I'm an acoustic guitar player and have been playing for the past 21 years now. My song Eternity (acoustic instrumental) reached 400,000 streams in 2 months with 96,000 active monthly listeners. My work has been featured in the following editorial playlists on Spotify- Calming acoustic, Cozy acoustic morning, Sweater weather instrumentals.
As an avid music enthusiast and a gear nerd, I have spent years practicing and mastering techniques that bring out the best from an acoustic guitar. Fingerstyle is my main area of expertise and I am comfortable with composing music. When it comes to composing, my methodology is that once I understand the requirement of my client, I typically take a few days just to understand what can be done with the track. Unlike pay per hour sessions which run under severely stressed timelines, I wish my work creates a lasting impression to whoever listens to it, so I might take a week or two to get back to my client with the first draft. I believe in delivering quality written content and so I will ensure that I spend enough time with the track before I'm fully satisfied with the standards I have set for myself.
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Interview with Anshul Karn
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever helps me get the right sound. When I talk about guitar effects, digital has come a long way. There was a time when digital could replicate maybe 80% of the analog sound but none of the feel. Today, were 95% there in both sound and feel. Plus digital = Affordability = better availability and adoption across players of different economic backgrounds
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Martin OM 42, Martin vintage 5-18, Martin D 45, Martin 17 series Vintage, Pepe Romero Replica Ukulele
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A different perspective, having learnt backwards with instrument first and theory later, I'm wired towards exploring by default rather than working within a set construct. I bring a fresh and unique perspective, my sound samples will demonstrate the same.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I take my time to ensure the best work is put out there, if required to compose I'm comfortable spending anywhere between a week to a month to get the perfect notes out there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My main guitar is an all mahogany Martin Dreadnaught. The wood makes up for its pristine clear notes, overtones and exceptional clarity. I also use a Martin dreadnaught - Sitka spruce topped guitar for clients looking for a heavy Low end sound. I mic all my guitars through an SM 57 running into a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. I monitor my tracks through Yamaha HS8 studio monitors and Sennheiser HD650 Headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Mayer, Andy McKee, Mateus Asato and Tommy Emmanuel
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Acoustic guitar tracks, particularly fingerstyle related work.