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Mahir CK - Black Moon's Shade

The story behind the lyrics of Black Moon's Shade was co-developed with the ballad-rock artist Blake Johnston - vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of Casual Cubs. Lyrics were written and finalized by Blake Johnston. The initial emotional direction of the lyrics soon transformed into a positive outlook when Johnston came up with the "Ooh"s and "Aah"s in what turned out to be the drop section.

Black Moon's Shade's melodic and harmonic accompaniments are light while the rhythmic and thematic elements of the song are dominant, placing the song somewhere between Synthwave and Nu Disco. Mahir CK remarks, "Whenever I shared the song with a friend while walking down the street, their walk would turn into a strut, and their facial expression started looking almost like they were narcissistic for some reason..."

While the song has emotional lyrics, the arrangement contains hardcore 80s electronic pop and 70s disco elements with an uplifting mood. The synth solo and the vocal hook of the drop section gives a kind of escapism and euphoria that is very rare in today's music!


Mahir CK (Mahir Can Küçük), artist grew up in Turkey, his private teachers in Turkey were Timur Selçuk and Randy Esen.

After receiving a degree in industrial design, he graduated from Berklee in 2017, studying contemporary writing and production. His private teacher was Steven Santoro. The awards he received for his performances and arrangements in western contemporary and his cultural music, and his projects was covered by major Turkish newspapers' Hürriyet, Habertürk, Milliyet, and the music magazine Andante.

Besides being a writer, arranger and producer, Küçük is a vocalist who features western contemporary music, Turkish classical, traditional, and contemporary music in his repertoire. He is able to sing microtonally, plays baglama, bass guitar, piano, guitar, and hand percussion. He has shared the stage with artists like Aynur, Simon Shaheen, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Serrano and also performed an arrangement for Neil Portnow, Lionel Richie, Todd Rundgren, Lucinda Williams, Shin Joong Hyun in Agganis Arena, 2017.

On June 2018, Mahir debuted his popular music identity “Mahir CK”. Meanwhile he is working with Turkish pop artists from İstanbul as an arranger, songwriter and mixing engineer.

Discovered via Musosoup