Oytun's music journey started the moment he took his first breath:
He was raised by musicians
Oytun Ersan is a Turkish Cypriot electric bass and upright bass player, composer and bass teacher. Born to Ertan and Meral Ersan in June 1978, Oytun is the younger of two Ersan brothers, the older being the famous jazz fusion artist Okan Ersan. Oytun Ersan, whose father was also a bass player, started to play the piano and saxophone at an early age. Always being attracted to the bass guitar, Oytun decided to start a new journey which would change his whole life. He put aside his saxophone and grab a bass guitar. From the very first day, he could not think of anything else but his instrument and music. In a short time, he was on stage; not with his saxophone this time, but with his bass. At the early age of 15, Oytun joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a bass player where he is still working for the last 20 years. In 2002, Oytun has successfully completed BA in Music undergraduate degree program at the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. In addition, he received one-on-one training with Joe Hubbard whose contribution to the development of Oytun’s music performance and vision is invaluable. His passion for music also lead Oytun to attended an Instrumental Conducting Course Masterclass run by the world famous conductor Prof. Peter Start from the Royal College of Music in July 2014.
Oytun Ersan is an official artist endorser for Fodera Guitars, MarkBass and GruvGear. During his career as a musician, Oytun has contributed to a great number of album projects and performed at various international festivals and venues. He has collaborated with a variety of artists including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Dean Brown, Mike Miller, Gerry Etkins, Karen Briggs, Ric Fierabracci, Okan Ersan, Wycliffe Gordon, Rex Richardson, Savvas Savva, Ola Onabule, Lloyd Chisholm, Paul Roos and Andrey Alpatov. Oytun is now tutoring at Yamaha Music School in North Cyprus and actively participating in various recording sessions, workshops and performing at festivals and venues. Oytun Ersan's debut album ''East Meets West'' was released in May 2015 and features some special guests like Wycliffe Gordon on trombone and Prof. Rex Richardson on trumpet and flugelhorn. His second Jazz Fusion Album ''Fusiolicious'', gathers some of the world's most influential musicians and is expected to be released in Winter 2016. Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Gerry Etkins, Greg Howe, Karen Briggs and Okan Ersan are some of the great names in this album. The album will be mixed and mastered by Ric Fierabracci.