SOFI TUKKER & Mahmut Orhan Team Up for New Song “Forgive Me”
- American electro-pop duo SOFI TUKKER and Turkish DJ Mahmut Orhan teamed up to release a new song “Forgive Me” along with a music video on March 4, 2022.
The song will appear on SOFI TUKKER's upcoming sophomore album “WET TENNIS”, which is set to be released on April 29, 2022.
It was written and produced by Sophie Hawley-Weld, Tucker Halpern and Mahmut Orhan. The accompanying video was directed by Hakan Can.
SOFI TUKKER said of the song, “'Forgive Me' is about forgiving yourself for the worst thing you've ever done, and forgiving another for the harm they caused you, which is the ultimate surrender. It's about loving someone so much that you will let them hate you if that's what they need to do to move on, and hoping that one day, the person will come to forgiveness on their own.”
The duo continued, “We wrote this song with one of our favorite artists in the world, the legendary Mahmut Orhan, and were heavily influenced by Mahmut's Turkish roots. His orchestration really heightens the drama and raw emotion of the song, and is evocative of longing. Even though it's dramatic and emotional, it also makes you wanna dance and sway. It has a sexiness that Mahmut often has in his music, that we love.”
Mahmut Orhan said, “The most exciting part of this song is having that sense when you feel multiple emotions at the same time. You can feel sorrow, dance, relaxation, melancholy, joy and many others simultaneously. This song is a flood of emotions. It gives hope, what we all really need nowadays.”
- The duo said of making the video, “We shot the music video together with Mahmut in Istanbul. It was the first international trip we took after Covid and our whole crew was so giddy to be traveling again. We laughed for 4 days straight. We have so many inside jokes from that time…. the camaraderie and fun on set was unparalleled. At the end of the trip, we were sharing a final dinner together with our crew and Mahmut's crew, going around the table, explaining what the trip meant to us, and everyone shared such moving anecdotes… It was what life is all about. Creating art together with people you admire and love. Turning a difficult experience (what the song is about) into a beautiful experience (the creation of the music and visuals)… that alchemy makes life feel magical. The video is about the journey of losing oneself and then ultimately coming home to oneself. Sophie starts off in what feels like a straight jacket, struggling against herself, and then the troubled part of herself gets let loose. She spends the rest of the video trying to find herself again and comes across Tucker and Mahmut who help her.”
The video's director Hakan Can added,”Like any other director, there are themes that I'm most interested in. From the first meeting for Forgive Me I was inspired by the idea of creating a highly personal piece of work, capturing Sofi's initial intentions in writing the song centering around the theme of forgiveness. I came up with the concept of creating a clone of Sofi, symbolizing a darker side of her. After finding the central narrative, I was looking for ways to incorporate both Tukker and Mahmut Orhan into the story. This resulted in a journey of Sofi and her clone searching for a virtuous tribe led by Mahmut Orhan, and Tukker as a brash racing driver zipping around in dreamlike places.”
Photo by Elizabeth Miranda
- source : Apple Music