Published On: Wed, Jan 3rd, 2018

Serdar Öztop, “Top” Rock Guitarist of Turkey

Serdar OZTOP was born in Istanbul. He studied civil engineering and electronics in Bogazici University and received a masters degree in music in Istanbul Technical University Advanced Music Research Center (MIAM). All along his career, Serdar OZTOP has built a reputation as one of the best Turkish Rock guitarists. He has released 2 solo albums full of instrumental rock guitar tunes flavoured with authentic Turkish musical ideas and playing techniques. He has been working with popular artists and bands as a producer and engineer.

He started practicing music by playing the mandolin in primary school. As he met the electric guitar in high school years, he was involved into music with a serious concentration. He played concerts with the school band and participated in contests organized among high schools. He started to play his original compositions with his first band Exon, which was formed at the beginning of his university

After he graduated electronics school of Bogazici University, he started working in Spectrum Recording Studio as a sound engineer. He had the chance to develop his skills on different recording techniques and worked in productions of various albums as an engineer and a studio musician.

He played for popular young Turkish Rock bands such as Kesmeseker and Indians.

He then set up his home-studio and continued his work as a producer-arranger where he had the chance to work with Turkey’s top rock stars and became a well known producer and guitarist.

He released his first solo and Turkey’s first instrumental rock album; “Sukut(Silence)” in 2002. After a short while, he joined the famous rock band Bulutsuzluk Ozlemi. He played many gigs around Turkey and Europe with the band and recorded a live album with a symphony orchestra named Bulutsuzluk Senfoni. Meanwhile with his album Sukut, he had positive feedback all around the world and was chosen as an undiscovered artist by the famous guitar site www.guitar9.com. In the first quarter of 2005, he left the band to record his 2. album “Mutlulugun Gozyaslari(Tears of Happiness)” and to concentrate on his solo projects.

Releasing his new album, in which the most successful drummers and bassists performed on each song, on September, 2005, he started touring around Turkey for concerts and workshops. He keeps on producing in his own studio and instructing about recording techniques at Modern Muzik Akademisi.

(PUBLISHING DATE: 20.06.2013)

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