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hakan-ozkan

Hakan Özkan is a music producer originating from the cultural hub of Istanbul, Turkey. His childhood was heavily influenced by the creative arts. The son of a professional Ballerina, and surrounded by classical music from a young age, it was a natural progression for Hakan to step into the music industry. 

 

In 2003, he relocated to Izmir to attend university and there he followed his passion by volunteering in a recording studio. In 2007 he moved back to Istanbul to continue his musical education. He studied at the acclaimed Istanbul Bilgi University in Music and Sound Technologies. He was tutored and mentored by multi-award winning producer ‘Mike Nielsen’ – the man behind Jamiroquai’s iconic ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’ album. Other notable highlights from his time at the academy was his role as technical support and (live) co-sound engineer for IBULork (laptop orchestra) & Kim Cascone’s ‘ Octophonic Sound Performance’ at the Ottoman Empire’s first power plant – SantralIstanbul.

 

Meanwhile, He was working as a tonmeister at The Istanbul Jazz Centre. He continued here until 2010 working alongside Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians such as Bob James, Freddy Cole, Ernie Watts, Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets, Joey DeFrancesco and Richie Beirach. After leaving the Jazz Club , Hakan went on to work in further studios with Garo Mafyan and Atilla Özdemiroğlu where he recorded albums for a number of highly regarded Turkish artists including Nazan Öncel.

 

Following the completion of his Degree, Hakan took the next step in his career performing as a DJ/Producer under the guise of ‘Thousand Fingers’ and as part of the duo ‘Paradisko’. He has performed at UK wide events including London institutions such as Egg LDN and Studio 338.

 

On a music production front, early success was achieved being highlighted as Traxsource’s ‘Best Nu Disco of 2014’ chart and gaining wide support including industry pioneers such as ‘Solomun’. Releases have also featured in several established electronic music publications – including Vice’s music channel ‘Thump’. He has consistently performed alongside some of the industries most revered artists including Gramatik, Jackmaster, Hercules & Love Affairs, Fritz Kalkbrenner.

 

Outside the realms of electronic dance music, Hakan has also engineered works of Truth Hurts, Hot Rod, Mia Martina, and Dawn Richard – the latter famous for her work with Diddy & Danity Kane. Hakan and Dawn’s single “Meteors”broke the iTunes ‘Top 50’ in the US RnB/Soul Chart on the day of release, and was featured in FACT Mag.

 

Hakan’s musical abilities don’t end in music production. He is also a capable and recognised sound designer for moving images and A/V performances. He executed numerous projects with Ouchhh, alongside tv-ads and various shorts. His work has been displayed and performed at a number of unique venues around the world including Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena, Atelier des Lumière, CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research, and Villa Tittoni Traversi where they won critics award at Kernel Fest “13.

 

In 2015, Hakan moved to his new home of London. Always one to further himself and his education he was accepted into the London College of Music to complete a Master’s in Record Production. Several modules of this course were taught by Prof. Simon Zagorsky (the author of The Art of Music Production), and Grammy award-winning producer, Mike Howlett. 

 

After completing his masters, Hakan decided to use his academic qualifications and life-long experience to help others. In 2017, he started to offer services in music, arts and entertainment in London. He produced a number of technical projects at Hammersmith Apollo, KoKo Camden, and Indigo at the O2. 

 

At the beginning of 2020, Hakan opened a new page in his career and set up his music studio – ‘Follow The Fingers’ – inside the creative space of ‘Ten87’ in Tottenham, North London.

 

Hakan Ozkan is a learned music producer with a wealth of experience and aptitude in a number of areas and genres. An individual who can call on a number of cultural and academic areas to deliver high-level results. His constant drive to progress both himself and others makes him a valuable asset to the wider musical community. A truly unique creative.