Shwetant Kumar

Keyboardist, bassist, composer

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Berklee grad specializing in vintage sounds

Hi! I'm a classically-trained pianist and self-taught bassist who also loves playing and programming synths, and would love to give your music the professional keyboard and bass tracks it deserves. I'm a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston (magna cum laude), and am currently a PhD student at Yale University. Please learn more about me and listen to my work here:

HARDWARE: Ensoniq SD1, Korg TR61, Yamaha P105, Custom Fender/Warmoth Fretless Precision Bass, Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass, Behringer UMC1820
PLUG-INS: Arturia V Collection 9 / Cherry Audio CA2600, Memorymode, Mercury-4, Polymode, and Quadra / G-Force impOSCar 2 and OB-E / Korg Collection 3 / Modartt Organteq 1 / Q-Up Arts & Rhythmic Robot Audio Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds, Vols. 1 & 2 / Roland Cloud D50 / Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V / XLN Audio Addictive Keys
DAWS: Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro X, Avid Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Nuendo

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Interview with Shwetant Kumar

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: My final project at Berklee – at the height of the COVID lockdown – was a one-person wall-to-wall short film score written as a set of double variations and orchestrated using vintage synth plug-ins. Watch it here:

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My own album, as well as some classical compositions (a piano concerto and a symphony).

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both! Analog for immediacy, digital for reliability.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: The fact that I find it not only fun but also rewarding.

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: That a keyboardist's sound palette is restricted to 'piano', 'strings', and 'piano and strings', and that a bassist must play root notes and nothing else.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: One will do: my trusty Ensoniq SD1. I lose track of time with it anyway...

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: Professionally since 2014, but I started teaching myself all this in 2007, when I was eleven!

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Curiosity.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: Whatever the song needs, even if that happens to be silence.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: Understand the music and the requirements inside-out, write out parts and/or improvise as necessary, rinse and repeat until the client is satisfied.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: Synthesists: Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Lyle Mays (Pat Metheny Group), Michael MacNeil (Simple Minds), Tony Banks (Genesis), and Wally Badarou (Grace Jones). Bassists: Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello), Derek Forbes (Simple Minds), Frank Blair (Marvin Gaye/Robert Palmer), Geddy Lee (Rush), and John Deacon (Queen).

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: Synthesiser programming and playing, and electric bass playing. In most cases I am asked to come up with my own parts and sounds – the amount of guidance varies.

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