Thursday, 18 December 2014

Give Djanan Turan a most excellent Christmas present


A talented singer-songwriter has turned to crowd-funding to help finance her new EP. Following two critically acclaimed releases, Djanan Turan, originally from Turkey and now based in London, is in the process of recording her new EP Maze.

The singer, who performed at the inaugural London Turkish Heritage Day event in Enfield last week, is seeking to raise £4,000 to cover the cost of the new five-track EP. It’s being produced by Raz Olsher, who topped the UK charts in 2012 with Sam and The Womp’s lively Bom Bom track.

As of today, Djanan has reached just over half the required total, but still needs £1,500 to reach her target by Christmas Day. If the money can be raised in full, she intends to complete the EP in January. The funds will help to pay for the studio hire, production time, mixing, mastering and printing CDs.

To date, the singer has released two albums: Düğüm, in Turkish, followed by her debut English EP Artigo at the end of 2011, both produced and released by legendary drummer Tansay Omar on his Natural Rhythm Recordings label.

Described by World Music guru DJ Ritu as a, “Dazzling & delightful Turkish singer/composer”. Djanan’s eclectic musical style fuses together Turkish folk, bolshy, Balkan skank and edgy electro-global beats, which is garnering a growing fanbase in Britain and Turkey.

The five new songs on the EP include one dance track, produced by electronic dance pioneers The Egg and four others which are, “a blend of subtle Turkish flavours, folk, and dreaminess”.

She says of herself on Kickstarter: “I am a singer who loves writing at least as much [as] performing. I love the whole process from the sparkles of melody and lyric falls out from your mind, all the way to producing, elaborating and finding them a home in your mp3 players!”

Pledges to help finance Djanan's new EP start from as little as £3 and there are lots of goodies on offer to suit all budgets. For £3 you are emailed the new tracks in MP3 format. Donate £12 and you get a signed copy of the CD and an invitation to their London album launch party. Pay £30 and be an extra in Djanan’s new video, or for £40 be their dinner guest in April, at a beautifully decorated North London warehouse where Djanan and her band will play live. You can even hire the whole band to perform live for £700!

For more information and to make a pledge, visit DjananTuran’s Kickstarter page 

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