UFO Network had the absolute pleasure of chatting with talented Cyprus Producer, DJ & Businessman Umut Ozsoy about his latest release ‘Just Like That’ on Protocol Recordings alongside Teamworx and more. Check out what he had to say below and connect with Umut Ozsoy on social media platforms to stay up-to-date with the latest in new music, happenings and events.
Hey Umut! Tell us about that first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
I have performed at numerous venues and at different countries for years. In 2017, I have decided that it’s time for me to produce my own music and improved my production skills by attending SAE Institute, Amsterdam. Once I completed my education there, I started to work on various projects gradually and at the end focused more on ‘Just Like That’ to be my first track to put me in this electronic scene.
Tell us about your latest project ‘Just Like That’ on Protocol Recordings?
‘Just Like That’ was a project I started in March 2019 and kept improving it till then. Songwriter was actually my manager! She got inspired by ‘Requiem for a Dream’ movie which we watched many times, and I am sure most of you also did, and used some words from its scenes. After I was done with Just Like That’s arrangements, I started to discuss with my manager about who the vocalist should be. We then got in contact with an American vocalist who worked with several famous DJs previously and implemented everything together to see the full picture.
Listen to Teamworx & Umut Ozsoy- “Just Like That” on Spotify
What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ and producer?
It’s an unforgettable experience for me whenever I perform. I shared stage with many successful DJs and producers, however performing together with Timmy Trumpet on the same stage in 2017 and seeing every single person united and having fun was the most memorable night out.
Tell us something that we and your fans don’t know about you.
I am a business manager and an organiser beside my DJ and producer career. And, right now I am actually managing my own nightclub.
Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
‘It’s a Fine Day’ by ATB never gets old for me. Such a classic tune!
Listen to ATB – ‘It’s a Fine Day‘ on Spotify
What was it like collaborating with Teamworx on your latest project ‘Just Like That‘ ?
I have always found Teamworx’ tracks special – they have a unique sound. We started to build a strong friendship after having Teamworx event at the nightclub I was managing in 2018, and since then stayed in contact continuously. I sent ‘Just Like That’ to Teamworx to get their feedback. They really liked it to a point where they offered to have a collaboration and add their sound in it to take ‘Just Like That’ to another level. We then started to develop the track further. It has always been a pleasure to work together with Teamworx.
If you could play any festival, which festival would it be and why?
I attended a lot of festivals organized around the World. Of course, I would like to take part in all of them however, if I could play, I would choose world-wide known Tomorrowland because of its brand value and rising graphics for years.
How do you get a track started? Tell us a bit about your production process. How long does it take you to complete a track on average and do you ever get writer’s / producers block?
The way I start to each track can be different – sometimes a melody that comes to my mind help me to create the drop instantly and, sometimes it can be the introduction or the breakdown part that gets produced first. I can finish a track in 2 days and sometimes I can’t even complete it in 2 months. It’s a matter of inspiration and motivation. Since it was my manager helping me to write down the lyrics for ‘Just Like That’ I did not face any obstacles from writer’s side. Nevertheless, before you send a track to a label you need to have a clear agreement with the people you work with about things like harmonies, vocals and arrangements. You never know where a project can reach to, so you need to talk about everything from the start and finalise in order to not get faced with blocks at the end.
Would you mind teasing us with some info on any upcoming releases, are there any projects you are currently working on?
Sure! I am currently working on three projects which are all almost finished. The first one will be released in a little while – I will be announcing its details to my fans very soon. And the other one is in fact a cover song that everyone knows of and have been listening to it with pleasure for years now. I cannot wait to share some more information about that also!
The relationship between the audience and the DJ / Producer is crucial, and yet it seems to be a fragile one – How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
If I need to give my country Cyprus (North Cyprus) as an example, electronic music arrived to our entertainment sector very late compared to other European countries. I have always been a brave DJ. If a DJ can control the crowd, then he/she can treat them with something new with his/her distinctive stage performance. I give the crowd what they want for a long time now and at the same time add new stuff in between to strike a balance. It’s all about your energy, stage performance and experience. When you hear the next song through your headphones before you play it loud and can guess the reaction of your audience, you are already a pilot controlling your crowd. The rest then comes automatically…