Interview - Kivanc Killicer
Updated: Dec 2, 2022
Turkish rock artist Kivanc Killicer has released his latest single 'Winter' from The Four Seasons. All arrangements, recordings, mix and mastering are completed after two years of hard work. There is a music video to accompany this release, view here.
Kivanc Killicer has set out to reinterpret the legendary Baroque 'Winter' sonnet for a more epic symphonic version, building up Vivaldi’s score with horns, electric guitars, orchestral drums, and many other elements that were nonexistent in the original piece.
We sat down with Kivanc Killicer to discuss his music and much more. Here is what he had to say:
Hey Kivanc Killicer, welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Thank you, I’m pretty good.
Congratulations on your latest single ‘Winter’ - what inspired this particular track?
Mainly by Antonio Vivaldi, the composer.
What inspired you to set out to reinterpret the legendary Baroque 'Winter' sonnet for a more epic symphonic version, building up Vivaldi’s score with horns, electric guitars, orchestral drums, and many other elements that were nonexistent in the original piece?
Actually the original piece was so beautiful that I felt it can be rearranged as a more epic version. The original piece did not include Horns, Orchestral drums and many other symphonic instruments. I gave it a shot to see how it will look. In the later stage I decided to add some electric guitars and flutes to shine it a little more. The final draft impressed me to work even more on it to add additional instruments like tubular bells, bass, choir and more. So, it was a trial and error method which worked well for me.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was totally improvisational. Instead of thinking too much about it, I just added my flavor to notes on top of the original piece. I strongly kept the original violins, violas and cellos as they are without tinkering any single note on them.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I did so, here it is: Vivaldi - Winter (from The Four Seasons) - Rearranged with Symphony & Guitar - YouTube.
For viewers that don’t know Kivanc Killicer, how would you describe your sound?
Epic, melodic and inspiring. It’s more like film music with a little rock touch on top.
What’s the music scene like where you live?
More like popular music, that’s unfortunately too simple for my taste.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio?
Well, I test many sounds and sample libraries, it’s like a hobby to me. I prefer to look at the overall sound as a third person during the recording process. When I feel like it matches the epic cinematic rock sound I love, they find their own places.