Studio talk with Tolga Fidan!

Even though Tolga got quite some euipment spreaded all over Berlin town (and yes, he wants it back! AND Yes, if you know who’s ment or you know someone who knows someone who has seen some of his stuff, feel free to send in your hint. We’ll be discrete and he’ll be thankful), he managed to create a fantastic album. As he always writes the sales notes himself, not only the music gets even more personal intensity, but the whole product.

So, to get involved and impressed, not only read the regular release text here, but also some special background stories about the production of some of the gorgeous tracks on his album “Rogue” on Vakant:

“Global Superstar DJ Tolga Fidan is back.

After playing on the world’s biggest stages alongside the best DJs. Charted by every living organism on our earth, Tolga Fidan is back with what could be a grammy award winning record. No no,  just kidding. It’s me. Tolga. And this is my album’s info sheet. I know it’s becoming a bad habit to write my own info sheets, but otherwise it ends up sounding like the paragraph above. It portrays you like a galactic avenger that’s been changing the rules of the game we call music over and over again. Which is obviously utter crap. What it doesn’t say is how miserable you look while doing it. I have discovered that I talk out loud to myself. Yes i do that. It’s borderline sanity. Anyways what we have here is an album which is, if i may say, relatively positive and generally good for home listening. This album was recorded in about 10 weeks in a living room (the sofa being my bed), with restless swollen eyes at dusk and a love/hate relation with my machines, microphone and electric guitar. 3 machines gave up on me during the making of this LP. Lazy bastards. I hope you will like it.

FAIRWELL 22:  This is probably one of my favourites on the record. I

had the original loop for a year or two, but never really figured how

to arrange it until one night when i opened the files again and got

the idea. The first draft had no synths, so once i had them i thought

about laying down some vocals. Basically i recorded my voice 5 times

over and over and then duplicated them again until I had around 9-10

vocal tracks. Pitch up some of them until it sounded like many people

were singing together.

Axel Boman’s comment on this track:

ooohhh fairwell 22 is just so great! had a quick listen to it now and it seems to be a lot of heart in this, will listen closer while taking a trainride through europe while the sun sets. ill give it the attention it deserves. thanks!!!

VOID: the idea behind the track was to have something more rock based.

I had that long bassy synth line for a while with the beat but didn’t

know again what to do with it….and everything came together when my

brother visited me one night…he kinda pushed me into doing those

vocals and help me arrange it which is probably why it s one of my

most simple yet effective arrangements.

Moo.Noo.: I don’t remember exactly how I worked it out.  So I can’t say

much about that one. The only thing i know is that I didnt want this

track on the record at the very beginning. Sounded more like a EP

track for me. Listening to it now after all that time I feel like

there s an early matthew dear vibe to it somehow. That’s cool actually

and the lyrics are about someone that never came around. But I cant

remember who.

Shapes: That one was done with one of my most beloved friends Hana.

Our friendship dates back to 10-12 years. Her brother Aron was my

partner in crime back in the London days. Anyways the funny story

about this one is that Hana recorded the vocals singing on her mac.

Literally. She didn’t have any mic nor soundcard. So it really did take

me a long long time to clean it to the point it is right now, which is

still aweful, but it kinda gave it that weird saturation that I couldnt

have done any other way.

Anyways thats enough blahblah about music I guess.

-Tolga Fidan-

Aaron Hedges from District of corruption states: A very well rounded album. Tolga dexterously navigates the area between sofa and dance floor with ease. Tolga’s aesthetic and point of view shine throughout. Refreshing and timeless.

Now (if you are not already) LISTEN to his music! And Thanks, Tolga!

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