HSH_INTERVIEW: SIS [Crosstown Rebels / Mobilee]

The groovy and often ethnic inspired sounds of SIS have become a staple at some of the world biggest imprints including Get Physical, Defected and Mobilee. We caught up with the eclectic and quirky producer to chat about his latest release on Crosstown Rebels.

> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style, and the key elements that define it? 

Well since I do electronic music I am using folk music elements from all over the world. As a passionate drummer I am always trying to have a shuffling surround sound.

> You have Turkish genes, but were raised in Germany, with a particularly musical father. Do you think your background and upbringing has had an influence on your music & career?

Definitely! You can mostly hear the taverna / wedding sound in my music sets. I started playing all of the band instruments from the age of nine. So it’s kind of impossible to keep that away 🙂

> Your “Karmir Nur’ EP has just dropped on Crosstown Rebels and you have a long standing relationship with the label. How did that collaboration come about, and do you think it has made a big difference in terms of your career as a whole?

It definitely made a difference. To be a constant member of a label like Crosstown Rebels, you are blessed and of course it helps to still be able to play around the globe. Damian was actually the first person I’ve ever sent a promo CD to. I think it was around 2006. He got back to me but somehow we lost the line, and at this point my artist name was not SIS. Years later we met and become friends. Now here we are 🙂

> This EP has a particularly hypnotic and tribal feel to it. Did you have this in mind when you started working on the tracks and was there a particular inspiration for it?

To be honest I am not that kind of musician who is able to create music exactly how I imagined it to sound. Every single track mostly ends up as a different genre that I wanted 🙂 I can’t control that, and I won’t - because it’s like a road trip. No road trip is as good as the one where you don’t know the destination 🙂

> Could you talk us through your creative process and list any specific equipment used to bring sounds to life?

Ohh dear I would love to name such a big list of items and gears 🙂 but I work as a kind of economic producer lol. I have an midi keyboard ableton 9. My favourite plug ins are; Native instruments and Arturia.

> Do you have any other big projects you are currently working on, or exciting tours or shows in the pipeline?

I am gonna host my own party called sombra in several city’s this Summer. I am also having a debut in the US for Saga, Get Lost, Do Not Sit On The Furniture, and some other cities in the US linked with a small world tour. Also I am developing a new live project called the solo ensemble. There will be collaboration with Bedouin, ninetoes, blondish, behrouz, and some surprises.

> What can people expect from you when they come to one of your gigs?

Dancing dance floor and smiling Faces. Little journey. And many reasons to shake asses 😁 lol

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light hearted… without getting too personal, could you tell us something most people won’t know about you? 

Maybe I’m more sensitive than expected, and a very passionate horse whisperer.

> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunken raver urinating on the dance floor?

Yes. Somewhere sometime there was a club.  And you could not see even one person with a mobile phone. Weird no? 🙂 🙂

Thanks for having me


> You can find SIS on Beatport HERE and Soundcloud HERE


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