Bio: I am a solo artist born in Istanbul, Turkey but have been in the United States for the last 15 years. I recently released an EP titled Long Until Gone. Taking musical inspiration from melodic rock bands like Alice in Chains and Deftones and progressive bands like Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree.
This is a solo project where I am releasing music under my name. Growing up I was always surrounded by music. I took piano lessons for a little while and then taught myself how to play the guitar after hearing bands like Deftones, Metallica and Alice in Chains. Recently, I noticed a lot of musicians writing and recording albums from their home. Since songwriting is a big part of my life, I did some research and got the gear to record the type of album that I always wanted to for awhile. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot throughout the process of writing, recording, producing and mixing. There is still so much to learn though for sure!
Genre: To be honest, I personally don’t think too much about the genre. For example a lot of the music on Long Until Gone was very dark, down tuned riff driven with seven string guitars. However, I started recording some new tracks for the next EP, and this time there will be more clean guitars with a lot of layers, delay and ambiance but still focusing on melody. I guess that’s why I listen to a lot of progressive music because there aren’t any limitations to anything. You don’t need to stick to a certain style or vibe. You basically can just do what you think feels right.
Ideas about the album: Overall I am happy with how Long Until Gone turned out especially with the recording gear that I had which was mainly a POD HD and ezDrummer. The goal and the mindset were to focus and just try to write good songs. Like I said before, it was a learning experience and I had a lot of fun. I would say the strongest aspect, as a whole were the vocals and the melodies. I tried to have a lot of memorable hooks that would hopefully bring the listener back to the album or to a certain song.
It has been a few months since the release and when I look back at the songs, there are a couple of things that I could fix or improve on. When I was recording Long Until Gone, I spent a lot of time on trying to get good guitar tones that I should have spent the same time on a bass tone. I took that effort for this next release that I am recording now and the bass is sitting really well in the middle of the mix with the guitars. Other than that, I’m satisfied with how everything turned out for Long Until Gone.
Reception: The reception has been positive and I’m thankful for the people that took the time to listen to the album. From all the likes, shares, comments on Facebook, Youtube… it is all much appreciated.
Next step; live or studio: There aren’t any plans to play live. This is mainly just a solo project where I just write/record music and release it online. I have been working hard on the next EP that I’m hoping to have out late 2013 or early 2014. I am just trying keep progressing as a songwriter.
Lyrics and Themes: The lyrics I write tend to be very ambiguous. I actually get a lot of inspiration from instrumental music. Because when you listen to an instrumental, you can’t help but have visual imageries in your head. 99% of the time when I write a song, the music will always be written and recorded first with the vocal sections in mind. When it is time to write the lyrics, I’ll listen to the instrumental version of the song, write down the visual imageries as the lyrics and try to fit them into the vocal melodies. That is how I wrote the lyrics for Long Until Gone. This process has been working very well so far but who knows, I might take a different approach in the future if I feel that there needs to be a change.
Composers and Contributors: For Long Until Gone, I did all of the writing and recording between August 2012-February 2013. My brother, Necati Ozmucur also included some string arrangements for one of the tracks. He has helped me out a lot in the past as well. The album cover, the art concept, and the music page layout were all done by Sean Buckley (The Deadstation, Aggressive Logo Design). He pretty much captured the exact vision that I had while writing the songs!
Inspirations: Too many! I would say a combination of alternative bands like Alice in Chains, Deftones. Metal bands like Tool and Metallica. Progressive bands like Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd. I listen to movie soundtracks as well like The Dark Knight and Inception. The Inception soundtrack is one of my favorites!