In the beginnings of 2016 I moved to Barcelona. Naturally it took sometime for me to get used to a new city and country. After sometime, I decided to do something related to music again. First I started attending to a choir. We were even having concerts. But I think it’s totally a different experience to write your own song and lyrics. So I discovered that the choir thing was not satisfying me as I thought it would.
So I got my iPad in my hands. Luckily those times a referendum for the presidency system would be held in Turkey. And I decided to write a song to support “NO”… a little positive, a little uplifting (for that reason you hear a lot of NO’s (HAYIR) in the song.
Well, that was a good idea but just writing a song, singing, sharing it with your friends in Facebook… and then what? I decided to think a bit bigger. I asked my friend Idil, who was living in Barcelona then, “shall we make a duet?”
İdil had also helped me a lot with my residence things throughout the stages of my moving to Barcelona. Moreover she was a soloist in a band. She is such a fairy-like person that I knew deep inside that she wouldn’t say no, no matter how occupied she was with her thesis.
After a while we completed the recordings and started developing ideas for the video with other friends who were also living in Barcelona. But we had too little time so nothing came out of it. But MUCIZE (Miracle) remained in my archive until today. It’s one of my favorites in this album thanks to the voice of Idil.
Please enjoy the lyrics of APTAL INSAN (and the english translation without the repetitions). It’s the mother nature speaking to humanity, underlining how indifferent we are to her while it’s burning right before our eyes. Yet she is better off without our existence and she will recover anyway and the “life” will continue existing any way, with or without humanity. It’s up to us to decide and act.
Ben burdayım / I’M HERE Yanındayım / RIGHT NEXT TO YOU Yanıyorum / I’M BURNING Görmüyor musun? / CAN’T YOU SEE? Sanki bilmiyorsun / IT’S AS IF YOU DON’T KNOW Sanki duymuyorsun / IT’S AS IF YOU DON’T HEAR Avaz avaz / OUT LOUD Sesleniyorum / I’M CALLING Aptal insan / STUPID HUMAN Aptal insan / STUPID HUMAN Sabah akşam / ALL DAY LONG Bak ekranına / LOOK AT THAT SCREEN OF YOURS Evin yanıyorsa da / EVEN IF YOUR HOUSE IS BURNING Sen otur odanda / YOU KEEP SITTING IN YOUR ROOM Rahat rahat / COMFORTABLY Aptal insan / STUPID HUMAN
Son vagona binme / DON’T CATCH THE LAST TRAIN Seyret öylece / JUST WATCH IT PASS BY
Belki de hiç senle olmadan daha iyi / MAYBE I’M BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Her şey için çok geç olmadan iyileşmeli / I HAVE TO HEAL BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE Ben burada olacağım / I’LL BE HERE “hayat ve ben” nasıl olsa / “THE LIFE AND ME” ANYWAY Aptal insan / STUPID HUMAN Aptal insan / STUPID HUMAN Devam et hiç durma / KEEP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND DON’T STOP
Aptal insan, aptal insan / STUPID HUMAN, STUPID HUMAN devam et sen hiç durmadan / KEEP WHAT YOU ARE DOING Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan
Hala burdayım / I’M STILL HERE Yanındayım / RIGHT NEXT TO YOU Söylüyorum / I’M TELLING YOU Duymuyorsun / BUT YOU DON’T HEAR ME Sanki bilmiyorsun / IT’S LIKE YOU DON’T KNOW Sanki görmüyorsun / IT’S LIKE YOU DON’T SEE Yanıyorum / I’M BURNING Seyrediyorsun / YOU’RE ONLY WATCHING Aptal insan Aptal insan Sabah akşam Bak ekranına Evin yanıyorsa da Sen otur odanda Rahat rahat Aptal insan
Son vagona binme Seyret öylece Dur!
Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan Aptal insan, aptal insan devam et sen hiç durmadan
Belki de hiç senle olmadan daha iyi Her şey için çok geç olmadan iyileşmeli Ben burada olacağım “hayat ve ben” nasıl olsa Aptal insan Aptal insan Devam et hiç durmadan
Ben burada olacağım “hayat ve ben” nasıl olsa Aptal insan Aptal insan Devam et hiç durma
I think it was 2003 or 2004. Those days my only tool to make music was my keyboard. I could only make use of its own memory card to record songs which I could lose with an electricity cut. How difficult these things were back then!
However I started discovering softwares (such as Sony Vegas Pro) with more technology and internet in our lives. This is how I started to make music on adigital platforms.
In this sense BAZEN is not actually my first song. As soon as I started testing, I wrote a couple of songs, one after another. Those times myspace.com was very popular. So I opened a profile there and immediately uploaded these songs.
Shortly after this, I received an e-mail from an independent internet radio channel in the US saying that they were willing to play three of my songs on their channel and they needed a written agreement signed by me if I agreed. It was obviously easier to reach this type of promotion channels those times.
Whatever, back to the story our song. BAZEN was born on such conditions. I was so motivated by the radio thing that I decided to enter an online song contest held by Nokia. I had one more song besides BAZEN, which was suitable for this contest.
SCHIZOPHRENIA was a song in English. While BAZEN was a very calm song, SCHIZOPHRENIA was quite electronic and extraordinary. I eliminated BAZEN after having listened to the other entries. Eventually I didn’t get any successful result from the contest but saw that BAZEN stayed as the most listened song on myspace in the following years.
After almost 15 years, by the end of 2019, I decided to release an album in turkish and to add BAZEN to this album. It’s one the most important and touchstone songs for me with its music and lyrics. Certainly the music was not like this originally. I had to rewrite it on Garageband on iPad.
Today what you are listening to is it’s new version. I also made a remix version. I wish I had the original one also so you could see the difference. Eventually today we have two BAZENs quite different than the original. …those which land on each note of my song like the petals of a rose… (from the lyrics of BAZEN)
Just as the title suggests, my official artist channel on YouTube is live.￼ Honestly I notice that I am a bit ignorant about this, as after I applied for an official artist channel on YouTube, the next day it came with my new and previous songs made as automated videos and they have been added in the channel already￼, without me doing actually nothing. They are certainly nothing official but the music itself, visually accompanied by the cover of the album￼￼. Certainly I am planning to make videos for my songs in the (near) future but still you can subscribe and turn on the notifications so as to be notified when I upload a new video.￼￼ Just to make it clear, this is not the same channel that I have the Spanish videos (Good Times). This is only for my music, albums and singles. ￼So please subscribe and turn the notifications on. There goes the link for my channel on YouTube:￼
Eventually after a 5-year-silence, I have decided to collect together some of my songs (those in turkish) and release this album called “Aptal Insan”, which means Stupid Human. This time I decided to do everything from tip to toe myself, I mean, not just the songs themselves, their arrangements, writing the lyrics and singing but also making the mixing and mastering and even (now) promoting. Honestly I discovered there was too much to learn. And still, a perfectionist like me would never be content by the outcome, but anyway, I tried to do the best that I can with the tools that I have. In that sense, this was, as a whole, a very satisfying 4-5 month journey. Though, I must admit, it was a very difficult work. I totally respect those sound engineers with what they are doing about the mixing and mastering stages.
I will share the links and the stories of each song individually in the following days but for now I’m giving you the Spotify link. You can still listen to it even without a subscription and with some possible advertisements of course. Apart from Spotify, it’s also available on other digital stores such as Apple music, Deezer, Google play, Tidal etc and in apps like TikTok, Instagram (stories) and Facebook (stories) where you can find me as “Taquo”. And what can you do to support?
You may add the songs to your favorite playlists
Certainly you may like and share in various platforms
You may use them on your Instagram/Facebook stories (please don’t forget to mention me 😁)
Any feedback/comment (positive or negative) is very motivating