Cem Köksal was born in Istanbul on 03.07.1976. He has started his music life in primary school by playing mandolin. The days that Cem, whose childhood was passed by listening to the music of 60s due to his parents' influence, passed to guitar from mandolin were in 1987. Theoretical music courses that he took from Derya Yener in 1991 and 1992 had a significant place in his musical development. During these days he was continuing on his musical works in a basement floor in Kadıköy, Istanbul with his friend and was participating to musical events in his high school, German High School. Although he was interested in the popular rock groups of those days he began to look for something different and his musical perspective and productivity took a new path especially due to the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air". From then on, classical music was very important for Cem Köksal. He was always choosing tonal modes for his music and Johann Sebastian Bach had became one of his greatest heroes. Blending the classical music elements with modern music in a harmonious way, using the guitar up to the limits, and high melodic level of songs despite of thousands of flowing notes and a very strong sound has deeply influenced him. Cem Köksal, who directed his studies for being perfect in guitar playing, began to show his surprising guitar skills not only in standard techniques but also in alternative techniques. After he became interested in the anatomy of guitars he created a new guitar (Shark) after months of studies, which is totally a product of his design. When he felt that he has reached his musical maturity, he began to the studies for his first album. He was not only aiming to prepare the compositions and arrangements and to write the songs of his album but also to record it. Although this was being seemed as a huge burden that cannot be overcome by one single person, Cem Köksal was thinking that this was the only way for achieving the results that he wants. He again started his studies by reading books and he trained himself for two years with the resources that he found. He drew the studio plans and schemes and established his own studio, Studio 29, in 2002. The album, records of which have been completed in 2003, has been given the name of "Set Me Free!!" and offered to the appreciation of music lovers. The album was a big surprise because it was the first time that a major label (Universal) gave it's label for a heavy-metal album, which had lyrics in English. In short time Cem Köksal was much known at music era and that brought the offers for concerts. Köksal participated many big festivals such as Rockistanbul with Queensryche, Rock the Nations with Manowar, and Coca- Cola Soundwave Tour 2005 - which was a total success. The band performed in 11 different cities of Turkey to 150.000 University students. Because of his high performance on stage, Coca Cola Soundwave Org. invited Köksal to the 2006 tour again. But this time the band included legendary rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner former vocalist of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen etc. The tour was for 10 different cities and pulled 200.000 students to the organization. Cem Köksal produced a spectacular DVD of Bursa concert. 35.000 students were the highlight of this big show. This DVD was released in March 2007 Cem Köksal feat. Joe Lynn Turner Live!! . Immediately after this release he finished his second solo album Siyah Beyaz Masallar (Black and White Fairy Tales), sang in Turkish by Senay Lambaoglu a jazz vocalist. The album has been released on 17th of May 2007. Now he works on his forth-coming album Vigilante.
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