After rapidly becoming an Internet phenomenon with the online release of her song, “Hiç Sevmedim,” Neslihan is pleased to present her fans with a new album called Masal Gibi.

Your new album, Masal Gibi, was just released. How has the reaction been so far?

Our album is really quite new, but we’ve already gotten positive feedback, which makes me very excited and hopeful. I know that my team shares these same feelings, too. As we reach even wider audiences, I believe that our success will grow because this album was the product of a lot of hard work and deep emotions.

Years ago, you quickly gained fame and a following after you published a hit single, “Hiç Sevmedim,” on the Internet. Shortly thereafter, you released an album and then another single. Is your latest album a continuation of those projects?

This album is certainly a continuation of my feelings, and it’s the next stop on my musical journey. I haven’t changed fundamentally, but I have developed a lot. This album is much more “me.” I paid attention to every detail in it. Now that I’ve overcome my insecurities, I’ve started making my own decisions more freely in line with what I want. I made this album by following my instincts but also by working with an excellent and enthusiastic team. It makes me smile every time I think about it; I can’t hide it see this.

For me, “Hiç Sevmedim” will always be very special because the way it came together was wonderful. It’s a song that came to me very spontaneously, and from there it has made its own way to my listeners. In this album, we’ve included a new arrangement of the song because we wanted people to listen to it from a fresh perspective.

How does this development reflect on Masal Gibi? Would you tell us about your album?

There are 11 songs in Masal Gibi, which was once again arranged by Mehmethan Dişbudak. He also contributed to one of the song’s lyrics. His efforts have been invaluable to me. Selma Zafer contributed to one of the other songs in the album. Aside from that, all of the album’s lyrics and music are mine. We worked with the best musicians, who played so soulfully as they were recorded, and all of the emotions of that moment became part of the songs. If I hadn’t felt that energy when I listened to the songs, I would have gone back to square one and started over. Fortunately, though, there was no need to do that.

Your music video is out now. Can we talk a little bit about that?

The first video we made for this album was “O Bilmiyor.” It was directed by Özkan Aksular. He alone was the one who came to mind for my first video. And I’m happy that it turned out to be a very simple and aesthetic video that allows listeners to focus on the song. I appreciate Özkan Aksular’s work. I hope everyone enjoys the video as much as I have.

Comments have been made about you along the lines of, “Even though she is better than many other singers, she isn’t interesting enough because she doesn’t wear revealing clothing.” What do you think about this?

This is something that comes up from time to time. They say that many singers become successful by wearing revealing clothing, whereas those who don’t dress that way remain unknown. Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not. But regardless, the important thing is that people will have to live with the choices they make. By not providing the media with any racy or sensational images, I run the risk of not staying in the news. As I go forward, I accept whatever consequences come my way as a result of this choice. I want people to take an interest in me for my vocal ability, my songs, and my identity as a musician.

What would you tell your listeners if you wanted to give them a message about this album?

There’s something I always say about my listeners: “They wrote my story.” That’s why I attach great importance to their ideas and suggestions. I don’t want to produce anything that can’t capture their feelings or touch their hearts. As I integrate these concepts, I also want to continue and develop my own musical discoveries. For that reason, I want my listeners to tell me what they’re thinking. I want them to listen to the album and laugh and cry along with me. I hope that for them, this album really is masal gibi – like a fairytale.


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