1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND
I am a composer, performer and a music producer. I was born in Turkey and moved to Edinburgh in 2018 with my family. I write music for theatre, commercials, TV shows and films.
Last year I won the award for “Best Music and Sound” at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS AWARDS) with the music I composed for Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Ionesco’s famous play Rhinoceros. It was staged at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, in co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival in association with DOT Theatre.
2. CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?
My creation phase varies with the type of music I’m writing. If the music is for a TV commercial, I write the music according to the brief given to me by the director or the ad agency. When I’m composing for theatre, I get to have a more artistic approach. The script, acting and the director are the most important assets on the music I compose for theatre. Scoring for films is similar to this, I am given more of a chance to think of it artistically.
I have a music studio here in Edinburgh and I try to use recorded instruments as much as possible in my tracks.
3. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS ON THE HORIZON?
Currently I’m writing music for Hannah Khalil’s new play “A Museum in Baghdad” which will be staged this autumn at Swan Theatre of Royal Shakespeare Company/Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is directed by Erica Whyman and I’m full of joy to be working with such a great team.
I’m also very excited to be the composer for Oliver Emanuel’s new play “The Monstrous Heart” which will be staged at Stephen Joseph Theatre/Scarborough and Traverse Theatre/Edinburgh this autumn. The play will be directed by Gareth Nicholls and I’m looking forward to working with them.
Other than these, I’m working on my dance theatre project called “Istanbul Calling” which in a way tells the story of my migration from Istanbul to Edinburgh. I’m working with a great team of creatives and hoping to stage it in the UK very soon.
4. WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD BASE FOR CREATIVES?
Edinburgh is a festival city and there is always something going on. It’s great to have so many inspiring events happening at a reachable distance all year. Another important thing for the creatives is the multi national population of Edinburgh. Many creatives from different countries and cultures are living in Edinburgh. This brings the city a colourful cultural structure, which I believe encourages the creative people to share and collaborate with each other, and take parts in various creative events and projects.
5. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?
Creative industries may be difficult to get in. Therefore networking and meeting new people is important. However they must never give up, on the contrary they should keep on creating. Having a unique/authentic style is also very important. There are many possibilities to share your work with people so that you and your creative output is known by others.
6. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CREATIVE EDINBURGH?
The history and architecture. The castle, closes, cemeteries, vaults are all very inspiring for me while creating my music. Since I moved to Edinburgh, I guess I’ve composed more gothic tracks than before.