What’s your instrument of choice and why?
It changes depending on my mood. Sometimes I’m in the mood to play classical guitar, violin or sing songs. At the end of the day, it’s classical guitar. There’s something about being your own ensemble that’s really satisfying.
What are you involved with musically?
Right now, I’m trying to build my professional career with a website and getting gigs. I also teach and am trying to get more students. I’m trying to find people to play in a Turkish band.
Who are your biggest influences?
David Russell. John Williams. Stephane Grappelli.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Al Green. Marvin Gaye. The Righteous Brothers. Billy Joel. Cee Lo Green.
What’s your plan for the future?
Long term, I want to be a college professor teaching musicology, anthropology and guitar. I want to have a professional classical guitar career. For the immediate future, I want to travel the world.
Any advice for aspiring musicians?
Really try to figure out why you’re doing music. I look at myself as a philosopher. I’m looking for truth and music is my language.