YOUNG MU­SI­CIAN OFF TO AMER­ICA

‘Yarım Sevda’ is the hit sin­gle from Enbe Orches­tra’s new al­bum by Ezgi Ayçe, a young mu­si­cian on the rise at home and abroad

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts - DAMLA KAYAYERLİ - IS­TAN­BUL

EZGİ AYÇE is the young, beau­ti­ful daugh­ter of mu­sic teach­ers. Her friendly per­son­al­ity makes her easy to talk to and on top of be­ing a good per­former, she writes lyrics and com­poses songs. She says that she has ded­i­cated her life to mu­sic. She cre­ated the song “Yarım Sevda” (Un­fin­ished Love), the hit sin­gle of Enbe Orches­tra’s new al­bum “Enbe Orkestrası 2018” di­rected by Be­hzat Gerçeker. We re­cently had a chance to chat with Ezgi Ayçe, who re­cently re­ceived an of­fer from Re­dOne, the pro­ducer of Geo Slam and Lady Gaga’s al­bums.

Born to mu­sic teach­ers, Ayçe ex­plained the in­flu­ence her fam­ily had on her mu­si­cal jour­ney. “Once I opened my eyes to the world, I felt the real mean­ing of mu­sic in my fam­ily. My mom and dad tu­tored stu­dents for Bolu Fine Arts High School at home. I woke up to mu­sic, rhythms and melodies all the time and re­ceived pi­ano and gui­tar les­sons early on. My par­ents quickly dis­cov­ered that I had a beau­ti­ful voice. I was in my mom’s choir in mid­dle school and I en­tered voice contests. In high school, I sang songs in my dad’s orches­tra,” she noted.

Born in İzmir and raised in the small town of Akçakoca in Düzce prov­ince, Ayçe had a hard time in Is­tan­bul at first. “When I got into the Depart­ment of Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture in univer­sity, I came to Is­tan­bul. At first, I was afraid of go­ing out. Akçakoca is a very small and safe place. Is­tan­bul is crowded and chaotic. My pho­bia of go­ing out lasted for nearly three months. Then, I broke out of my shell. Af­ter grad­u­ate school and busi­ness life, I ded­i­cated my­self to mu­sic. I was in the Is­tan­bul Euro­pean Choir and Boğaz­içi Jazz Choir. I trav­eled around the world and per­formed on more than 300 stages,” she ex­plained.

The young mu­si­cian de­scribes her style as pop: “I am not a jazz singer. I sing jazz songs in a pop style be­cause some like jazz mu­sic as oth­ers are not fa­mil­iar with it. In fact, I have a mu­si­cal style that ap­peals to many.”

She is en­thu­si­as­tic about be­ing a part of the Enbe Orches­tra, which is very pop­u­lar in Turkey and abroad. “The fact that Be­hzat dis­cov­ers new tal­ents and places them in an al­bum both as a singer and as a com­poser is amaz­ing. The song ‘Yarım Sevda’ has been loved very much and be­came the hit sin­gle of the al­bum. Be­hzat is one of my idols. Also, he places spe­cial im­por­tance on young peo­ple. He al­ways says, ‘You, too, pave the way for other singers in the fu­ture.’”

SHOCKED TO RE­CEIVE OF­FER

“Love makes peo­ple write very good songs. Those who lis­ten to them find them­selves in those songs. There is no other way to touch hearts. Some­times the in­spi­ra­tion just comes and some­times it is just emo­tional den­sity. I wrote ‘Yarım Sevda’ in one sit­ting af­ter an un­fin­ished love,” she said while ex­plain­ing how the hit song came into ex­is­tence.

Ayçe re­cently re­ceived an of­fer from Re­dOne, the pro­ducer of Geo Slam and Lady Gaga’s al­bums. “Re­dOne is a world fa­mous pro­ducer and has per­formed duets with many big names. He dis­cov­ered Lady Gaga. One day, Geo Slam saw me on stage in Is­tan­bul and sent me a mes­sage on my fan page on Face­book,” she said.

“’ We are con­sid­er­ing your type and voice for a world-fa­mous project. It is a three-song project,’ they said. I will go to the U.S. very soon. He will write the songs, and I will sing them. I still can­not be­lieve that I re­ceived the of­fer,” she said ex­cited about the project.

When it comes to Ayçe’s fu­ture goals, she high­lighted the im­por­tance of be­com­ing a world-fa­mous pop-ori­en­tal mu­sic artist and bring­ing qual­ity mu­sic and dance to the stage. “Two peo­ple in the world have suc­cess­fully achieved this: Bey­once and Jennifer Lopez,” she noted.

The Enbe Orches­tra will per­form morale con­certs for Turk­ish sol­diers in Afrin. “A con­cert will be held fea­tur­ing all of the singers at Zorlu Shop­ping Cen­ter. There will also be con­certs across Turkey. The in­come gained from launch­ing con­certs will be do­nated to the sol­diers,” Ayçe said.

I AM A SMALL TOWN GIRL

For those won­der­ing about Ayçe’s per­sonal life and hob­bies, she has a hum­ble and peace­ful life­style.

“I am as I am: Pas­sion­ate, de­ter­mined, prin­ci­pled, per­se­ver­ing, hard­work­ing, emo­tional, deep, hon­est, en­er­getic and pos­i­tive. I grew up in Akçakoca and am such a coastal town girl. I be­came ur­ban­ized later and be­came a city girl. I do not smoke or drink al­co­hol to pre­serve my vo­cal cords. I care about sports. In my free time, I read books and watch movies. In ad­di­tion, I dance. In fact, my life is all about mu­sic. My lover is mu­sic. My love life is about mu­sic and I put the stage in the cen­ter of my life: Work­ing on stage reper­tory, singing les­sons and meet­ings. In terms of so­cial life, I don’t see my friends much,” she con­cluded.

Ezgi Ayçe with Be­hzat Gerçeker, whom she worked with as part of the Enbe Orches­tra’s new al­bum.

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