Derya Başer

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Derya Başer was born on June 2, 1984 in Istanbul. At the age of 6, she started practicing singing by herself. She began playing keyboards at the age of 11, and then she took classical piano lessons for 5 years. At the age of 16, she started composing. By the time she was graduating from Saint Joseph French High School, she decided that a career in music wouldn’t be appreciated in her social environment. In 2004, she started studying Economics at Bilkent University. During her college years, she collected almost 650 compact discs. In her sophomore year, she was playing the piano again, in her junior year she started to play in a band, and finally in her senior year she took elective music classes from the Bilkent University Conservatory.
At the end of 2008, she started to learn sound engineering as an assisting engineer (Taşoda Sound Design and Music Production). In 2009, she was accepted into Istanbul Technical University’s Sound Engineering and Design Masters program. To have a broader perspective in music, she took a bunch of sound engineering and design classes such as recording, mixing, mastering, location recording, computer music along with music theory and advanced music theory, counterpoint, music history, world music studies classes and also electives from the Music Business Department. Along with her studies, she was an assistant engineer for live recordings (Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra) and for studio engineering (Babajim Istanbul Studios). By the time she graduated in 2011, she had engineered for numerous location recordings, simultaneous recordings, and live recordings and mixed music projects of different genres for several projects and made sound design and compositions for plays and short films.
In 2010, she went in search of a different sound world, and she filled her living space with more than 30 percussion instruments, various synthesizers and keyboards, a digital drum set and acoustic cymbals.
After graduating, she became a freelance sound engineer and designer. She worked on various projects as a composer, recording and mixing engineer, co-producer, arranger, percussionist, vocalist, and keyboardist. In September 2012, she set up her own recording and mixing studio. In November 2013, she founded her own production company Derya Başer Müzik Yapım Reklam ve Organizasyon.

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