Since 2011, sonic shape-shifter Deniz Koyu has been tearing up the club floors with his masterful take on dance music. An ever-evolving artist, Deniz Koyu is in a class of his own with his perfect production, high-energy shows and innovative sounds. Known as a producer’s producer – who counts Axwell & Ingosso, Alesso, the late Avicii, David Guetta and Nicky Romero among his biggest fans – Deniz is the genius behind hits ‘Tung’, ‘Hertz’, ‘Bong’, ‘Follow You’ and has released remixes for the likes of The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Miike Snow and David Guetta. 2016 saw Deniz experiment with new sounds and genres as he started also releasing music under the alias KO:YU. The more alternative sound that crossed over to the dance pop realm won him even more fans with stand-out tracks ‘Trippy’, ‘Don’t Wait’ (feat Example) and ‘15 Sleeps’ released on prestigious labels including Sony and Tiësto’s Musical Freedom. Under his original name, Deniz Koyu continues to build on his progressive house roots. In 2018 Deniz Koyu released ‘Atlantis’ on Spinnin’ Records which got picked up by the DJ elite and he later collaborated with Nicky Romero on the groundbreaking track ‘Paradise’. Having remixed for Alesso, The Chainsmokers and Galantis, Deniz Koyu is one of the most in-demand DJs to play on the world’s biggest stages at Tomorrowland, Ultra, Creamfields, ADE, international tours across Europe, USA and South East Asia, as well as special guest performances for Alesso and KSHMR.
When Deniz Koyu decided to step away from progressive house to focus on his KO:YU alias – a house/future bass alternative side to Koyu – many were worried about whether the original Deniz Koyu project would continue. With anthems such as ‘Lift‘ with Don Palm, ‘To The Sun‘, and ‘Tung!‘, the German-Turkish DJ has more than made a name for himself with some of the finest progressive house productions of the 2012-2015 so-called ‘golden era’, and you will be glad to know that he is beginning to return back towards his roots with his more recent productions. Koyu has just dropped his latest track ‘Eclipse‘, and there are flashes of the old Koyu sound blended within something brand new.
Releasing the track via Spinnin’ Records, Koyu seems to have approached the track with a more electronically driven look about him. With previous releases, Koyu’s melodic simplicity and subtle production made every track blissful, whereas a Porter Robinson style approach with plenty of chops and electronic elements gives the track more punch and volume. The progressive feel radiates from start to finish, and Deniz’s classic sounds find their way into this fresh, up to date production. The style has evolved from his older sounds, but the retro Axtone ‘Koyu-style’ elements have found their place weaved amongst ‘Eclipse‘s infectious vibe. The ‘Lift‘ days might not return just yet, but the 33-year-old has plenty of time on his side, and the re-birth by so many producers of their older, progressive sounding tracks may inspire him to head back over to Axtone with some fresh prog tracks.