Budapest-based Hungarian artist Dániel Marcel Hevesi represents the new wave of underground techno culture to the contemporary fine art world.
His work is unique, for he converges the worlds of underground techno with abstract, minimal art, and he does so in a compelling and stand-out manner that makes him a multi-lateral artist in the truest sense of the term. Among his most well-known pieces are those that comprise his “Locked Groove” series, in which he paints different techno sub-genre inspired artworks. Each piece of the “Locked Groove” series is created by using acrylic paint, small gravel, chalk and smaller sized canvas, his methods characteristically involving both self-invited “water washed” techniques as well as techniques used by German contemporary abstract artists.
I was drawn to Dániel’s work from the moment I saw it, and after speaking to him I realized that his passion for techno is a deep-rooted one, while his work as a painter is in fact a more recent form of expression. Dániel has been involved in the underground electronic music scene since 1996 and started painting just two years ago in 2015.
“The connection between abstract art and underground techno music was always there. They both live a life of an outlaw. Very misunderstood and not valued enough in a wider audience. They both belong to the underground. But this is all fine because, they are not for everyone.” Dániel says.
Hi Daniel, thanks for taking the time to talk to us!
Thank you for featuring me on 6AM. You and your team’s work in the underground electronic music scene is unique, considering than you are putting a lot of emphasis on the music, rather than focusing on huge agency promoted celebrities, like in the EDM industry. It makes me glad that I can take part in the re-establishment of a music centered underground culture.
Thank you! Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from?
I was born in Miskolc, Hungary. This city used to be the biggest industrial city the country, before the change of regime. Both parents were architects, my mother used to paint in her free time.
I moved to Budapest in 2001 to continue my studies as a college student. After becoming telecom/technical acoustic engineer, in 2005 I undertook a job that came with a lot of traveling across the globe, from Australia to the U.S..
Five years later, I felt the need for a steadier lifestyle, so I stopped traveling for work. Later, I started to develop myself in many different competence areas and had more time to focus on music. I teamed up with event organizers, radio stations and had my own monthly radio show. In 2015, I started to think about more and more about the link between visual art and music, which eventually lead to the projects that I am about to talk about.
Let’s talk about it! How did you first discover your passion for art?
My devotion towards abstract art started in Lille, France, where I was an ERASMUS scholarship student in 2003/2004. It all started with an interior design desktop background image on my notebook. This wallpaper reminded me every time for a home that I imagined in my mind. A home where I sit down comfortably and listen to my favorite tunes and get enchanted by art. A type of art that for me, without a question, was an interpretation of contemporary electronic music.
More than a decade later, when I could afford to have my own place, I wanted to re-create some of my favorite paintings to decorate my walls, so I started to learn about different painting technics and later on, I realized that I really like creating my own art and no longer wanted to reconstruct any paintings.