Soulivity Magazine got the chance to spend a few moments with electronic music artist, Gadi Mitrani.  A long-time favorite in his native country, he has been representing the Turkish underground with esteem since he first burst onto the scene over 15 years ago. A unique and prodigious talent, Mitrani’s ceaseless love for all things electronic music has led to some of the scene’s most hallowed and celebrated dancefloors. A true visionary, he was one of the first to notice the potential of Turkey’s electronic music scene — and as such is deemed an influential figure to many of the country’s fledgling electronic music producers.

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When people hear about electronic music artists, they normally don’t think about Turkey. Tell me about life growing up there.

Well, I have a great life in Istanbul, too much lovely friendship, lots of good music, and fun.
I was lucky to have so many good friends in my neighborhood and at school when I was growing up. So, I am very happy to grow up in Turkey.

When I was growing up, there were lots of good small clubs; and, everywhere you go (even commercial clubs), they were playing house music. So, I grew up listening to house music…so many soulful vocals 🙂

What drew to the electronic music sound? What were you listening to before you discovered it?

I discovered house music when I was about 15 years old.  You know the era, of Lil Louis, Jungle Brothers, that acid house with vocals. I was lucky because my older brother was into DJing. He was buying house music vinyls; so that way, I introduced to vinyls. Before that, I was a big Micheal Jackson and Bon Jovi fan. But, I remember, even when I was 7, I used to listen to lots of music on my walkman.

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Since you were one of the first electronic music artists in Turkey, what was the scene like there when you first started?

Well, I don’t know if I was one of the first. But, I started very early. While I was in high school, there were a few quality small underground clubs. Few DJs playing only techno and tech-house, but the vibe was so good.

We had a radio called “2019” that played only underground music 24/7. I remember I used to record the programs on my cassette tape and listen on my headphone. At the end of the 90s, I was away from the country for my college education and, electronic music started to grow everywhere in the world as well as in Turkey. I remember I was going to amazing worldwide DJ events during my summer vacation.

In your early teens, you made a dramatic decision: you moved to New York City, here in America. Tell me about what drew you there and your life while you were living in the city.

I moved to NYC for my college education. I had an amazing 4 years. I was one of the luckiest to experience Twilo many times. I started to produce progressive & deep house tracks after going to Twilo. In that 4 years, except for school, everything was related to music. I was clubbing all the time, so that helped me to progress my vision a lot for producing and djing.  I spent lots of minutes at the legendary Satelite records buying records.

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Congratulations on the new release! Who or what were your inspirations behind this music?

Thank you!
Seven Villas is one of my favorite labels, and I had to record the set using released tracks only from Seven Villas. So, I listened to many tracks from the label library for weeks.  There were so many good tacks; and, I tried to put every one of them on the set. I just did not want to record a straight set with 9-10 tracks. I wanted to do something unique and special. I tried to record the set as I am producing music, so you can think like it’s an 80min long track.

As I listen to it, I can’t help but be drawn into the smooth movements. What feelings are you trying to invoke in listeners?

Thanks for the nice feedback 🙂
I always try to tell a story on my sets.  It started with a deep introduction, then a nice happier emotional progression,  and ended it with a goosebumpy conclusion.

What other artists are you listening to right now?

Lots of artists! I am listening to BehrouzLee Burridge, HojGuy MantzurGuy J, Khen, Pablo BolivarRoy RosenfeldVolen SentirSebastian LegerYunus GuvenenLost DesertSainte Vie, and Facundo Mohr.

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