82 BURAK YETER
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “Medusa and Porter Robinson.”
Placing in the Top 100 for the second year running, Turkish-Dutch DJ and producer Burak Yeter continues to thrive, despite the uncertain conditions of the last twelve months. Seen performing last summer live with a 100-strong orchestra, he’s continued to tour the world — but this time in virtual form. Streaming his Connection Radio show live from 20 impressively exotic locales, it raised the bar for radio everywhere, Burak often whipping out his guitar to play along to his DJ performance. Backdropped by footage of sweeping scenery, the logistics required a crew of sixty people to bring to fruition.
He’ll need these organisational skills for his World Symphonic Tour, which restarts again this year. If that sounds like a lot of plane tickets, he’s partnered with Sun Express airlines. A Turkish-German company based in Antalya, their support acknowledges Yeter’s help in promoting the area, even performing at Fraport Tav Antalya Airport. In return, it’ll no doubt come in handy when he has a brass, wind and percussion section to fly.
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
“I played in a gig in Hungary, my first for one-and-a-half years. It was a stadium event and it was huge. As the world turns, the music continues playing.”
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
“The live events got cancelled, but then I started the virtual concerts in Tokyo, Budapest, Amsterdam, Antalya, Dubai, Banja Luka etc. I had more time for productions, so I produced remixes, new songs and arrangements. I had an Instagram live with Alica Keys and we started a new song.”
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change?
“I have shown some examples to the world during the lockdown with my virtual concerts. Last month, I had a virtual concert at Termessos Theatre where King Zeus lived.”
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
“This year, I added Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 and CDJ-3000 to my setup and tested the newest Neumann i87 Studio mic, as well as an Avalon M5 Black and SPL Channel One MK2 2950.”
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
“Coldplay’s ‘Music Of The Spheres’.”