We had the good fortune of connecting with Sinan Usta and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sinan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I would say the most important factor behind my success is the use of imagination. I love using imagination and combining it with themes related to contemporary society and the future of the planet; the subjects that draw my attention, that get me excited to talk about. I believe this is what creates the original voice in my artistry.

Imagination can go beyond the content of the work. You can imagine yourself coming up with a new harmony for a new piece of music, taking your work to different places, performing on a stage with a new concept, collaborating with people or even speaking a different language. These aspects of imagination constitute my aspiration for the future and make me want to keep creating and performing my original work.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my artistic career years ago in Istanbul, Turkey where I’m from, playing the violin, acting and singing in local productions. After attending graduate school at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, I started to perform my original works in New York City.

I’m currently staging my solo show Sinarchy World United (some would say an electro-pop rally). In the show, I’m performing my original songs along with a comedy sketch. In addition, I’m one of the co-writers and the composer of the musical animated TV series, Operation Fake Meat, which is another project that I’m working on.

In my work, I often challenge power and politics through themes of contemporary society. I absolutely love writing about the future of the planet and creating concepts around it. My musical style blends the energy of dance-pop and expressiveness of musical theater through somewhat wacky and futuristic anthems.

I’ve performed at venues like Manhattan Nublu and Rattlestick Theater and I’ve recently released a single For Our Generation with an upcoming album on the way. I’m also a UNESCO Youth Ambassador of Intercultural Dialogue and Peace which I believe has contributed a global perspective to my artistry.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to Central Park or Prospect Park! I truly think those parks are among the most beautiful places to see in this city. I would also suggest a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge and then get lost in the streets of Manhattan, that is if you are a believer of the myth of you-can-never-truly-experience-a-city-if you-are-not-lost-in-its-streets. I will not give advice on where to eat, even though I know really good places. Because I actually want to talk about going to the MET and MoMA. You should definitely visit those museums if you are interested in observing art through both a modern and a historical lense.

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 would like to dedicate my shoutout to my classmates and collaborators at NYU Tisch, my instructors and mentors both here and in Turkey, and all my friends and family who immensely helped me pave the way to become an artist. I also want to give a shoutout to my violin, for being there since the beginning.

Website: www.thisissinan.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sinan.usta

Image Credits
Image “Sinarchy World United” by Fernando Gregorio, edited by Sinan Usta. Image with necklace by Elifsu Dağdeviren. Image during performance by Bengüsu Özcan. Image with Minecraft sword by Fernando Gregorio. Image at Washington Square Park by Dustin Dale Barlow.

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