converSAtions with Indian musicians and sound engineers by Aditya Mehta

SudeepAudio.com

Learn from life lessons, struggles and much more from these converSAtions with musicians, sound engineers of India.

Other topics cover music technology, production, copyright basics and a lot more. You can watch videos of these podcasts and much more on the Sudeep Audio YouTube channel as well.

All Episodes

A topper in M.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry at Bombay University, Nikhil Mehta became a sound engineer out of a matter of prestige! Listen to this converSAtion from a brilliant man who recorded several prestigious projects since 1977. Though during this interview he did forget names of several musicians and jobs he handled as a sound recordist. But those who have worked with him do remember him fondly always. And on the occasion of his Sudeep Studio's birthday (23rd September), we are proud to share a part of the interview (first and last actually) that we were finally able to do in 2021. Nikhil Mehta passed away peacefully on 2nd September, 2021 at his Ahmedabad residence. Language in this talk: Gujarati

Sep 23

24 min 5 sec

After sharing his initial experiences in the Hindi film industry in the previous episode, Ustad Taufiq Qureshi shares his approach towards rhythm arrangement for not just songs but also for background scores and ad jingles.  Taufiqbhai also gives invaluable tips on how to build a career as a music producer. Don't forget to thank him for sharing his years of knowledge and guidance he gives like a true Guru.   ** OTHER CREDITS FOR THIS EPISODE ** Inteview by: Dipesh Varma (student and percussionist) Audio cleanup and processing: Dipesh Sharma Batalvi (Los Angeles)

Feb 13

32 min 15 sec

He is a percussionist par excellence. A rhythm arranger and a composer too. In part 1, get to know the musical journey and work experiences of Ustad Taufiq Qureshi. His own student of 14 years and now a rhythm arranger as well, Dipesh Varma, handles this converSAtion in our new format. A first for the converSAtions podcast channel by SudeepAudio.com in 10 years! For those who may not know, Taufiqbhai is the younger brother of Ustad Zakir Hussain, and son of Ustad Allah Rakha Qureshi. He has also been a part of background score and music for movies like Damini, Train To Pakistan, Ghaatak, Agnivarsha, Asoka, Mission Kashmir, Black, Main Hoon Na, Dil Chahta Hai, Devdas, Sawariya, Dhoom 2, Bhool Bhulaiya, Parzania, Tere Naam, Jab We Met, Action Replay, Housefull 2, Tez, ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and others. Listen to part 2 of this podcast episode too. ** CREDITS ** Interview by: Dipesh Varma Audio cleanup and processing by: Dipesh Sharma Batalvi (Los Angeles) #TaufiqQureshi #SudeepAudio #converSAtions To buy recording studio equipment (hardware, original software, studio accessories, etc.) for your home or professional studio goto: https://www.sudeepaudio.com Read SAundCheck articles on our blog: https://www.sudeepaudio.com/saundcheck To stay updated from the world of home studio business in India , follow us on: - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/SudeepAudio -- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SudeepAudio

Feb 6

1 hr 1 min

Followers of this podcast are in for a treat! Sound engineer Shadab Rayeen is back after a studio-building hiatus and answers questions asked by SAbscribers. The questions vary from how to choose a reverb to how to make a mastering track.\ Do thank Shadab for sharing his experiences and answering most questions posted on Sudeep Audio's YouTube community page.

Jan 29

49 min 43 sec

Spotify for Artists is a very useful tool for musicians who want to monitor and analyse their song's data on Spotify app. Spotify India's Artists and Label Marketing Head, Padmanabhan NS (Paddy), shares with us important tips for this analytical tool provided for free. This premium tutoREal will empower all artists and labels to use the Spotify for Artists application effectively.

Jan 6

32 min 11 sec

Vipin Mishra is the ex-guitarist of the Delhi band, Parikrama. And since 2005 he has been working as a composer and music producer in the ad film industry in Mumbai. In this converSAton, Vipin tells us about the reality of the music scene. This will help many students and parents to know about the reasons one should take up music as a full time profession.

Nov 2020

7 min 55 sec

Get to know the sound journey of ex-YRF Studios chief sound engineer, Shantanu Hudlikar. Lots to learn from him initial childhood exposure to various art forms. Know more about the kind of work he did in the sound recording industry in Bollywood for 30 years and more!

Oct 2020

52 min 54 sec

Senior sound engineer Shantanu Hudlikar answers some questions on career, attitude one should keep, and other facets for the sound engineering industry in India. The questions were asked by the followers of the Sudeep Audio social media platforms.

