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09 Feb 2017

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Southbank resident and music DJ Ahmet Atasever has been officially recognised as one of the country’s best in a highly regarded online music poll.

Music website In The Mix recently named Ahmet as the 17th best DJ in Australia in its annual poll of Australia’s top 50 DJs, which featured international names including the likes of Flume and Alison Wonderland.

To add to that achievement, the website named Ahmet as the country’s second best DJ in his favoured musical genre – trance, which he described as more progressive and melodic compared with most other sounds.

“To people from the outside it’s techno or ‘doof doof’ but there are different elements and genres and mine is probably a slower ‘doof doof’ if you were to call it that,” he said.

“It’s not the go really hard sort of stuff so I try to keep it more melodic and groovy and that’s the stuff I’ve been known for I guess.”

Ahmet said his passion for the music began in the late 90s when he started playing house parties. As he played more gigs and connected with other DJs, he would eventually start producing his own music and rapidly grew a following.

He has since featured at some of the country’s biggest music festivals including Future Music Festival, Summerdayze and Stereosonic and his music has been supported by some of the biggest DJs from around the world.

Ahmet said he felt fortunate to have mastered his craft during a time before the rise of the internet, when music was harder to come by.

“The internet was starting to boom back then with dial up internet! You had Napster and you couldn’t get this music anywhere else,” he said.

“It’s just so much easier to get music now and there’s a lot more out there, which in my opinion has caused the quality to drop a bit.”

When he’s not playing gigs and producing new music, Ahmet works as an IT network administrator for Sacred Heart College in Geelong.

While he had initially held reservations about moving from Geelong, he said he and his partner now happily called Southbank home.

“I was a bit hesitant moving from Geelong to the big city at first but it’s been great for both my partner and I,” he said.

My partner works up here and it’s easier for her to stay up here rather than catch the train and for me it’s easy because I go against traffic.”

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