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While a relat ive newcomer t o t he world of elect ronic music, Alex Tunka is a name to keep firmly on your watchlist.Born Aleks Tunka in November 1991 in the small town of Tartu, Estonia, Aleks' interest in music began at the young age of 10 years old, when he first began to discover various musical styles. But it wasn't until a chance happening in 2007 that he found his true passion, and began his transformation from Aleks the music fan, into Alex Tunka the producer of today. While spending time at a friend's house, looking up dance music on Youtube (quickly becoming one of the best methods for discovering new music out there), Aleks happened across a track by Armin Van Buuren and fell in love. Aleks had found his calling: trance music. He quickly fell in love with the genre's melodic nat ure, and was immediat ely hooked. He t hen went t o discover such notable trance artists as Italy's Giuseppe Ottaviani, and certifiable trance legends Cosmic Gate and Paul Van Dyk.But Aleks was perceptive, and noticed a change coming in trance music. The genre was, as much of the music industry at the time, in a state of flux. Of transition. Of change. While older material was focused more on melodies and big, epic riffs, newer tracks coming out were beginning to show more of a focus on the bassline, with the melody playing off it to create a new, electro influenced sound, and in Aleks' view, this new style of trance was superior to what came before, and he wanted to be a part of it. Fast forward two years to 2009, when Aleks purchased his first equipment and began the long process of learning to produce the music he loved.As anyone who has ever opened up a DAW and set out to write a piece of music can attest, this is a long, arduous process, but by 2011, Aleks was ready to start releasing material. Accompanied by fellow Estonian producer Robert Roost under the name of Dream Flow, they completed a remix of Andain's Beautiful Things. However as they had not obtained permission to remix the track, copyright holders Black Hole Records denied them the right to release it. Still, Aleks and Robert were hooked, and set off to craftt heir own original mat erial.However, Dream Flow's success as a duo was not to be, as the two eventually realized that they had differing opinions on which direction their material would take. Robert favoured the older trance sound, while Aleks wanted to focus more on the modern electro-influenced style. Unable to reach a compromise in artistic vision, the two decided to go their separate ways, with Robert going on to become a member of Cold Rush with Erkki Abel, and Aleks striking out on his own, a move t hat would bring bot h Robert and Aleks success.Taking the name Alex Tunka for his solo work, Aleks got down to business crafting his own material, and by 2012 had completed Bloom, which was later released in January 2013 by Toronto, Ontario, Canada based label Black Sunset Music. Bloom was a very notable release for Aleks, and featured support from Michael Dupre, Black Sunset Music label boss Jeremy Vancaulart, and perhaps most importantly, one of Aleks' earliest trance heroes, Giuseppe Ottaviani.Since the beginning of 2013 Aleks has been releasing music at a frantic pace, putting out at least one track a month between Black Sunset Music (including a progressive house collaboration that reunited him with former partner Robert Roost as Dream Flow), and Romanian label Electronic Waves Records. With a huge catalogue of yet to be released material on the way, Alex Tunka is quickly making a name for himself in the global trance scene, and is definitely an artist to watch out for.
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