Umut Gundogdu aka TheUmutmusic is turning his dreams to reality
TheUmutmusic was born on January 10, 1986 in Eskisehir, Turkey.Growing up in Eskisehir, his music teacher saw talent in him and encouraged him to join the choir starting in primary school through high school. In high school, he began performing in musical theater. After high school, Umut attended Anadolu University and wanted to find his own path in music.
Umut had to support himself during university and started working at a local Copy Center. At the same time, he decided to make some real demos, rented studios many nights a week to improve his live performing skills and wrote lyrics. After two plusyears at the Copy Center, Umut become the manager. He met one of his brother’s friends in music and get started to becomemore integrated in the in local music scene. He then joined the Rap/R&B group, Barakabeat in 2007 with his brother Ufuk, also known as Argo. He toured across Turkey with Barakabeat and they started to earn a solid reputation in underground music in Turkey. Because of Umut’s unique R&B vocals,they expanded their musical style combining rap verses with R&B vocals for chorus, uncommon at that time in Turkey.
The group got a lot of people’s attention. They performed inthe well-known club 222 in Eskisehir and their music was played on Fox TV Turkey.They also made 2 albums under the Barakabeat name and numerous singles. During that time Umut was able to record his songs and planned to make a soloEnglish debut album but unfortunately releasing an English R&BHip-hop was not easy in Turkey. He always believed that whileTurkeyhad deeply talented musical artists with a strong following,making music in Englishwould help himreach a larger audience in the world.
In 2011, Umut decided to move to Netherlandsto improve his musical technique and find another opportunities. After he moved, Barakabeat broke up in 2011, and he began performing as a solo artist. Initially, he spent time trying to understand Dutch culture and learn the language. He started to work in small jobs and created his own home studio so he could continue to make music. After releasing his first single “One Love” in the Netherlands in 2013, he released his secondsingle “Bounce”. At that point he opened a small online business in the Netherlands and while managing his business he produced and played music at clubs and events as a DJ. During this time, he also opened a bar, Wave Bar, in The Hague, Netherlands. He hostedregular parties and workshops at the bar. His brother Ufuk also spent some timein The Netherlands and they both started to develop an interest in filmmaking and editing. They bought cameras and other equipment to make amateur videos and began editing them. Umut realized that his passion extended beyond making music. He wanted to do videos, short films, editing andbegan to learn other technical areasofthe entertainment industry. This was the genesis ofNSE Entertainment, an independent music labeland video production company (www.nsemusic.com).
In early 2018, he came to Miami and began spending time in the U.S. He wanted to learn everything he could about the music industry in the U.S. He traveled to different cities in the U.S. including Orlando, Nashville, Chicago, Kansas City and New York. In early 2019, he moved to New York City and started his formal education in Advanced Filmmaking at Digital Film Academy in Manhattan. In the past year, Umut released ‘’Desire” and “With You” with music videos that he produced and directed. Both songs received great reviews and “With You” expanded Umut’s presence as he received recognition in music blogs and U.S. radio,debuting on Kiss FM.
Currently, he is making more short films, editing,color grading, directing, producing music, mix & mastering, composing music, writing songs and singing for his own company NSE Entertainment. (www.nsemusic.com)
His next goal is to win a Grammy and make NSE Entertainment a global company.
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