Oct 2020

53 min 32 sec

Sound engineer Shadab Rayeen shares his views on raising industry standards for sound engineers across India. He does hammer upon the point of opening up of sessions by others, so that all can learn from each other. Shadab also gives some very good advice to young students who want to make a career in the field of sound in India. Audio: Hindi / English / Telugu

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

In this episode, Dipesh Sharma Batalvi shares about other aspects a sound engineer should be aware of to continue growing in this field. Here he shares invaluable lessons from his own experiences of working at Yashraj Films to handling projects in Los Angeles, USA (where he is based at the moment). Audio: Hindi / English

Oct 2020

27 min 20 sec

Dipesh Sharma Batalvi is a very well-known mix and mastering engineer from India, and is now based in Los Angeles (USA). An ex-Yash Raj Films Studio engineer, he shares with us his experiences of 20 years in this field. Students of audio (and music) will get invaluable tips from both his episodes on the subject of "reality of sound engineering". Audio in Hindi / English.

Oct 2020

20 min 48 sec

A tutorial and educational talk on how to create soundscape for film by national award winning sound designer, Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Listen to each of the 6 episodes in this series to understand sound design clearly. And it will surely help you in your own career.

May 2020

14 min 48 sec

A tutorial and educational talk on how to create soundscape for film by national award winning sound designer, Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Listen to each of the 6 episodes in this series to understand sound design clearly. And it will surely help you in your own career.

May 2020

28 min 30 sec

A tutorial and educational talk on how to create soundscape for film by national award winning sound designer, Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Listen to each of the 6 episodes in this series to understand sound design clearly. And it will surely help you in your own career.

May 2020

15 min 37 sec

A tutorial and educational talk on how to create soundscape for film by national award winning sound designer, Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Listen to each of the 6 episodes in this series to understand sound design clearly. And it will surely help you in your own career.

May 2020

18 min 59 sec

A tutorial and educational talk on how to create soundscape for film by national award winning sound designer, Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Listen to each of the 6 episodes in this series to understand sound design clearly. And it will surely help you in your own career.

May 2020

17 min 3 sec

A tutorial and educational talk on how to create soundscape for film by national award winning sound designer, Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Listen to each of the 6 episodes in this series to understand sound design clearly. And it will surely help you in your own career.

May 2020

20 min 50 sec

Sound engineer Vijay Dayal gives some very useful tips (in Marathi language) to students and parents of those seeking to make a career in the field of music production and sound engineering in India.

May 2020

23 min 7 sec

Re-recording engineer and Avid sounds specialist, Sreejesh Nair answers questions asked by followers and customers of SudeepAudio.com Listen to the Q&A session 1. Continued in the next episode.

May 2020

24 min 8 sec

Listen to the Q&A session 2 by Re-recording engineer and Avid sounds specialist, Sreejesh Nair. Continued from the previous episode, Sreejesh answers more questions asked by followers and customers of SudeepAudio.com

May 2020

26 min 30 sec

As a Media and Entertainment laywer for over 30 years, Parag Kamani helps us understand the copyright procedure in India, and much more in this converSAtion. Learn from what he shares here with us.

Feb 2020

28 min 41 sec

Guitarist and studio tech with over 25 years of experience, Floyd Fernandes shares his views in his inimitable style on the stress faced by upcoming musicians today. And how he advises to avoid it. Give the converSAtion a careful listen, and try implement the good said by Floyd baba.

Feb 2020

30 min 52 sec

Narendra Kusnur has been a journalist for 25 years. Starting with Mid-Day, he now freelances and writes for publications such as The Hindu, Music Plus, Seniors Today. Hear him speak about important ways one can interview an artist and how one can build a career in this field today.

Feb 2020

39 min 7 sec

Sanjoy Das (Bapi) plays the guitar in the studio and on stage along with artists such as Hariharan, late Jagjit Singh, Sona Mohapatra and many others. In a nice and gentle manner of his, Sanjoy gives invaluable advice to guitarists about various aspects of playing this instrument.

Jan 2020

34 min 53 sec

A converSAtion with one of India's best music producers - Indrajit Sharma (popularly known as Tubby), where he answers some basic questions on which DAW to use as well as some technical ones related to background score composing, etc. Get some invaluable tips not found anywhere else!

Jan 2020

20 min 42 sec

Managing musicians is a fine art in itself! And what better way can we know about this from someone like Kuldeep Desai, who managed late Shri Jagjit Singh for nearly 3 decades! There is nothing better than life experiences that teaches us all. And here we have Kuldeep sharing some real life examples that helped him learn to manage an artiste of the calibre of late Jagjit Singh.

