After encouragement of his saxophonist father Mümin Şallıel, Batu started his musical life by the age of nine.
Born in İstanbul. Was eight years old when he initiated his achievement in music. Graduated from İstanbul State Conservatory high school and university as a classical trompet and piano student.
Önder Focan started music by playing mandolin at the age of 8. He switched to guitar at 15 and concentrated on jazz in 1975.