Lisbon, Portugal

AOW is a collaborative project between Dan Ghenacia and Tolga Fidan. Both have moved to Lisbon in recent years and have been venturing into other projects outside of music (such as the Alpha Wave Experience). Following on the theme of stepping out of their comfort zone they continued to explore and dig deeper into other genres. However, Dan and Tolga still wanted to keep the element of dance music as it is part of their DNA as artists. So, they dove head first into UK break beats and Californian psychedelic vibe – again, something they have never done before but is still genres that are prominent on all dance floors.

Dan Ghenacia has been touring the globe for the past two decades, spreading good vibes at every opportunity and bringing his distinct touch to every set. Dan is also one third of Apollonia, the ‘supergroup’ centred around a unique back-to-back-to-back concept. 

After discovering house and techno in the early nineties, Dan immersed himself in the Paris rave scene. His love affair with music was solidified when he spent a year in San Diego, California in his early twenties, soaking up West Coast house and psychedelia through his key inspiration – Mark E Quark. After 12 months Dan returned to Paris and opened his own store Traffic Records. This allowed him to import and showcase the sound he discovered in California and he was soon DJing at various spots around the French capital, quickly making a name for himself.

In 2002 he took things international and began playing at DC10 in Ibiza, becoming a resident in 2004 of Circoloco parties. Dan also lives in Ibiza throughout the summer, which has led to him building a deep relationship with the mystical island.

For a couple years now, Dan moved his music studio to Boa Lab Gallery in Lisbon and started collaborating with visual artists by making the sound design for exhibitions. He is now the head of the Alpha Wave Experience – an art collective working on a reinterpretation of Bryon Gysin’s Dreamachine. His passion for art and ambiant music drove him to create the music duo with Tolga Fidan “Art of Wave” and explore other genres under “AOW”.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkish-French producer Tolga Fidan’s starting musical influences ranged from experimental rock to hip-hop.

Early on he relocated to London to pursue photography and video arts studies at the University of the Arts London. The artistic mediums and passion then shifted towards electronic music, as Tolga began producing upon the discovery of Warp Records and being fully immersed in the UK music scene.

At just age 25, he released his first record under the label “Vakant” which caught the attention of big names, including Sven Vath. After this instant praise, Tolga began touring extensively all over the world and started his own label TFR.

From 2006 onwards, he has been steadily releasing a wide spectrum of electronic music and has been in the last year focusing, with Dan Ghenacia, on their multi disciplinary art project The Alpha Wave Experience amongst many others.

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