Nov 2019

25 min 17 sec

After sharing his childhood experiences in music and how he met the legendary singer (late) Jagjit Singh, (https://youtu.be/YTx7M2qpmQE), Kuldeep Desai tells us about their journey of nearly 3 decades! As his secretary and manager, get to know from Kuldeep some unknown facts of one of India's best ghazal singers. In his next podcast, Kuldeep will talk about nuances of artist management. So subscribe to this channel now, and learn a lot from his experiences.

Oct 2019

24 min 10 sec

In this first part of our converSAtion, Kuldeep Desai shares about his childhood upbringing, and how he got influenced by music. Later, working as a bookie at RWITC in Mumbai, he met the late legendary singer, (late) Shri Jagjit Singh for the first time. Get to know about how they cultivated a friendship of trust over time, and then how Kuldeep went on to manage this great artist for almost 28 years. Subscribe to this podcast to listen to part 2 of the converSAtion.

Oct 2019

37 min 20 sec

If you are a film buff from India, then there is no way you would have missed Kishor Sharma's musical arrangement in film songs and background scores (OST). Meet the man behind the song arrangement of most Yashraj Films like Julie, Silsila, Mr. Natwarlal, Chandni, Darr, etc. Kishor Sharma has also worked as a music composer for several films under the duo name of Mahesh-Kishor for movies like Sanam Bewafa among others. We are blessed to have had a #converSAtion with him capturing a marvellous musical upbringing.

Oct 2019

16 min 21 sec

A music composer and arranger for songs and background scores for over 55 years, Kishor Sharma shares his approach to the craft. Kishorji uses the song example "Yeh kahan aa gaye hum" from the Hindi superhit film, Silsila - https://youtu.be/LgaNBJ2pQOs We doubt if you would get such detailed knowledge elsewhere. And sincerely hope the existing musicians benefit from Kishorji's tutorial.

Oct 2019

34 min 23 sec

In this first part, veteran sound engineer Avinash Oak tell us how he ended up at FTII. Though he wanted to become a re-recording engineer, circumstances brought him to Western Outdoor studio where he worked for over 35 years! You will find Avinash Oak's name in almost every project that has come out of the studio alongwith his mentor and senior, Daman Sood. Listen to the next episode to know about the shift from analog to digital recording in India.

Oct 2019

45 min 42 sec

After sharing how he became a sound engineer in the previous episode, veteran sound engineer from India - Avinash Oak - explains to us the shift in analog to digital recording. During this progression, he also narrates some experiences of working with singers like Jagjit Singh, Asha Bhosle, etc. Being an educator now, Avinash-ji goes on to offer sound advice to students, parents and explains the scope in the field of audio engineering as a profession today.

Oct 2019

36 min 14 sec

Its a story that one may have seen only in movies. But here is a real life struggle (plenty of them actually) that music composer and producer, Hitesh Modak has lived. Continue listending to this converSAtion in the next episode.

Oct 2019

20 min 16 sec

Hitesh's story continues from the previous episode (number 39). This converSAtion covers even more interesting twists and turns that he faced in his career. After playing keyboards at beer bars in Mumbai, etc. Hitesh's struggles continued to chase him for years till he finally got recognition. Learn from his journey on what it takes to become a good musician, inspite of zero resources.

Oct 2019

24 min 25 sec

Very few people know at a very young age what they want to be in life. Ashwin is one of them. Born in a family of professional musicians, Ashwin took started playing the sitar first and then the flute. Get to know Ashwin's musical journey, influences and also other interesting events in his life that have shaped him as a musician. He also offers very valuable advice to those genuinely interested in making music as their career. So definitely listen to this whole converSAtion.

Oct 2019

40 min 7 sec

Meet the owner and chief sound engineer of Purple Haze Studios, Mumbai - Mr. Ashish Saksena. A soft spoken person with an experience of 20 years+ in the field, Ashish shares his journey of sound recording in the studio and handling sound at live shows as well. He has worked with top musicians in India like Louiz Banks, Lesle Lewis, Vishal Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL), and many more. As a freelance engineer, Ashish works with several composers like SEL for their mixing projects, as well as an FOH engineer for their live concerts. After this interesting story of his, Ashish will tell us In the next part on how to take care of our hearing.

Oct 2019

12 min 43 sec

Lesle Lewis shares his musical journey alongwith various interesting stories from a 'filmy' childhood. He also talks about his boarding school days, why one should practice his/her craft always, his gurus, and a lot of valuable information. Those who want to, will benefit humongously from this conversation. Don't miss this one and listen to the next episode as well.

