Connecting Rebellion

The program’s format goes like this: first you play a song from say Iron Maiden, let’s suppose you play Hallowed Be Thy Name, a song about a man on his way to the gallows. To proceed to the next song, the DJ has to find a connection to another artist. Let’s also assume that you have a schizophrenic taste of music and you are also fond of Michael Bolton’s How Am I Supposed to Live Without You. This is a song about a man who doesn’t know how he’s supposed to live without her.

My friend Tim hosts a radio show in Açık Radyo, the most progressive and diverse of Turkish radios, and he asked me to be a guest DJ on it.  The show is called Connections; the point is playing songs that are somehow (by hook or by crook) connected.

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Protest Music from Gezi Park

In this case when I say Protest Music I mean something else. I’m adding some videos below which are all about the protests but would not be filed under this genre. Maybe it can be said that just like the people, music genres are also uniting to protest against the PM and his government during the Summer of 2013.

If you walk around the music aisles in a Turkish music shop, you’ll come across a section called Protest Music.  Typically, Protest Music bands are leftist bands with a huge following, especially in high schools and universities.  The music is a crossover between folk and rock and the lyrics are about freedom, repression and uprising, capitalism and the oppressed, and the revolution that never comes.  It’s customary to say anti-American slogans here and there.  The male singers always have a what we call Davidian voice (meaning deep and husky a la Barry White) and the females usually sing nasally with a high pitch.

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