Tolga Baklacioglu

Being one of the key figures symbolizing Turkish techno, Tolga Baklacioglu is an artist pursing his musical journey in a steady-state flow, progresses, evolves, and challenges both in his studio and on stage. Besides being an associate professor in aeronautical engineering, he has been steadily building a body of work that explores the outer boundaries where techno and abstract textures merge and blur since a long time.

Being a good listener from an early age, Tolga finally decided to make music at 17 and took up guitar and music harmony lessons. This led him to discover more sophisticated music genres like Jazz and Blues. He learned to play trumpet which saw him join a Blues band called "Harlot Money" at the time he was studying aerospace engineering at university. Continuously searching for innovation, he discovered electronic music and started to collect vinyl and began DJing at the clubs in Ankara in 2003, eventually gaining residency at the legendary club, The Club 20, a year later.

As a producer, he has made his way in the architecture of creative and sophisticated minimalism in his early years, which then evolved into a noisy techno sound embracing frenzied percussions, unhinged rhythms pounding through a mess of jarring analogue bleeps and squelches, and bunker-dwelling dronescapes always inhabiting the darker end of the electronic music spectrum.

In 2014, Tolga created a his own vinyl imprint, VENT, as a platform for his explorations and those of likeminded travelers within this sonic realm. VENT has featured some new and established talents including Stephanie Sykes, Insolate, Wallis, Cindy, and Arbiter supported by remixers as Rebekah, Samuel Kerridge, Anastasia Kristensen, Svreca, Dasha Rush, Cassegrain, Ryo Murakami, Julia Govor, Skirt, Zadig.

Recently, Tolga has started making international collaborations and releasing albums with several artists including Dee Grinski (Moscow), MAYa (New York), Ezgi Irem Mutlu (Istanbul), Julia Ogun (Moscow), KLEFT (Glasgow). His collaborative Your Secret Face lp album with Dee Grinski has dispatched from crumbling power station cooling towers where each sound is caked with concrete, shrouded in a mesh of whirring mechanical sounds. On the other hand, Tolga and MAYa’s Kına double lp album is something of a slow burner but reveals itself as a wonderful distillation of their disparate approaches where MAYa's effortlessly cool vocals and delivery are energised by Tolga's relentless beats and abstract textures, which bridges Tolga's industrial and techno infused rhythms with MAYa's more evocative atmospheric work and her vocals pitched somewhere between Nico and Leslie Winer.
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DKLL026 Tolga Baklacioglu - Broken Crown album art Tolga Baklacioglu Broken Crown(5xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Kalimari Musique DKLL026 Canada 2010
VENT011 Tolga Baklacioglu - Peccum, Peccatum album art Tolga Baklacioglu Peccum, Peccatum(LP, Album) Vent (3) VENT011 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
VENT015 Tolga Baklacioglu - Your Secret Face album art Tolga Baklacioglu, Dee Grinski Tolga Baklacioglu, Dee Grinski - Your Secret Face(LP, Album) Vent (3) VENT015 US 2018 Sell This Version
ITU009ALBUM Tolga Baklacioglu - Altered State album art Tolga Baklacioglu Altered State(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Industrial Techno United ITU009ALBUM 2019
ARS0013 Tolga Baklacioglu - Invaders album art Tolga Baklacioglu Invaders(File, MP3, WAV, Album) Aural Electronics ARS0013 Spain 2019
VENT017 Tolga Baklacioglu - Kina album art MAYa* & Tolga Baklacioglu MAYa* & Tolga Baklacioglu - Kina(2xLP, Album) Vent (3) VENT017 US 2019 Sell This Version
CER09 Tolga Baklacioglu - Disguised in Black album art Kleft, Tolga Baklacioglu Kleft, Tolga Baklacioglu - Disguised in Black(Cass, Album) Ceramics (2) CER09 UK 2020 Sell This Version
K022 Tolga Baklacioglu - Blood Breeds Blood album art Tolga Baklacioglu & Darja Kazimira Tolga Baklacioglu & Darja Kazimira - Blood Breeds Blood(8xFile, WAV, Album) Khemia Records K022 UK 2021

Singles & EPs

PSYCLE009 Tolga Baklacioglu - Divergent Isolines EP album art Tolga Baklacioglu Divergent Isolines EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, EP) Psycle Records PSYCLE009 Switzerland 2008
LFDL12 Tolga Baklacioglu - Fractal Oscillations album art Tolga Baklacioglu Fractal Oscillations(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Lebensfreude Records LFDL12 Germany 2009
LIVING015T Tolga Baklacioglu - Blues EP album art Tolga Baklacioglu Blues EP (EP) Living Records LIVING015T UK 2010 Sell This Version
LFV 35 Tolga Baklacioglu - Lovin EP album art Tolga Baklacioglu Lovin EP (EP) Lebensfreude Records LFV 35 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
LFDL25 Tolga Baklacioglu - Psychedelic Vanity album art Tolga Baklacioglu Psychedelic Vanity(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Lebensfreude Records LFDL25 Germany 2012
LFV 49 Tolga Baklacioglu - Feeling Now And Then album art Tolga Baklacioglu Feeling Now And Then Lebensfreude Records LFV 49 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
ANDROID117 Tolga Baklacioglu - Beyond Good And Evil EP album art Tolga Baklacioglu Beyond Good And Evil EP(File, MP3, WAV, EP) Android Muziq ANDROID117 2013
GNMR006 Tolga Baklacioglu - As The Darkness Swallows Me Whole album art Tolga Baklacioglu As The Darkness Swallows Me Whole(File, MP3, WAV, EP) Goodnight Moon Recordings GNMR006 Canada 2014
VENT004 Tolga Baklacioglu - Resuscitation Of Serenity album art Tolga Baklacioglu / Arbiter (3) Tolga Baklacioglu / Arbiter (3) - Resuscitation Of Serenity(12") Vent (3) VENT004 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0001 Tolga Baklacioglu - Beast album art Tolga Baklacioglu, Tying Tiffany Tolga Baklacioglu, Tying Tiffany - Beast(File, MP3, WAV, Single) Not On Label (Tolga Baklacioglu Self-released), Not On Label (Tying Tiffany Self-released) 0001 Germany 2014
LABD222 Tolga Baklacioglu - Captivation EP album art Tolga Baklacioglu Captivation EP(File, MP3, WAV, EP) Labrynth LABD222 US 2014
VENT003 Tolga Baklacioglu - Restless Punk album art Tolga Baklacioglu Restless Punk(12") Vent (3) VENT003 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
PRK032 Tolga Baklacioglu - Through The Remains album art Nodezsh* Through The Remains(File, MP3, WAV, EP) Park Recordings PRK032 Germany 2015
VENT007 Tolga Baklacioglu - Untitled EP album art Tolga Baklacioglu Untitled EP(12") Vent (3) VENT007 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
PRK040 Tolga Baklacioglu - Awareness Of Eternal Mindfuck album art Nodezsh* Awareness Of Eternal Mindfuck(File, MP3, WAV, EP) Park Recordings PRK040 Germany 2016
VENT013, #13 Tolga Baklacioglu - Nefes album art Tolga Baklacioglu Nefes(12") Vent (3), Vent (3) VENT013, #13 2017 Sell This Version
VENT 016 Tolga Baklacioglu - Chemical Warfare  album art Wallis (3) / Tolga Baklacioglu Wallis (3) / Tolga Baklacioglu - Chemical Warfare (12") Vent (3) VENT 016 Turkey 2018 Sell This Version