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Intriguing lyrics, catchy choruses, and an attractive media persona are the three factors that define Teoman, one of the most popular Turkish rock singers of the new millennium. He first came to mainstream attention in the second half of the '90s. Apart from music, he is also actively involved in commercial films and TV series. His night life and relationships have been at the forefront of his career most of the time, more so than his music. Apart from his controversial live performances, similarities of his songs to international acts haven't helped him; he is praised and degraded at the same time by many. However, he is accepted as one of the most important singer/songwriter figures of his generation.

Fazlı Teoman Yakupoğlu was born on November 20, 1967. He started his early music career during his university years in the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. After Mirage, he worked with Murat Özyüksel. Teoman sang on four songs in his band Işığın Yansıması on the album Bir Çiçek Yılı Sonra which was released in 1994. Two years later, he won the best song prize at the "1st Roxy Music Days" with "Ne Ekmek Ne De Su." His self-titled debut album was also released that year. Teoman was quick to follow his debut with O in 1998, gaining widespread attention from young listeners as well as critics. The album showcased the singles "Sus Konuşma," "O," and "Kardelen." His third album, Onyedi, was released in 2000. The album, with hits like "Paramparça", "Onyedi", "İki Yabancı", "Gündüz Tarifesi", and of course "Zamparanın Ölümü" was the turning point for the singer. With the success of the album, he sold out many concerts all around Turkey and also became a famous face in the celebrity scene of İstanbul.

Crushed by the pressure of nationwide fame, 2001's Gönülçelen fell short from satisfying high expectations. A reprise of his previous song "Zamparanın Ölümü (2nd and Last Part)" and two more cover songs on a 10-track album were the signs of his worn-out songwriting skills. After releasing a remix EP of the song "İstanbul'da Sonbahar", Teoman tried to revive his original influences in 2003's (again) self-titled album. A sound close to the Cure and U2 or two covers of songs by Cem Karaca and Barış Manço couldn't rescue the album from being a disappointment. This wasn't a surprise as he had already lost his focus on songwriting. He starred in three films in 2002 Mumya Firarda, Banka, and Romantik (which was released five years after its original production). To cover up for the fall of his last two albums, Teoman went back into the studio quick and came out with a darker and an edgier album in 2004, En Güzel Hikayem. With even more explicit lyrics he revived himself as an original songwriter. The addition of the ten-minute album closer title song made En Güzel Hikayem his bravest attempt to that date.

In 2005 he wrote, directed, produced, and acted in Balans ve Manevra. He wrote the music for the film, which was also released as an album. In 2006 he released his seventh album, Renkli Rüyalar Oteli, on which he experimented with different vocal styles and more political topics. In 2007 he released a live album recorded during a few dates he played with the legendary Bülent Ortaçgil. A tribute album called Söz - Müzik Teoman was released in 2008. Famous Turkish musicians like Sezen Aksu, Candan Erçetin, İzel, and many more young stars recorded their versions of Teoman songs.

In 2009, Teoman came up with his eighth studio album İnsanlık Halleri. Arguably one of his best and most personal outings to date, the album saw him experimenting with harder guitars or mellower piano-string combinations. He also kept pushing the boundries of his naughty lyrics, especially with the instant catcher “Ruhun Sarisin”. Album opener “Sevişirdik Bazen” displays him writing music for an Ahmet Erhan poem and “Uçurtmalar” for lyrics from author Elif Şafak. However, probably the most remarkable effort on the album comes with “Çoban Yıldızı”. Although it’s a remake of Calogero’s beautiful “Dancer Encore”, Teoman is able to make the song his, placing deeply felt emotions into his lyrics with a stark contrast to the original where he sings of a life not lived to the full, love never felt, hopes and dreams never realized. Çoban Yıldızı was also released as a single with a black & white music video of a young soldier fighting an unknown battle. Same year he appeared in albums of Atiye, Göksel and Hande Yener for duets.

Eventhough he mentioned in various interviews that 8 albums were enough for him and he already had too many songs that he even forgot the lyrics sometimes, Teoman went on to release another album of new material in 2011, titled Aşk ve Gurur. With a well polished and bright production, Aşk ve Gurur shows various inspirations, proving that he can apply his formula of lyrics on different styles. The album opener “Tek Başına Dans” with a music video directed by Teoman himself, “İstanbul’da”, “Romantik” or “Yıllar Sonra” drive the album’s energy forwards. More lyrics-oriented “Bana Öyle Bakma” featuring İrem Candar, “Ölüm Işığa Uzanmış” and “Martılar” are the examples why the album grows even more on the listener with time and they show how powerful his music can be especially when he digs deeper into darker and mellower territory.

Just a few months after releasing Aşk ve Gurur, in August 2011, Teoman officially announced that he was quitting music. Disillusioned by his long lasting dream of rock music and the music industry in general, his farewell letter released online crushed many fans around the country. Venturing on a journey of self exploration he returned quite quickly, before the end of 2012.

Teoman continued his releases with compilation albums. First came a 4 CD live set in 2012. Apart from 2 concerts in Istanbul and Çesme, the set includes a re-release of his performance with Bülent Ortaçgil and his solo vocal performance with a symphonic orchestra, featuring symphony adapted versions of his songs and no rock instruments.

Later in 2014, a compilation album of his softer tracks titled Yavaş Yavaş was released.

His first release of new material after returning to music arrived in 2015 after the biggest gap between 2 albums in his career. Eski Bir Rüya Uğruna saw him experimenting less. Maybe as the title suggests, the album was made for the sake of an old dream, his dream of performing and storytelling, and throughout the 10 songs, Teoman plays safe and makes an album very similar to his previous attempts. The result of course still has moments of brilliance but falls short of satisfying huge expectations. Songs like “Serseri”, “N’apim Tabiatım Böyle”, “Çölde Çiçek”, “Seninim Son Kez”, “Kum Saati” or “Limanında” that features the story of a Syrian refugee couple on its video are the high points of the album.

As a continuation of his aim of compiling the works he created in a decent and structured way, in 2016, Teoman released a lyrics book called “İnsanlık Halleri”. And later in 2018, he released the autobiographical book “Fasa Fiso”.

Same year saw him release Koyu Antoloji. The album featured 26 of his previously written songs, completely reproduced in a Cohen-esque style. Darker, lower, sometimes in a whispering voice or just plainly reading the words, Teoman creates a unique experience for his fans. With a much darker production as well, Koyu Antoloji is more of a new album then a compilation.