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Big Up Mix 73 ~ Gantz + Interview

Big Up Mix 73 ~ Gantz + Interview

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The mysterious producer Gantz from an even more mysterious land of Turkey does not like selfies. In fact, he prefers no photos at all, trying to keep the spotlight solely on his music. So we asked him questions about the music scene in his country and his new album before we got into his pizza fantasies. Three days before taking off for his debut USA tour (where he hits some of the most prolific bass music nights in the States, including Bassic, Sub.Mission, and Reconstrvct), Gantz recorded a mix for you to rinse till you see him live in action. And as you might have already guessed, there is no tracklist.

Interview by Luke McCann

How long (or short) have you been producing and deejaying?

I first opened a DAW in 2006 or 2007, it was Fruity Loops, I enjoyed it, but didn’t do much. Then I bought a Macbook and Logic in 2008. I’ve been playing with sounds on my computer ever since. Around the same time I started deejaying.


I put a few tracks up, and people said “yo, this isn’t awful.” So I kept on going.


How did you get the name Gantz? Is there a story behind it?

There is no story behind it. My email adress had “gantzgraf” in it. That’s a tune from Autechre. I opened a soundcloud account to follow good music and shit. It named my account “gantzgraf” by default. At some point I just took ‘graf’ out, because… I have no idea why. Then I put a few tracks up, and people said “yo, this isn’t awful.” So I kept on going. That whole thing coincided with me being introduced to dubstep. I started buying records and noticed it would be cool to have my own record. I sent a few labels some music… It went on kinda like that.


Fuck other people playing shit electronic music in their fancy clubs as a background property to have an excuse to hit on each other.


I’ve heard lately that in the UK they are wretched for the sound and bookings are down, while the States is half-saturated, half bubbling strong. What’s the bass scene like on your side?

As much as I’d love to praise my country for this, I can not. The audience, apart from small handful of people who I’m friends with anyway, couldn’t give two fucks about what some honest producers are trying to do/create. We have a club called Pixie. It is run by this dude Ozgur. His heart is in a good place, and despite all the awful shit he has to put up with every week, he preferred doing what he is doing. He could have easily sold the club, do something else, probably would live a more comfortable life… But he provides us a half decent club and a good sound system, and hospitality. That gives birth to shy music freaks (most of them anyway) who wouldn’t even dare to dream to hear some of the sounds getting played there live. We don’t have rockstars. We don’t have a musical cast system. If someone puts a record out, everyone is proud of him and you can feel it. And everyone celebrates it. I’m very lucky to have a club (despite its awful awful flaws) and friends like that. I celebrated my first signing with them, and I am going to do the same, when the next one comes out. Fuck other people playing shit electronic music in their fancy clubs as a background property to have an excuse to hit on each other.

How many people have you met thru this music but have yet to see their face in person.

I’ve met loads.

Do you use the words “bruv” and “mate” or any others like that, even though you’re not in UK?

I do, to piss off Commodo.


I am preparing an album, but it’s not for clubs. It’s for headphones. Music you might want to enjoy when no one is around.


It’s not only your sound, but your work ethic that I respect. Seems like you grind out new music constantly. Any plans for an album soon?

I had a lot of free time and I only do music. That sounds pretentious. I have been doing only music since I’m 12. I don’t do anything else. It’s not healthy. I am preparing an album, but it’s not for clubs. It’s for headphones. Music you might want to enjoy when no one is around. How do you say this without sounding pretentious though, I have no idea…

What is in your playlist, when you’re sick of hearing your own stuff?

Too many names to include. Watch out for Clearlight.

Commodo tho! That remix he did for you is _____! Is that seeing a release date? Are you guys planning on working together again, and I heard he’s into Turkish things.

Yes, that will be seeing a release from my own label. He likes the Turkish flex. He speaks awful Turkish too.

Name one thing you want to do when you get to the States that you have always wanted to do.

I want to eat that huge slice of pizza people eat in Hollywood movies. You know, the one you need to kind of almost roll like a burrito to get in your mouth. Also, I really need to meet your dog Mack. That may actually be my first thing on my to-do list. It’s Mack, and everything else after. Maybe Mack and I can go get some of those pizzas?

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