Erol Alkan (born 30 May 1974) is a London-based electro DJ of Turkish Cypriot descent.
1.1 DJ and club promoter,
2.1 Original releases,
2.2 Mix and compilation albums,
2.3 Remixes as Erol Alkan,
2.4 Remixes as Beyond The Wizards Sleeve,
2.5 Album production,
2.6 Other work,
4 External links,
5 Audio links,
DJ and club promoter:
In 1993, Erol Alkan started DJing in various Indie nightclubs in London.
In 1995, he was a resident DJ of club night 'Going Underground' co-founded by Glyn Peppiat and James Dickie. It was held weekly on Mondays at the Plastic People venue which was situated at its original Oxford Street location in Central London.
In 1997, Erol re-launched the club under a new name: Trash. Over the next years, Trash became one of the most influential clubs of its time. Until its closure in 2007, Trash saw performances by Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electric Six and many more up and coming bands.
From 2001 onwards, Erol Alkan started to play regular DJ sets outside Trash, focusing on dance music, influenced by his sets at Bugged Out. Bugged Out are credited as launching Erol's dance music career after offering him a residency halfway through his debut set for them at Fabric, when Erol filled in for David Holmes who had missed a flight into London. His profile increased considerably during 2003 when he was voted 'Best Breakthrough DJ' by Muzik magazine, and in 2006, when he earned the Mixmag 2006 "DJ of the Year" award. Erol has also been voted Datatransmissions 'DJ Of The Year' in both 2008 and 2009, which is seen as an alternative to the DJ Mag Top 100 awards but consists only of British DJs.
Erol Alkan released a series of mash-ups using the alias Kurtis Rush in the early 2000s, including a mix of Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You out of My Head" and New Order's "Blue Monday", which was performed by Minogue at the Brit Awards. Erol also used the alias Mustapha 3000, and is half of the psycho-balearic act Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, along with Richard Norris. Alongside Soulwax and Richard X, Erol is recognised as one of the pioneers of the 'mash up' or bootleg craze of 2001.
Erol Alkan has remixed tracks from artists including Klaxons, Alter Ego, Bloc Party, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Gonzales, Tame Impala, MGMT, Connan Mockasin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ZZT, Fan Death, Digitalism, Scissor Sisters, Justice, Franz Ferdinand, LA Priest, Interpol, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, Alter Ego, Metronomy and Mylo.
His personal website and forum is considered to be one of the most influential in the scene and has been shortlisted for several awards.
Erol Alkan has also taken a hand to producing, working on 3 albums within a 2-year period. His first production credit is the entire Mystery Jets' second album, Twenty One, which contained the 2 top 40 hit singles Young Love (Mystery Jets song) and Two Doors Down (Mystery Jets song), Late of the Pier's debut record, Fantasy Black Channel, and The Long Blondes' second album Couples
In 2007 Alkan founded his own label, named Phantasy. In mid-2009 he collaborated with German DJ and producer Boys Noize, producing two tracks titled "Death Suite" and "Waves", these marked the first of Alkan's original releases. They both then followed it with another single titled "Avalanche" which was back by the club hit 'Lemonade'