SIRMA is a genre-bending singer, songwriter and producer.
Having been born and raised in Istanbul, SIRMA grew accustomed to hearing the kind of music that many consider unconventional. Studying classical piano and jazz singing in her teenage years helped build a solid base for her adventurous compositions. But it was her decision to enroll in Berklee College of Music that gave her an introduction to all the tools she needed to become a self-sufficient artist.
After spending four years in Boston, SIRMA moved to NYC to work as a sound engineer by day and recording artist by night. It was around then that her early demos caught the attention of EDM superstars ILLENIUM and Said The Sky. Their collaborative singles “Drop Our Hearts” and “Drop Our Hearts, Pt. 2” opened up a new avenue for SIRMA as a topliner. Determined to expand her skill set, she worked as a session singer, educator and writer during her mission to establish her own sound.
Though she received recognition from prestigious publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The Line of Best Fit and Clash, SIRMA considers the success of her first self-produced Turkish single as the major turning point of her career. The song, titled “Belki Bir Gün”, reached #3 on Spotify’s Viral 50 Turkey chart a week after its release. When her follow-up English single, “Coming Undone”, made its global radio debut on Apple Music’s Beats 1, SIRMA realized that being an artist full-time might not be a far-fetched dream. Still, she would take a couple detours to carve out her path.
Upon getting an offer from the online music school, Soundfly, SIRMA launched an interactive course titled Modern Pop Vocal Production in 2019. Filled with countless samples from her discography, the course puts how SIRMA home-records and produces vocals on display. Other artists who have launched their own courses at Soundfly include Kimbra and RJD2.
While creating the content for her course, SIRMA discovered the joy of connecting the dots between her identity as a producer and writer. As a result, she ended up penning countless educational articles for music tech companies such as Roland and Output, as well as distribution platforms LANDR and TuneCore.
Since February 2021, SIRMA has been working under the umbrella of Facebook Music Initiative. Her debut album, which she wrote, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered alone at her home studio in Bodrum, will soon be released via Facebook on all major digital platforms worldwide.
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