Who Am I ?


November 2011

1: Who am I?

Steve Kortyka.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am full time musician, composer, arranger, and teacher. Currently, I am spending most of my days writing compositions and having sessions all around NYC in order to prepare for my first CD as a band leader.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m real happy in New York City! I know the question has many implications–as far as location, I’d like to get some tours happening and see more of the world. In life, I’m on a perpetual date with music, seeing how far I can get with her every night.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

John Coltrane. No doubt he was a person who was true to what he felt his calling in life was; I hope to know the things he did someday.

5: What book is your bible?

Wow. I don’t read as much as I’d like, but a really great book I read in the past was one called The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Life is the best when we remember to live it; this book really helped me.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love beautiful days, playing jazz with a drummer that has his shit together, and people who make me laugh. I hate procrastinating. It still happens though…

7: What is your raison d’être?

To inspire.

8: What is your favorite color?

Dark orange.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Wolverine is the man.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

I still like Fat Cat. I don’t care what people think.

11: What turns you on?


12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Would you like a free subscription to PMC magazine?

Steve Kortyka is a full time musician/composer/educator living in Astoria, NY. He can be found performing all over the city most nights of the week. Check his website for frequent updates.


Steve Kortyka’s Website

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Janelle Reichman

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Steve Kortyka, 2011, NYC, Photography by Janelle Reichman

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