CHANTAGE was founded by TOLGA İNCİ and KIVANCH K. in 1990 in Bogaziçi University, Istanbul. With their combined musical taste and talents, they started their professional career as DJ's and became music producers in a short period of time. Soon CHANTAGE started playing gigs in well-known venues and pubs in Antalya and Istanbul, with a repertoire consisting of their own songs, and favorite covers from the New Wave, Indie, Punk, Brit POP, Synth POP and New Romantics genres. Their live performance was later enriched by various musicians including Nevzat Doğansoy, Hakan Özer, Mert Koral, Nihat Ayar, Umut Çağlar, Ali Şaylan, Burak Kurumak, Kerem Çorbacıoğlu and Deniz Güngör who joined CHANTAGE on stage. Following a positive review of their currenly unreleased EP by Depeche Mode, they were elected as one of the support bands, and backed up Depeche Mode in Kuruçeşme Arena in July 2006.