FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: W_Dervish
Citizen of the universe. Spiritual being. Originator.
Omer Bozok is a geotechnical engineer designing earthen structures during the day, and producing music/DJing in his spare time. His artist name W_Dervish derives from whirling dervishes (the muslim monks).
He channels his passion through his own productions and through mixes he creates using expressive sounds and driving beats. He particularly enjoys deep house music with an ambient and ethnic touch. These influences are manifested in his productions. His tracks and mixes have different elements complimenting each other. He enjoys creating different elements/ideas, layering them and witnessing how they compliment each other.. It is magical.
What genre would you describe yourself as? Why?
I would describe my genre as Ethnic Electronica. Because I use a lot of ethnic, world sounds in my dj sets.
Tell us something that you’re doing now and are excited about.
I recently established an art collective called Soulmade. We create pop-up events that revolve around themes. I love being part of a creative community and producing something unique with dedicated people.
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
I am a big fan of Hraach, Armen Miran, Anatolian Sessions are to name few.
What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)
I span with whirling dervishes. I DJed while they were doing their meditation. See this link.
What DAW do you use?
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
Tantra. It is rhythmic effect modulator. It creates unique textures.
What is something you cannot leave home without (besides keys, phone, wallet)?
Whatever the current book I am reading : )
Long days and nights in entertainment can take quite a toll on your body. What are some of your self care practices?
I don't go out much. I try to eat healthy and work out often.
If you had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
Civil engineering : )
Why are you excited to be a part of Serenity Base Fest?
I am excited to be surrounded with many like-minded people. This will also be my first time performing at a festival level. So that is another excitement. Thank you.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what album would you have with you?
Michael Mayer - Touch
How do you practice mindfulness?
Try to pay attention to my sense of smell. Most people use their ears and eyes for obvious reasons. But most don't pay attention to sense of smell. That is a key to tuning into your breath.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while DJing?
My USB didn't work and I had to use somebody else's music. It was not fun.
Do you practice yoga or meditation?
Yes, I do.
What was your favorite show that you've played?
I love playing for Ecstatic Dance. I fee like I can play literally anything. The audience is receptive to all kinds of music.
What is something that makes you stand out as an artist?
I mix elements from tracks a head and tracks that recently ended to create a continuous collage of sound.
W_Dervish will also be performing this year at Serenity Base Fest!
Grab your ticket HERE