Jan Kincl is a DJ, record producer, remixer, engineer, and live performer with a reputation as one of the most inspiring Croatian artists. Balancing the thin line between house, techno, and jazz, Jan's music found a home with world-renowned labels such as BBE Records, Far Out Recordings, Sonar Kollektiv, and Get Physical, and got remixed by Alton Miller, Gene Hunt, Kai Alcé, Trinidadian Deep, and Gari Romalis.
International media placed Jan among "the most interesting voices coming from the region", and his debut album, a deeply jazz-informed house record "In Plain Sight" recorded with a French keyboard player Regis Kattie, got described as “one of the most significant pieces of regional contemporary dance music” with support from Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, Alton Miller, Jazzanova, Volcov, Tony Humphries, Lefto, Claude Young, Jimpster, DJ Bone, Mark Grusane, Kai Alcé and many more.
“An amazingly beautiful album! Very deep.” - Claude Young
“The funk's all over this project!” - Kai Alcé
“Superb deepness!” - Laurent Garnier
Born and raised in Zagreb, Jan is a product of the late 90s clubbing scene emerging in Croatia. A then-teenager, who embraced the music of the Motor City as a teacher has grown into a recognizable presence in the regional music life. Today, Jan is equally recognized for the music crafted in his Cycle studio, and life-long dedication to the art of DJing. Influenced equally by jazz and hi-tech jazz, he is devoted to a more traditional way of presenting music and feels more aligned with artists not limited by genres or eras. New, old, fast, slow, soulful, or rough. For Jan, the juxtaposition of all this is what DJing is about.
Even though the majority of his work is dance music, this broad approach allowed him to operate in different scenes. Remix for a Brazilian legend Ivan Mamão Conti (Azymuth) on the legendary Far Out Recordings, remixes for a German jazz-funk band Key Elements on Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv label, a solo 12” under CVER alias on Oye Black Label, and a track on Deep Inspiration Show Records’ ‘Family Things Volume 1’ all came out in a period of a single year. The last project to hit 2020, though, were reinterpretations of Radojka Sverko’s ‘Kud Plovi Ovaj Brod’, a special 50th-anniversary re-release of a 1970 chanson classic which holds a unique place in Croatian music folklore.
In 2021, Jan is continuing the string of releases for BBE Records, PDV Records, Get Physical, and Deep Inspiration Show Records. On top of that, a debut record from Cycle Records, his recently launched label, is coming out. Titled "For A Minute", a 12" features two of Jan's original versions, and two remixes from a Chicago house legend Gene Hunt.
In parallel with working on his own music, Jan's had a decade-long run lecturing on the subject of ‘History of Electronic Music’ at the Music & Sound department of United Pop Academy, still ongoing, and is running CYCLE - a studio, and music production company based in Zagreb.
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