Burak Yeter does not do things by halves… His recent summer tour saw him taking a 100-strong orchestra on the road for six social-distanced shows in lavish arenas and auditoriums around Turkey, while his recent streams have taken place in breathtaking settings such as national parks, mountains and an airport runway in front of a ruddy great jumbo jet!
His sound is just as bold: Renowned for getting his guitar out and playing live over his sets, Burak’s been grafting away at the harsh EDM coalface for over 15 years now and has developed a unique signature style that’s cooked sweet and slow and glistens with major key mainstream flavour. Adapting to this year’s (hopefully temporary) streaming culture instantly, his eye for big visual performances and video technology has scored big numbers with both his own live streams and performances at key online events such as EXIT and Beachattack. His release-rate has been just as exciting, too, as ‘Teenage Runaway’, ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Just Miss Love’ with Benny Benassi peppered our turbulent year, providing perfect poppy escapism during these trying times. Expect even bigger measures from the multi-instrumentalist in 2021.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Virtual concerts — I had several because the awareness of the music can’t stop! I also had more time for the studio and productions, and symphonic orchestra projects.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“Unity and solidarity. We shall be closer and support each other in our industry. If we have more collaboration, we can improve a lot.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“There is a huge reaction against racism. Me and my team support all this reaction against it. Every single person is equal in the world. It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you came from.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“When the world stopped and locked down, I had virtual concerts with one-hour performances and a huge video team behind me. We also had symphonic concerts in six different cities and respecting social distance rules. We raised awareness with all these concerts and made a sound to all the world. It was a big success, especially to create events for 100 musicians who hadn’t performed in six months. It was a great contribution to them financially and mentally.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Michael Jackson ‘Billie Jean’.”