Levent Karahan

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Levent Karahan
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Born (1966-10-25) October 25, 1966 (age 52)
Alma materDrummers Focus, School Of Audio Engineering Institute
OccupationMusic technology entrepreneur
Known forFounder of JAY Entertainment, YOOM, REGGAEinc, UMIJam, EVEARA
ChildrenDeniz Karahan, Lili Meral Karahan
Parent(s)Cemil Karahan, Meral Karahan
Websitewww.leventkarahan.com

Levent Karahan (born 25 October 1966) is a Laz music technology entrepreneur, a pioneer of digital music distribution, founder and chief executive officer of various organizations such as JAY Entertainment, YOOM, REGGAEinc, UMIJam, and EVEARA, a member of the Recording Industry Association Of Jamaica (RIAJam) and the Reggae Academy & Awards.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and background[edit]

Levent Karahan was born in Arhavi, Turkey on October 25, 1966. In 1972 his parents migrated to Munich, Germany. Inspired by The Beatles, he decided to pursue music, starting out as a drummer. Going forward he became involved in songwriting, audio engineering, music production, music video production, and music management.[1][2][4][5] Some of his compositions and music productions such as Love Is The Only Way, The Box Song, and Butterfly resulted in success[7] and in 2003 Butterfly made it to the Top 100 in Germany.[8] In 2002, he migrated to Jamaica and lived there for 8 years until he returned to Turkey in 2010.[1][2][4][5][9][10]

Career[edit]

Levent explored the business side of the music universe subsequently becoming a Label Manager of Toxic (Mambo/Sony) in 1997. In 1998, he became A&R Manager of Columbia (Sony), and a publisher with Universal.[11] In December 1998, he launched Talent'99, a talent show case for the German music industry. In 1999, he founded JAY Entertainment, a venture into the earliest online music labels.[2][4][5]

In the year 2000, he became Director Business Development of People Sound, a European mainstream music portal, and founded YOOM, which is claimed to be the world's first standardized software for digital music downloads.[5] In 2001, YOOM merged with 24-7 Entertainment (MediaSaturn/Metro) which later became a mainstream digital entertainment company.[12] In 2003, he founded REGGAEinc, the first Reggae content aggregation and digital Reggae distribution company operating out of Jamaica.[13][14][15][16][17]

In 2007, Karahan became a member of the Recording Industry Association Of Jamaica (RIAJam) and the Reggae Academy & Awards, he was co-founder and president of UMIJam (The United Music Industry Of Jamaica),[18][19] the umbrella organization of the Jamaican music industry from 2008-2010, initiated by the Jamaican government and the European Union.[2][20][21]

In 2013, he joined forces with WAVTEQ, a fast growing innovative international software company with its software development hub based in Ireland, with the common goal to produce a competitive digital music distribution software. In 2015, they incorporated EVEARA in Cork, Ireland, a game changer in the digital music distribution solution market.[4][22]

Discography[edit]

Over the course of his career the following list is a part of his notable discography:[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40]

  • Malchicks - Wild Frustration - 1983 (Feierwerk)
  • Plastic Happiness - Disdain - 1985 (GIC)
  • 2 Loose Low Track - New York City Impressions - 1990 (Get Ready)
  • Preacherman - Love Is The Only Way - 1996 (Columbia/Sony)
  • Melody & Krystal - Verliebt - 1998 (Columbia/Sony)
  • B Tuff - The Box Song - 1998 (Columbia/Sony)[41]
  • Toy Toy Toy - Funny - 2000 (Dance Street/ZYX/SPV)
  • David O. Joseph - Butterfly - 2002 (Chet/Epic/Sony)[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2008-03-15). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Levent Karahan". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  3. ^ "Half Pint unveils "NO STRESS EXPRESS"". YardFlex.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Levent Karahan | BUMBABlog". BUMBABLOG. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Levent Karahan | Reggae Inc | ZoomInfo.com". ZoomInfo. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  6. ^ "No Stress Express : Half Pint Music". www.halfpintmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  7. ^ "David O. Joseph - Butterfly (Radio Version).mp4 - zajumaj.pl". zajumaj.pl. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  8. ^ "Butterflyz - Up Town Top Ranking". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  9. ^ "Kingston this weekend". snwmf.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  10. ^ "travelbook".
  11. ^ "MusikWoche | Universal Music Publishing Group (Germany) | Produktionspartner national". Mediabiz.de. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  12. ^ "247entertainment" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Changing the face of reggae". www.jamaica-gleaner.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  14. ^ "Reggae-Inc-staying-on-top-of-the-music".
  15. ^ "Reggaeincreggaesumfest2007". Jamaicans.com News and Events Archives. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  16. ^ "Reggaeinc Tvj Entertainment Report Mp3 Download | Mp3 New Song". www.mp3newsong.info. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  17. ^ "reggaeinc.com - HOME I REGGAEinc Digital Reggae Distribution". www.reviewourwebsites.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  18. ^ Writer, Staff (2007-07-13). "Jamaicans.com News and Events Archives - Page 1338 of 1473 - Archives of past news, announcements, press releases and events". Archives.jamaicans.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  19. ^ Published 19-May-10. "Reggae Inc. making a difference in the Jamaican Music Industry". Trinijunglejuice.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  20. ^ "The United Music Industry of Jamaica - A Case Study | UWItv". tv.mona.uwi.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  21. ^ "Global Reggae Conference 2008 | The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica". www.mona.uwi.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  22. ^ "Eveara Ltd - Irish Company Info and Credit Scores - SoloCheck". www.solocheck.ie. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  23. ^ Levent Karahan. "REGGAEinc - CVM ON Stage". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  24. ^ Levent Karahan (2010-02-22). "YOOM - Popkomm". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  25. ^ Levent Karahan. "REGGAEinc - TVJ Smile Jamaica". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  26. ^ Levent Karahan. "REGGAEinc - TVJ Entertainment Report". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  27. ^ Levent Karahan (2011-09-29). "The United Music Industry Of Jamaica - The University Of The West Indies". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  28. ^ Levent Karahan. "JAY Enterainment - Bayerisches Fernsehen". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  29. ^ Levent Karahan. "Talent'99 - TV München (08.12.1998)". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  30. ^ Levent Karahan (2007-05-21). "Butterflyz - SAT1". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  31. ^ Levent Karahan (2006-10-06). "Reggae Sunsplash - Interviews". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  32. ^ Levent Karahan (2008-05-31). "Morgan Heritage - Nothing To Smile About". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  33. ^ Levent Karahan (2014-07-08). "License to Wed - Original Theatrical Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  34. ^ Levent Karahan (2016-03-12). "EVEARA - Musikmesse". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  35. ^ Levent Karahan. "Reggaeinc - Irie Fm". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  36. ^ Levent Karahan. "Talent'99 - Radio M 94,5 (16.12.1998)". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  37. ^ Levent Karahan. "Talent'99 - Radio Gong (09.12.1998)". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  38. ^ "David O..Joseph - Butterfly (Radio Version)". YouTube. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  39. ^ Levent Karahan (2006-10-01). "David O. Joseph - Butterfly (Original Version)". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  40. ^ Levent Karahan (2009-05-25). "B Tuff - The Box Song". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  41. ^ http://pobieramy.top/pobierz/BQOrl5LrFJw/b-tuff-the-box-song/
  42. ^ "Lyrics for david o joseph butterfly dub mix". www.mp3tome.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21.

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