Jul 25, 2016
Faruk Sabanci's Exclusive Mix
Today Faruk Sabanci's new track with Joshua Khane, "The Other Side," was released on Metanoia Music. The track is especially meaningful to Faruk as the lyrics and title represent the musical transition he has recently undergone. Enjoy learning his journey through his mix and story.
What were your goals or objectives with this mix?
My goal was to give listeners a small taste of what I stand for as well as teasing some exclusive material never heard before. I really wanted to create the feeling of what a Faruk Sabanci festival set would be like in terms of energy and flow.
How did you select tracks for the mix?
I selected tracks that stood out to me the most and tracks that I can’t live without during my live sets, I wanted to make sure this mix is the full package.
Are any of these tracks big hits in your live sets?
Of course! My track “:),” the bootleg remix I did of Adele’s “Hello,” and my “Be The 1 vs. Runaway” Mashup are among tracks that I just have to drop at my shows.
Can you highlight some of the artists and tracks in the mix and what makes them stand out?
The track that stands out the most to me is the Official Anthem Song I was asked to do for the world famous Turkish Football club Fenerbahce SK. It’s actually based on their classic anthem, but given a big room twist by yours truly.
Other than that, my good friends Arem Ozguc and Arman Aydin sent over a new remix they did which blew me away and the top secret intro ID are the ones to look out for!
How did you come to work with Joshua Khane on "The Other Side"?
I had this other track which we wanted to place a vocal on and my publisher sent over an idea that Joshua did for the track. I thought it was really great and decided to make a brand new track from scratch based around Joshua’s initial idea, and (insert drumroll) there it was!
Do the title and lyrics have any particular meaning to you?
It just couldn’t make more sense. “Follow me into the light when I see you on the other side” represents the musical transformation I’ve recently been through as I shifted away from my trance roots and decided to take on bigger challenges. I moved onto “The Other Side,” and I couldn’t be more grateful to my fans for being there for me, “following me into the light” even though it’s on "The Other Side” :)
Can you talk a little about the inspiration and production process for this track?
This was the first time I actually based a track around a pre-existing vocal as my usual workflow is very much the other way around. The moment I received the stems from Joshua, I knew this had to be something melodic. Emotional, but super energetic at the same time. I wanted to bring back memories of what got me into this music in the first place, the euphoria and the goosebumps. After hearing the chords I told myself, “Yes, that’s it!” and it went super quick from there.
Have you been using “The Other Side” in your sets?
Yes! I always test out my upcoming material in my sets as its super crucial to see if the crowd vibes with it, and if they do, you got it.
When you were producing “Be The 1,” did you have any idea how successful and well supported the track would be? Did you feel like you were onto something?
Well, the instrumental of “Be The 1” was actually something that I intended for another project I was involved in at the time, but my former manager felt that it stood out and thought we should turn it into a Faruk Sabanci single. I’ll be very honest, I didn’t quite know what to expect as it was my first single after I stopped doing trance; how my fans who were used to hearing my older stuff would react was rather uncertain.
Speaking to you today, I’m obviously very happy about how things unfolded and all the love the track has received. It's still way beyond my expectations. Zane Fischer also did a brilliant job on the vocal which complemented the instrumental so well.
What was it like having this song premiered on Hardwell On Air?
That was a huge surprise as we didn’t assume Hardwell would drop something so melodic and smooth, but I guess he just liked the track and I have nothing but gratitude for his support.
Are there any artists supporting this song that are especially meaningful or surprising to you?
The most unexpected thing was receiving a message from Turkey’s biggest comedian and actor Cem Yilmaz saying he liked the song. He’s an incredible artist so that meant a lot to me.
Do you remember the first time you played this track? What was the reception like?
The first time I dropped it, I was opening for David Guetta in my hometown and felt that would be a great opportunity to test the track for the first time. As the track was unknown I could only see how well the crowd reacted to the drop. After the release, I’ve started seeing many people sing along to the chorus and really vibe with the song. Such a great feeling!
Generally speaking, how would you describe your sound? What about your DJ style?
Diverse, intense and energetic. I don’t have a so-called ‘signature sound’ nor do I believe in having one. The only thing that matters is putting freshness and quality on the table while keeping things interesting for me at the same time. I just did a banging festival track coming out in the early fall and today I’m working on a 115 BPM vocal track with Sabrina Signs. The sky is the limit. The same applies for my DJ sets; for me its super important that the crowd feels my presence and the energy I want to give them.
Who were your early influences? Who are you influenced by currently?
The moment I wanted to get into DJing was after seeing Tiësto’s In Concert DVD for the first time. 13 years later, I still idolize Tiësto, his vision and everything he’s done for electronic music. Artists like Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond also influenced me heavily growing up. Currently I’m really into the productions of Flume, TroyBoi and KSHMR.
What are some of your favorite or most memorable performances you’ve had to date?
I was asked to join Tiësto’s Club Life World Tour in Istanbul which coincidentally took place on my 18th birthday. My teenage dream had come true. Also, playing a ten hour set at my high school graduation party holds a special spot in my heart.
Did you ever attend a show as a fan, where afterwards, you knew you wanted to do this for a living? Can you describe that show?
I was never old enough to attend shows, unfortunately. I signed my first record deal when I was 16, so even before attending any electronic music related shows, I already knew this is what I should be doing :)
short link 1001.tl/537x2l