The twelfth installment of our 12 Questions segment features Erdi Irmak. The Turkish producer has been one of the more consistent progressive house producers over the last few years. friskyRadio’s Ingo Vogelmann even included Erdi in his top 3 producers of 2013 along with Silinder and Ewan Rill. 2014 releases on 3rd Avenue, Asymmetric Recordings and Movement Recordings have pushed Erdi even higher up the progressive house ranks. He has a brand new remix out this week of Ghoeyash ‘The Rising Sun’ on Clinique Recordings. Please check out our Essential Purchases section for a review and please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with Erdi below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Erdi: I think one of the best tracks I have ever listened in my beginning of my path Shpongle – Divine Moments Of Truth. This track tells everything from my life and gives a little bit of peace of me.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Erdi: My first time was a long time ago. I was 15 or 16 years old. When I start to be a DJ i was at high school and Underground electronic music culture is weak to the younger generation in here. yes, I was different but everyone (my friends, other guys)was the same. They did not understand me and my music haha. After I met with Caner Seval. Finally I did find someone like myself . My latest gig two weeks ago with Caner Seval in Istanbul. We are played our tracks, it was a great night.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Erdi: My first purchase Way Out West – ‘Spaceman’ (Robert Babicz Mix). My last one is Hot Since 82 – ‘The End’ its a gorgeous stuff.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Erdi: I had a great supports to some big names. They are played my tracks on his radio shows, at live shows and gives really nice feedbacks for my EPs and remixes. I’m not active in here because works a little differently in here. I have a radio show “Hidden Arcadia” on Proton Radio. This show is all about futuristic music. Expect to hear combines fusion of styles and sounds from all around the world , that will stay in your head and take you to a different place every time. I’m waiting , waiting and waiting …
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Erdi: Out of music I’m studying at radio TV and cinema school. I have nice team , we are making films , editing , whatever comes to your mind about the cinema. We have a strong project for this summer. This movie about the old Turkish tribes struggles. All adjustments have been made and waiting the shooting time. If you interested in historical movies I can send everyone with pleasure.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Erdi: My friend Caner Seval and the other friend Mehmet Akar are very talented guys from Turkey. They have big imagination and I support them.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Erdi: Simon Posford from Shpongle is expanding my horizons so I’m a big fan Shpongle and Simon Posford. Of course Guy J , Hernan Cattaneo , Henry Saiz , Nick Warren and the other big names giving us awesome tracks and I admire all of them.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Erdi: I would love to remix Dosem. I almost playing his tracks at all gigs. I’m a big fan his style. And I would love to be remixed Guy J or Henry Saiz. Now imagine all of them will hopefully take place.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Erdi: There are a lot of record labels everywhere today. My favorite labels, Particles – Proton Music, microCastle, Lost&Found, Bedrock, Sudbeat, Lowbit, Movement Recordings.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Erdi: Sure my fav is Renaissance Master Series Of Nick Warren.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Turkish meals. Pizza
Drink: Fruit juice
Drug: I don’t use drug. My drug is music.
TV Show: Game of Thrones.
Movie: The Usual Suspects, Taxi Driver, Psycho, Snatch
Video Game: Assassin’s Creed Series
Album: Saltillo – Ganglion
Track / Song: Volor Flex – I Miss You
Producer / Band: Shpongle, Younger Brother, Liar
Record Label: Bedrock, Sudbeat, Lost & Found, Particles- Proton, Twisted Records
Nightclub: Indigo Istanbul
DJ: John Digweed, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Erdi: I think Henry Saiz – WE ARE ALL (Henry Saiz Earth 180 s Pulse Version) is awesome !
Erdi’s remix of Ghoeyash ‘The Rising Sun’ is out now on Clinique Recordings, you can purchase the release: here