Güz Erdem talks about his sense of style, love for his craft and much more
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I started learning music theory and guitar theory about 2 years ago. From that moment onward, I was fascinated by how jazz music was structured piece by piece. That was when I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in jazz music.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I owe my style to Herbie Hancock. I’ve always been fascinated by jazz pianists, and from the moment I started studying music and jazz theory, Hancock’s style always had a different spot in my mind.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My primary project, You Are Your Own Light, is based on inspiration and motivation. Even though these may seem simple terms, I’d like to focus on the fact that no human being should be afraid of experimenting. Without experimentation, not only one won’t achieve anything, but they will also skip on the valuable life experiences they may gain throughout their career.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I’m a one-man-band. I record all of the instruments in my songs. Not only does this make the production period last longer, but it also gives me a hard time for live performances. Despite these hardships, my persistent love for music production and theory allows me to produce the highest quality jazz music, regardless of the challenges I face.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
As a young musician who has engaged in professional production about half a year ago, I seem to have quite the quality of my music. My quality comes from my immense dedication to music production and theory learning. Even though I prove to excel in my field, I believe no musician can claim that they are the best in a general field like jazz music. Every musician is their best in their own specific respective field.
What are your plans for the near future?
I will continue to do what I do best, produce fine jazz music. Pursuing my originality in my compositions, production quality, and style, I will keep giving the jazz listeners of the world, gems to be discovered.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
I. Never be afraid of experimenting. Styles and techniques you might think about whether if they would work or not, are original styles you came up with, and they will define your music.
II. Don’t give up on your project. Even though it may seem like your project won’t end up being popular or famous, there will be no harm in working on it and creating a piece that will truly present your original style.