We had the good fortune of connecting with Kerem Atli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kerem, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Music has always has an important place in my life since I was a little kid. I have started to learn an instrument when I was 5 years old. In addition I didn’t go to a normal middle or high school but studied both in the conservatory in those years as well. Moreover, as a character, I prefer to be not the one who is entertained but a part of the entertainer group.
Following these reasons I have decided to pursue an artistic career. Learning a new instrument was just like learning a new language for me. When I picked up my second instrument which was trumpet in middle school, I was aware that this is what I wanted to pursue throughout my career, because I never felt this as a responsibility but it was rather something that I enjoyed a lot to do. In this sense, I have always pushed myself to learn new instruments as well as new tools.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As born and raised in Istanbul I always been proud of inserting oriental trumpet parts into the music that I have produced. It is an unusual instrument that not everybody would want to learn and it was hard to learn as well.
At first, learning and shaping in an oriental way was hard because the dynamic of the trumpet was very different than other instruments. I had to practice and dedicate myself to my instrument in order to understand it, and it took so many years for me to play it properly. During my college studies I realized the trumpet was an interesting instrument to use in my music productions and it felt like I was giving a different approach to my tracks.
The main driver for me to overcome the challenges was the traction that I have received from my close circle. As I produced music with original trumpet solos I have received extremely positive feedbacks that motivated me to create more music. This process also taught me to shape my productions based on the feedback that I have received which also pushed me to learn new skills too.
I believe that every musician should put their personal background in their tracks and productions. I believe by adding my oriental heritage into my music helped me to attract people and my roots had an important effect on my final products.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I think Venice Beach is the best representation of LA, where you can catch the best vibe of the city. I would first start with the waterfront bar on Venice beach to have some drinks before doing a long walk on the beach, then I would take my friend to the skateboard park on Venice beach because there you can see every type of person from different generations. I just think that Venice is the best place that you can see the mosaic of the city.
Another best activity would be flying over LA with a small plane, it is definitely different and a breath-taking experience in LA if you like flying. For the last, I really enjoy going out in the Hollywood area. I would definitely take my friend to a bar & club-hopping in Hollywood. My favorite spot to start the night is the No Vacancy, it’s a really nice speakeasy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am most grateful for my trumpet instructor Utku Akyol who helped me to recognize my talents other than music performance. He helped me to learn and understand different genres of music and taught me to how to use my instrument effectively.
Maybe I didn’t get the chance to work with him as much as the other instructors that I had, but I believe he deserves the most credit than any other because he always dedicated himself to teaching till I understand the structure.