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 SIRMA 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 top liner. Determined to expand her skill set, she also 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 few detours to carve out her path.
Upon getting an offer from the online music school, Soundfly, SIRMA launched the interactive course titled Modern Pop Vocal Production. 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.
SIRMA has been composing music for Facebook Music Initiative since February 2021. The first installation of this fully self-made project will soon be released as SIRMA’s debut album on digital platforms worldwide.
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