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Tarkan in Vienna with fans from Hungary; 23 June, 2006.

Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born October 17, 1972), more commonly known as Tarkan, is a German born Turkish songwriter, singer and performer. He is one of the biggest pop stars in Turkey; and often regarded as the greatest and most popular Turkish singer of the past decade.


  • It feels wild, you know, because in the beginning I never thought it was going to really happen. It's all in Turkish, you know, and nobody understands a word. But I think it's a groove. It's the kisses that are universal.
  • I was raised in Germany until I was 13, and then my family decided to go back to Turkey. It was good in a way, because I studied music. And I went to a Turkish classical music school and studied music for three years. And then I just realized that I can't do anything else but singing music. And everything just happened naturally.
  • My fans -- when I see them somewhere, outside my concerts -- I get that, that vibe. They're really supporting my projects and everything, because it's a first time that a Turkish singer is, you know, able to express himself out of Turkey.
  • He was my mentor in a way -- as a musician and as a businessman. He came to Turkey once and saw me on stage performing, and then he came up to me and said, "You've got to call me." I said, I would love to. And that was the first thing I did when I came to New York. Then we did an agreement, a deal, with him for the English albums.
  • It was January and snowing like crazy. It was tough; the food was terrible. Eighteen months of my life for nothing? I thought my own dreams were more important.
  • It gets worse and worse. I love it, but I have no life. People grab me and kiss me. I like that, but it can be overwhelming.
  • I don't care what people think. This is my life. I know who I am. I stood up for my rights and my life.
  • Dancing and singing were always like games to me. I sang constantly.
    • Tarkan Q & A. Tarkan Translations. Retrieved on April 10, 2003.
  • I had always dreamed of being involved in a job where I could do anything related to animals and nature. A vet maybe. But later I came to understand that it was just a temporary interest and that music was more important to me.
    • Tarkan Q & A. Tarkan Translations. Retrieved on April 10, 2003.
  • Moving to Turkey was the turning point in my life.
    • Tarkan Q & A. Tarkan Translations. Retrieved on April 10, 2003.
  • We need to know ourselves better so that we can realize what we really want in our life. I think that the first condition for a person to be in a successful relationship is to be happy with the person he or she is, in other words to love themselves.
    • Tarkan Q & A. Tarkan Translations. Retrieved on April 10, 2003.
  • I think that my music is very unique and connects both worlds. That's the reason why I named my album Come Closer. I believe in cultural sharing, in the idea of we-belong-altogether. In my opinion, music should have no borders and we should all try to come closer.
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