The highly-anticipated DEBUT album, "WHEN I DON'T SLEEP.." by Sinem Saniye ("See-nem" "Sahh-nee-yeh") may be more than what you can handle. Then again, it may just be what you've been looking for. It's what can happen to one person when they are more than just tossing and turning in the night!
"When I Don't Sleep" is a mixture of heartfelt songs as honest as a diary about a troubled youth, vulnerability, the search for identity, celebrating the mystery of the afterlife, finding love the most unlikely places, discovering a second sexual coming of age, restlessness and fear, and all the thoughts that may race through any person's mind when they are up at night, unable to sleep, and searching for answers...
With this kind of captivating subject matter, it's no surprise Sinem's voice comes through with such raw honesty, smooth, strong, and soaring at times, shy, gritty, and vulnerable at others. The songs on the album are deliciously wrapped up in Pop Americana with Bossa Nova, Jazz, and Middle-Eastern flavors, combining Sinem's love of Pop beats and song structure with World music influences.
"When I Don't Sleep.." is an album that is sure to stay in your collection forever, never aging over time, but staying young in its childlike and innocent nature, always restless, never weary, and brewing with a secret sensuality that is begging to be released.
THE MAKING OF:
The album came to fruition through the work of several talented collaborators that Sinem sought out. Produced by French producer Henri Scars Struck, "When I Don't Sleep.." has just the right mix of European sounds, Middle-eastern beats, tinges of Jazz, and Pop/Electronica beats he is known for.
Henri has worked with artists/companies or projects for Grammy Award-winning Producer/DJ Roger Sanchez, Madonna, The Polics, Malcolm McLaren, Thierry Dreyfus, Lenny Kravitz, Shakira, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Rakim, De La Soul, KRS One, Alejandro Sanz, Daniel Lazarus, Andy Hughes, Galliano, Jean Charles De Castelbajac, Charles Aznavour, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Chic, Brand New Heavies, Cirque Du Soleil, Carleen Anderson, Simply Red, The Mango Room, Sizzla, Elephant Man, Krizia, Pierre Balmain, BCBG Max Azria, Richard Tyler, Franck Sorbier, Didier Ludot, Le Meridien/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Okaidi, Unilever Prestige, Midem, Estee Lauder, French Tuesdays.
For more on Henri Scars Struck, go to http://www.henriscarsstruck.com.
**For a behind-the-scenes video of Henri and Sinem making the album and special footage from the studio, make sure to BUY THE CD HERE and place it in your computer's DVD/CD-rom drive to enjoy the video and other album extras!**
Once all the recording was completed, Sinem sought out mixing engineer Mark Plati to create the balance in the songs. Mark has worked with David Bowie, The Cure, Shawn Colvin, Prince, Brazilian Girls, Natalie Imbruglia, Earl Slick, IVY, Heather Eatman, Anik Jean, Louise Attaque, Eden Ants, Dave Navarro, Les Rita Mitsouko, Hooverphonic, Michael Stipe, Alisha's Attic, Junior Vasquez, Arthur Baker, Alain Bashung, New Order, Suzanne Vega, Marc Cohn, Ruth Ruth, Duncan Sheik, Robbie Williams, Riuichi Sakamoto, and Quincy Jones among others. Artists of note: David Bowie (six albums & three tours; producer, engineer, mixer, or musician, sometimes all), Shawn Colvin (she won Grammies for Record of the Year & Song of the Year 1997; engineer), Louise Attaque (they won the Les Victoires' Award for Rock Album of the Year 2006; producer, mixer & musician)
The last but never least in the creative part of the album-making process, the mastering. This is when all the songs are lined up, and are sonically adjusted to the highest quality, to put it simply. The legendary Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound Studios was the mastering engineer for the project. He has worked with a long list of chart-topping artists, including Norah Jones, Fionna Apple, John Lennon, to name just a very few.
Philip A. Jimenez, musical mentor and original producer of the album, was the seed of the project. He was the person who first encouraged Sinem to record a debut album. Philip is most known for his work as producer and former member of multi-platinum selling band Wheatus, Gordo Gringo, and Easy Anthems.