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Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm happy with the work I've done will date with Deepak Rathore. They are probably the best arrangements I've made till date.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working with Deepak Rathore, a singer songwriter from Himachal who has about 7 songs which I'm arranging for him.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I heard about SoundBetter through Graham Cochrane in one of his interviews. I am fairly new to this community but can't wait to be an active part of it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use tube guitar/bass amps, record live drums. But I also use plugins and samples at the same time. It hardly matters what you use till it gets your job done.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It will sound good after mixing or mastering.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Lend me your vision and I believe we can make something big.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Mac with my choice of DAW and Plugins 2. A sound card 3. Studio Monitors/ Headphones 4. Bass Guitar 5. Electric Guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always known that music is what I have to do for my life. Working with various artists and learning from mentors, I have developed a taste of what sound I like. It's been almost 5 years since I've been doing this.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I play tight parts with little to no swing. Music that moves like the Vocal melody is mostly what I go for.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Gavin Harrison for his unique approach to drum parts and sound design.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic Pro X for my DAW, RME FireFace 800 with Neumann KH120 pair calibrated with Sonarworks Reference 4. I use various 3rd party plugins from Slate Digital, Waves, Toontrack, Native Instruments, Spitfire and others. I have various analog and digital pedals for my guitar and bass tones. I have a few guitars and basses from Ibanez, Sire Marcus Miller, Paul Reed Smith, Merida, Taylor etc. I also have a collection of microphones from Neumann, Shure, Audix, Sennheiser, AKG etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Linkin Park, Daughtry, Muse, Karnivool and Amit Trivedi are a few artists that inspire me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide complete song arrangements to song writers. I also play guitar/bass sessions for producers and provide them with programmed drums.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't hold back on any ideas. I'll always be transparent with you about everything. It can be the arrangement, the melody, a guitar part, a drum roll may be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job is what I've always wanted to do. A new track makes me exited. Delivering the final file and receiving the client's approval is what makes me happy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Apart from the budget, people ask me will I be giving creative inputs to the tracks. My answer to this is YES!! I know what your track means to you and it should sound and feel as good as possible. Also they ask me that what makes a track click. I say a good chorus, an attractive melody and a balanced arrangement and mix helps you go a long way.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you expect from your tracks? Discuss it with me. Tell me about your inspirations for the song. Also let's share some music so that I get a better understanding of your taste of music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A strongs arrangement, structure and beautiful parts are what makes it big.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on Rock/ Pop music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My work is dominated by strong open guitar and drum parts.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A sense of movement through dynamic parts that connect to feel like a smooth journey.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In case of arrangement work, I expect a vocal track over acoustic guitar for reference to work on. For instrument sessions, I require the backing tracks.