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A Q& A after a Arcane team outing, at Sissyphos Berlin

  1. Was this your first time (playing) Berlin
Lobster: No, lucky enough to visit Berlin often!

Beste Hira: not the first time, but third (BCCO and Sevberlin)

Thoms Traxx:  Yes, it was my Berlin debut!
  1. Did you already know sisy, if yes what was your experience?
Lobster: Knew the club, but never found the moment to visit.

Beste Hira: I actually didn’t know the club. I have never been there before so the building was quite impressive and lots of places to hang out! The fact that they still sell pizza’s at 10 in the morning on a Monday really had me shook. This is what we need in Amsterdam!

Thoms Traxx: I’ve visited Sisyphos a few times. Some stuff has been changed and the “tunnel” where I played was new for me.
  1. A real Berlin “extended set”. How did you approach this?
Lobster: Made a selection with digging through of all my past gigs from the last years.

Beste Hira: I created my extended set with just the passion and pleasure. I kept in touch with the crowd, so they gave me the energy for the tracks I needed to play.

Thoms Traxx: Because of the heat I couldn’t open the Hammahalle for 4 hours, so I played “only” three. The sound was very good and I made some folders with certain vibes so I could choose which energy I could go with during the set.
  1. How did you experience your set
Lobster: Very good connection with the crowd. I really had the feeling that I could challenge them and take them on a trip.

Beste Hira: It was a super chill set and I went for a more hypnotic approach which I’m really happy with.

Thoms Traxx: In the beginning I needed some time to catch on, but in the end I think I’ve created a quite good three-hour long storytelling dj set. And as everybody was smiling, whistling and screaming it gave me a lot of positive energy. I can look back on a beautiful Berlin debut!
  1. What was your last track?
Lobster: Last half hour was pretty much ghetto house. We had to stop but we wanted to go on for just a bit longer hehe. Probably was something from Toni Moralez
Beste Hira: my last track will be a secret for now, as I’ll be playing it during a very special gig that’s coming up.

Thoms Traxx: My last track was an unreleased one from Holden Federico, very dubby atmosphere and the perfect feeling for a closing track.
  1. special tracks/moments
Lobster:
  1. Talismann – TENAN
  2. slone – call it a day
  3. Blemsix – gonna remember
Beste Hira: There was this moment where people asked me if they could dance on the dj booth. I said yes and all of a sudden there where all people over the dj booth, crazy experience as I only could see other people’s legs hahaha.

Thoms Traxx:
  1. Space Drum Meditiation – Mude Augen (talisman Rumba Remix), the moment people started climbing on the subs.
  2. Phase – Portenoir, A moment where I could easy up a bit and have an actual look into the crowd.
  3. Holden Federico – Unreleased, because this closing vibe was just beautiful.
Written by Delano Legito
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The story from a musician who turned herself into a community loving DJ.

Beste Hira, the Turkish, Amsterdam based, DJ and producer is known for her mostly dark faced paced music. But little do most people know, she has a rich background when it comes to music. In this week’s article we’ll dive into what made Beste the musical artist she is today. –  Written by Delano Legito 

 

So, most people don’t know that you can do much more than just twitching knobs. Where did this all begin?

Until three years ago I lived in Turkey, where I grew up in a very musical family. As I was constantly surrounded with music, I got extra curious with my father playing the piano. And eventually I got more intrigued, so I started out doing the same, when I was about six years old. This kept on going and led to my choice of studying conservatorium in Istanbul, when I finished high school. Here I could choose an instrument to specialize my skills with. 

This led to my choice for playing the violin, but unfortunately this wasn’t meant to be as my fingers did not match the required length, so I went for the cello in addition to the piano. 

 

When did the switch from classical instruments to electronic music occur?

I always had a passion for electronic music, and my brother was already into producing “inside the box”, because he studied sound engineering. In this way he could teach me how to produce my own music, step by step. This got me to the point where I could produce my own tracks. 

 

Could you describe the influence from your classical background to the modern sound that we know you for?

Well, I wouldn’t say there is an obvious connection in the sound itself but being in the world of classical music you will get a lot of discipline. As you usually work with a teacher who is dedicated to drill you to live up to your full potential. It could be resembled a bit with the movie “Whiplash”. My teacher was quite strict and often I practiced until tears were shed. But in the end, it gave me the drive to go on until I reach my goal, even now when there isn’t a teacher around to push me to my limits. 

 

You mostly play more dark and groovy techno, which can be pretty atonal. Does this sometimes bother you, as you have a wide music theoretical background?

Haha, this is a thing where I can struggle from time to time. Not only with producing but also with dj-ing. Since I was taught to hear and play everything in key, you will automatically hear something as “wrong” if you play different [nonmatching keys]. This can make me extra picky, but it can be good to just switch it up every now and then. Sometimes I would like to have a non-music theory vision on the music I make, because it can limit your creativity. But in a lot of ways, it can come in handy, because some producers struggle with producing in key and that’s something that I do easily. I guess there is no good or bad, and both sides have their benefits when it comes to producing. With dj-ing it can be very handy, as certain keys have certain moods, which can lead to crucial moments in your set where you need to decide if you want to switch up the mood if people get bored. 

 

Do you prepare these “moods” for your DJ sets?

Yes and no. I prepare my dj sets by scrolling through older and new music with a certain vibe in my head. If I would play in a dark basement, that would be totally different from playing at a festival. Subconsciously I’ll select certain keys, but that’s just because I happen to know them. Chancer are that another DJ would pick the same kind of tracks, in the same key, just not knowing it would match. Sometimes your gut feeling, or your ears can tell you more than you know!

 

What would be the big difference for you, playing a concert or a dj-gig?

The whole aesthetic is different when you play at a concert or in an orchestra. Playing an instrument can feel like actual therapy, because you will be more in some kind of “bubble”. You don’t really notice the people around you, as it’s just you and your instrument. 

To me, a dj-gig on the other hand, means that you try to sustain a constant connection with the crowd. In some way I can bond with the crowd and then they’ll hand out the kind of tracks that I’ll play. It’s a magical feeling that just never gets old. To me a feeling like that is way more emotional, although the music itself might seem pretty dark. 

 

As you have lived in The Netherlands for a few years now, how has your journey been so far?

I met a lot of inspiring people, which ultimately led to the musical artist I am today. One moment I was playing music on a laptop at an afterparty, and the other moment I got resident at Orphic. It all went pretty fast but I’m grateful for every moment I got to present myself. Especially with the Orphic team I have a special connection, which gave me the first feeling of “belonging” in the Dutch underground scene. Simply said, I’ve had great moments and I would never want to leave!

 

You seem like a happy individual! Lastly, would you like to share some of your knowledge on how you can maintain such good vibes in front and behind the dj decks?

Well, I would definitely start off with: Work hard and never give up! It sounds kind of cliché but it’s very true. If you keep working on something, eventually good things will happen. 

Second one would be the sharing of knowledge and just being a good person. If you will share what you can with others, that will come back in some way, at some point. With that mindset you can get anywhere in life!

 

Listen to Bestes latest mixes and releases: https://soundcloud.com/beste-hira