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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- Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam)
- Pete Escovedo
- Cuban Cigar Crisis
- The Deadwesterns
- Picture Me Broken
- The Full Moon Partisans
- Go Like This
- These Bastards
- Space Ape
- Cenk Ergun
- Zachary James Watkins
- Omid Zoufonoun
- Veil Veil Vanish
- The Husbands
- Death by Fireworks
- New Spell
- VVS Murari
- pragathi guruprasad
62 Reviews - 10 Repeat ClientsEndorse Varun Kejriwal
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.
Awesome mix as usual. Nice and full and a big sounding master as well!
An awesome mix as usual!
Another great job by Varun, thank you!
Awesome mix and master as usual. Varun is now my go-to every time
Varun never disappoints! He is easy to communicate with, his turnaround times are great, and his final masters always sparkle. Thanks!
Always great working with Varun - thank you!!
Awesome mix as usual. Always so happy with the vocals especially
Great mix and master as usual! Varun always makes the tracks sound BIG
Pleasure as always working with Varun. Quick turnaround, great product. Will definitely work with him again. Thank you!!
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
Very fast and great sounding job from Varun, thank you!
Quick turnaround, willing to collaborate and make adjustments, and most importantly an amazing sounding final mix and master. Will definitely work with him again!
Wonderful work as always on our latest Remix! Varun consistently makes our songs sparkle.
Another fantastic mastering job by Varun. He was able to turn the project around quickly and the final product sounds amazing. Highly recommend!
Varun once again did a great job. Can't imagine this mix sounding any better.
Yet another beautiful track from Varun who is a true professional and wonderful collaborator!
Varun was so great to work with on my entire album-he is so responsive and speedy in getting back to you, and takes all your feedback to incorporate it into the mix :) Thank you so much Varun and can't wait to work with you again!
Thank you soooo much Varun! On to the next, you're amazing :)
Another clean, beautiful track with Varun who did various revisions until we got it just how I imagined, so grateful once again!
Varun is a stellar professional who is so prompt and understanding w/ feedback and any other consideration. His turn-around is kind of unbelievable, you have to keep up with him :D He's willing to go whatever way you aspire for your music, with ease & grace in big changes/switches in decisions. He worked with me to find a pricing option that was actually do-able for me. I'm currently working on my 1st album with him and so happy to have him on-board. There's a reason he has such raving reviews!
I had a great experience working with Varun. Super responsive and great quality product. Would definitely recommend him!
Always a pleasure working with Varun. Looking forward to sending him my next project.
I'm so happy to work with Varun! He did mixing of my track. My track has got super sound quality, my voice sounds really bright and now it is ready to release on digital platforms. A big plus - Varun knows features how to prepare the tracks to the digital release!
Varun did a great mixing job on my track. Properly fast and on point. Will definitely work with him again. 🤘🏽🤓
Always love working with Varun. Always satisfied with the end result. Couldn't recommend him more. Thanks man!
Varun did a wonderful job on my song and was patient with me and my song. The end product was clear and balanced.
Always excellent results!!
Varun knocked it out of the park, as usual! Always fast, affordable and high quality. For years he has been a go to for me with many projects spanning multiple genres of music and always delivers!
Varun is the best! Wonderful masters that I am really excited to release to the world. He has a great ear and provided us with all the sound files we'll need for every type of distribution. Thank you!
Varun is a true professional. Excellent communication, wonderful turnaround times, and an end-product that sparkles. He really made our masters sound great! Highly recommended for all your sound needs.
Varun is super easy to work with. I am really lucky to have someone like Varun who I can trust to handle my sound engineering needs, particularly in an emergency as was the case today. Highly recommended!!!
Varun is an incredible ear who always makes those masters pop! He's always open to hear any feedback/edits he provides excellent turnaround times. A highly recommended engineer!
Varun is on time, responsive and does a great job with every project!
The tracks sound amazing. The masters really pop and hit hard. Varun never disappoints.
This man continued to contact me, continued to work with me even when I was being dodgy, he'll give you what you ask for and more. Just a good person, the only way to make it in this industry is with good people. As an artist I'm still learning how to do a better job and become a better me, people like Varun help with that. Thank you boss.
Varun had quick turn around times, was flexible with revisions, and most importantly left us with great masters!
varun is a great engineer with very good ears. He is timely and super affordable as well, what's not to love? I recommend him without reservation.
Excellent job by Varun on this project. The tracks sound great and the process was quick and easy. Highly recommended!!
