Tarkan's one time backing singer Murat Boz - who appeared in a small cameo on the platinum selling artist's music video to "Start the Fire" - released his own much anticipated album at the beginning of February.
Having already released a single last August by Nil Karaibrahimgil - the girl who starred with Tarkan in a series of commericals - to a positive reception from Turkish pop fans, Boz released his debut album Maximum a little later than originally planned.
Tarkan's support in the album is evident, as Boz has been lucky enough to utilise Tarkan's arrangers and mixers - such as Ozan Çolakoğlu who introduced them - while also having Turkey's superstar pen Boz a song, located at track three.
"Püf" (Puff/Blow) is a standard Tarkan song, that has been described as "filled with the right blend of Eastern panache and Western decorum. Dressed up with sexy slang filled lyrics such as the chorus Blow blow hard I'm burning/Like a candle I'm melting fast/For ages this heart idolised you/I'm burning up for you, which we've come to know so well from Tarkan, the song appears to follow all the norms of a Tarkan song. One drawback might be Boz's interpretation of it, so close has he wanted to stick to Tarkan's concept his vocals even sound like the singer". (Description and translation kindly provided by Ali Yildirim)
Leading to the release of Maximum, in various magazine interviews Boz has constantly mentioned Tarkan as a mentor and a "big brother" who has helped him in the industry. In one interview singer Boz also commented that through Tarkan he had managed to work with many artists, "one of the most recent and important being Shakira".
First making his voice heard on popular girl band Hepsi's song "Yalan", Boz had been touring with Tarkan for the past five years since the release of the superstar's 2001 Karma album. He has a growing fan base in Turkey.