My Memoirs, As a Singer

Let me tell you a little story about myself…

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It was in summer of 2013, when I met the successful Turkish songwriter, Deniz Erten. I was hoping to get into the music industry for quite a while and I was sure that she was the best person in Turkish pop scene who could direct me to the path that I wanted to follow.

Single Cover
Single Cover

Soon after, we started working. Even though, we have a good pop music scene in Turkey, nobody really gives a break to the young artists, all the famous stars are usually over 30, which is the opposite of the US and Europe. So, I already knew it was gonna be hard to make my break. But I had to try.

Deniz wrote Turkish lyrics to a perfect R&B/Pop song “Bana Oynama” (Don’t Play Me) composed by an American artist Richard Younglord, and before I knew I was in the studio recording it. In few weeks, I was signed to a major record label DMC, which had all the popular artists under its roof. I was happy and excited.

After the song was done, my favorite part of the experience was about the begin. Filming the video. I’ve met with 4 directors with different ideas. I ended up working with none of them. At the last minute, I was able to reach one of my favorite Turkish directors Senol Korkmaz. He was born and raised in Europe, so he knew exactly how I wanted to look and presented.

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Filming the video

I remember the video shoot so vividly, because first of all it was so fun, and secondly it took almost 20 hours to wrap it up. I went into set at 10 am in the morning and left around 6 am the next day.

In December 2014, we released the single. First reactions were great. Even though I didn’t really have the connections to promote myself, people were noticing me and my video and they were being very positive about it.

In the first months of 2015, I started promoting. The first month, I entered to the Top 10 singles chart, and stayed there for three months, entering at #5 and rising up to #3. I did some interviews and TV appereances also. It was a good start.

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One of my TV appearances, in March 2015.
A Promotional Shot
A Promotional Shot

After a while, I started to learn more about the business and realised that I wasn’t being supported enough. The label had many successful artists who brought lots of money and they weren’t keen on spending that money on young artists, in this case myself. I wasn’t getting the help to be on TV and the press, and for future songs, I was being advised to change my style into something more “Turkish”. I refused. I didn’t know what to do next, and I thought about it, in the end I decided to study a little bit more and that’s how I ended up in the US.

Interview on Hurriyet, a famous Turkish newspaper
Interview on Hurriyet, a famous Turkish newspaper

I’m still signed to the label (my contract expires in late 2016), so I don’t know what will happen in the future. I definitely want to do more music, but I want to experiment with different styles, such as house, electronic and dance music. I don’t expect to earn money out of it, but I want to satisfy myself and my creativity.

Check out my music video below and please share your thoughts!

To get the song on iTunes Store, click here.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. sarahhjorthol says:

    Very nice and visual video, Can! Where did you shoot it?

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Thanks, glad you liked it! We were supposed to shoot it in Belgium, that’s where the director lives but he ended up coming to Istanbul, so we shot it at a film studio in Istanbul.

  2. OMG!!!This is so amazing that I cannot even believe. You are such a talented singer with a lot of great performance. And your choice of coming to US to study is also overwhelming. I believe you can learn what you expect and continue your career after your graduate study! Keep going!

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Thank you Richard! Yes, coming to the US was a sudden decision for me, but i believe being here will inspire me artistically too. So who knows, I might even continue from here.

      1. You are right! I like the way you keep trying new things without hanging around in the same spot. New york is a great city where you can always pick up a lot!

  3. Kiara Morales says:

    The song and the video are incredible!! Any experiences and inspiration you gain while here, I am sure you will turn into even more artistically wonderful things. I agree with Richard, keep going!

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Thank you so much! I hope so too!!

  4. Monoploy says:

    Let’s perform once in class, I am sure everyone want to see your performance. LoL.
    Anyway, NYC gonna give you such a great experience. Hope to listen to your new song in future, GOOD LUCK.

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Haha thank you so much! 🙂

  5. remuswang says:

    Great !! I like your music style !!
    I strongly support you just to be yourself and produce more amazing songs in the future !!

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Thanks Remus, I will!

  6. biancaAvila says:

    very catchy ,love it! nice video as well.

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Thanks!

  7. CoolShadesGuy says:

    That was cool man!!! I do music too and I like your sound. well done!

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Hey thanks! I’d love to hear your sounds too!

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