Cem Adrian

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Cem Adrian
Cem Adrian.jpg
Adrian performing in Ankara in 2008
Background information
Birth nameCem Filiz
Also known asCem Adrian
Born (1980-11-30) 30 November 1980 (age 38)
Edirne, Turkey
Years active2003–present
  • İmaj Müzik
  • UJR Productions
  • MK2
  • Dokuz Sekiz Müzik

Cem Filiz, better known by his stage name Cem Adrian (born 30 November 1980), is a Turkish musician, singer-songwriter and record producer.

Early life[edit]

His father was a merchant, while his mother was a housewife. Adrian was born to a family from Yugoslavia in Edirne, as the second child of his parents.[1] His real name is Cem Filiz.[2] Adrian chose his stage name after Hadrianopolis, the original name of Edirne in ancient times.[3] He later met Fazıl Say through Demet Sağıroğlu, and with Say's invitation, he enrolled in Bilkent University's Department of Performing Arts.[4]


Career beginnings[edit]

In 2003, he worked as a soloist and dancer for the group Mystica. In February 2005, he released his first album, Ben Bu Şarkıyı Sana Yazdım. This album includes the songs which Adrian had recorded by himself between 1997 and 2003 in Edirne. In January 2006, he started working on his second self-produced album. Aşk Bu Gece Şehri Terk Etti, which contained 13 songs written by himself, was released in December 2006. Artists Umay Umay,[5] Denizhan[6] and Suicide[7] were featured on three of the album's songs.

In 2008 he released two albums, Essentials / Seçkiler and Emir, and produced the music for Abdullah Oğuz's film Sıcak, where he also played the role of a young imam.[8]

Recent years[edit]

On 30 December 2015, his first single album İlk ve Son Kez, which contained two songs, was released on internet. One of the songs was "İlk ve Son Kez", which was previously published, while the other was a new version of "Sessizce", which was originally included in the album Aşk Bu Gece Şehri Terk Etti.[9]

On 21 January 2016, his album Seçkiler 2 was released by Dokuz Sekiz Müzik.[10] In September 2016, he announced the release date of his album Tuz Buz to be September 2017,[11] but it was eventually released in November 2017.

In 2017, in order to raise money for a child's surgery, Adrian together with Manuş Baba, Ceylan Ertem, Mabel Matiz and Derya Köroğlu gave a concert under the title "Bir Çocuk İçin Şarkılar (Songs for a Child)".[12]


Adrian is among the artists who have publicly spoken about censorship in Turkey, freedom of speech and human rights. In response to questions regarding his sexuality, he said: "Is it possible for a man who sings with a high pitched voice to not face such comments?".[13] His album Kayıp Çocuk Masalları, which was released in 2010, featured a cover that had a LGBT theme[14] about which he said:

Does it matter whether I'm gay or not? I think people need to learn not to ask questions like that! I think what goes on in my private life is not related to anyone. I'm a musician, that's it.

— Cem Adrian, November 2010[13]

After facing criticism for supporting the LGBT community in 2010, he said: "Actually I have a problem with those who have issues with people's sexual identity."[15] In 2012, he recorded a music video for the song "Yalnızlık" from his album Siyah Bir Veda Öpücüğü, in which a transgender man was shown.[16] There was also a scene involving a young guy masturbating, which was meant to imply loneliness, the title of the song.[17]



Single and EP's[edit]

  • Cam Havli (Glass rush) (2014, with Umay Umay)
  • Yalnızlık Senden Daha Çok Seviyor Beni (Loneliness loves me more than you do) (2015)
  • Geri Dönme (Don't return back) (2018, with Kalben)

Guest Appearances[edit]

  • Made In Turkey Vol. IV (selection)
    • Al Fadimem (folk song, from album Essentials)
  • Lora: Bir Kadının Portresi
    • Sis
  • Artun Ertürk & Diplomatik Rock Opera
    • Sevgisizlik
  • Tetik: Ta Kendisi
    • Beş kişi arabada
  • Soner Canözer & Prag Filarmoni Orkestrası: Masalcı’nın On Beş Yılı (2009)
    • Kaf Dağının Ardında
  • Fazıl Say featuring Güvenç Dağüstün, Burcu Uyar and Selva Erdener
    • İnsan İnsan



  1. ^ "Dünyanın bütün sesleri onun sesinde bir arada". Hürriyet Pazar.
  2. ^ "Sesim Pavorotti'den bile daha güçlü". gazetevatan. 28 March 2005. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  3. ^ Video Fazıl Say's the first presentation contains all the information.
  4. ^ "Ünlüler nasıl keşfedildi?". Hürriyet. 4 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ Aşk Bu Gece Şehri Terk Etti. 5th song: Bana Özel
  6. ^ Aşk Bu Gece Şehri Terk Etti. 4th song: Yağmur
  7. ^ Aşk Bu Gece Şehri Terk Etti. 13th song: Merdivenler
  8. ^ Sicak production credits: Menu Sicak >> Künye Archived February 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Cem Adrian (30 December 2015). "Cem Adrian: "İlk ve Son Kez" albümü". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2017-04-01. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Cem Adrian / Seçkiler 2". Esenshop. 1 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-02-05. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ Cem Adrian (14 February 2017). "Cem Adrian: Seni Seviyorum". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2017-04-01. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Cem Adrian ve dostları, 'Bir çocuk için şarkılar' söyleyecek". Sözcü. 13 April 2017. Archived from the original on 19 April 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Benim İşim Gücüm, Derdim Aşk!". Elele. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  14. ^ "'Kayıp Çocuk Masalları' Cem Adrian..." Kadınca. Archived from the original on 2015-12-11. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  15. ^ "'Cinsel Kimliklerle Derdi Olanlarla Derdim Var'". Kaos GL. 30 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  16. ^ "Cem Adrian'dan "Farklı" Bir Yalnızlık". Kaos GL. 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Cem Adrian'ın yeni klibi sosyal medyayı salladı". Radikal. 5 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

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