A FEW QUESTIONS FOR UMMET OZCAN

Ahead of the Colours WinterParty on Friday 26 December, we spoke to Turkish-Dutch DJ/Producer- and highest climber on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2014- Ummet Ozcan. about raw fish and didgeridoos…

Where are you in the world today and what can you see out your nearest window?

I’m at a small town in the center of Holland, a nice and green environment. When I look at my window I can see a spacious park with a few people letting out there dogs.

Describe 2014 for you so far in 3 words…

Definitely the best year of my career to date. My tracks are topping the charts, got some great collabs in the pipeline and my big jump in the DJ Mag was icing on the cake.

[More than three words, but we'll allow it.]

You’re playing the infamous Colours WinterParty at The Arches on Boxing Day, are you looking forward to coming back to Scotland’s number 1 venue?

I’ve did numerous shows in Scotland and I recall they were always great nights, so can’t wait to be back at The Arches as it is very special to me.

You stormed the DJ Mag Top 100 chart this year, officially the highest climber! How did that feel when you heard the news?

I seriously couldn’t believe it! It was the jaw dropping moment of 2014 :) You always have certain expectations, but in the end you cannot do much more than wait for the verdict.. I can tell you it feels good!

Sander Van Doorn has been a big supporter of your work – what do you admire about his production and his approach to the music business?

Sander has been there for a long time, always pioneering in sound and style. He’s like a chameleon who adapts over time. That’s a great property and it means he is capable of reinventing himself over and over again.

You’ve also had a longstanding relationship with Spinnin’ Records – what are they like to work with, and who else on their roster do you rate highly?

Spinnin is a great partner and surfaces like platform to release my music to make myself heard. There team is very competent and once a release is scheduled it functions like a machine. That’s make my life easier:) You should keep an eye out for Oliver Heldens, he is going like crazy as he dropped a few big hits in the UK in the last few months.

If you had to pick your favourite producer of all time, who would it be?

Hans Zimmer has always been an inspiration for me. He’s one of the biggest in my opinion.

You collaborated with Paul Van Dyk in 2012 – any other big name collabs coming up? Do you plan to work with PVD again?

Paul is a great guy and was one first big names to reach out to me. We did 2 very cool tracks together which did quite well in the charts. We might do another track some time. I got a few crazy collabs in 2015, but I can’t tell much yet. There will be official announcements.. You know how these things go;)

In terms of your career, where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

Still going strong, maybe doing some nice side projects to step out of my comfort zone, but I am pretty sure that I’m still around as a producer and Dj. At least that’s my intention.

Jeff Mills and other ‘underground’ techno artists have spoken out this year supporting EDM, and saying that having a more commercial side to dance music benefits everyone in the clubbing community – do you have any thoughts on this?

Well, the more people learn to know our dance music the better it is for everyone involved. And any popular dance music style could be the medium to achieve that. It can trigger people to dig deeper in certain elements or explore new styles. That’s also good for the underground scene, whatever that may be. So step up and spread the word!

You’ve also made a name for yourself as a designer of ‘softsynth’ sounds, and as a sound designer – how does this feed into your work as a producer, and how do you split your time between producing, DJing, and this kind of work?

I am always interested in how things work, sounds are fascinating things. Been trying to get to the bottom of this, so I reckoned it would be best to develop my own sound creator by designing a synthplug. I am pretty much occupied by making records and dj-ing, but if I have some time off I am working on my softsynths.

If you only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi!

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself…

I like to play funny instruments like the flute, my didgeridoo or a djembe.

Finally, what can people expect from you at The Arches on Friday 26th December?

A monstrous Ozcan set :) Totally ready for it!

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