Murat Tepeli’s trade is poise. In his sets, he creates perfect harmony between ecstasy and ass shaking on one hand and gentle emotion and elegance on the other. In his production, he often pairs melancholy with the necessity to dance, opulence and reduction, loud and quiet. Professionally, Murat Tepeli walks the tightrope of being a DJ in the Club and a surgeon in the operating theatre. He combines these extremes with a playful energy and manages to put the full range of emotions and experiences into his sets.
In the middle of the 90s, Murat Tepeli started DJing, putting influences like De La Soul, Black Sheep, Pharcyde, KRS-One, Bahamadia, Monie Love and Adeva into his first sets. New Jack Swing, Drum & Bass and House lived as equals in his record bag for a long time. Slowly, House took over in representing Murats feelings and became the base in his sets for excursions towards the other styles that move and influence him. His musical horizon spans from Occident to Orient, arabesque to wave, from the clear sequences of synthpop to mystical chords. Murat Tepeli doesn’t see this as a contradiction, he uses the conjunctive elements but also the contrast to create a sweeping story in his own signature.
2002, Murat Tepeli started his own productions resulting in a 1st release 2005, the EP “On A Ride” on the renowned Playhouse label. This was followed by further releases on labels like Brut, 240 Volts and an EP on Ostgut Ton. January 2008 saw the release of “Serenity”, the album he produced with Prosumer, one of the albums that took a big role in the house renaissance. Several remixes and own EPs followed, most recently releases on AVA and Philpot.
Through his energising sets in clubs such as Zukunft, Fabric, Rex and Paradiso, at festivals in countries like Poland, Israel and India, with regular gigs at Panorama Bar and a residency at the Cologne-based Pulstar nights, Murat Tepeli built himself an international fanbase. With his mixture of physicalness and emotion, his sets are always representing the pulse of life, a beating heart full of emotion.
“I love it when the dancefloor is magnetised by a simple and sexy baseline and then groovy percussion picks you up and drives you to ecstasy. When you close your eyes, a voice touches your soul, you start to sing along and then a smile, sometimes even a tear, appears on your face, that’s when you lose yourself and your emotions in the music. That is the foundation of my house.”