I create soundscapes that are multicultural, genre-bending and interdisciplinary in nature and deliver them in a sustainable and efficient manner. With a repertoire that includes Jazz, Hip Hop, RnB & Soul, Blues, Electronic Music, and Indian Folk Music, I will elevate and embellish your ideas to match your musical visions.
I'm a multi-instrumentalist and music producer with over 8 years of professional experience.
I offer services in composition, beat-making, sampling, music production, ghost production, mixing, arranging, recording, and a consultancy. I also serve as a session musician, proficient on the electric & acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synths, and Indian percussions.
Owing to a wide range of musical influences, my composition and production experience spans across genres such as Jazz, Hip Hop, RnB & Soul, Blues, Electronic Music, and Indian Folk Music but is not limited to just these. My music has been featured in internationally acclaimed platforms such as Rolling Stone India, Red Bull India and Scoopwhoop. My work also traverses the realm of the music industry into visual media as musical scores and soundscapes for film, television, video games, web series' and other digital content.
As a guitarist and keyboardist, I have performed as part of numerous Indian and international acts including Karun Ramani Live (2017 - Present), Amrit Rao & The Madrascals (2016 - present), Kavita Thomas Live (2017), Blind Image (2014 - 2015), and The Martin Visser Jazz Quartet (2013).
I am interested in working with artists who are looking to create music that is relevant and innovative. If you have a clear idea in mind, I will ensure the workflow and communication is smooth.
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Not only is Karun a bad ass guitar player, he created a dope melody for my song and gave it the funk and soul I was looking for. I highly recommend!!!
Karun was great to work with. Responded quickly and implemented all my feedback and really moved by track along by adding some extra production work. Looking forward to working on more projects.
I had a great experience working with Karun. He was easy to communicate with, professional and delivered terrific tracks. Thank you!
Interview with Karun Ramani
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm the guitarist of the band 'Amrit Rao and The Madrascals' and I've played guitar on our album 'Baemani'. being a concept album with a strong narrative, we roped in professional actors and dancers and staged an hour-long musical featuring elements from all three art forms woven together.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My second E.P, titled 'Blends Vol.1'. It features a mix of musical styles namely Indian rhythms and sounds with western harmony.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - Cuz I don got no moneysss. And it's less effort.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Novelty and Quality.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's very emotionally liberating. It enables me to express myself in ways that words do not allow. Also, I feel music like any art form is cyclic in that we are all constantly deriving ideas and influences from each other yet presenting them differently.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you increase the bass? My answer - No
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: get paid too much.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do they have a clear vision in mind? Are there any references for what they want? - both sonically and musically. What is your timeline and what are your budgets?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My work ethic and versatility are two of my strongest aspects. Once i'm clear on a requirement, the workflow will be smooth and the communication - flawless.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Stratocaster, MacBook Pro (2015 or later), Headphones, a mic, recording cables.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started learning the Mridangam, an Indian percussion instrument when I was eight and when I was 14, I picked up the guitar. I was awarded a scholarship to study music at the first contemporary music school in my country and went on to secure a formal education in music performance, specializing in contemporary Jazz. Since graduating, I've broadened my expertise through learning new instruments and also dabbling with beatmaking and sampling. I've performed as a guitarist with over 7 local and international acts across the country. I released my first solo E.P in 2017 titled 'After Hours' on all digital platforms and my second release is due in April 2019. This opened up many more opportunities and I've gone on to take up projects involving DJing, Mixing & Mastering and Film Scoring.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as somewhere between J Dilla and M.I.A. Coming from India, I have a lot of influences from South Indian folk styles but I'm also proficient with Hip Hop, Soul, and RnB. I always look to innovate and blend genres to ultimately represent many cultures through my music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Yussef Dayes. I feel he is an exemplary drummer with a global repertoire. He is someone I would love to jam with and also record to resample and use in a host of different settings.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In music production, I believe that space and depth are two very key components that contribute to the sound of the track. Working with silence and developing a basic understanding of silence will always enhance and help the musical elements to stand out more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Film Scores, Disco, Funk, Electronica, Rock, and Blues.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skills are most definitely in composition and music production. My guitaring comes in at a close second.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring character, depth, and bounce. I have a well-rounded understanding of different genres of music and can recreate them in different contexts with multiple instruments.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process varies depending on the nature of the work. For production and mixing projects, I tend to fully understand the creative vision of the client first. This allows for a swift workflow and smooth communication. For any instrumental recording, I can bring my own flavor to the mix or stick exactly as per the clients brief.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a fully equipped home setup with professional studio monitors, a keyboard, 5 guitars - 3 electric, 1 acoustic, and 1 bass guitar. I work primarily on Logic and Ableton but am also well versed with Protools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: J Dilla, Madlib, ID'Angelo, Kiefer, Eric Lau, MNDSGN, Robert Glasper, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei, Kamal Williams, Terrace Martin, Kendrick Lamar, Roy Hargrove, Snarky Puppy, Gabriel Garzon Montano, Solange, Anderson Paak.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music Production, Guitar/Bass Recording, Mixing