Perfect Havoc presents a brand new face to the Presents series by the name of Levent Lodos with ‘Feel The Heat’. Levent has an important place in electronic music production in Turkey, producing tracks in many different genres during his long career. DMCWORLD thought it about time we check in…
Hey Levent – where in the world are you today?
I’m living in Istanbul, where everything intersects. Continents, cultures and music of course.
The best piece of new music you have heard recently?
Zonderling & Don Diablo – No Good, Fisher – Losing It, Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire – Monophobia and Tiga & Kolsch – HAL.
So Autumn is here, a new season and with it a new tune from you! This time in the form of Feel The Heat released through Perfect Havoc. Please talk us through the track…
Feel The Heat is an energetic house song. I really enjoyed while producing the song. I hope you enjoy. I would like to say that Perfect Havoc is the perfect label for Feel The Heat. I’ll be here with different house songs this season.
Okay let’s rewind for a moment. How old were you when dance music first entered your world?
Well, I was 12. I was listening to all kinds of dance music in every tape I could find
Who were the early DJs/Producers who made an impression on you?
When I first started music, I was producing Trance. The name that impressed me the most was Paul van Dyk. Apart from that, Enigma, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy were the names that impressed me the most. Now, Bolier, Zonderling and Don Diablo are the DJs that inspired me.
What was your early career dream for a life in music?
My first career goal was to be a good producer. I think I’ve done it after a long time.
What did your family think of your musical ambitions?
They had no idea what I was doing when I first started but they were always with me.
The 3 big tunes in your box this weekend…
Shorty – Canta Canta (Leandro Da Silva remix)
Valerio Music – Tonight
Ivan Cappello feat. Sandina – Lose You
It’s a fresh tune!
You are one of the founders of the Turquilla studio in Turkey. What have been some of your proudest ‘musical moments’ at Turquilla since it opened in 2012?
In 2013, we organized an event of Turkey’s best DJs on stage. We donated the income from this event to the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). In this way, we have contributed to the education costs of many students.
What is coming out next from you studio wise?
I will start a new Techno project with a name LVNT & SAD. Other than that, we talked with Canadian singer Avery Florence to produce a house track. I’ll be finishing the new song soon after Feel The Heatten.
Who are some of the DJs/Producers/artists from Turkey we should be looking out for over the next twelve months?
Mahmut Orhan for the mainstream music. Ferhat Abayrak and Sezer Uysal for the Techno. Alican, Murat Uncuoğlu, Deniz Kabu for Deep House/Tech-House. Adam Aesalon, Monodepth for House/Future House. And BÖ for the Trap.
And finally – what is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Working hard and never give up.