page contains an interview by Mexican MTV, which was taking during
Tarkan's recent visit to Mexico, March 2000.
the word Tarkan at each answer to
watch the RealVideo.
MTV: You are one of the most important figures of Pop in Turkey, and now
you're taking the rest of the planet. Did you ever think you could make
all Latin-American girls sing and dance your songs?
Never, I never really thought that one day a Turkish song would be kind of known, I mean successful in
South American countries, Mexico
specially. So I'm kind of surprised but in a happy way and I'm trying to enjoy
MTV: Your music is the perfect balance between
occidental Pop with oriental influences and sensual lyrics... those are elements that were already
listened, but that weren't able to reach a universal status. Which has
been your strategy?
Tarkan: I didn't
really follow any strategy or anything to combine oriental elements with the western influences. I guess the fact that
I was born in Europe, in a European country just made me aware of all these occidental
sounds and western influences. And then I guess I combined them
naturally 'cause I'm writing my own songs. So I realized that something
really nice, a nice mixture came out in the "kiss" song and most of the other
songs in my album.
MTV: How do you differentiate your two previous
albums Yine Sensiz and Aacaypsin from Ölürüm Sana? Do you feel that you have changed
artistically or personally?
Tarkan: Obviously my
first album was an attempt to prove and find some songs to put in the album and release them. It was not a professionally
challenging album. The second one was fantastic, cause we worked really hard on it.
We wrote and sang good songs. Between the second and the third albums there
are some similarities, I mean in the sound and rhythm. I think the
third, the last album is a little more up-tempo, and more fun than the first and
MTV: If you knew your destiny and you could change or add something,
What would it be?
that's a tough question. What would it be? My destiny. I wouldn't change anything. I wouldn't change anything cause I'm really happy with
the way things are going in my life. And I guess I've learned how to accept
things the way they are. So I never think about those things - changing my
destiny and all that. I'm really happy with my life, my destiny.
MTV: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Tarkan: My plans for 2000 are: I'm working on my
new album, on my Turkish new album, so I'll be doing some studio work , recording sessions, singing
and stuff. So after the new album is done I'll be releasing the first
single in Europe and then probably all over the world. And I'll be touring,
in Turkey and all over the world again. And I guess, I don't know I'll be doing
some videos, shooting some videos, interviews, promotion and stuff. So it
will be a year for music, work and love.
MTV: What do you think about singers like Madonna,
Shakira, Sting or Kula Shaker among others, that have used oriental rhythms getting a lot of
Tarkan: First of all
it's obvious that the world needs some new elements, musical influences. And I believe that our countries, Middle East
countries, Turkey... we have a lot of new elements which the world is not aware
of. I mean, musical elements, instruments and melodies, the way of singing and I guess
big stars are discovering that. That there are a lot of new stuff to
use. Especially Sting with Desert Rose, that song is driving me crazy, it's a
beautiful song, a great mixture. So I really admire that, 'cause we have
to use what we got and all the beautiful instruments and influences. We
have to benefit from all that I think.
His goal of showing and making his music known in
Europe and Asian countries is already done. Now he has his eyes over America, from Canada to
Burasý yolun sonu... Atlamasý.
Credit for this interview and RealVideo files goes the Mexican MTV site -
the RealVideo parts are linked to their site - you can read the
answers in Spanish over there.