Why we began Istanbul music in New York

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In 2006 I moved out of Istanbul and went on to a life in America. I was only 18 years old but I wanted to bring something new to an area so badly but didn’t know what to introduce to Turkey or Istanbul. Once I realized I could take something that I know and love (music) and share it with people who don’t know the enjoyment it gives people just like me.

little did I know that New York had so much to show me. In my years in the big city, I have learned so much. I have been back home many times and taught what New Yorkers call street smarts. With the help of many of them, I have been able to start Dizaynus.


The first year. It was fast and a rush. I’ve heard it said that if you can live in New York you can live anywhere. Well, I guess I can live just about anywhere but the adjustment from Istanbul lifestyle was not easy. The first year wasn’t easy I knew my goal was to build something similar to what Dizaynus is today. However, I never was able to target exactly what it was I wanted.

I knew I wanted to grow my business and help people here in the states with Turkish heritage music. I knew that my passion for the music and love for my home country would be enough to keep me on track and get me to my goals.

New York has many attractions and distractions. I can’t say that getting this far has been easy. I can’t say that this is as far as I’ll go, however. I will say this, if I could take back the first year and replace it I wouldn’t. Although I wasted so much time and energy on nearly nothing. It taught me to stay young and remember life is to be enjoyed.

When my business took off. After I had been down every rabbit hole in NYC. I decided to actually start taking my life a little more seriously. I was working as a delivery boy for a sandwich delivery company for mostly tips. Riding a bike that much in the city was a great workout but not so much for growing my music ambitions.

I had been injured in a try-out for the NYC police academy. I didn’t even stop to ask why I was going to this school 3 weeks into the program. I sprain my ankle badly. Tear in my left ACL. I was down and had no legs to deliver anymore. I was out of luck and had no one to reach out too.

During my last month in my apartment, I had lost my job and my opportunity for a better job. I had a half full apartment on last months rent with not enough money for another month. I had one choice and it wasn’t picking a spot out on the curb. In NYC I would do anything to stay offer the streets.

I was forced to push myself to the limits and really push into making my dream a reality. I started out knowing that I couldn’t go after this alone but If I could have my music well known I could accomplish great things. So, I started writing.

My goal was to produce and take massive action. I wanted to write song after song and realize them. I started writing and recording as much as possible. I had purchased all the equipment I needed with a credit card. After a week of minimum sleep but maximum production, I was able to write an entire album based on what I believe would represent Istanbul and it’s music.

I had to get the music into people’s hands. I started to cold call radio stations to pitch my music. Many of them denied me right away. Some would take my music and never return my phone calls. Others would give me some reason of why they can’t play any of the songs on the album. What would be next?

I didn’t want to drop to playing it in the streets but I know it had to get out there. I started looking for help.

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