One of the best engineers I've ever worked with. The mixes sound amazing. Can't recommend Varun enough.
It was a blast working with Varun, he exceeded my expectations of how my track could sound. Definitely will work with him again.
Thanks for taking care of me dude! Sounds amazing and I appreciate the attention to detail. A++
Varun did awesome work. Not only were we happy with the sound, but he also caught some areas that could be cleaned up in our mixes, and provided us with all the file formats we need for various releases. Turnaround times were also super fast.
Clear, kind and direct with a pair of ears that made us sound better than we probably are. Thanks, Varun!
thx again Varun! tracks sound great, everyone is happy. really appreciate the care taken and for sending tracks specifically for digital distribution.
It was a perfect mix. Will definitely be doing more work wit you.
Everything sounds great. Was done in a timely fashion. Very professional. Highly recommend.
Thank you Varun! I am thrilled this album sounds so good. These little recordings finally sound legit! It’s always super easy to work with you. I think I sent you a wrong version (twice), thanks for not yelling at me ;)
Tracks sound amazing! Couldn't sound better. Super excited to get them out in the world. I am a more than satisfied customer.
Thnx for working with me on Tunnel Vision! You somehow tamed that unruly bass. It sounds so legit now!
Varun did an incredible job mastering several tracks for my band. I'm forever thankful and appreciative of his talent. Hire this guy to help with any/all of your mastering/mixing needs!
My band and I recorded a song with Varun, and we had such an incredible time working with him. Varun is an incredible collaborator, as well as just a cool guy to work with in the studio. He is willing to voice his opinion, in order to make a more perfect piece of recorded music. I highly recommend choosing Varun to record music with!
Varun is an excellent sound and mixing engineer! Our cymbals have never sounded so clean. His patient and warm attitude welcomed us into the studio and helped set the stage for one of our most fruitful recording sessions to date. Highly recommended for all your recording and mixing needs!
Varun is a super talented engineer. I've worked with him for several years on many different projects. Absolute professional. I'm blown away each time I hear a track he's mixed. It's like he 'gets it' on a whole other level. The ability to bring depth and imagery to a recording is something that will always amaze me.
Beyond being an incredible engineer, he is truly an incredible person. Thoughtful, kind, supportive, honest.
I mix some of my own stuff- but when I have a song a really care about and want it to be represented at its very best.... I hand it over to Varun. Thx dude!
Varun is one of the best engineers I have had the privilege of working with. I highly recommend working with him for any one who takes their music seriously. His level of professionalism and insight is rarely matched. If your looking for the best quality recording along with an engineer who will bring something unique to the session, Varun is the man.
I have worked with Varun on several projects the last 14 years. He has recorded and mixed several bands I've been in. He has mastered all those recordings and I have brought in home recordings made on cassette four-track to have mastered that turned out great! Varun is very patience and easy to work with and will let you explore your ideas, but will let you know in constructive way when something is not working. One of my favorite people to work with!
I’ve worked with Varun many times in projects ranging from mellow acoustic ballads to screamy blasting metal & he can do it all. He’s super knowledgable & an incredibly easy guy to work with as well! Highly recommended
Ive worked with Varun on many projects over the years including recording, mixing and mastering on and for both digital and analog formats. Ive consistently been impressed with the quality and turnaround and will continue to work with Varun for years to come. Absolutely recommended!
Varun Kejriwal is a sensitive, imaginative, and efficient engineer who produces technically impeccable recordings and mixes. His cool attitude always makes our sessions a pleasure.
Recently, due to a major computer malfunction, I lost a big portion of my audio archive, including a very valuable recording Varun had mastered for me 10 years ago. To my amazement, Varun still had the files backed up, and he sent them to me the next day. I will forever be grateful!
I love working with Varun and look forward to it again. He recorded and mastered my hardcore punk band GO LIKE THIS and has mastered other projects for me with excellent results. Highly recommended.
A pleasure to work with and his mixes sound better than I remember recording them.
Varun KejriwaL is a extremely talented and educated is recording, mixing and mastering. You can absolutely trust Varun will find the sound your going for. Highly recommended!
Interview with Varun Kejriwal
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, depth, and impact
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, Monitors, Headphones, Microphone, Converters.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use high pass filters and subtractive eq. The low-frequency instruments will be much clearer and the mix will have more space.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Lewis Robertson.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on various types of rock bands including indie, pop, punk, and metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making songs into a polished, commercially viable product while maintaining the artistic vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.