Today on Guitaa Artists Center stage, we have an amazing musician with us, “Mutlu“. Mutlu is a singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, US.
With his silk-like vocals, Mutlu gently showers over melodies like rain. He combines his innate Philly-soul style with elements of folk, reggae and rock. He has also collaborated and toured extensively as a support act with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates.
Let’s get to know more about this amazing artist, how his journey into music began, about his biggest challenge as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I’m a singer/songwriter with a strong soul music influence. I also draw from reggae and world music influences.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
My earliest influences were classic rock and soul artists like The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Bill Withers. From the moment I picked up a guitar in high school and started learning a few chords, I was inspired to write songs. There is nothing that compares to writing an original song and experiencing how it can move and resonate with listeners both live and on record.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
Opening for Hall & Oates at The Greek Theatre in L.A.
- Any funny story of a mess up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
I was at a gig one time and the sound system went out a few songs before the end of my set. I wound up singing the last few songs acapella, with no amplification, and it was actually kind of a magical experience.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Bob Marley. To me, these artists represent the greatest, most transcendent level of achievement in songwriting, performance, record-making and musicianship.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
To never lose your connection to the sheer joy of making music. The business side of music can be daunting but, as long as you never lose sight of why you’re doing it in the first place, you can persevere and forge a career.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
This answer connects to my answer to the previous question. The toughest challenge for me has been to learn how to balance the business side of music with the creative side. It’s something I still struggle with at times, but I’ve gotten better over the years at learning how to separate and compartmentalize those two aspects of it.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I like to do vocal warm-ups before a gig. If possible, I also like to try and find a quiet place just to meditate and take good, deep breaths before I go on stage.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
I play a Gibson J-165 acoustic guitar. I also have a Young Chang baby grand piano at my house that I play sometimes, especially when I get into my songwriting mode.
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