Hakan Kurşun was born in Germany and has previously lived and worked in Frankfurt, Vienna, Oxford, London and Warsaw; Istanbul has been his permanent residence since 1996. Hakan released his debut album KAOS in 1996, which achieved cult status in the region. Since KAOS, Hakan has also releasedKutle, Kuark and Pearl Bracelet. His work is well placed in the national underground scene. He has worked as a board member of the Turkish Music Composers Association MSG, as well as theSolid State Logic Oxford agent for Turkey and a Music Producer for Universal Music Poland. Hasan has also worked as Managing Director of EMI Music Turkey, Digital Media Consultant for EMI UK and Founders Representative for SAE Istanbul. He holds a BA Degree in Recording Arts from Middlesex University. His discography includes 97 released albums. Currently he manages his company Pb Muzik Yapım Ltd (www.pbm.com.tr). His services are music production, acoustic solutions & constructions, wind consulting (together with www.peutz-tr.com) and corporate training. He also holds two long-term teaching posts at leading Istanbul universities: Bilgi University and the Istanbul Technical University MIAM Centre for Advanced Studies in Music.
Goldierocks, AKA Sam Hall, is an international DJ and broadcaster with a celebrity following that includes Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger. Her weekly global radio show The Selector, legendary to those in the know, goes out to a staggering 44 countries; from Vietnam to Russia to Palestine, with Georgia and Libya being the most recent additions to the list. With 4.3 million dedicated weekly listeners, The Sunday Times has described it as "the most cutting-edge British music show out there". She also hosts a late night specialist spin-off dance show Selector After Dark broadcast in Mexico, South Africa & China.
The Selector is broadcasted to more than three million people on FM and online radio stations in 30 countries worldwide. The show has won multiple awards, including Best Pop Show (Mixcloud awards) and Best Music Show (BT Digital Music Awards, London), and was named the best music show in Hungary and Switzerland. Radio Eksen has been hosting the show on Sundays at 10pm since last January and its podcasts are available through Mixcloud.
Necmettin Ovacık is the General Manager of Believe Digital Turkey, and served as the General Secretary and General Manager of the Musical Work Owner’s Society of Turkey (MESAM) between 2004 and 2011. Since 2005, Ovacık has been a manager of the “Turkey is Music” exhibition space at Midem, a leading business event for the international music industry, and is also a delegate of the Standards and Rules working group at the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). In addition, Ovacık is a member of the Swiss Trade Council, and active as a volunteer for AFS Intercultural Programs of the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
Believe Digital is the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists and labels worldwide. They provide dedicated label & international campaign management, trade & digital marketing services, comprehensive video management & distribution, synchronisation, neighbouring rights and run in-house record label Believe Recordings. The company prides itself on meeting the unique requirements of each label they work with. They achieve this by providing tailor made, personal services and strategies in marketing and distribution via their international network of industry experts.
Elif Cemal is a senior booker at Pozitif Muzik, responsible for co-programming and co-booking for various festivals such as Akbank Jazz, One Love, Babylon Soundgarden, Cappodox festivals and Babylon venues as well as one-off concerts.
She worked as an arts and culture journalist until 2002. She then joined the Pozitif team - Turkey’s pioneering integrated entertainment company.
Pozitif Muzik - As Turkey’s pioneering integrated entertainment company, Pozitif is dedicated to creating authentic community experiences. Transforming the cultural landscape since 1989 through its events, venues, and media platforms, Pozitif runs the leading festivals in jazz, rock, alternative and multi-disciplinary experiences, as well as producing global scale stadium shows. Besides the legendary Babylon live music club, Pozitif also manages Volkswagen Arena, bomontiada culture campus, Alt art space, Kilimanjaro restaurant, record label Doublemoon and the progressive multi-disciplinary destination festival Cappadox.