Hakan Tuna

Hakan Tuna was born in London to a Turkish Cypriot family, a London native all his life he has been making music since the ages of 14 when he accidentally stumbled onto the fact that he could replay any music he heard back on the piano with no one showing him. From the age of 15 he started writing his own songs and recording them. Never interested in the latest fashions in music Hakan has been traveling his own path since his debut album Karanlıkta Güneş (sun In The Dark) in 2004.

Hakan Tuna writes his own music which is always self arranged and produced, he has very few covers but even those are always done with his own flavour (always self arranged and produced), when asked about this in a TRT - TV interview in 2015 he said 'I usually write everything myself, the arrangements are always 100% mine, If you ask the reason for this, it's because if I bring someone from outside to arrange the music then it won't be Hakan Tuna's music, for it to be Hakan Tuna's music Hakan Tuna needs to have the vision and to create it, so for it to be me I have to do it, so my aim is always to be true to myself and to be me".

The first band he was part of was called Tyrade, they played the London circuit for a couple of years and made a 3 track cassette tape which was sold at gigs, is if you didn't get one then it's really too late now.

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In 1992 he played keyboards for the London based Natural Life who were signed to Hollywood records, he spent 9 months on tour with this band, but record company problems (as always) was causing problems and in those pre internet days the band had no choice but to call it a day, but during the time Hakan was with them they played the Reading Festival and the Glastonbury Festival (NME stage none the less) for thousands of people. Also during this time they played the famous Marquee club twice, once as a headliner and the other during an LBC music competition where they came second (which was also broadcast live). "We wrote some amazing songs back then and it's such a shame that none have bee released, maybe one day they will see the light of day" he says maybe hinting at future releases. One of the songs they wrote
RISE was included in the 12 Songs 12 Stores project in 2021.

In 1995 he made an 8 track demo and tried his luck at the Turkish music scene, only 100 was pressed, if you can find one you're lucky as they are super rare. He signed a record deal with Prestij music 1996, but that soon turned out to be not for him and he managed to get out of it in early 1999.

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Another demo was made in 2000 and the album was finally released in 2004 to rave reviews by the Turkish music press, but unfortunately before the advent of social media and all the tool's we have now you could only get so far as a small independent musician on a small independent label, so it was not until 2013 when Hakan released any new music, and has been releasing successful singles since then, after the 12 songs 12 Stories project is finished (Dec 2021) there will be vinyl release of the 12 songs, with a new album also slated for the 2022 called Gün Doğar in the pipeline.

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