Award-winning songwriter and originator of the indie rock project Conversing with Oceans. Credits include songs with Grammy-nominated John Forte (Fugees), Rockjazz creator ELEW, and The Voice's finalist Bryan Keith. I write songs. I sing. I record. I mix. I produce. And I'm hungry for more.
Conversing with Oceans first began in 2016 as a solo project of songwriter Alex Bondarev, looking from his rock past to explore new sounds and musical landscapes.
Bondarev’s narrative begins in Grozny, formerly of Russia, when the unrest of war led him and his family to immigrate first to India, and then to the Bronx. Having music as his anchor from an early age and as a self-taught musician, he started his first band (A Moment’s Worth) with his best friends from grammar school. Current bassist John Endico was also a part of that band and lead guitarist Chris Ragone was a founding member. AMW’s brand of optimistic rock resonated with audiences as they made front page news of New York Press, won the first College Battle of the Bands (alumni include Mike Posner & Local Natives), and received the Elfenworks Social Justice Award for their song “Dedicate.”
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Interview with Alex Bondarev
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Wild / Dreams from Conversing with Oceans is an album we poured our hearts into. I did everything from writing, performing, recording, arranging, to producing, and co-mixing this album.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Our next full-length album with Conversing with Oceans.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To work my hardest to achieve their vision.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I will work harder than anyone else to achieve what you're going for. I will listen to you.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been making music for 20 years. I'm a full-time artist in Conversing with Oceans and A Moment's Worth.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My songwriting is often described as introspective and honest. My music usually falls within the pop, rock, & indie categories.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Feldmann has been a hero of mine for his songwriting and production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust your ears and learn something new every day.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter, indie, rock, pop, ambient, hip-hop, and electronic.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I write honestly and perform from the heart. Capturing the precise feeling the song and music are trying to convey is essential to me.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I've been writing and recording music since I was 15 years old. Today I try to keep as much as I can in-house.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work primarily out of Ableton and Reaper. I write, record vocals, guitars, and fully finished arrangements right in my home studio.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a versatile artists with an in-home studio constantly writing songs taking them from conception to the final mix and master. We share and perform this music as Conversing with Oceans.