Debora İpekel, DJ

PeopleNovember 2, 2016
Debora İpekel, DJ


Would it be fair to call you a record collector? If that is the case, let’s ask you the one questions collectors hate the most, what is your most valued record?

I’ve been collecting for a few years now and every new discovery is an excitement. It’s impossible to choose one record but I recently found a 7″ – Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni by Ümit Aksu, crazy 70s psychedelic Jazz-Funk track from Turkey!

What is the down side of “belonging to nightlife?

Kids gotta take care of themselves.

Do you prefer DJ’ing by yourself or with another person?

It’s always nice to explore different musical worlds. My friend Ece and I play together quite often and we always manage to put a smile on each other’s faces.

Can you define your favorite second from a night that you DJ’d?

We had a house party at my place in London. I met my friend Anton that night who came with a bag full of records. We shared music that you wouldn’t’t get the chance to play in a club, it was a special one.

How would you compare London’s night scene with Istanbul’s?

London has a very diverse nightlife with parties for all kinds of music. On a regular weekend night, you can go to a small basement where top selectors play funk, disco, jazz, and everyone dances wildly. There are not enough good parties and soulful crowd in Turkey although minimuzikhol holds a special place for me.

Though you usually DJ more at intimate venues, you also DJ at festivals such as Moody Collective’s Wakana Lake. What is it that attracts you to play at festivals?

Wakana Festival was one of the best weekends I had this summer. It was actually a very intimate gathering with only 300 friends in a natural reserve.

You also guest DJ at Worldwide FM. Can you tell us about this experience?

I worked at Worldwide as a Studio Assistant. Gilles Peterson was an idol for me so being able to work in his studio, host shows and meet lots of interesting people was an inspiring experience.

Author: Duygu Bengi