Style: Minimalique & Electronique
Between Istanbul (Turkey) and Essen (Germany), Ahmet Sisman moves through different worlds. Influenced by the mystique music of the Sufi-Culture, his sound has always something dark and powerful with light and tribe culturism. Combining traditional elements in a unique and post-modern way; Ahmet has created his own style.
The “multiculti” guy made his debut on the French/Belgian Label Lessizmore beginning 2008 and shortly after the Stock5 Release in June 2008 he got the attention of the big names in the scene.
With his third release in '08, Sisman scored a breakthrough with ‘Buiya’ which became a mainstay in Sven Väth’s DJ sets at Cocoon in Ibiza throughout the whole summer - Väth ended up licensing it for his ‘Sound of the Ninth Season’ mix compilation.
As Terry Church, former news and online editor for Britain’s DJ Magazine says:
Like the music of fellow Istanbul producer Onur Ozer, Sisman’s music speaks much of interconnectivity, the clash between modernity and tradition, and the bridge between East and West.
And like Onur Ozer and many other producers from parts of the world not known for their contribution to electronic music, technology has given Ahmet Sisman the opportunity to carry the musical legacy of his country forwards in a post-modern way that can be felt by all who to it.
From the moment Sisman’s debut EP ‘Hiyan’ dropped on French/Belgian label Lessizmore in March 2008, it was clear he was an artist peering through the prism from the other side. With its exotic Arabesque influenced rhythms, Middle Eastern vocals and drifting instruments, ‘Hiyan’ reeked of smoky shisha cafes and tantalizing belly dance routines.
He quickly followed up with ‘Yagmur’ EP, which continued down the path of fascinating Arabic vocals and techno-infused drums, and then his third release Sisman with ‘Buiya’ which became part in Sven Väth’s DJ sets at Cocoon in Ibiza and which Väth ended up licensing it for his ‘Sound of the Ninth Season’ mix compilation.
Having proved that he wasn’t just a one hit wonder and that his sound was something that was only going to further develop and evolve, Sisman launched his own imprint called Slash Label with his friend Pherox in February .
The label’s first release ‘Saruka’ kicked the imprint off in an exciting and creative direction with two tracks that sounded entirely unique - ‘Candela’ brought sultry female vocals and groovy minimal house to the table, whilst lead track ‘Saruka’ was an eye-opening minimal tribal track centered around a bizarre male vocal chant and whistling.
Now comes Sisman’s ‘Esraj’ EP on Lessizmore, a three tracker of sublime organic drums, hypnotic rhythms and beautiful instrumental moments. Sounding like a cross between an orchestral movement and a Turkish ballad, ‘Saire’ glows proudly. Contrastingly, ‘Esraj’ is a dark and glitchy tech house track offset by snippets of trance-like engagement.
Sisman also proves he is able to pull off driving uptempo tech house on ‘Uzak’, which stumbles forwards with the energy of an intoxicated African tribe party in full swing. Overall, the EP is an impressive continuation of a very unique sound .
What makes Ahmet Sisman stand out above all else though, is his consistency. Some may point out that the tribal African/Middle Eastern influence has been heavy in techno and house for years, but Sisman’s approach goes well beyond samples and gimmicky breakdowns.
The way his music is structured, and the way his rhythms evolve and grow in potency is very much intrinsic to the musical culture of the region where he was born. It’s pure.
As Church emphasizes, “I only hope that this is the beginning of a New World Order for techno, and Ahmet Sisman is merely the tip of the iceberg.”
Ahmet Sisman - Hiyan EP _lessizmore (March '08)
Ahmet Sisman - Yagmur EP (June '08)
Ahmet Sisman - Yakin ve Uzak … Near and Far Part 1 (June'08)
Ahmet Sisman - Saruka EP (February'09)
Ahmet Sisman - Esraj EP (April'09)
Ahmet Sisman - SLASH05 (June'09)
Ahmet Sisman - Buiya / Ruhani remixes by Pherox / Tolga Fidan / Gimikk aka Daniel Sanchez & E-Contact (coming soon)
Ahmet Sisman & Pherox - Stock5 Compilation (April'09)
Ahmet Sisman/ Pherox - Remixes by Nico Purman & Jorge Savoretti (May'09)
Ahmet Sisman - LIZM07 (September'09)
"Buiya"/Sven Väth – the Sound of the Ninth Season (Nov'08)
"Candela"/Martin Eyerer - ONLYFORDJS Vol.6 (April'09)
Unsure if this is the same person or relative thereof but these @ IMDB are from Turkish films
Set Decorator: Romantik (2007)
Actor: Hanim (1988) … aka Madame (International: English title)