Bora Uslusoy is the founder of bUMA RecordZ, an independent digital music label and project studio. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, he is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has produced, performed with, and worked as a Recording and Mixing Engineer for Turkish bands and artists such as Acil Servis, Artı90, Düşdünya, Aqua Talk, Klost and Sercan Sungur. Bora has also released two solo albums, Umutsuz Aşk and Muska (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) along with several singles for the Turkish and international markets.
Bora studied guitar at the Musicians’ Institute London, and completed Berklee College of Music’s “Studio Production Specialist” online certificate program. He attended Avid’s “Train The Trainer” program, leading to his becoming certified as an Avid Pro Tools Instructor. He is also certified as a Steinberg Trainer for Cubase. Bora has published five instructional books on guitar and bass in Turkish, created numerous online courses, and has written dozens of magazine articles, product reviews, and how-to guides.
He is currently an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music in the Music Production and Engineering Department, as well as teaching an online course at Quinnipiac University. Bora is an Associate member of the Audio Engineering Society.
(The following interview with Bora Uslusoy was conducted by Tom Stein. Note: Answers have been edited for clarity and length.)
His answers are as follows: