We chatted with Deniz from Kraków Loves Adana about what it’s like to trust your gut, do the work, and make dope music. Check out our interview below.
Hey Deniz, thanks so much for sharing your story with Feminist Wednesday. How would you describe Kraków Loves Adana?
We are a musical duo, and also a couple in private, living in Hamburg consisting of me, Deniz Cicek, and Robert Heitmann, who also has his own label Better Call Rob. We founded the band in 2006 after meeting in a night club and have since released three LPs, the last one Call Yourself New on Rob’s own aforementioned label. The upcoming record ‘Songs After The Blue’ is set for release early in 2018.
It’s so hard to know when to take the leap and jump into your passion. Can you tell us what it was like to quit your day job?
I still have a day job, but not as a dentist. Quitting it was not a decision that happened over night but a process that built up for a long time. In the end, I felt like I could not reconcile my profession as a dentist with the life of a creative. Working in the medical field always made me feel so drained and I had no power or enthusiasm to create anything, I just felt empty.
But generally speaking, you don’t have to quit your job to lead a creative life, sometimes the smallest risk you can take is just big enough to create something out of nothing and be happy about it. For me it was a symbolic act, the trigger I needed to push further into the unknown.
Tell us about American Boy- what inspired you to write the song?
I wrote American Boy out of the rage and powerlessness that arises when you look at the current political situation in the world.
Playing shows, writing songs is everything I want to do, but it felt like such a hollow and almost narcissistic act to just write for the sake of it. It really changed my creative perspective to not look away, to not pretend that everything will be okay in the end and to channel my frustration and anger, which resulted in the aforementioned song.
What advice do you have for women who are aspiring to work in music?
As hackneyed as it sounds – just do it. Start with what you have and don’t rely on other people. Don’t wait for a producer or a label to ‘save’ you and do all the work for you, just dive into the matter and enjoy the doing. I am far away from being successful but the one thing I have learned over the last decade is to enjoy the doing, focus on your own work and to trust your process and instincts. Everything else, the attention, the applause, the clicks, the likes, are just the icing on the cake. They can happen, but eventually they won’t.
What keeps me motivated is the idea itself. You get a good or sometimes even a pretty bad idea and work with it, develop it, push it further, get excited about it and that’s when you know that you are doing the right thing.
I also believe that it is important to surround yourself with supportive people and build alliances.
Personally, it helps me to have a supportive and feminist partner at my side that sometimes believes in my work more than I do… At some point he said to me ‘You create something out of nothing and that is your power. Nobody can take that away from you’.
How can we support you?
Our single ‘American Boy’ is out now. It is the first single from our upcoming record ‘Songs After The Blue’ which will be released on April 6th 2018 via Better Call Rob.
Until then feel free to listen to our current record ‘Call Yourself New’.