INTERVIEW WITH LEGENDARY UMMET OZCAN!

Advanced studio knowledge and an impressive string of dance floor hits have shot Ummet Ozcan to the top. The Dutch/Turkish star is one of very few to break the mold and epitomise innovation and originality in the music scene today. Ozcan has been deeply plugged into dance music from a young age, growing up in The Netherlands aka the epicentre of dance music, impacted him enormously. 
It’s no surprise that he’s an in-demand talent who’s playing to an international market with gigs at world-renowned clubs and festivals like EDC, Tomorrowland, Creamfields and Global Gathering. Ummet Ozcan has solidified his position at the forefront of all-star dance Producers, garnering support by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Martin Garrix. READ INTERVIEW BELOW:

Hi Ummet Ozcan! How are you doing?
All good thank you!

Tell us how it all began, how did you get into producing/songwriting?
My brother owned a nice collection of dance music CD’s which I totally loved. After he bought a keyboard I tried to play the melodies of these tracks and funny enough it wasn’t that hard for me. That’s where it sparked my interest to become a producer myself. Bought some extra equipment and just took a leap of faith!

You have almost 20 years’ experience of working with electronic dance music. You have seen how the electronic music has developed. What is your opinion about todays “EDM”?
Change is always good; don’t keep hanging in the same routines. I totally feel today’s styles and diversity. There are no rules, just be creative!

How have you been staying productive during the quarantine period?
Without doing the live shows and the need to travel there was definitely more time for studio jobs. So I am spending my time quite well, also I am working on a nice collection of music software plugins for my brand OZsoft.

Your latest single “SeeSaw” has been out few weeks. Could you share the creative process behind about this song?
It started with the catchy Seesaw top line, I immediately felt the energy and its originality. The rest usually comes automatically once you catch the flow. Because the lyrics and melodie line are lively, the track needs a kind of punchy production. So once the bass and kick drum are layered with matching frequencies you can build the track.

What kind of feedback have you gotten from it?
People really like it, it’s a positive joyful song and a lot of people love it because it makes them want to sing along.

What has been your funniest or embarrassing moment to date related to music?
There have been numerous funny moments, but I try to prevent the embarrassing ones 😉 A funny one, when I played a festival gig and suddenly there was this fan holding up a sign ‘Marry me Ozcan’. Can you imagine..

Any advice for up & coming producers?
Just follow your own path, but listen to proven hits to learn from them. Why is a song a hit song? How does a hit song sound regarding the mix, build up, it’s arrangement etc. Again, there are no rules, but if you determine sudden tracks you can improve your skills.

You have had gigs in Finland before. What was special about Finland and the Finnish listeners?
Besides the fact that Finland is a beautiful country (I am in love with nature) it also has a great dance music loving community and I have played there a couple of times. Hope to be back again once everything has normalized!

Would you like to share something else with the followers of Let The Bass Get You?
We are going through a tough period right now, but it will soon change for the better. Meanwhile stay safe and healthy!


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