We had the good fortune of connecting with Zuehre Bahran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zuehre, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in south Germany in a small town called Albstadt. My parents are both originally from Turkey, so growing up, I experienced both cultures and I also speak both languages. I have two wonderful sisters and I was the middle child, which definitely impacted me and taught me how to be strong and stand out at a young age. Also, at a very young age I already knew my big dream was to move to Los Angeles and make it huge in the entertainment industry. I wanted to live up to my name, Zühre, which translates to Venus, and is the brightest object in the sky, other than the moon. My childhood was traumatic. I grew up in a very traditional Turkish, male-dominated household. Me and my sisters witnessed domestic violence towards my mother on a regular basis. Thank God my Mother is a very strong woman and she decided to stop this nightmare and leave my dad. Seeing how strong my mom was, definitely taught me a lot! I made it my goal to be a strong independent woman and be confident that there isn’t anything I couldn’t accomplish, just like her. My mom is my hero!
A couple years ago, I finally made it to LA. It was very hard initially. I came here alone, no family, no friends, starting from zero in a city that is a total opposite from where I come in South Germany. I learned that life here is very fast and that you cannot expect people to help you. So, I decided not to wait around and make something happen for myself. I created a reality show, which is starring me and my 3 German girl friends who came to Los Angeles to make the American dream come true. The show was filmed in LA and aired on a big network in Germany. It was great to be able to connect these 2 cultures together and showcase our life in America to the German audience. I also used the show to help me launch my music career. In the episodes you can see how I started my first music project. My music draws heavily from my background. Being Turkish, growing up in Germany, now living in LA, I think I have an interesting story to tell.
I connect all these different influences that made me who I am and put it into my songs. It’s a mix of Hip Hop beats mixed with Turkish/Middle Eastern instruments (I work with producers from Turkey) and German/English/Turkish lyrics. I always say, imagine a modern Day Cleopatra who spits rhymes.
The reason why I love music so much and why I want to share my passion with the world is that I understand that it is a universal language. I grew up listening to American Hip Hop and R’n’b music, not understanding the words, BUT I still could feel it! Music can bring people from all countries, religions, and cultures together.
My goal with my music is, to connect and unify people from different backgrounds and make them understand that we all come from the same source and we all are brothers and sisters, and we need love and support for each other.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m super excited to share all the projects I’m working on very soon. My second single is coming out this summer and my EP will be released this Fall. I’m also working on different collaborations with artists from different countries which is very exciting. At the same time, I’m working on more episodes for the reality show where people can follow me during the whole process my daily life in LA and through journey to make my vision come true.. Stay tuned and enjoy the ride.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First I would take her to the beach. Since we have no real nice beaches in Germany. We would lay in the sun, eat fruits, walk around and have some drinks. Then I would take her to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Catch on Melrose Ave. After dinner we would definitely go to Delilah on Santa Monica Blvd for more drinks and fun people . Then I would take her to the studio where she would meet my music people and get a taste of how I create my music. On a Sunday I definitely have to take her to a brunch at a rooftop like EP&LP and then to the Melrose/Fairfax area to go shopping and just hang with some friends of mine who own some stores there and catch the vibe. Finishing up at the grove for a movie and some cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. Full and happy we would walk straight home and listen to more music before we fall asleep.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?\
Shoutout to my mom and sisters to for being such an inspiration in my life. Without them I wouldn’t be the strong woman that I am today. I also wanna shout out the producer Tre, he produced my first song and taught me so much about what goes on in making a song, he made me believe that my dream was reachable.
Lance, my camera guy/editor. He’s literally there when I need him and helps me with the vision I want to put in my videos.
Anna, one of my closest friends and inspiration, also my makeup artist and mental support, she’s literally the woman for everything!
Lena, who helps me with my creative process and is like my right hand girl. Her being German is a big advantage because we understand each other and have a very similar taste.
Tay, who helps to manage my daily life, takes care of all the logistics and production with everything. He also is like my coach who challenges me, he is very critical and helps me stay grounded.
I’m so happy and blessed to have such amazing people around me who help me achieve my dreams. Because to do all that alone is very difficult. I believe that team work makes the dream work!!!
Pictures: visualstandardmedia Frank Fastner – FilmCocktail