Oct 2019

24 min 39 sec

Composer and singer, Lesle Lewis, talks about his guitar practice sessions, and how he has reinvented himself over the last 35 years! He always has put in his best as a Guitarist, pop music producer, remix artist, jingle composer, fusion band and now as a singer/performer! Young musicians will learn a lot about how passionate one has to be in order to stay not just afloat but on top of the game! Do thank Lesle Lewis for sharing such wonderful details with us.

Oct 2019

26 min 42 sec

The chief sound engineer at one of India's biggest film production studios, YRF, Anuj Mathur has been working in the industry since almost 3 decades. Anuj has been associated with Yashraj Studios since Chandini and then designed sound for Lamhe as well as the superhit Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge that completed 25 years recently. Anuj also shares about the importance of film mixing (re-recording) and how the re-recording process gets executed. Get to learn a lot from this converSAtion with Anuj Mathur.

Oct 2019

41 min 54 sec

Almost every musician and sound engineer loses his or her hearing capacity after years of constant sound bombardment on their ears. So what techniques or methods should be employed to play it safe? FOH engineer of Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL), and owner of Purple Haze Studios - Mumbai, Ashish Saksena shares his experiences on the same.

Oct 2019

11 min 5 sec

Music producer, Jim Satya, shares how he grew up in a musical household. He was a computer teacher and a part time musician initially! Learn from his experiences on how he became a full time music producer working for AR Rahman, Sandeep Chowta, Pritam, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and others.

Oct 2019

19 min 59 sec

Floyd's opinions and views on the music scene in India have always been strong and debatable. Aged 46, Floyd has been a musician for 35+ years, and a studio technician for 25+ years. In this #converSAtion he talks about why musicians should not fake stories about their gigs on the social media and thereby mislead other young minds who are considering to join the bandwagon. Floyd wants to educate people (especially young kids) with this talk about what they should expect in the music industry as he sees it today, and then make an informed decision about their careers.

Oct 2019

24 min 25 sec

He started off as a singer with his college band. And then became an electronics engineer, worked with Philips for 3 years before venturing out as a live sound engineer in 1979. Aslam Khan is a shy-on-camera, yet very experienced engineer who has innumerable TV serials, album recordings to his credit. He has worked (and still does) with Asha Bhonsle, Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz and even current Bollywood heartthrobs Salim & Sulaiman Merchant besides others. Learn from his journey and experiences and do take Aslam's advice seriously.

Oct 2019

17 min 39 sec

When these words come from the chief engineer at one of India's best recording studios - YashRaj Film (YRF) Studios - you need to take his advice seriously. Very seriously. Shantanu Hudlikar shares his views on the current state of affairs in the music recording business and ways to improve the scenario. He's not against using VSTs or technology products. He is all for using them - but only in the right manner, and where required. Shantanu will be hosting several episodes on this channel covering other dimensions of audio recording and song mixing.

Oct 2019

25 min 9 sec

e needs no introduction. But its also important to know his background and musical upbringing. Get to know the indepth musical journey of Louiz Banks and his various turning points in life that made him what he is - only on the Sudeep Audio channel! The next episode (number 34) is where Louiz shares his views on the music scene today and gives sound advice to young musicians.

Oct 2019

30 min 38 sec

Continuing from the previous episode (number 33), the jazz music legend from India - Louiz Banks - talks about his Bollywood days with RD Burman and his jingle compositions. Louiz also shares his views about the music scene today and how musicians can change the situation. And its a very enlightening talk.

Oct 2019

45 min 36 sec

One of his last interviews taken in November 2010, this converSAtion (in Gujarati) of Late Shri Dilip Dholakia will make you feel nostalgic. Watch and learn more about this legendary composer and singer, known best for singing the Gujarati song - Taari aankh no afini, composed by late Ajit Merchant and the film Deevadandi.

Oct 2019

11 min

In this episode, music composer Rajat Dholakia (known as Juku), shares how he learnt music since childhood. Juku also mentions some of his major influences and stresses on the importance of practice and much more. Again, lots of useful information for musicians.

Oct 2019

9 min 26 sec

In this episode, learn about the role of experience and the importance of sound design by Indian music industry's veteran composer and national award winner, Rajat Dholakia. Gain tremendous learning from this part 2 of the converSAtions with Juku.

Oct 2019

17 min 48 sec

In part 1/2 episode, India's ace flautist PMK Naveen Kumar shares with us his musical journey from Vishakapatnam to Chennai to Mumbai. He also tells us how he collaborated with AR Rahman since the film Roja and has played for nearly every song of Rahman's so far! Continue to part 2/2 to know more about Naveen's journey.

Oct 2019

17 min 44 sec