With a passion for melody and knack for finding deeply flowing grooves, Burakcan has been steadily spreading his sound from his native Istanbul to the rest of the world. Inspired by his early experiences of discovering and sharing music with family and friends, Burakcan has created a life surrounded by music. As a DJ he keeps his momentum going through performances at festivals like Glow and Exit, while his releases on labels such as Lowbit and Superordinate Music showcase his own production perspective.
Popular guest mixes on Feelin’ FRISKY and Ogun Celik’s Metropolis have introduced Burakcan to FRISKY listeners, and now with the launch his own show Control Room the door is open for him to reach an even wider audience. Join in by tuning in to the premiere on July 17th @ 3 PM EST [convert timezone] or listen on-demand anytime after with FRISKY Premium.
To get ready, I caught up with Burakcan to learn more:
What is one of your earliest influential electronic music experiences?
Late 90s and early 2000s come to my mind. My childhood era. We had a big radio. I always played with the frequency of the radio, record my favorite tracks on empty cassettes and play them to my family and friends. I guess the things I did back then were only the start of what I’m doing today.
When did you decide this was what you
wanted / needed to do?
The mixtapes that I have recorded became CDs. I had a neat music archive and I always sent some music CDs to my friends. When they said that they liked my track choices, it motivated me more. More music, more CDs, more feedback… I can say that I have found my path with this circulation.
How has the electronic music scene in Istanbul evolved since you have been a part of it?
I can say that the electronic music scene is living its golden age at the moment. Istanbul hosts many famous DJs and festivals. Before big names would come rarely but now, the number of big DJs coming to Istanbul keeps getting higher. I don’t know how I’ve contributed to this change but the electronic music scene in Istanbul is keeps on getting bigger.
What has been one of your favorite gigs?
Because of the fact that I value my firsts more, I want to answer this by saying Glow Istanbul. It was my first experience in terms of the organization, the venue and the crowd.
How has your personal music taste or preference changed since you began? How has it stayed the same?
I first met with electronic music through Trance. Back when the Trance was properly Trance… I was a strict follower but when I wanted to lower my BPM, House Music was my safe haven. Because Trance had lost its originality and because it has became the target of the producers who were too greedy, I started to go away from it. I found the originality I’ve lost in Trance in another genre; Progressive! From then on, the tempo and the melody I needed was present in Progressive House.
What do you appreciate the most about working with electronic music? What do you think is the toughest part?
I like that the electronic music has no limits. The fact that I can manage every project with any instrument, creates a wide spectrum for me to show my capabilities. The hard thing for me is finding the flow in the track. Making the listener enjoy the track with certain rhythms in a 6-7 minute track is not easy.
What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
First of all, I can say that I am a good listener and with that, I have confidence in my taste of music. I believe that I’m affecting the crowd with the tracks I play. I see that very much with the feedback I get.
If there was one thing that your listeners get from your music, what would you want that to be?
In the projects that I’ve created, making a mark with my melodies is my utmost concern. I work on this a lot. In terms of my DJ sets, I try to set and atmosphere for each one. My choice of tracks and their order changes according to the atmosphere I want to create. You wanted one thing but I’m offering two: melody and atmosphere!
What are you looking forward to about your FRISKY show Control Room?
FRISKY has always had a special place for every electronic music listener. It’s a great feeling to have a show on the platform I strictly follow. My biggest excitement about my show, Control Room is that I will have a chance to express myself to a wider audience. I have had this chance with my friend Ogun Celik wanting me to record his show Metropolis a guest mix. I must thank him for this.
Is there anything else you’d like to share? What does the future hold for Burakcan?
This month, I will be on stage with Ogun Celik on Exit Festival in Serbia. My new tracks are also on the way and I will have a remix project this month. I can’t wait to release them. Also, thank you for this pleasant interview Lauren. I’m very happy to be a member of the FRISKY family. I believe we will have better moments with my show Control Room.