24 Ekim Perşembe 2019, 23:00
24 Ekim Perşembe 2019, 05:00
Every artist has a signature. Mihai Popoviciu is no exception. For over a decade the amiable Romanian producer and DJ has built a body of work characterised by deep grooves, crisp precision, and irresistible energy.
Mihai's singular vision was born in his home town Sibiu (still his home base) which, at the time, lay on the fringes of Europe's thriving dance scene. It was the early '90s. Electronic music was flooding London, Ibiza, Berlin but only a trickle reached his ears. "We would tape German TV shows onto cassette and listen over and over," he recalls.
With no clubs, record shops or dance culture to speak of Mihai's dream of being an electronic artist seemed remote. He studied architecture and briefly worked in the field, but it was house and techno, not house-building, that was his true calling . "I couldn't DJ, because there were no clubs," he says with a chuckle. But he could buy software, so he started making records. Lots of records. Sometimes one per day, for months on end. The work of the determined young artist began to catch people's ears. His first track was signed to International Deejay Gigolo in 2005, and dozens of releases followed on imprints including Bondage, Highgrade, Poker Flat, Bedrock, Dessous and also his own label Cyclic, established in 2012.
This calm determination became Mihai's trademark as his career blossomed from production to DJing. After honing is skills in the studio he learned to DJ (on borrowed decks) and began drawing attention in Romania and across Europe. Playing international gigs was a big move for someone who grew up only seeing clubs on TV but Mihai stepped up with professional aplomb. His CV now includes the best clubs in Europe and around the world, from Berghain and Watergate in Berlin; to London's Fabric and The Egg; to D-Edge, São Paulo; DC-10, Ibiza; and more.
Mihai's ambition with every track and every DJ set, is to transmit the joy and energy that fuels his dream. "It feels great to see people dancing, smiling, having a good time. No matter what I do, that's the main thing."
He is equally at home in underground clubs or on festival stages. The one thing that stays the same is his artistry and irresistible delight in music. "Mihai was on his sound from the beginning," says friend and booking agent Benny Grauer. "It has a unique quality. Any time you hear it you know, "That's Mihai". He's done it for years, and it is perfect."
When underground dance music first arrived Istanbul night life in late 80's, Tangun was among the first ambassadors of the craft. With a sound combining an eclectic taste of funk, soul, house and even some late night new wave action, he quickly achieved a well deserved reputation in town. Asides of running one of Istanbul's first underground clubs "xtacy" in 1991, with projects like 19&20, Maslak 2019 and radio 2019, he has been a key figure in Istanbul's underground dance culture since the beginning. Being the mastermind behind legendary clubs like High End (1998), Crystal (2002), 11:11 (2009), Chunk (2011), On (2013) and countless festivals and raves Tangun always contributed to the evolution of Istanbul party culture.
A frequent and experienced face behind the decks both lokally and internationally, Tangun also prooved his producer's skills with releases from labels like Gourme, Wrong, Sugar Cane, Devotion, Cocieve, For 2, Uhuru Beats, Funk Field and collobortions with names like hipp-e, Mazi Audio Soul Project, Asad Rizvi, Nathan Coles, dj Ali, Sean Dimtri.
Berk Gülaçtı studying International Finance in Ozyegin University. Berk started his electronic music career at Pioneer DJ academy when he was 13. He continue his career with learning software program and mixing in safe hands. He played most know clubs in Istanbul Minimüzikhol, Flamme, W Istanbul, Mentha and more. He established The Soul in 2019 and He is working with his team for local DJ nights in Istanbul. Today he is trying to support electronic music culture with events and his music passion.
Hamit Can Ozbilgin a.k.a. Hamitbey, co-founder and resident dj of Fillers. He was trained by Gokberk, one of the successful names of Radio FG. In 2018 and 2019, Hamitbey showed himself many times on Freya and Odin dj booths. His sets are mainly based on Deep-Tech, Tech House and Melodic House.
Bankalar Cad./Yanıkkapı Sok./No:3/Karaköy/İstanbul/Turkey
24 Ekim Perşembe, 23:00
Suma Han, Bankalar Cad./Yanıkkapı Sok./No:3/Karaköy/İstanbul/Turkey