April 5, 2012

Spin class

DJ Bugra Akaktan, aka Bamboora, brings his talents at the turntable to Port City Music Hall on Saturday.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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DJ Bugra Akaktan, aka Bamboora, plays Port City Music Hall on Saturday.

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For the Bamboora show, Maine Electronic Entertainment will bring in vendors that will sell glo-sticks, T-shirts and sunglasses, as well as go-go dancers and all sorts of light effects, including black lights and lights activated by sound.

"We want people at an event to see it, feel it, hear it," said Guisto. "We want people to be visually satisfied as well."

Akaktan first became interested in dance music while growing up in Istanbul, and became even more interested when his family moved to the Chicago area when he was 16. He had older cousins who would would play dance tracks and DJ stuff for him, so he soon started fooling around with music and equipment on his own.

"I was just a bedroom DJ, but friends started saying, 'Why don't you try to get paid for that?' " said Akaktan. "I was the kid playing music at the parties."

After high school, he started getting gigs at clubs around Chicago. Then he had some friends who moved to Boston, and he decided to move there and keep working.

Akaktan said a lot of what he does at a club is pretty spontaneous. From practicing, he knows what sounds he likes to use together and what tracks fit well with others. He might even go into a gig with a sort of setlist in his head of what he wants to play.

But exactly how he plays it and when depends a lot on the crowd. Unlike a lot of other musicians, the crowd's reaction is really part of his performance.

That's why it's called dance music.

"There are certain things I'll be thinking about playing, but I never set anything in stone," said Akaktan. "It's all about reading the crowd."


Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at rrouthier@pressherald.com

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