Our good pal Emre is making good with his burgeoning Turkish-language career. A playful music video has been released for his single “Kaderin Yerine,” which we announced here a month ago. Emre also just performed with Turkey’s biggest superstar, Sezen Aksu. Great things happening for a deserving and super-talented artist.Emre Yilmaz – Kaderin Yerine
from Mantar Film
Our good buddy Emre has been traveling between the U.S. and Istanbul to work on his first Turkish single. And now the moment has arrived: “Kaderin Yerine,” which roughly translates to “I owe all my success to Chuck,” is available here for only 1,96 TL (I have no idea what that is).
In fact, I did collaborate with Ayhan and Emre on the latter’s first English single “Only Yesterday,” which, um, you can purchase here. Yeah, man.
A video clip from the recording session for “Kaderin Yerine” is below, along with the stunning artwork for the single cover above and below. Find out more on Emre’s Facebook page here! Congrats to a talented artist who deserves global success.
Emre was back at 2C Studios Friday to record three hours of guitar parts for new compositions that Ayhan is writing for his main muse Karine Hannah. This is going to be good, cool cats!
Longtime pal and recording artist/guitarist Emre was at 2C Studios in Brooklyn Heights Tuesday for a recording session with Ayhan. Looking good!
>In the late 1950s, Erkin Koray was renowned as the first Turkish musician to introduce rock music in the nation, embracing electric guitar in an era where traditional Middle Eastern instrumentation still mandated popular music. A decade later, he commandeered psychedelic prog rock—in addition to becoming controversial just because he had long hippie hair. Coolio!
In 1971, in Cannes, he chummed around with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, later being compared in Turkey for as being as much an influential innovator in rock music, also compared to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.
Last week, 69-year-old Koray was in the States, in search of signing with an indie American label to propel his legacy West, and held meetings at the Jersey City home of Ayhan’s longtime friends Serap and Kamu. Also in attendance: our talented buddy Emre Yilmaz and pianist Can.Above, Can, Ayhan, Koray, Emre. Below, some more starfuckers.Below, Emre, Ayhan, Leonard, meese.Ayhan with our hosts Serap and Kamu, and meese.With Emre.
>A triumphant evening at Joe’s Pub, as our dear friend Emre packed the house for his first solo outing. I was very restrained… I think I only cried twice.With fellow artists Karine Hannah and Tinatin, and collaborator Ayhan.At Joe’s Pub, from left, Ashley, Dennis D., Leonard, Karine, Tinatin, Ayhan and meese.Backstage: Ayhan, Karine, Tinatin, our star Emre and meese.After-party celebration at Boom: Ayhan and Emre.Dueling divas? Aw, shit, they actually got along famously. No fun at all… Tinatin and Karine, with shared collaborator Ayhan offering rabbit ears in the rear.Tinatin, Ayhan, Emre, meese and Karine.Kamu, eek, looking like he’s ready to take someone down… though sexy at the same time, with Ayhan.“Hot” Emre… as opposed to artist “Beautiful Emre,” with hot and beautiful Ayhan.Now I wasn’t planning to include this picture, but Ayhan posted it on Facebook, so now it’s as good as public domain… It’s pretty fucking hilarious… THIS looks like dueling divas… despite the fact that Tinatin and Karine were hardly Joan and Bette, as Ayhan swore they’d be!And one more of Emre.
>Following my March spotlight review in Billboard, the Turkish version of the mag, which is sold on the stands as a consumer publication, featured Emre’s single “Only Yesterday”—produced by Ayhan Sahin, in the May issue.
Translation: “Emre, who lives in (New York) and has the talent to work with many famous artists, is putting final touches on his first English-language album. The single from his album, “Only Yesterday,” is already well-known in the U.S. Billboard (U.S.) recently gave the single a very positive review. Emre’s album, produced by Ayhan Sahin, is going to be released in Turkey in the near future. But it looks like this charming, sexy man might just conquer the United States before his music reaches Turkey.”
Meanwhile, Emre and Ayhan appeared last week on the Turkish national news in a nicely detailed piece about their collaboration. Okay, cool cats, this is kind of major (read: Chuckle wants Ayhan to purchase a South Beach condo before my bones turn brittle). See it here.And demonstrating his long history in the spotlight, Emre also was brave enough to share with us his career as a youngster, appearing in commercials—this one for, um, toilet tissue. He was certainly a cutie—look at those apple cheeks—merely hinting at the handsome grown-up that Emre has become. All good, as long as he and Ayhan can conjure a few No. 1 hits so that I might become a house-husband for the next 40 years. Oh, wait, this isn’t about me, is it?