People's Istanbul, Demir Sert
- 28.06.2014 06:10:17
Demir Sert, 35 Musician, Painter 1. Can you tell about the first memories you have in Istanbul? Were you born in here or came after? In summer of 1996, i was playing in a rock band in Ankara and we were trying to get a good record deal. All the record companies we wanna sign with were in Istanbul, so we came to Istanbul to make sure they listen to our demo tape. I was a teenage rocker who had a heart full of hopes and dreams. Picturing myself playing on a giant stage in front of thousands of fans was all I do. I was completely charmed by the city and I was saying to myself; This city will make your dreams come true ! It’s been almost 20 years and it’s still the city of hopes and dreams for me. 2. Share your best suggestions on where to go to a dinner especially for the Turkish tastes? I love Edirne KýrkpýnarLokantasý. I know it’s not a hidden treasure, it’s a chain restaurant but they have really amazing Turkish Food. I like exploring new places but it’s feels great to know you can eat great Turkish Food in almost every big shopping mall. 3. What's your favorite way to spend a rainy day in Istanbul? A rainy day in Istanbul can be inspiring as hell or can be the day that you wish you were never born. It depends on your mood and circumstances. I always try to keep it on the inspiring side, so relaxing and enjoying a drink sounds like a good plan . 4. Tell us about your secret places or just one hidden gem in Istanbul? There’s a tea shop called Asia Chai Art in Kazasker. It’s the one and only place that you can buy or drink the finest teas on this planet. They have green tea, white tea, oolong tea, puer tea, rooibos tea, black tea, fruit teas, whatever you want. Bourbon vanilla is my favorite. 5. The music. What can you tell about the places you go to listen quality music as your choices? I love discovering new music so i’m chasing after musicians who play their own material. It’s hard to find it in popular places, so youjust gotta dig a little deeper. Try Peyote first. 6. How would you spend an ideal Sunday in Istanbul? Just to stay at home or you like to step outside? If it’s a real sunday it has to be sunny outside (I hate fake ones ) So if it’s a sunny day I definitely would step outside and i can’t imagine a better place than Burgaz Island to have a breakfast. But if it’s raining outside I rather stay home for sure. 7. What’s the most funny experience you had in public? Sorry, i can’t remember a funny one but lots of “…dat damn last shot!” kind of experiences. 8. Is there any chance to avoid the noise of this city without going out of it? Any silence places to hide? Crossing the Bosphorus on a boat is like 20 minutes rehab and it’s almost free. 9. After all, what can you tell about this city to a complete stranger? One lifetime is not enough to get enough of Istanbul. Demir Sert has been participated on Gezi Park protests and had a beautiful concert on the very dangerous Gezi Park on that moment, June 2013 where Istanbul rised. You can follow him on Twitter This video has been shot on Gezi Park protests in June, 2013 and Demir Sert on the stage.