Interview with the incredible Beyhude

Beyhude (Umut Çağdaş Coşkun) is an audio addict who creates vibes for relaxed minds and has been interested in music since his childhood. He’s tried hip hop, blues, ambient and experimental music, and currently producing electronic dance music. He believes that emotion is the spirit of music and if you can feel, you can dance.We talk to him for some insight into his world….

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?

I was an absolutely hip hop-head in my childhood. (Still, I am) I made my first hip-hop instrumental when I’m 15. Then I wrote lyrics and tried to rap on it. That was my first musical production. I have no record of it, but I can still remember it’s melody.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”

Maybe this moment will never come. I’m interested in a wide range of music as a listener or a producer. I think every moment is an “aha moment” when it comes to creating unique things.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:

Albums I can say in a snap:  Islandman’s Rest in Space, Bob Moses’s All In All, Da Poet’s Beat Tape, Brian Eno’s Apollo, Nicola Cruz’s Cantos de Vision and All India Radio’s Echo Other.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

Emotion over groove. I’m using a variety set of VST’s and sound packs to create the ambience. Everything else is about experimenting.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?

I’m interested in drawing but I can’t. Maybe I can give it a try.

What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Music is as old as human history. There were no genres with sharp borders like now, before the music become an industry. I think we need genres to define listeners’ ear taste, not the music’s itself. It’s a market adaptation. There are too many songs. Genres are filtering mechanisms for our ears.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?

Both. Studios for creating them, live performing for feeling them.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

When it comes to electronic dance music, there are too many unnecessary de-facto industry laws. Tempo, composition, sounds you use, the ambience you create. These are not for my music.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?

Nhii is my favourite in these days.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I’m preparing an EP named “Alabora”. It is a thematic EP and contains two songs: ‘Alabora’ (capsizing) and ‘Okyanusun Kalbi’ (heart of the ocean). I can’t wait to share it with people. Maybe it will contain remixes by my friends.

Famous last words?

If you can feel, you can dance.

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