a platform for lesser-known musicians and friends, and releases by the likes of Etiop and Giro Arana prove that Jacek takes no compromises when it comes to individual artistic vision and quality.
Jacek only plays live, and by live he means far more than just computer work. His live sets, performed in clubs all over the world, always guarantee to surprise, mesmerise and finally rise the roof up high. Jacek played on numerous major festivals, including I Love Techno, Awakenings, Nature One, Detroit Fuse Festival, Mutek, Transmediale and many others, from Cocoon parties in Ibiza to small, underground clubs and bars, presenting his very own vision of the music formerly known as minimal techno.
With over 40 releases behind, and over a decade of running own label, Jacek Sienkiewicz persistently keeps following his very own path, creating music that very soon began to be impossible to define.