Let me tell you a little story about myself…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!