I am a professional singer who has 3 albums with my previous band Dolapdere Big Gang, and 1 solo album, "Back Home" which you can listen to on spotify and itunes, also videos on youtube. I am also a mixing engineer and I have worked in a lot of projects as a mixing engineer. As a vocal coach, vocal comping and tuning are also my strong points.
I grew up listening to a large variety of music genres ranging from heavy metal to soul and pop music to funk. From the age of 16 onwards, I started a lot of bands and has been performing on stage regularly.
Whilst studying music at university I worked with Iskender Paydas and acquired a broad understanding of sound engineering and what it takes to be a professional studio vocalist. In the year 2006 I joined the band Dolapdere Big Gang as the lead singer. The first album remained number 1 in the charts for over 8 consecutive weeks. All together we released 3 successful albums and played over 500 concerts in Turkey as well as all over the world. Through this, I gained a great reputation in the music business and was the frontman in concert events for big companies like Coca Cola, Microsoft, Belvedere Vodka, Hürriyet, Petrol Ofisi Air, Efes, the International Press Institute and the Fenerbahce football team. The biggest concerts abroad were played in Italy, Germany, Russia, France, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Morocco, South Africa, Australia and Japan.
Being part of a project band that only covers known hits (with a Turkish twist) didn't give me the chance to express my own vision and feeling of music completely. In 2010 he got in contact with the very talented songwriter/composer David Flynn from the UK. A great partnership developed and the album ‘Back Home’ was put together.
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Interview with Emir Yesil
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am a well known musician in my country and I started my professional music life as a singer. I performed almost every continent in the world and my work took place in compilation cd's such as Buddha Bar and Claude Challe. So being a recording session singer, I am also a vocal coach and I do vocal comping and tuning. I mixed tracks for many released albums and recently upgraded my studio for a better musical experience. I work with global companies as a musical consultant and I write jingles and songs for private event.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a huge fan of the music from the 80s and 90s. I am inspired by almost every genre of music from Heavy metal to pop. I had a chance to work with Michael C. Ross in my solo album and learned a lot from him as a sound engineer.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Neumann KH 310 speakers for monitoring. Really flat speakers and they are perfect for mixing. I have Universal audio Apollo twin duo soundcard. I use Rupert Neve portico 5012 dual preamp to record vocals and also use it as a mixing bus. I have a Neumann TLM103 condenser mic for my vocal recordings. I use various number of plugins that I feel are really great. Waves audio, Slate digital, Audioease Altiverb 7, UAD plug ins and more.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I recieved the tracks of a song, my usual time for mixing 1 song is 1 day. I do a rough mix and take notes, also consider notes from the arranger and start working on the song. After finishing the first mix, I send it to my client and do revisions if needed. For editing, vocal comping and tuning, for 1 track it takes me usually around 1 hour depending on the recording.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I studied jazz music in University and I have been a professional musician for more then 15 years. I think musical as well as technical about the song I am mixing. So my musical experience and vision brings the song a unique and strong sound.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Anything to do with vocals would be my strongest point.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop songs, and jingles.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I would say the less tracks the better. Choosing instruments and sounds wisely is a better idea to record 150 tracks in a session and not hearing the real music struggling to be heard.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like to work with professionals as well as amateurs. I always find it interesting to experience and enhance other's ideas. But if I had to choose someone, I would say Adele. She is a brilliant singer and a songwriter and I love to hear real instruments in the arrangements.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started studying jazz in Bilgi University in 2002 and in 2004 I started to work as a sound engineer assistant with one of the biggest producers in Turkey, Iskender Paydas. After learning from the best, I became a freelance engineer since 2005. While working in the studio as a sound engineer, I was offered to be the lead singer in a band and in 2006 we released our first album which was number 1 in the charts for 8 consecutive weeks. I did concerts all over Europe, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Australia and many more countries. In 2011 I released my first solo album. I have been in the professional music business for over 15 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann KH 310 speakers, UA apollo 16, SSL AWS 900+ mixing desk, Fairchild 670 compressor, Imac
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust is very important. Trust me with your work and I will make it sound great.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I would ask for some notes. For example some arrangers would say he/she would want the rhoades in the mix louder. Or maybe the vocals louder than normal standarts. Any information I can understand the music my client wants to hear.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask me also if I do mastering. I tell them I don't.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being a part of a creative work. Listening to the finished mix is my favourite moment.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The best sound.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think both is necessary. Analog has in benefits for warm sound but digital gives you a lot of options.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a mixing of a Reggae band's album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of my album Emir Yesil - Back Home. I was the singer of course. I was also the producer of the album. I did the finishing touches in the mix done by Michael C. Ross.