Born on 29th of August, 1990 in Hyderabad, India, Akhil Kodamanchili labels himself a Kaleido-sensory artist (Kaleido-sonic Musician).
Born on 29th of August, 1990 in Hyderabad, India, Akhil Kodamanchili labels himself a Kaleido-sensory artist (Kaleido-sonic Musician). As someone who finds comfort and inspiration in as many styles and forms of art as possible within circumstances, his personal expression is representative of a new kind of balance amidst the onslaught of information with the explosion of the internet culture. Primarily a musician, the guitar began his journey into the vast universe of sound & eventually began to expand into other forms of expression of various instruments, graphic design, poetry, prose, dance, computer music, spirituality and continues to grow relentlessly.
He enjoys juggling multiple endeavours, voraciously learning, releasing his own projects under the title No Hero.
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Interview with The Sounds Within
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music Scores for short films, Sound Design, Jingles, Session Guitar work (studio & Live).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Guthrie Govan, Benny Greb, Karnivool, Amon Tobin, Plini etc. I study production on each piece of media I enjoy to understand what worked well and what may not have and try to be prepared to have a unique approach to each of my own projects.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work primarily on Logic Pro X & Ableton Live 9. Focusrite Scarlet 18i8. Ibanez. Line6.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Understand client requirements, provide an initial draft, re-assess, move on to working drafts & finally the deliverables.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am always trying to add an element of uniqueness to set every track apart in the most effective way without deviating too far from what the track would need.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Probably improvisation and thereby giving me quick compositional ideas when working on a deadline.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do NOT work on tunes which are typically based on reference tracks & are meant to just mimic another piece of work.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always develop templates - for your tracks & projects, helps get to the fun stuff that much quicker!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Way too many, but I def enjoy working with people when there is a mutual vibe than just for the heck of collaboration.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Carefree yet meticulous.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 5th year now as an independent musician, learning new things everyday, expanding my skill-sets and network one move at a time :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. My Ibanez RG 7620 2. Line6 POD HD500X (specially cuz it doubles as an audio card) 3. My MacBook Pro 4. Roland JD-Xi (for off-board synthesis & sequencing fun + MIDI controllerism) 5. ATH M50x (and an SM58)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I am a very transparent individual, so you'll get a clear response from me if I believe you could find a better person to work on the project.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The only real important one I think is the style of communication during the project as I find this to make the biggest difference in shaping the output and also the satisfaction at the end of the day for both parties.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I work with only avante garde sounds.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually logistics to start with. Then it moves on to the specifics of the project itself.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I can do it for fun. 99% of the time this tends to be the case.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Creative output needs a certain commitment emotionally from even the most technical members of the process and I promise to put myself in the right place of mind to give you the best output.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. The technology has gotten incredibly far & packs so much into so little space. I carry my entire studio in a backpack on most days & this freedom trumps the nuanced sweetness of bulky,expensive analog gear. Given a chance to spend some time with analog gear, totally, yes, but would i invest personally? No.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Looking to make some friends!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: No Hero's IIIrd and formally the first full length concept album. Mix/Master for some of Wisdom In Disco's tunes. A video series on music theory & guitar techniques. A mobile app to boost music education accessibility from an un-stylized un-biased approach. And a few more things!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: This is a tough one at this point in time as I find myself to be inbetween my recent past and my near future. I think Im in a state of limbo and am mostly proud of the progress I think Im making as a musician each day than with my previous works.