A recent import to Brisbane, our guest at Stokehouse this week, Hakan Henry, hasn’t wasted any time in his new city and has set about heating up bars and clubs in the same manner that held him in such high regard in his former home in Instanbul in Turkey. Now making Brisbane his home Hakan has continued in a similarly motivated fashion to entertain crowds with his laid back selections and gently technical mixing including us here at Stoked on Sundays.
Telling a story all the way back to 1994 of huge developments taking place in the the Turkish dance music scene. Hakan has seen it first hand from his initial upbringing in his youth playing parties in his local community centre to managing the gyrations of thousands at clubs like Crystal, 11:11 and Maslak 2019. His list of known associates too shows some names we’ve come into contact with before. Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Fred Everything, Jt Donaldson, Raoul from Swirl People and Roy Ayers all took on parties set up by Hakan. Not content to manage proceedings in Istanbul, Hakan has had his passport stamped in clubs in New York, Chicago, London, Ibiza, Lucerne and Sofia.
In Brisbane, Hakan has been very selective about the parties he plays, sticking to the underground house events with quality guests, including helping bring Jimpster to the floor at the Sundae International party last year. Totally down with the house sound, of course Hakan has a few flavours and flourishes to distinguish himself, though those that who know, know that he is fairly adept at making the human body twist and turn, or in our case here by the river, to chill and be chilled.
Hakan is keenly aware of the processes involved in getting you in the right place to unwind with your friends! The long summer days are passing so we are making the most of it. Join us by the river here at Stokehouse as we welcome back Hakan Henry and a suitably stylish soundtrack to your afternoon.
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Sunday 23/2/14 :: Hakan Henry @ Stokehouse
Sidon St, South Bank, Brisbane
by Haiku for Stoked on Sunday