On the 24th of March Midnight Orient party serials will be hosting Mehmet Aslan, a mechanical Turk hailing from Switzerland with a taste for traditional folk hymns that effortlessly blend together with modern electronic rhythms. Party will kick off at 11 pm at KC Grad in Savamala. Local support will be provided by As Smooth as and Banda Panda.
Started out with a residency at Hinterhof in Basel (Switzerland) and is now based in Berlin where he plays regularly at the city’s iconic Renate club.Picking up on the sounds from his childhood memories, this Swiss-born Turk unintentionally found his way into producing his own blend of hamam house during his formative years in the Basel club scene. After a wild night out with some friends in 2013, Mehmet woke up in an alley near Berlin’s Ostbahnhof with no idea of how he had gotten there. Penniless and with no way of contacting his people back home, Mehmet decided to make his way in this newly adopted home.
Since breaking through around 2014 Mehmet has worked his way around Europe, wowing crowds with his unpredictable sets that truly do avoid any genre classification. Fast forward to today and Mehmet has seen original releases and edits on labels such as Ata’s For Disco Only, Huntleys + Palmers and HIGHLIFE. With his newfound success, Mehmet has finally come to realize his dream of crafting live Saykodelik, Turkish Hymns for club goers around the world by mining various areas of classic folk music and contemporary electronic beats.
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Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.