“Who we are is but a stepping stone to what we can become.”
- Deus Ex
I am Oganalp Canatan. I wear many hats as a professional, but essentially, I am an artist. I like to write space adventures with the occasional ship battles, alien invasions, and dystopian struggles. I compose and perform heavy metal music, and friends from the industry appear as guests on my albums. Welcome to my world.
“Creativity is my escapism. I like to create worlds, instances, adventures, mysteries through my music and words. My mother was sick and needed constant special care. For two decades, I had to grow up with close to 300 caretakers. There were days I would be sent off to school by one and welcomed by another in the afternoon. Most of those caretakers came from horrible backgrounds themselves, carrying their baggage with them. I have seen fights, death, thievery, sadism, disdain, hopelessness in those eyes and souls. Heavy metal music and the surreal worlds created in games and books were my realms of sanity. It is no wonder I ended up as who I am today.”
Canatan was the singer of Dreamtone (Kardanadam, EMI Turkey) and Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki’s Neverland (AFM Records) before creating his heavy metal project, Maegi. In the last twenty years, Canatan released nine albums. He collaborated with some of the most established names of the scene, including Jon Oliva, Hansi Kursch, Chris Boltendahl, Tim Ripper Owens, Mike Baker, Edu Falaschi, Tom Englund, Gary Wehrkamp, Mike LePond, Joe Nevolo, Jerry Outlaw, Zak Stevens and more.
He also contributed his skills to close to 30 indie game projects near his heavy metal music works, with some having tens of thousands of players.
As of Winter 2020, Canatan is working on Maegi’s third album, Slow Motion Suicide, together with his long-time friend and Dreamtone co-founder, Onur Ozkoc.
Canatan is also a space opera writer. He has completed The Blackened Prophecy Trilogy as of February 2021 and getting ready for a Q2 2021 launch of the final book. Canatan has also released a novella, Demise of Hopes, with a revamped edition coming in 2021.
In 2021, Canatan will start working on his next book series in the same genre.
When asked whether he sees himself as a composer, singer, or writer first, he says he is “leaning” toward writing nowadays. “I am composing, performing, and recording since 1998. I had glorious moments, as well as tiredness. Writing is a relatively new adventure for me, so I am focusing on that career. That said, music is also here. Maegi is a good example. I prefer to name myself as a creative individual rather than specific tags.”
Canatan also works as a designer and a marketing specialist. Throughout his career, he had the chance to work with over 80 organizations from around the world as a marketing specialist, graphic designer, UX designer, project manager, producer, educational support staff, and journalist.
Near to his art, Canatan has post-secondary education in accounting & information systems, business, and UX design fields as a graduate with honors and award nominations. He is also an avid gamer with an extensive archive (he even has a Deus Ex tattoo on his arm).
Canatan currently resides in Toronto with his wife and cats.