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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Katcher Interviews Tarkan at NYC Fashion Week

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Joshua Katcher recently interviewed Turkish recording artist Tarkan at the Emilie Humanitary fund raiser at Fashion Week in New York City where they discussed his humanitarian, environmental, and animal causes in addition to music, such as his fighting of a controversial dam in Turkey and his collaboration with PETA to help animals like strays in Turkey and those typically used in the fur industry.

Tarkan was confronted by PETA in 2008 for wearing fur on the cover of his début English language album, in which Tarkan Deluxe had backed the animal rights' campaign against the star.

"Once he learned of the plight of fur-bearing animals, he made an apology and has sworn it off. He also really enjoyed the Dr. Cow's vegan cheese I gave him, and I hope to get the opportunity to prepare him a full vegan meal soon," Katcher writes for his blog "The Discerning Brute".

Watch Fashion TV's report on the event >>

Katcher spoke about music revealing Tarkan's plans for a new album, too, in which he writes that although "Tarkan might not yet be a household name in the United States, with his forthcoming album – star studded with collaborations featuring some of the hottest US artists, it soon will be unforgettable.

"In Europe, Russia, and especially Turkey, the press has compared his effect to that of Elvis' on the US in the 1950s. Tarkan, famous for his spellbinding performances, is an award winning German-born, Turkish pop-singer known as the "prince of pop" by the media on the other side of the Atlantic. He has several multi-platinum selling records, with a total of over 15 million albums sold," Katcher describes Tarkan in "The Discerning Brute".

Artist, writer, vegan chef, businessman, activist and television producer Katcher lives in Brooklyn. He founded "The Discerning Brute" in 2008 as a resource for intelligent men who want to make ethical, informed decisions concerning their lifestyles.

DBTV's article on Tarkan

DBTV Talks to Tarkan

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