While the business of electronic music is often griped over by bloviating bloggers, many of whom have never smelled fresh vinyl; having recently bungeed into the deep house hot streak or bass jumped into the 808s-laden trap.
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.
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.”