Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Ozan Kanik

Techno Interview – 10 Questions 2 – Ozan Kanik

01. Can you tell us more about your music history, do you have formal training, maybe something many people don’t know about you?

I got inspired back in 1997 at Club Havana in Amsterdam. The music they played there was UK and US Garage. You know, it was usually R&B vocals with house tunes. I loved every bit of it and that made me also want to play and mix. In that time there were only Technics and a regular mixer with no filters/EFXs at all. Basic stuff! As you see, no training at all. Well, more like self-training!

02. How did you get into the techno scene and what are your first memories of techno music?

I have to dig deep for that… eh…. I started with UK and US Garage and house music, then I switched to Hip Hop and R&B. I was working as a bartender in Amsterdam at an R&B nightclub called “Ministry”. After my shift around 5 AM, I rushed to an after club called “Your Heaven” and I played there Hard House and Techno. But my very first memory of Techno was at an illegal rave called “Multi Groove”. Man, that was off the hook!!!

03. Where do you see the techno scene in 10 years?

And how do you see yourself in 10 years within the scene? The scene will be somehow. Techno is taking over!!I actually have no idea where I’ll be at in 10 years. Everything is changing rapidly and the best thing is to change along. Adapt to the scene.

04. Where do you most enjoying playing? Crowded festival places or more intimate clubs?

My favourite events are the intimate ones. I love to connect with the crowd. But there is a negative side to that. People tend to chat with you during your set, which is very annoying. But that doesn’t take away the energy you get from the crowd. I love that.

05. Do you prefer to play live/DJ or is it all about the music production?

I don’t have the experience at the moment to play live, but I sure want to take it to the next level Which is playing live! Overall, the most important is how you communicate with your music. For me personally, that is the most important. Deliver good music.

06. Tell us the proudest moment in your career to date?

When I started my own label, Sounds R Us Recordings. That was in 2012. That was a highlight because some big names did release on my label at the early stage. Now it’s even getting better. Samuel L Session, Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink are just a couple of the known names on the label. I’m focusing on the unknown names in techno, that have the same quality productions as the big ones. Searching for talents! Send your demos to demos(at)soundsrusrecordings.com.

07. What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?

At home and in my car I like to listen to jazz/ funk/ soul/ lounge music and sometimes even Turkish. Because I’m Turkish 😉

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08. What parties and festivals should we not miss this year?

I have no idea! I actually don’t go out. Except in the summer which I visit couple festivals. Welcome To The Future, Voltt and Awakenings.

09. Do you have any does or don’ts regarding tips for upcoming talents?

Like everyone is telling the youngsters the same thing. Don’t copy, don’t rush in your productions, take your time, watch and learn. Listen to various types of music to develop your knowledge. That is a very important thing to do. Also, I’m still a supporter of the turntable. So if you want to DJ, start with vinyl, because that makes you appreciate the passion. Know where it all started.

10. Can you tell us more about your plans for the coming 12 Months? Do you have any new productions/collaborations projects?

I have some techno releases coming up with my boy Robbie Pope on Ferhat Albayrak’s Istanbul based Jeton Records and on my own imprint Sounds R Us Recordings. I also have a release with massive remixers on Repressure Records. Keep an eye on that label! Big tunes coming up!

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