On The Road: Deniz Koyu Talks Traveling and Touring Ahead Of Generation Wild Tour

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Society calls us generation X, but according to Deniz Koyu, Danny Avila, dBerrie, and Mikael Weermets, we're “Generation Wild.” With a diverse array of young, fresh, talent, the Generation Wild tour is something you don't want to miss. Magnetic caught up with each of the artists before they kick off the tour January 31 at The MID in Chicago.

Deniz Koyu was voted “Breakthrough DJ/Producer 2011” by Fedde Le Grand. Sebastian Ingrosso said he's “big time talent,” and Axwell picked him as his personal favorite newcomer, explaining “he makes damn cool music at the moment.” And now the electro house DJ is all set to hit 20 cities in 25 days on the “Generation Wild” tour.

He will be releasing his collaboration with Dirty South, “Halo,” on February 4th, and “Rage” on Sebastian Ingrosso's Refune Records in March. On working with Dirty South: “the process started with me bringing in a bassline and a beat as a basic idea, which we worked out together and then Dragan played a chord melody for the break. In the second part of the track then we managed to melt it all together and have a really euphoric emotional drop,” Koyu said. “We are really happy with the final result.”
The Turkish DJ, who was born and raised in Germany, is perhaps best known for his song “Tung.” “I’ve been growing up with the German culture...which lead me into becoming a DJ and producer,” he said, “but I think I have that special groove and rhythmic feeling from my Turkish roots, which sets me apart from other DJ producers.”
Even if he weren’t a DJ, Koyu would not be working a 9-5 job. “I would definitely still be working in a creative area,” he said. “I love to do any kind of creative work with the computer. I would probably be doing something with digital art or video production. I just could never sit in an office and do a 9-to-5 job and being told what to do.”

For now DJing has worked out for Koyu. He had the opportunity to spin at Fedde Le Grand's Takeover of Club Escape during the Amsterdam Dance Event. “That was definitely a night to remember,” he said. “It was so extremely packed that it got really hot inside but everybody was jumping and sweating and going crazy! My favorite moment was when I dropped Bong.”

We caught up with Koyu for a quick Q&A about traveling, touring and how he spends his time. Who would he pick between Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, or Cassius? And what inspires him while he's on the road? Read below to find out...

Are there any cities or club nights you’re looking forward to playing most on this trip?

I’m especially looking forward to New York at Webster Hall as this is one of my favorite cities in the world, the night at LIV because it’s been a while since I’ve been to Miami last time, and New City Gas in Montreal cos everybody is talking about this brand new club and they all say it’s super amazing.

What’s your drink of choice?

Depending on the vibe of the party, my drink of choice can go from still water up to Jaeger bombs.

What items do you always take with you on the road?

My MacBook and everything I need for producing on the road, a box with all kinds of AC adapters, my iPad, and tons of black shirts, underwear and socks.

What have you learned about yourself from being on the road and touring?

That I suck at packing my baggage after my hotel room looks like a rockstar place.

Sitting with my laptop at an interesting place in a big city full of life the day after a crazy show can be much more inspiring than sitting in the studio all by myself looking at the screen and four walls.

How much of your set changes from gig to gig?

Of course I have a lot of my own productions which I always want to showcase in my sets, and I have a couple of favorite tracks or mashups which I usually love to play out for a few months. The rest is totally up to the crowd and their vibe. It also depends on the type of gig, if it’s a normal club night with me being the headliner or if it’s a festival with a huge crowd and lots of other DJs on the lineup.

You cite Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk and Cassius as your inspirations. If you could collaborate with any of them, who would you pick and why?

That is really tough to say among these legendary names, but I think it would be Daft Punk. Being in the studio with them for just an hour would be my biggest dream.

What’s on your Rider?

To be honest I never take a look at my rider because I really don’t care. Ask my manager, he knows. The only crucial part for me is the technical equipment, which consists of four CDJ 2000 and a DJM-800 or 900.

How do you like to spend your free time/days off on the road?

When I come to a place in the world I’ve not been to before and I have some time off I always enjoy checking out the city and being a bit of a tourist. Especially in Asia, that has been interesting for me, walking around in Singapore, Bangkok or Mumbai. People there are so warm and friendly and the promoters have been showing me around to see temples, huge shopping malls, fantastic restaurants and the insane traffic of Mumbai.

How, if at all, is being on the road conducive to your creative process?

Being on the road is extremely influential to my creative process. Sitting with my laptop at an interesting place in a big city full of life the day after a crazy show can be much more inspiring than sitting in the studio all by myself looking at the screen and four walls.

Do you have any pets? What do they do while you’re on the road?

I would like to have a big fat black cat but I live alone and I’m rarely at home so I can't have one.

What the first thing you do when you wake up?

Check emails.

What the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Check Twitter

What do you look forward to most when the tour is over?

I will probably need two days of sleep after these four weeks of madness.

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