Our latest artist interview features Hasan Mogol who has a brand new EP out this week on Perspectives Digital.
1. Hi Hasan, thanks very much for joining us here. Let’s give our readers and your fans some background info. How old are you and how long have you been producing and Djing?
Many thanks for the interview and your interest. I will turn 29 in October. I started DJing in 1999 and I have been producing for the last 10 years.
2. Where do your musical roots lie and when did you know you wanted to pursue electronic music seriously?
My interest in electronic music started to grow towards the mid-90s. My elder brothers used to go clubbing but I couldn’t, as I was too young. Back in those years, DJs coming to our city (Augsburg) played on air before the gig and I listened them on the radio. I heard about Sven Väth on the radio first. I started to buy albums in 1999 and also organize day parties at Jugendzentrum, culture centers where young people hang out.
3. You were born in Germany but relocated to Turkey in 2001, what prompted the move and where are you residing now? How do the countries differ in terms of nightlife and electronic music in general?
In 2001, I had two ways to go to study: To continue in Germany or embark on a brand new adventure in Turkey. Of course, I chose the risky path because I knew I would come back one day. I lived for about 10 years in Turkey. I studied German teaching at Hacettepe University in Ankara. And in 2011, I came back to the city I was born and raised. Currently, I study at the University of Augsburg.
Overall, life is more difficulty for DJs and producers in Turkey compared to their counterparts in Germany. It takes more time for them to be recognized on the international platform. In Germany, this is easier and the system is well-organized. You attract attention as long as you produce good music. Besides, you can always be in touch with people in the industry. In Turkey, however, people can only communicate online and this makes things difficult most of the times.
4. Your initial productions on Teknikal Rotation were a lot more techno oriented than what you’ve been writing lately. There’s a lot more depth and colour happening which was showcased really well on your ‘Spectrophobia’ EP. It’s a very unique blend of styles that you’ve got coming out of your studio now. Can you feel your productions progressing from track to track? and is there a conscience effort to continually change and progress or is this something that just happens naturally without you thinking about it?
Well, I produce music based on my mood at that particular moment. I don’t limit myself at all. So I record all of my tracks by feeling and I release them only when I’m satisfied.
5. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on in your career that really helped?
When I first started producing, I tried to learn using tools, so to say, by trial and error. Then I improved my technical skills and started to share my learning experience with my producer friends. Their ideas mean a lot to me. Working with them motivated me a lot.
6. What’s a normal day like for Hasan Mogol? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on production or label duties?
I still study here. And I work as a part-time decorator at a professional photography studio. No matter how busy my day was; I make time to produce or at worst, listen to music.
7. You have a new EP out this week on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital, it’s a great showcase of your hypnotic yet funky sound. What if anything inspires this in your music and tell us a bit about the EP. How did the project come about and how has the feedback been on it?
I don’t really start a new project with the aim of producing an EP. I usually merge similar tracks in terms of style within a period of 3-4 months. We are in touch with Darin. I felt really happy when I first read his e-mail. It was a real thrill. Then we wrote to each other for a long time. We made our decisions together while we were producing Euridice EP. We selected the tracks together. Getting positive or negative feedbacks makes important contribution to my motivation. It is really great to work with Darin Epsilon and Perspective Digital.
8. Hernan Cattaneo has been a big supporter of your music this year which must feel hugely satisfying. How does something like this help with your mindset in the studio?
Mr. Cattaneo’s support for my tracks is indeed an honor. It definitely feeds my desire to produce music.
9. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effort on your own productions?
Apart from electronic music, I mostly listen to “Wu-Tang Clan”. It may sound a little bit irrelevant but I listen to Queen and Micheal Jackson, particularly his old albums. But I can’t say these artists have a direct impact on my music.
10. What are you currently working on? What can we expect to hear from you for the remainder of 2014?
I’m working on new projects. We will release a remix EP and an EP including my original tracks from the label I own.
11. When you sign a new original track to a label do you have complete confidence in them selecting the remixers? Or is this something you would prefer to have a part in and why?
I always want to share my ideas and select remixers. Most of the times, I play an active role in planning and releasing stages.
12. So you’ve been producing for (x number) of years, how has your studio changed in that time? and what are some of your favourite tools to use?
I had to sell most of my tools when I moved from Turkey to Germany. But the tools in my studio are varied. Nowadays, I mostly use software and plugins.
13. You started your own label imprint ‘Aequivalenz’ about a year ago. You’ve had a release there along with Turkish veterans Alican and Soner. Tell us a bit about the vision of the label and what should producers keep in mind when sending you a demo?
One of the main reasons I started my own label is certainly to be able to distribute my own tracks to the listeners. Another reason is to gather producers whom I follow and who make great music for my taste under a single roof. It is very exciting and meaningful for me to include the duo, Alican and Soner, into the label. They are special for me as I have been both listening and playing their music for years.
14. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Sven Väth & Richie Hawtin – The Sound Of The Third Season” is the album that shaped my career. But if I am to pick only one track, then this would be “Legowelt – Disco Route”. It was my source of motivation during my first steps.
15. What was your first and last DJ gig?
The first one was a day party at the Jugenzentrum in Bobingen, Germany. The year was 1999. And I played in Ravensburg, Germany last month.
16. What was the first and last record you purchased?
The first album I purchased was “Wu-Tang Forever, Wu-Tang Clan”. It was 1997, I guess. And the last track was “Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Last Day ( David August Revision ).
17. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Releasing my track “Sieneis” from my own label. Yes, definitely.
18. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
People seem to be highly interested in some of my tracks, which I recorded 5-6 years ago and have never seen the light of the day. To be honest, it makes “me” surprised.
19. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
You can listen all of them from Aequivalenz soon.
20. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Guy Gerber !
21. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I would love Guy Gerber remix one of my tracks and produce a track with him. He is a brilliant producer from head to toe and he is the one who shapes my progress lately.
22. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days. Which ones if any standout for you?
Innervisions, Cocoon and, of course Aequivalenz.
23. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
“Sven Väth & Richie Hawtin – The Sound Of The Third Season” is so special for me, for sure. But I would say “Danny Howells – Global Underground 027 Miami”.
24. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Italian & Asian Food
Drink: Altenmünster Beer
Drug: (I don’t need drugs)
TV Show: I rarely watch TV. I tend to watch American shows.
Movie: The Dark Knight Trilogy
Video Game: GTA5 & Fifa 14
Album: Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy – 11 11
Track / Song: Guy Gerber, Puff Daddy – Indian Summer (Original Mix)
Producer / Band: Ripperton, David August, Guy Gerber
Record Label: Innervisions, Perspective Digital
DJ: Áme, Ripperton
25. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
It would be a very long set, I guess. And my last track would be “Guy Gerber – Belly Dancing” or “Guy j – Lamur”.
Hasan’s ‘Euridice’ EP is out now on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital, you can purchase the release: here