Volkan Öktem | Zildjian Drum Set Artist

Volkan Öktem

Tarkan, Sonic Boom, Independent

Volkan Öktem is an independent artist living in İstanbul and working on various projects in many genres including live stage performances and studio recording sessions. He found the perfect environment to reflect his unique style, when he and several other musicians formed “Laço Tayfa”, which fuses traditional Turkish music with jazz, funk and reggae. They performed locally as well as globally at many concerts, such as New York and İstanbul. In July 2004, he played with John Scofield in the 11th International Istanbul Jazz Festival. Furthermore, in January 2005 he played with Bendik Hofseth “Down to Earth'' project in İstanbul. He performed at the 12th International Istanbul Jazz Festival, with Muvaffak “Muffy” Falay, Elvan Araci and Dianne Reeves. He played with Okan Ersan & Istanbul Superband in the Leverkusen Jazz Festival two years in a row. He performed at the Yamaha All Stars Europe Concert in Frankfurt. He also played with Dee Dee Bridgewater in İzmir. He played in Aydin Esen Group in Paris and Ankara feat. Wolfgang Muthspiel in Vienna. Performed with some of great musicians, such as Gilad Atzmon and Andy Sheppard. He played with Guillaume Perret, Nils Petter Molvaer, Marius Neset, Erik Truffaz and Sig (aka Sigfried) between 2015-2018. Currently, Volkan Öktem is touring with Tarkan in Turkey and Europe as well as touring with Sonic Boom and in independent projects, workshops and masterclass series. He performed on more than 200 albums. He still continues working on studio recordings in Turkey, as well as performing internationally for various projects.

Volkan Öktem's setup

1.14" K Custom Dark HiHats – Pair

2.Stack: 6" A Custom Splash (top), 12" K Splash, Brilliant (bottom) *

3.8" A Zildjian Splash

4.18" K Sweet Crash

5.10" A Zildjian Splash

6.14" A Custom EFX

7.22" K Constantinople Bounce Ride

8.18" K Custom Fast Crash

9.14" K Custom High Definition HiHats *

10.17" K Custom Hybrid China

* May be prototype or discontinued

Volkan Öktem

in 3



Fitness and walking. Nature. Rush the band. Tony Williams.



Listening to the music a lot and practicing as much as possible while keeping the soul and the vision rich. Being determined and goal oriented.



14" K Custom Dark Hi Hat, 22" K Constantinople Bounce Ride, 18" K Thin Crash, 10" A Splash, 17" K Custom Hybrid China. These cymbals are capable of satisfying me with both sound and the playability where I can add a value to the music both on stage or in the studio.

Behind the kit

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Photo Credits:
Profile, Artist In 3: Filiz Tülü
Header: Yiğit Eken
Kit: Volkan Öktem