Since his early childhood in Frankfurt, LPs and singles were his favorite toys. His family's interest in music has played a great role on the growth of his love for music. In 1985, the family decided to move to Istanbul where his career as a DJ was going to begin.
His professional music career started, when he became a DJ on one of the famous radio stations in Turkey . 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, he had to give a short break to complete his military service between April-November 1997.
Upon his return to Istanbul, he took scene at Turkey's one and only dance station 'Radio 2019' as a DJ and production manager while he was performing at different clubs in Istanbul. In 1998, he became the resident of the most famous club in Istanbul for two years. 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 his eclectic house (deep, vocal, jazzy, funky, disco, techy) and deep, dark & dirty tribal progressive sets, which he sharply forms depending on the time, the venue and the crowd, all around the country. His unique mixing style cemented his fan-base around the country, where he is frequently invited to play gigs in different cities.
His creativity and talent was appreciated by the crowds and he was named number one DJ of the year in Turkey again in 2003 and 2004.
The momentum continued with bookings from different countries as diverse as Argentina , Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Egypt, Hungary, Kosovo, Northern Cyprus, Romania, Russia, Serbia and the US. Based on this success, Tarkan decided to spend more time on productions, releasing tracks based on years of musical experience. His productions and remixes were included in the tracklists and charts of the world's well known dj's like Tiesto, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg, Anthony Pappa, Dave Seaman, Danny Howells, Steve Lawler, Seb Fontaine, Lee Burridge and many more.
While doing collaborative productions, Tarkan became close friends with V-SAG from Greece. 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 deep, tribal and progressive house 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".
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Hosted show on TM RadioNo preset schedule (taking a break). Show first aired on July 29th, 2011 and new episodes were coming out until November 30th, 2012. A total of 17 episodes of No Smoking has aired on TM Radio.
Participated in following shows→ Exclusive Pre-opening Edition (Nov 19, 2006)
→ Episode 022 (Sep 26, 2008)
→ Episode (Feb 27, 2010)
→ Episode (Nov 30, 1999)
→ Episode (Dec 26, 2008)
→ 20 - The Closing Session (Jul 24, 2009)
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