Award winning session keyboardist, producer, and mixing & mastering engineer, with a passion for excellence. RollingStone Metal Awardee, and multi-nominee, JD Music Awardee, and more. I've been part of several bands, most notably, Whitenoiz, Chaotic Years, Project Polyphony, and Altar Coal.
My name is Taz James, and I run Chaotic Labs, a production house based in Bangalore, India. I'm a multi-instrumentalist that regularly sessions for several artists and producers in the industry, and I professionally mix and master for indie and corporate requirements.
I'm most useful for creating a track from scratch, starting with whatever skeletal idea you'd have.
If you're a solo artist looking to write and release your songs, or a band looking for help in music production, mixing and/or mastering, then I'm your guy.
I also have access to stellar industry leading musicians and vocalists, if you're looking for session artists for the job.
Programming and mixing are my strong suits, and I'm known for my symphonic arrangements.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Taz James
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started learning Piano at a very young age (7), and then moved on to play keyboards for local bands and churches. Musically, I grew up with church musicians, which is where I found my love for gospel music, and then moved on to play for various artists around the country. 9 years ago is when I found my passion for sound, and then started taking up music production, and mixing & mastering jobs along with my session gigs.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My favourite project is a project that I'm currently working on. The artist's name is Sam Moris, and I've been helping him with music production, mixing, and mastering. I love working on this one not just because of the music, but mostly because of who he is as a personality. He inspires me whenever we sit to work, and I genuinely appreciate my time with him.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I've mostly been blessed with clients that give me a creative space to be in, while giving me their personal inputs as well. And this has helped their final product reach unexpected heights. This collaborative creative effort into producing a final product, and finding pleasant sonic surprises, is what I love most about my job.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I always admired Tuomas Holopainen's arrangements, and I've always yearned to work with him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Find your sound, yes, but never settle. Keep your music listening spectrum as wide as possible, and explore as many genres as possible.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly symphonic arrangements fused with rock/metal genres, and I recently found love for the funk/jazz/gospel sound.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I've been a Pianist for as long as I could remember. I then started playing session keyboards/synth for many stages, as well as records. I believe this is my strongest skill.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I travel quite a bit with my wife, so my studio set-up contains only the essentials to get the job done as quickly as possible, with as much excellence as possible. My conversions are UAD and PreSonus, running through an octa-core iMac with Dynaudio LYD monitoring.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of musicians and producers like Tuomas Holopainen, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, and John Williams. I also draw inspiration from mixing & mastering engineers like Chris Lorde-Alge, Kane Churko, Jordan Valeriote, Warren Huart, and Adam Nolly.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I arrange, play keyboards/synth, Piano, and program drums and bass for clients. I also mix and master my client's tracks. These are the most common gigs that I get.