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Poll 2018: Ummet Ozcan

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From: The Netherlands, but with Turkish roots
DJ style: “Electronic music.”
Best known for: “Just being me, a guy who likes to produce music and sounds.”
Fave tune of 2018: “W&W x Vini Vici ‘Chakra’ — officially from 2017, but I’ve played it in every set throughout this year.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Brooks.”

Ummet Ozcan has had another busy year, but one tainted with sadness. “We’ve lost an inspiring artist and soul this year,” he says of the sad loss of Avicii.

His own tour diary has been dizzyingly busy, with stops in China, the UAE, Cyprus, Singapore, Myanmar, Japan, the USA and all over Europe. In between these shows he has tried to take as much studio time as possible. “I want a constant flow of releases,” he says, and to aid him on his mission, this year he launched his own OZ Records label. It will deal in the same electrifying, hard and big room sounds as his own productions, which this year include ‘Change My Heart’ with Laurell, and ‘Trash Movement’ with Coone and Villain.

“Style-wise, I constantly try to evolve, just because it’s fun to explore other music and experiment a bit,” he explains, while admitting that he and his team have been working hard to create stunning visuals and new elements for his shows, which may well explain his success this year.

Words: KRISTAN J CARYL

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 10:26

Poll 2017: Ummet Ozcan

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Turkish/Dutch talent Ummet Ozcan has made his place in the Top 100 a permanent fixture, thanks to his growing worldwide 'Ozclan'. Still a mainstay on Spinnin', tracks such as 'Bombjack', a fidgety, bassline electro monster featuring the vocals of Ambush, and the ADHD-fuelled 'Showdown', which moves through dubstep, trap, hardstyle and trance like a demented EDM symphony, provided fuel for a non-stop summer of festivals — from TomorrowLand to Ultrasonic. His latest, meanwhile, the chirpy 'Everything Changes' featuring Chris Crone, finds him casting his musical rod into the streaming and radio markets.

2017 was also the year that he took his sound into the huge emerging market of China, playing 13 shows there to build on a global fanbase already cultivated via his weekly and widely syndicated Interstate Radio show.

While he's been forging his own way ahead, Ozcan might also have been unwittingly helping his rivals. Some main stage stars' hits have been surrounded by suspicions of ghost production, but when Ozcan isn't putting out epic belters he's helping produce soft synths and sound banks for the likes of Rob Papen and Access Music. If anyone can, Ozcan can.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:38

Poll 2015: Ummet Ozcan

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Ummet Ozcan's techno-influenced trance made something of a seamless transition to gain huge popularity amongst EDM fans, but that's come as no surprise to the man himself. “I am not bound to any musical conventions, I just produce whatever I like. People tend to put things in boxes. I personally don’t do that,” Ummet tells DJ Mag.

Of course, not every DJ or producer actually has a hand in creating the things that make the actual noises that are used to create tracks either, but Ummet is famous for providing softsynth and soundbank designs for some of the biggest music software houses too.

When it comes to making your own music, Ummet has a tip or two for aspiring producers: “There are certain elements that work better for your song than others, but the magic appears only with the right parts that fit the puzzle… but let’s say it helps to have a festival mindset before you start producing,” he advises.

Citing Tomorrowland 2015 in Belgium as one of the highlights of his past year of playing out, plans for 2016 look likely to see Ummet spending more time in the studio. “Producing is sometimes hard to combine with tour life,” he explains, before quickly adding: “My records are equally important. So that is one of my aims for 2016.”

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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 15:50

Style: 
“Electronic music.”
Best known for: 
“My releases on Spinnin’ Records, my sound design and my DJ sets.”
Tune of the year: 
“‘The Hum’.”
From: 
Turkish descent but born and raised in The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Robin Schulz.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“He should smile a lot!”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“It couldn’t be any brighter.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“I can cope with it pretty well, tour life is heavy but I get a lot of happy faces from my fans in return. And that keeps me going!”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
I feel strongly for animals and compassion for every life form on earth.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The infamous Studio 54 in New York.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“It seems to be a man’s world… but great DJs like Nervo and Krewella should trigger more female talent to step up.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“It is inevitable, but it doesn’t really bother me.”