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Since his early childhood in Frankfurt, LPs and singles have been his favorite toys. His family’s interest in music has played an important role in the growth of his love for music. In 1985, his family decided to move to Istanbul, where Tarkan continued playing his vinyls and recording tapes after coming home from school.
His professional music career started after he finished university and became a resident at Power FM. Right after showing up in the music scene as a radio DJ, he started to perform at the biggest clubs in Istanbul. Running fast in his music career, Tarkan had to take a short break to complete his military service from April to November 1997.
Upon his return to Istanbul, he took scene at “Radio 2019” as a DJ and Production Manager, and at the same time, he was performing at different clubs in Istanbul. After the radio station was sold to a TV channel and changed its genre, DJ Tarkan continued playing his radio sets at FG till May 2007. His reputation in Turkey was spreading and the number of people appreciating his sound – increasing with every event. The big break came in 2002 with the DJ of the Year award.
DJ Tarkan was sponsored to play eclectic house sets, which he sharply forms depending on the time, the venue and the crowd. His unique mixing style cemented his fan-base in Turkey, where he is still frequently invited to play gigs in different cities. His creativity and talent was appreciated by the crowds and he was named ‘Number One DJ in Turkey’ for 3 consecutive years.
Stimulated by this success, DJ Tarkan decided to spend more time on productions and releasing tracks, based on years of musical experience. His productions and remixes were included in the tracklists and charts of world’s well known DJ’s like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Sasha, Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz to name a few.
The momentum continued with bookings from different countries all over the world and in 2006, DJ Tarkan was voted Number 78 in the world by DJ Magazine’s most important poll for dance music.
While doing collaborative productions, Tarkan became close friends with V-SAG from Greece. They both went on tours together and the Turkish-Greek friendship resulted in the No Smoking Recordings label, which is intended to only release the highest standard of music. DJ Tarkan and V-Sag have initiated a campaign for the understanding of the music “as is”, giving people the opportunity to discover the true meaning of music in its purest form instead of “chemically enhanced fun”
DJ Tarkan has released two mixed compilations called “Chapter One” and “Chapter Two”. His brand new video clip for the track “Feather” is being played exclusively on MTV. This track is also included in the ‘Chapter Two’ compilation.
DJ Tarkan’s first and second videos were for the tracks “In a Dream” and “Deep Dive in Istanbul” – also played on MTV!