Top-notch instrumental background scores for your short film, ad, jingle or song. Winner of Independent Music Award for best new age song, and Enlightened Piano Radio Award for best instrumental orchestration. Performed on piano at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
Kolkata based music producer. Specialize in instrumental music composition and arranging. Winner of 2014 independent music award for best new age composition, and Enlightened piano radio award for best instrumental orchestration. Performed on piano at Carnegie Hall, NY.
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Interview with Sonaljit Mukherjee
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I create symphonic, cinematic and ambient soundtracks for short films. I also do background instrumental arranging for songs in different styles and genre.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Yanni, A.R. Rahman, Vangelis, George Winston, David Lanz, Queen, Pink Floyd, U2, Josh Groban. There are many more, but these are my favorites.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work on a 8 core, 16 Gb RAM workstation with 6 Tb storage. I use Propellerheads Reason and Native Instruments Kontakt with a variety of sound generation and effects plugins, and M-Audio oxygen midi keyboard for basic playing and midi control. For mixing purposes, I use a M-Audio M3-8 monitor.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: - Understand the musical style required for the project, and listen to various other compositions related to that style to make an idea. - Figure out the appropriate instrumental or electronic sounds necessary for the project. - Start composing. Figure out the chords, progressions and beat patterns and do the programming accordingly. The selection of instruments and sounds may vary during the process. - Mixing. Arrange all the composed tracks in the DAW and mix the final version. - Review. Listen to the final track multiple times from different speaker systems to review the track quality. I preferably do not do mastering because I believe that should be done in a better studio which I don't have access to.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: color and excitement. I can add multiple instrumental sounds to make it more colorful.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Orchestrating multiple instruments together in a single track. I believe this is my strong point.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Contemporary instrumentals and cinematic orchestrations. I also arrange music for songs in different genre.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing music composition for almost a decade, but started getting professionally involved since 2013 when I launched my debut instrumental album.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: hammer-action midi keyboard, a computer and solar panels to power it. That will be all.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style or genre do they want for their project? I also ask them to provide some example videos or songs to get a better idea.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am just looking for remote jobs in film composition.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first instrumental album, Dreaming the Afterlife, was launched in 2013. I built the album single-handedly using my keyboard and computer over 2 years. The title track of that album won the Independent Music Award for best new age song. I also received the Enlightened Piano Radio award for best instrumental orchestration the next year for my album. I was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, NY, as part of the awards show. That surely was a career highlight.