Sound design and production enthusiast, Synthesisers and Guitars, Metal head and carnatic vocals.
Production and sound design: Freelance sound work on Logic X, and Mixing sessions. Recording through Allen and Heath Mixers into Logic 10.4.4, Arturia and NI Kontakt sounds for sound building and production. Line 6POD HD500x Guitar Tone Emulations and Effects for sound scape design, Rhythm and Drum production inside of Logic (also, NI Maschine 2.0 and Maschine Jam for beat making sometimes).
Trained in carnatic music and a self taught guitar player, specially worked on contemporary progressive music,
Studied Sound design and production, mixing and live sound. been making music since 2016.
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Interview with Srikanth Kekuda
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A Progressive carnatic metal EP (Singer songwriter, composing and arranging, production and mixing). An electronic based carnatic fusion EP with varied vocalists and selected rachanas. Sound exercises, a series of sound experimenting tracks.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog by choice, digital by force. For how simplified analog can relatively get when compared to digital in terms of all the unnecessary amount of choice and access we have to the sound libraries and vsts. The warmth and the detail. But also analog comes with a great role to act on your pockets.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: A worthwhile interaction and creative results. Honest sounds.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative vastness, freedom, gear, sound, lights and so on.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The emotional background of the content, the sonic soundscape they're looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Axe FX. A Guitar. SM7B, A Nord and a Moog.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Freelancing since 2015. was part of an academy band as a singer. Self learning rhythm and lead guitars, looking for certain sounds like a kind of a grunge in the guitar, or a certain type of a snare, singing carnatic and producing progressive carnatic metal fusion as private projects. All kinds of sound designing and background music sessions have been common (very ambient electronic, sequencer based music). Have been doing all kinds of recording projects for varied genres for a couple years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very less genre conscious, a lot more sound conscious.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Keshav dhar, Advaita, The pineapple express and on & on & on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal improvisation and authentic production types.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My sonic idea executed with the right kind of a story behind, an emotion behind.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Start from a sonic landscape. lyrics first or later is good. build layers based on certain elements like arpeggios, sequencers and bass lines. work on the rhythm, the snare, the spaces, and create a story. Mix through the whole process and do the levelling and processing in the end.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic pro for most of the production and beat making. Line6 amp emulations and effects, Schecter instruments. Arturia and Native instruments sounds. Allen and Heath board, Audio technica and Shure mics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Project Mishram, Tesseract, Keshav dhar, Animals as leaders, The pineapple express and so on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production and recording. Mixing and live sound. Session singing and songwriting.