Barış K’s been a leading force in Istanbul nightlife since the late 90’s. Born in Istanbul to an ideal
environment to trigger his innate potential for music. His father, being an amateur Turkish Classical
musician collecting records of varied genres, from traditional Turkish music to Euro disco, Mediterranean
pop to New Wave created a wide spectrum of sounds from orient to occident.
He started DJing in Istanbul while also working as a waiter in 1996, Back then he played 7 days a week,
12 hours a day.. Around the same time he started working at Istanbul’s first indy record store, label,
organization company and the distributor Kod Muzik, where he joined forces together with late DJ fellow,
Together they started a series of soul, funk, rare groove parties and produced the radio show “Satürn” on
Açık Radyo for more than 7 years, focusing deeply into underground-indie hip hop and black music of all
kinds. By 2001, he become a the resident at the legendary Istanbul club, (((godet)))’s 2nd floor lounge,
Red Room, which used to be a boutique in the 70’s, with its art deco interiors untouched until then.
After 2007, his Eurasia Mixes trilogy focusing intensely on Turkey’s hidden psychedelic funk-disco-folk
music heritage, featured on D-I-R-T-Y, lovefingers.org and Beats In Space received him global acclaim. In
2011, his Eurasia edits were released in “Istanbul 70“ compilation on Nublu Records, New York, propelling
him into the premier league of dance music.
Barış is one of the co-founders of (((godet)))’s predecessor, Mini Muzikhol club in Istanbul, where he still
holds a monthly residency. He was also a co-curator of the Anapop festival that staged performances of
the 60’s-70’s Turkish Psychedelic bands as well as contemporaries of psyche-folk. In 2012, his remix for
Pollyester’s “Voices” was released on Permanent Vacation.
Barış is also one of the two core members of the Istanbul based live folk fusion project, Insanlar. Their
first 12” vinyl release, “Kime Ne”, came out on Barış’ own made label Aboov Plak in December 2013 and
later on Honest Jon’s. Their improv live shows have been featured in top festivals like CTM, Sonar,
Garbicz and will make its way to Dekmantel this year.
Baris keeps on playing his signature blend of house, techno, disco and psychedelic dance music in top
clubs and festivals around the world.
Dekmantel 2017 / Dekmantel Selectors 2017 / Expedition Festival 2017 / Garbicz 2017 B2B w/ Andrew
Weatherall in Convenenza Festival / BAR Rotterdam / Love Rave Zurich / 20/44 Belgrade / XOYO
London w/Gerd Janson, Erol Alkan / Zeezout Winter Festival 2017 / Le Mouton Noir / Kasheme /
Razzmatazz Barcelona / CTM Festival Berlin w/Insanlar / Sonar 2016 w/Insanlar / Mareh Sao Paulo 2016
/ Acid Sundays / Kater Holzig, Berlin / Panoramabar, Berlin / Wilde Renate, Berlin / Rote Sonne, Munich /
Lux, Lisboa / Frieda’s Büxe, Zurich