2/5BZ - ŞAKA ETMiYORUM - JOHN PEEL 26.11.1994 w/ Serhat Koksal
track played at John Peel 's radio 1 & world service radio programs in 1994 & 1997.
THE John Peel Show - Tuesday 16 September 1997
“Of all the music I heard in Turkey, I liked 2/5 BZ best.”John Peel
drum prog.,synth, saz, dub, sampling,..& compozet by Berbat
"I'm Not Joking"," Sivas Ellerinde Sazım Çalınır ","Opua Dişın – Düzenin 7 Ceddine ","Nurkish Dub "..http://vimeo.com/4678364 ( @ Ankara 2007 )
On July 2, 1993, a group of Islamic fundamentalists surrounded the Madimak Hotel in which many intellectuals were staying for the Pir Sultan Abdal Festival in Sivas, known as a stronghold of Islamist movements..37 other intellectuals and participants of the festival, who stayed inside the hotel, were killed. Security forces and officials were criticized for not stopping the massacre.
Question - Bidoun Magazine : Could you tell me the story of John Peel encountering your music and then playing it? How did that happen, and what impact did it have?
Answer - 2/5Bz : In 1994 John Peel asked for an Interview with 2/5 BZ for the BBC World Service, during a visit in Istanbul. At that time I had no idea about who he was.I did not know who John Peel actually was.. When we met, he was interested not only in my music, but also showed Interest to my photocopy zines, posters,stickers..etc. which was very surprising because very few people showed same Interest to all the works of me at that time. Back in the UK he commented on this Interview as ” Of all the music I heard in Turkey, I liked 2/5 BZ the best ” . Afterwards, he played my works in his Radio shows many times during the following years.One day, I received a letter written with a type-writer by himself, asking to make a Peel Session. Since I believed in his sincerity, I replied by using my most creative and special works. Until now, two different Peel Sessions have been broadcasted. Later on, I released them in 12 inch vinyl.During the Interview he asked some questions about the social situation of the territory I was living, in order to understand the relation between. For example, he tried to define the relation I had created between politician’s speeches and dialogues of 70’s Turkish movies which had interfered into the Society’s subconscience. He understood that it was not just a funny collage, but was some kind of resistance, supported with visuals and material created by myself and told in a different language. Peel also introduced the fanzine ( Gozel Zine) which contained lots of Information, interviews with people who worked hardly in the Turkish cinema Industry (synchronization, effects, visuals…etc) compiled all by myself, in his Radio-show. I was the first who interviewed these persons who were not known by name in Turkey at that time.
also John Peel announced my Peel Session when he broadcast 2/5BZ Peel Session ; ”…and that track is from one of my favourites sessions of the recent past ,from 2/5 BZ from Istanbul .No Touristik No Exotic it is called..”John Peel BBC Radio1 2003