Turkey: Mor ve otesi – We take things seriously

by Stella Floras 69 views

During the first day of their European promo tour, we caught up with Mor ve otesi, the Turkish alternative rock band representing their country this year in the Eurovision Song Contest. In a long and relaxed chat with the popular band we had the opportunity to get to know the members a little better and have all our questions answered.

Where does their name come from, why did they decide to join the contest, who are Mor ve otesi apart from musicians? These are just a few of the topics we covered in this exclusive video interview with the band. Moreover we discussed their song, Deli, what it means, what the message it wants to convey is and why they chose to sing it in Turkish. The band also talked about their plans for the staging of the song in Belgrade which are well under way. Mor ve otesi, together with their choreographer Beyhan Murphy, leader of the Turkish Modern Dance Company and wife of Bauhaus' Peter Murphy, wish to recreate on stage the atmosphere of the video clip and they are currently dealing with the technical aspects of the project.

Mor ve otesi take their music seriously and believe in doing their own thing despite what "competition" offers. "Taking the contest seriously is not the same as wanting the people to take it it seriously" says lead singer Harun when asked if a band such as Mor ve otesi would wish to join the contest in the event a joke act had won the previous year.

Mor ve otesi plan to release a compilation album, possibly in June after the Eurovision Song Contest, which will contain the other two candidate songs they submitted to TRT together with Deli, as well as some songs from live concerts. The band's next studio album will take a little longer to release.

And the customary message to our readers? Well, the band did send one, exclusively for you πŸ™‚

Mor ve otesi Part 1

Mor ve otesi Part 2

Deli unplugged in Athens

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.