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Meet RISE Resident Bamboora

Tuesday January 28, 2014

[Original interview by Glowkids & Fuse]


Whether at his monthly RISE parties, Prime, Ocean Club, or other MASS EDMC shows, partygoers from the area have definitely seen Bamboora around. Playing different types of events and venues, he doesn’t form to one genre, but instead takes the versatile route to fill them all out. Read the interview to find out why he still considers himself an upcomer, his thoughts on DJ vs. promoter priorities, and one thing an artist needs aside from talent.


You were born and raised in Turkey, then came here for school. When did you get into the music scene?
-It was parallel to my coming here. I started going to events and fell in love with it.


What was your first show?
-I went to a couple of big trance shows in Turkey when I was younger. Then in Chicago, I saw Carl Cox at Crobar.


You play a variety of genres. What did you start with and did anything specific inspire you to branch out?
-I think my roots would be trance and techno, but I play what I like the sound of. I like to be versatile. Some people like to hear one thing, some like another, but if you can do it all while you’re in control, that’s the ultimate goal of DJ’ing.


Describe your style using three adjectives.
-Aggressive, fun, techy.



Photos by James Coletta Photography


If you could play with any artist, who would it be?
-I really want to play with Bassjackers, one of my favorites for a long time. I’d also like to play with Sebjak.


What changes have you seen in Boston’s electronic music scene from when you got involved, to now?
-I would say the difference is huge but it’s still a baby in the city. Right now it’s growing as we’re all trying things and seeing how much we can do. It’s in the early stages for Boston; it’s going to go bigger and better.


You’ve been playing all around the East Coast. Which has been your favorite venue?
-Ocean Club, hands down, is my favorite residency.


You play around here on different levels - regular club nights at Ocean Club, small underground venues like RISE, more commercialized shows like Winter White Tour. When you play locally, in terms of a DJ/promoter standpoint, do you believe as a DJ, your priority is to bring people or to keep the crowd there with great music?
-I think people coming to see the DJ should happen naturally. I’m booked to entertain; if people think I’m entertaining, they’ll come. With a lot of upcomers, including myself - I still see myself as an upcomer - people don’t know you so they don’t know what to expect. There will be people there to see Bamboora, then a bunch of people who are there randomly. This is the commercial side of things, but with big shows when your name is on the bill and you’re booked to showcase your music, people buy tickets to see you; then obviously you’re a little bit more aggressive promoting the show because it’s your name and people come to see your skill level rather than just having a night out.


Is there one show that completely stands out in your mind?
-The times I play a UMASS [Amherst] are usually special. I opened for Afrojack, Quintino and Bobby Burns there on Halloween. It was probably my first arena-size show and I’ve always remembered every second of it. I ended up playing 45 minutes longer than I was supposed to, but kept it going. With 3,000 people, it was fun.


DJ’ing and producing obviously complement each other. Is there something else, un-related to music, you think is essential?
-Inspiration. It’s easy to get distracted when making something and it ends up more robotic than musical. That’s where I think a lot of new producers fail. You can say you’re making something every day, but you’re not actually taking the time to make something [different]. You can still put in the same amount of time, but I think it’s good to sometimes take a step back, take a break and live life, and come back to it with more inspiration and make it better.


How would you convince an “outsider” to give the electronic music community a chance?
-I would probably take them to one of my favorite parties and show them how it’s done if they accept the invitation.


You’ve been attending Ultra since 2005. Have you noticed any changes?
-It’s a lot bigger now, that’s one thing. Shutting down downtown Miami for two weekends in a row is not something a lot of people can do. I think the spirit is still the same. I don’t think the Miami vibe exists anywhere else. I’ve been to other big festivals, but besides being wonderful festivals, they lack that sunset over the ocean and the after-parties, pre-parties and pool parties. The whole week of amazing events make it very special.


If you had to listen to one genre for a day straight, which would it be?
-I would probably slow it down with deep house, tech house.




What’s on the bucket list for your music career?
-Right now it’s to alter sound on a different level when making music. I don’t want to call myself anything or make a label… I used to be a DJ, I’m a DJ/producer now. I don’t like fitting in genres when I play music. My biggest thing is to learn more and eventually I want to be very good at making my own music so I don’t have to play all others’.


What about a bucket list outside of music?
-I’d like to have a good car and go on a race track on a weekly basis and push its limits. I love driving fast.


Is there a genre you haven’t played around with but would like to experiment with?
-Production-wise, I’d like to make dub-y, trap-y things with slower BPMs. As far as playing goes, I haven’t played enough drum and bass so I’d like to experiment with that at some point.


Bamboora holds down a monthly after-hours residency at RISE - catch him next THIS FRIDAY, January 31! Bam will be upstairs with Voltran and The Deadbeatz, while Don Fochi, Billy Brown, and Brrio keep the lounge going.


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