DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu
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"GayHane - New York Times"

One of the regular D.J.’s, Ipek Ipekcioglu, 35, said she got her start rather suddenly, when one of the founders of SO36 walked up to her and said: “You’re Turkish, right? You’re lesbian, right? Bring your cassettes and D.J.”
Ms. Ipekcioglu spins everything from Turkish and Arabic music, to Greek, Balkan and Indian, a style she calls Eklektik BerlinIstan. She has been a full-time professional D.J. for six years and performs all over the world.

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Ihre stilbildende Mixtur aus Techno und Bauchtanzrhythmen, aus orientalischen, türkischen, kurdischen, aber auch anderen, z.B. griechischen, indischen oder karibischen Musikelementen ist als "Berliner Ethno-House"[3] bezeichnet worden. Der Musikkritiker Daniel Bax nannte sie in diesem Zusammenhang eine „Zeremonienmeisterin der transkulturellen Völkerverständigung“.[4] Dies ergänzend stellt DJ Ipek in Bezug auf ihren speziellen Stilmix heraus, sie scheue sich nicht musikalische und politische Tabus zu brechen.[5] Auf der Bühne begleiteten sie verschiedene Künstler wie Mercan Dede, Baba Zula, dZihan & Kamien und Nithin Sawney. - Wikipedia

"Radikal - Gayhane Istanbul"

Gayhane'ci İstanbul'da!

Berlin'deki Gayhane adlı partileri dolup taşıyor, şöhreti hızla yayılıyor. 'Alamancı' DJ İpek İpekçioğlu, 20 Şubat'taki !f partisi için ikinci kez İstanbul gecelerinde...
- Radikal Azra Tuzcuoglu, Dincer Sirin

"ipek bizi diskoya götürdü"

Gece sonunda sahneden indiğimde de söyledim, beni öldürmeye de götürseler, götürülürken bir şey çalsa beş dakka bekletip hareket ederim sanırım. Babylon gibi eğlenmesi çok zor olan bir yerde İpek kendime ne zamandır yaşattığım yoğunluğun yorgunluğunu fazlasıyla kırdı. İnsan bir yere girince orada kalıyor, çıkmak aklına gelmiyor sanırım, bende de öyle oldu. (…)
Benim gibi dinlediği şeyler ile tekil bir ilişki kurmuş olan herkes kim gelirse gelsin gelecek olanın sahnesini merak etmiyor. (...) Neyse ki İpek geldi bizleri mahvetti, o yüzden de onu sahnede bir öpücük ile ödüllendirmem gerekti. Aynen kussi bussi.
- dinoaah Dinozorro

"DJ IPek"

“…first and foremost, the Berlin nightlife can’t do without her anymore.” - EMMA

"DJ Ipek at Bern Filmfestival"

“You have to point it out, that İpek belongs to one of few DJ’s who knows how to dj FOR the audience. She is able to build up a temporal frame, in which she surprises and challenges her audience, thereafter bringing them back to familiar territories…” -

"Popdeurope Festival"

“…an artistic compass needle, (…) whom since 7 years goes her own way: the Berlin export article DJ İpek.” Björn Döring, - Björn Döring, Radio Multikulti & Zitty Berlin

"ReOrient Festival Sweden"

“In the Kägelbanans club environment: DJ İpek, directly from the Berlin underground scene. She is incredible. Absorbed in her headphones, wildly turning the pages of her record folders, lashes the cd-player, looks up a second to check that the dance floor is packed and ready to spin loose. DJ İpek smiles, puts down the speakers. Dances (extremely cool), mimes to the techno worked Turkish schlager songs like a drag queen. She plays a strictly folkloric drum and clarinet song, she plays belly dance music and Darbuka solos, she manages to get a folkdance ring going on the dance floor, and some hard mixings later the whole ring is jumping like sweaty club monsters. DJ İpek looks like a modern dancing dervish, when she, full of satisfaction, swirls around and watches the mess she made.” Per Andersson, - Per Andersson Expressen

"DJ Ipek - Portrait"

“This night, that which İpek plays is the collision of the Orient and the Occident. She mixes the oriental musical heritage with electronic House and Techno sequences. This event was the first one to put oriental House and Pop music on the German club landscape(…)Turks, Arabs, Greeks, Israelis, Irans, Germans, Americans and people from other culture celebrates. They are gays, heteros, they are christians, muslims, jews, atheists and everything in between…”
Ulf Schubert, Berliner Zeitung
- Ulf Schubert, Berliner Zeitung

"Tagesspiegel Tagestipps Radialsystem 2007"

“…onwards there is DJ İpek's music. She is famous for her seductive fusion of Oriental, Asian and Balkan dance music, mixed with Break Beats, electronic sounds and Pop. İpek İpekçioğlu, who is also a resident DJ at the SO36, is seen in Europe as one of the trend-setting Djanes and extremely popular with dancers. She herself is an energy miracle. Those who have experienced her behind the recordplayer or during her speedy dives onto the dance floor know this. With DJ İpek you can cross borders and reach ecstasy through dancing!” Sandra Luzina, Tagesspiegel - Sandra Luzina


