Analog or digital and why?
We live in an analog world. I always prefer analog sound to digital because it is more continuous and is a TRUE representation of sound. Digital sound is not continuous --- it uses specific values to pinpoint the changes in pitch, and has subtle nuances when changing. A long digital note, in its infantile stages, is a collection of shorter notes -- whereas a long analog note is the continued note itself.
The downside to analog usage is the compromise of durability and reliability (e.g. a vinyl record getting scratched), for fidelity (sound quality).
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Macbook Pro, Nord Stage 3 88 key MIDI, RME Babyface, KRK RP8G2 Rokit G3, Neumann U87 condenser
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I'm the first musician in my family, and I've received little to no support from them since I started performing around 5 years ago. It was tough, and it still is, to be on your own and pursuing a dream which may end up going nowhere in the long run. When I started off, my first fear was remaining mediocre in terms of music. And when you're a young, female jazz musician, everyone will try and bring you down/undermine you. I just kept working. I'm still working to this day, and I hope to reach a certain point with my music one day. I've toured around India since then, and I've played over 150 shows...every show, no matter how draining and useless, I make sure to give my all. It's a paid practice if nothing else.
I started interning at Blooperhouse Studios in Calcutta, India, and after observing Miti Adhikari (Nirvana, Coldplay, Jay Z, Radiohead) at work, I decided that production would be another career path I would choose to take. I started mixing and mastering ever since, and have worked for numerous projects and jingles.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as an amalgamation of dixieland, smooth jazz and hiphop...I like well-produced beats and neosoul but I also like going back to my New Orleans roots and implementing that into my music.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Jacob Collier- his harmonies are revolutionary! I would like to just sit with him and understand how he started visualizing his method, and how he learned to excel at playing so many musical instruments.
Can you share one music production tip?
Use reference tracks to make sure that you are headed towards the right direction with your mixing and mastering, and make sure to rest your ears periodically!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Neosoul, jazz, blues, hip-hop, gospel, electronic, voiceover, dubbing, acoustic, rock
What's your strongest skill?
I like applying the foundational knowledge of music I have learned to contemporary studio techniques to create musically and harmonically rich projects.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring emotion, musicality, harmony, texture, clarity and high-production value to the music I create.
What's your typical work process?
Depending on the project, I use audio-visualizations of harmonies and melodies to a song with my DAWs. I edit with Cubase and I track with Ableton. I add harmonies by re-tracking vocals and instruments and sometimes using the harmonizer that comes with Nectar 2.
For voiceover work, I emphasize on mood and tone. I make sure the dubbing work includes a lot of emotion and clarity.
I write songs, track vocals for virtually any genre, and mix/master your tracks with Cubase.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use my laptop, Novation Launchpad (MIDI), Ableton Suite, Nectar 2 VST, Cubase 8, M-Audio Dual Channel Sound Card, instruments (guitar, trumpet), M-Audio Headphones, Crate Amplifier and M-Audio Condenser Mic.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, J Dilla, Kaytranada, Syd Tha Kid, D'angelo, Questlove, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am a session vocalist, and I also mix, master, add harmonies and record/edit projects for clients.