It would be nice if we said that you suddenly fell into our lives with the song “Samsak Döveci-Langıdı Lan Lan”. How did you come up with the idea to interpret this song? Did you expect such a reaction?
Together with Serkan Çağrı, we prepare and present the music entertainment program called Nefesten Sese on TRT Music screens every Sunday night at 22:00. Serkan Abi suggested this piece to me when compiling my repertoire, “It would be good to read that”. I also enjoyed reading it. I put “Samsak Döveci” on Tiktok and other platforms after this episode aired. When a couple of my friends made a video and shared it, the phenomenon suddenly garnered more attention than we could ever have imagined.
To be honest, I didn’t expect this result.
Has this increased the visibility of the program?
Our program has already been seen a lot, but we cannot ignore the contribution of this work. Of course, that had a positive effect.
At the same time you interpreted the song “Lie World” by Neşet Ertaş with a deep mix version and brought it together with your fans. But the new arrangements of folk songs can sometimes draw a lot of criticism…
I really enjoy listening to electronic music and I try to listen to the newly released works without missing anything… I wanted to share Neşet Ertaş’s folk song called “Lie World” that I fell in love with and wrote before I existed the digital Platform.
As Master Neşet said: “The times don’t suit you, come and learn to adapt to the times.” I followed his advice and decided to bring this song, which I love, together with Deephouse. I read the original version of Turkish song everywhere, but through projects like this I want to get people who don’t listen to folk songs to listen to folk songs.
MY SOUL IS VERY COLORED
Is it better to read a folk song in its original form, or do its new arrangements better reflect your soul?
Some works look good with new arrangements, but some works are just beautiful in their original form. They all reflect my soul. My soul is very colorful. (laughs)
Was it a bit of a mess or a surprise for you to suddenly come out to be more visible?
I’ve been doing this professionally since 2015. I already had an audience, but of course I became better known. I’m not surprised, I’m not confused either. I continue my life the same way.
EVERY MUSIC HAS AN AESTHETIC UNDERSTANDING THAT PULLS THE SOUL
Do you think there’s such a thing as a stage costume that fits the music genre?
I definitely think there is an aesthetic understanding that reflects the spirit of all music.
I wonder because we’re used to more assertive costumes on stage. Think the spirit of dressing sexy with a folk song is far from that?
With closed clothes I feel very comfortable on stage. I want to stay in people’s minds with my music. I think it’s a matter of choice.
If you were in pop music, would you still dress like this?
To be honest, I never thought of doing pop music, but I’d rather dress closed. In general, my opinion on this topic; It’s about your own choice. I prefer like this.
I HAVE ALWAYS EXPERIENCED THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A WOMAN
Have you had any difficulties in your music career or in life in general because you are a woman?
I’ve had a lot of difficulties, I always have. My biggest advantage is that my brother is always by my side.
What kind of family did you grow up in, what kind of childhood did you have?
I grew up in a family that loves music, has fun, respects each other’s ideas and is tolerant. I had a fulfilling childhood. I’m very lucky to have grown up on the street.
When exactly did your relationship with music begin? Were you one of those kids who sang with a hairbrush in your hand?
I’m three years old with a baglama in hand and posing at the piano. Hairbrush, remote control, plastic bottle… It was all my microphone. (laughs)
One of the most beautiful things that my family inherited from me are folk songs. Most folk songs were listened to at home. Also, since I was a child, my mother has been listening to and singing a lot of Turkish classical music.
LEAVING THE BODY OF LOVE, INTELLIGENCE AND LOGIC
How is Elif Buse Doğan private?
I am an emotional, knowing and fair person. I love sports, traveling and theatre. One of my greatest wishes is to be able to see every country in the world. I won’t tell you what kind of person I am, but I think you’d like it if you did. (laughs)
Of course, unless I’m asking someone who makes such emotional music about love…
I think love is an indescribable feeling… You have to experience it. It doesn’t feel like an emotion. A temporary loss of logic. It’s like mind and logic leaving the body. (laughs) The strongest human emotion is love.
short short …
What song are you humming the most right now?
“world of lies”
Who do you usually listen to on long trips?
Who do you think is the queen of pop music?
Do you remember the most exciting event so far?
I think it was my first trip abroad.
What are the three most dominant emotions that the word “future” triggers in you?
hope, inspiration and peace.
It happened, it’s over.