Beyond Istanbul
Import Export a la Turka
Berlin 44

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• Jingle for the Simdi Now Festival Berlin 2004
• Jingles for the Dolmush X-Press – Festival
• Berlinale Awardwinning Documentary “Katzenball” by Veronika Minder
• Filmmusic for the Best of the Wurst – by Grace Lee Berlinale Talent Campus 2003
• Halbes Leben - Yarim Hayatlar Claudia Laszczak and Kay Wishöth
• Blind Date Istanbul– Habersiz bulusma Istanbul 2007
• Zisternen – Istanbuls versunkene Paläste, 2007 by Effi Mikesh
• Die Bodenkosmetikerinnen – Kabarett 2004-2007
• Mozartmüzik – Eine türkische Hochzeit staged by Susanne Frey 2006
• Faked Identities at Beyond Belonging Festival staged by Nurkan Erpulat 2007
• Universal : Seoul Istanbul New York by Janina Janke, 2008



In the mid-nineties, DJ Ipek Ipekçioglu stormed the multilayered Berlin club scene and gradually her eclectic music and characteristic mixes turned into the foundation of a new style emerging in the clubs and nightlife of the city as a pioneer for OrAsian soundfusion. This was acknowledged by the widespread magazine Zitty when they ranked DJ Ipek Ipekçioglu as one of Berlin’s most important cultural contributors. Since then, DJ Ipek has developed herself into an exclusive Berlin export article, visiting festivals and clubs all over the world: New York, the desert Sahara of Mali, Salvador de Bahia, Stockholm, Istanbul, Glasgow, Shanghai, Peking and so forth. She has toured in Spain with Ojos de Brujos, she made an exclusive tour throughout China has undisputedly earned herself a reputation in the heterogeneous landscape of international nightlife.

Eklektik BerlinIstan is a groovy mix of Middle Eastern & Asian & Balkan folk and dance music, fusioned with Berlin electro, Breakbeatz and Pop. Through her sets, DJ Ipek takes her audience on an aural journey through the cultures and music of Turkey, North-Africa, Israel, Persia, the Balkans, Greece, and Bollywood, as well as carefully planned escapades to the UK and USA. Her hybrid and characteristic sound “Eklektik BerlinIstan” provides surprising breaks to the steady course of club music. DJ DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu has djayed along artists like dZihan & Kamien, Niyaz, Goran Bregovic, Baba Zula; Hüsnü Senlendirici, Mercan Dede and Nitin Sawney.

Daniel Bax, the music critician called her, “the Master of Ceremony of the transcultural understanding and has set important milestones”.

“In 2006 the Berlin-based DJ published her album “Beyond Istanbul” which received nationally and internationally very positive feed-back. The Süddeutsche Zeitung called her a musical and political “visionary”, whose eclectic adventure journey leads immediately into a country of radical social change, far beyond the clichés and known Pop exports, such as the singer Tarkan. The Hamburger Abendblatt spoke of “highly sophisticated musical enlightenment”.” Her CD “which is a cross-section, free of blinkers and ideology” (Rolling Stone) and was voted as the album of the month by the Bavarian Radio Broadcasting’s program “World Receiver.” (

In Sweden she was selected by the magazine QX as the hippest DJ of Europe. Another international award was Ipekcioglu’s victory at the World Beat DJ Competition 2005 in London. Her CD “Beyond Istanbul” received an award as bestseller by The German Record Critics.

DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu is resident DJ at a row of popular clubs and events in Berlin, Europe’s hottest capital: SO36,, BalkanBalkanParty, Absolut Balkanissimo, Kanakwood-PostMigrantSounds, and Popdeurope. In addition to this, she regularly hosts the Re:Orient Club in Stockholm, Sweden. She is also one of the masterminds behind the Berlin cult club night Gayhane – House of Halay, n event of cult status. She is frequently in Stockholm for the “Re: Orient Club Night”, Ipek was the curator of the IN TRANSIT Club 2003 which was part of the In Transit Festivals of the Berlin House of Cultures of the World. From 2001 until 2005 she organized and assisted the Orient Bazaar stage at the Carnival of Cultures with Turgay Ayaydinli of Kokona Productions. Since two years she designs a stage at Myfest, at the of May in Berlin-Kreuzberg

dZihan & Kamien Labyrinth Amsterdam
Nitin Sawhney Amsterdam
Sertap Erener Live for Life Festival Arnheim
MFÖ / Istanbul Vibes Paradiso Amsterdam
Goran Bregovic Gentseefesten Belgien
Soap Kills Sfinks Festival Belgien
DJ Hell Arena Berlin
Mogollar Diyalog Festival Berlin
Mercan Dede Berlin / Amsterdam
Duman Diyalog Festival Berlin
Baba Zula Biennale 2007/Venice
FunDe Mentals PopdeEurope Berlin
Mor ve Ötesi SO 36 / Berlin
Manu Chao Festival au Desert Essekane / Mali
Chinatour 2006 Jinan Beijing Shanghai
Chinatour 2007 50th anniversary EU Beijing Shanghai
Tour with Ojos de Brujos Andalucien / Spain
Joi Re:Orient Festival Stockholm
Athena Stuttgart / Germany
Winner of the World Beat DJ Award Electrowerkz London / UK
Niyaz Re:Orient Festivalen Stockholm
Boom Pam Popdeurope / Berlin
BalkanBeatBox Popdeurope / Berlin
Amsterdam Klezmer Band Popdeurope / Berlin
Kolektif Istanbul La Ferme du Buisson / Noisel
Boban Markovic Café Moskau / Gucha / Berlin
Hüsnü Senlendirici Re:Orient Festival Stockholm

Gentsee Feesten Gent / Belgium
Festival Sfinks Antwerpen / Belgium
Off-Club & Quixebeira Salvador de Bahia / Brazil
Top Club & Destination Beijing / China
Tango Beijing / China
Cinderella Jinan / China
Home & Bar Shanghai / China
4 Live Shanghai / China
B-club Riga / La