Varun Kejriwal

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Imaginative, affordable engineer. Engineer for MTV2 “Bay Area Breakout Artists” Series, The Lovemakers, The Monophonics, and The Deadwesterns.

I am an experienced engineer with over 15 years of producing, recording, mixing and mastering experience working for the names above, as well as many others including Dave Krusen (the first drummer for Pearl Jam), Coast Recorders in San Francisco, and many more. In addition, I have been teaching sound for over 10 years at SAE Expression College honing my craft by training many successful engineers.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Varun Kejriwal
  • Monophonics
  • Cuban Cigar Crisis
  • Cuban Cigar Crisis
  • Meat Slab
Discogs verified credits for Varun Kejriwal
  • Cuban Cigar Crisis
  • Veil Veil Vanish
  • Agents Of Satan
  • Cuban Cigar Crisis
  • Noisecop
  • Veil Veil Vanish
  • Tell The Truth
  • Various
  • Monophonics
  • Various
  • The Norman Conquest
  • DJ Quest (2), Go Like This
  • These Bastards
  • New Spell
  • Empty Cities
  • Sick Burn / These Bastards
  • These Bastards
  • Agents Of Satan
  • Fleshies / Shrinkwrap Killers / The Love Songs* / These Bastards

69 Reviews - 11 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Eli B.
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    I needed a rush job on a mix and Varun knocked out a great one with time to spare - five stars, thank you!

  2. Review by Paul H.
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    Varun is an excellent engineer! It was a pleasure working with him. He puts a lot of effort in communicating, in order to receive the desired result. You really notice that his purpose is to achieve the sound you want!

  3. Review by Eli B.
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    Great work again by Varun, five stars, thank you!!

  4. Review by Caitlin G.
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    Varun worked quickly, communicated well, and did a great job mixing my songs. Would recommend!

  5. Review by Eli B.
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    Pleasure working with Varun as always. Great communication, quick work, fantastic mix. Thank you!

  6. Review by Craig C.
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    Awesome mix as usual! I'm always super happy with Varun's work, especially on my vocals

  7. Review by Craig C.
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    Varun always does a great job on my songs, especially the vocal mix. Will continue to go to him for my mixing needs

  8. Review by Daniel R.
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    Varun did an incredible job of bringing my raw track to life with his production. He listened to my feedback and goals for the song, was quick to respond and make edits to it and was very professional throughout the entire process. Highly recommend his services and would love to work with him again in the future.

  9. Review by Craig C.
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    Awesome mix as usual. Nice and full and a big sounding master as well!

  10. Review by Craig C.
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    An awesome mix as usual!

  11. Review by Eli B.
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    Another great job by Varun, thank you!

  12. Review by Craig C.
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    Awesome mix and master as usual. Varun is now my go-to every time

  13. Review by Leanne Kelly
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    Varun never disappoints! He is easy to communicate with, his turnaround times are great, and his final masters always sparkle. Thanks!

  14. Review by Eli B.
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    Always great working with Varun - thank you!!

  15. Review by Craig C.
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    Awesome mix as usual. Always so happy with the vocals especially

  16. Review by Craig C.
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    Great mix and master as usual! Varun always makes the tracks sound BIG

  17. Review by Eli B.
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    Pleasure as always working with Varun. Quick turnaround, great product. Will definitely work with him again. Thank you!!

  18. Review by Craig C.
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    What I love about Varun's mixes is that they always sound so big and full. I gave him a monster of a song with a TON of tracks, and he really made the track great, with excellent balance between the many elements

  19. Review by Gautier P.
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    Very fast and great sounding job from Varun, thank you!

  20. Review by Craig C.
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    Quick turnaround, willing to collaborate and make adjustments, and most importantly an amazing sounding final mix and master. Will definitely work with him again!

Interview with Varun Kejriwal

  1. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  2. A: Clarity, depth, and impact

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm recording a folk-rock band called Death by Fireworks, mixing and mastering a record for an indie artist named Fritz, and mastering an indie rock record for an indie rock band called Buzzmutt.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: Computer, Monitors, Headphones, Microphone, Converters.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: Use high pass filters and subtractive eq. The low-frequency instruments will be much clearer and the mix will have more space.

  9. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  10. A: I've been doing this for 15 years. I started out playing bass in bands when I became interested in recording. At that time DAWs had started to become affordable and I invested in a small setup and started recording my band as well as others. I eventually went to school to learn how to do things properly. After school, I started my own studio and started teaching a few years after that.

  11. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  12. A: Lewis Robertson.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: I've worked on analog consoles and tape as well as in the box and I like both. I like the sound of analog combined with the flexibility and speed of digital.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: I typically work on various types of rock bands including indie, pop, punk, and metal.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Making songs into a polished, commercially viable product while maintaining the artistic vision.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: My typical work process for mixing is to first listen to the rough and try to understand the emotion that is being conveyed and how it can be brought out. I will also listen to any samples the artist has sent to get a feel for the sound the client is going for. After that, I will make a basic fader and pan balance and start getting a feel for what is going on in the arrangement. Then I will start getting into individual elements and the technical details using EQ, compression, and effects. After I've achieved a good balance I will start with automation and try out different ideas to make the mix stand out.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: At home, I typically work in the box though, at work, I have access to various studios with both analog and digital consoles including a D-Control, SSL 9000J, SSL 6000 E/G. We also have a large variety of outboard gear including Universal Audio, UREI, Tube-Tech, Chandler, and Manley.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: I'm inspired by legendary producers and engineers such as George Martin and Geoff Emerick for their incredibly creative and outside of the box approach to making records. I'm also inspired by Nigel Godrich, Andrew Scheps and Tchad Blake.

  25. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  26. A: I typically work with artists from the pre-production stage all the way to mastering. I enjoy being involved in every aspect of the process but I especially love the mixing stage as I feel like that is where the record really comes to life.

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After Nashville by Death by Fireworks

I was the Producer, Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Unlimited revisions. Typical turnaround is 3 days to 1 week.

GenresSounds Like
  • Radiohead
  • Coldplay
  • Green Day
Gear Highlights
  • Waves Soundgrid
  • Pro Tools 12
  • Various plugins (too many to list)
  • Neve 1272s
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SoundBetter Deal

$20 - First song mastered for a new client!