A long story of a musician

Onur Seçki

Born in 1987 in Adana, Turkey, Onur Seçki discovered his passion for music at an early age, inspired by his father’s darbuka playing. While pursuing a high school education, his fascination with percussion led him to focus on the darbuka as his primary instrument. In 2005, he relocated to Istanbul for university studies, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul University in 2009.

During his university years, Onur honed his darbuka skills as one of the first students at Misirli Ahmet Rhythm House. He performed in significant concerts as a member of the Rhythm House Orchestra. In 2011, he participated in the Traveling Notes’11 international classical music festival, representing Turkey in the youth orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia. His remarkable performances caught the attention of renowned Brazilian conductor Alex Klein, leading to solo and orchestral concerts at the Santa Catarina International Music Festival 2012 in Brazil.

In 2012, Onur embarked on a part-time study of Audio Engineering at SAE Institute Istanbul, earning a diploma in 2014. He further honed his skills as an assistant audio engineer at Babajim Istanbul Studios before embarking on a successful career in music production. In 2017, he obtained a master’s degree in Sound Technologies from Bahcesehir University.

The artist’s journey expanded with his involvement in various projects. He showcased his percussion prowess in the Rhythm of Dance project at Hodjapasha Culture Center since 2016. Onur joined the experimental ethnic-fusion band “Anarchist Republic of Bzzz” in 2017, performing in numerous European countries and sharing the stage with jazz legend Archie Shepp at esteemed festivals like the Banlieues Blues Festival and Mannheim Jazz Festival.

Onur Seçki made his mark as a Music Producer with the release of his debut single “BOUKA” in 2018. He continued to captivate audiences with his unique blend of Ethnic Electronic music, releasing tracks like “BOSPHORUS” in 2019, “ARABEX” in 2020, “FIN” in 2021, and “SANCTUS” in 2023. Since April 2019, he has been performing as a percussionist with the renowned Turkish electronic music project Hey! Douglas.

His talents extended beyond music production as he composed the music for the contemporary dance show “New Life (Yeni Hayat),” premiered by Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, Modern Dance Ensemble, MDT Istanbul in 2021. The accompanying soundtrack album was released in October 2022.

Sharing the stage with esteemed acts of the electronic music scene, including Zuma Dionys, Anatolian Sessions, Omeria, Joachim Pastor, Hannes Bieger, and Brigado Crew, Onur Seçki continues to ascend in his career, fueled by his unwavering dedication and passion for pushing artistic boundaries. With live performances at reputable venues like Soho House, Zoe Garden, Klein, Spago, W Istanbul, Galataport, Setup Kabatas, and Grand Pera, in Istanbul as well as renowned festivals such as Summerdaze Festival, his audience continues to grow.

Currently working on his music project, Onur Seçki explores Progressive House, Melodic Techno, Ethnic House, and Afro House styles, captivating audiences with his diverse soundscapes. As he continues to perform as a DJ in Turkey and Europe, his musical journey is marked by fusion, growth, and an unyielding commitment to creating extraordinary experiences for his listeners.