Student Speak – What the first batch of Project Mynt’s music production capsule have to say

The entire song production process over six fulfilling weeks – our Music Production capsule has been curated to show students how to leverage existing tools and technology to make music. The curriculum is an overview of the key aspects of the production process, starting from the fundamentals of sound and music theory to the core processes applied within digital audio workstations. Having completed the first round of capsules, we decided to stop telling you why you should sign up for our immersive courses. Instead, we asked our students what they thought of this one-of-a-kind education experience. Here’s a gist of what they had to say:

Udit Godyal, student – Music Production capsule 

“It (the course) was really amazing since I was able to get answers to all my questions and know exactly what I wanted to learn. For me, that was a desire to understand how the music industry works and how to get into the scene. The faculty was really good and made everything easily digestible with their fun, interactive method of teaching.” 

Naman Keshri, student – Music Production capsule 

“The six-day experience was like a sneak peak into the next phase of my life. If the field of music is full of grand and beautiful trees, Gaurav Chintamani sir gave me the seeds of those trees. I am planting what I learnt every day since I completed the capsule course so I can keep growing with music and also make it sound mine. Sir is a universe of information and one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever met, his words gave me chills – they have so much weight and worth! He used the simplest things which together sounded so complex. 

In fact, the most surprising thing about my experience was learning about the music-making process. Seeing how synthesisers work, mixing, music theory, gathering sounds from your surroundings atmosphere and making music out of it – by the time Gaurav sir mixed a song made by my friend, I discovered a “oneness” where all the elements have their own significance but together they make music. The capsule course connected music to the deepest level, by tapping into my state of mind. 

Electronic Music Production is definitely my next thing. Being a songwriter and the vocalist of a band, I found that it is the way to make my music bigger and to bring out my feelings and ideas together in the greatest possible form.”

Garv Grover, student – EMP capsule 

“As someone who’s been producing music for about two-three years now, there were definitely some gaps in my own understanding that I needed to fill with professional guidance and mentoring. Over the duration of the course, not only did I learn a great deal about music production but also about the kind of personality and approach a music producer should have.  

One of the most special experiences was watching my own composition evolve to a whole other level when Gaurav sir mixed it to demonstrate the essentials of mixing music. I  believe that was the best way to conclude the entire Music Production programme. 

The course also showed me that Mr. Gaurav Chintamani is the mentor I always needed yet never had. After the very first session, I felt as though the huge roadblocks in my understanding of music were all being cleared. It’s been more than a month since the last session but I still find myself thinking “What would Gaurav sir do if he were in my place?” when I encounter a problem.  

Simply put, it’s been a hell of a ride.”

To find out if music production is your next thing, join us for our EMP capsule starting on the 24th of August at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. 

Know Your Mentor : Gaurav Chintamani | Electronic Music Production

Want to know the man behind the music production capsule course at Project Mynt? SAE alumni, Gaurav Chintamani is the Course Director of the Audio Engineering and Music Production Programme at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC). Gaurav is also a professional musician and music producer who has been working in the industry for close to two decades.

Gaurav Chintamani owns Quarter Note Studios, one of the most reputed recording studios and music production houses in New Delhi, and has produced content for a variety of projects from radio and TV broadcast, independent documentaries, short films, ad-films, theatre productions and feature films. Gaurav is also a member of Advaita, one of India’s best-known music ensembles.

The most crucial skill for a music producer is…

To know the difference between taste and bias, and develop the ability to listen without the latter and take decisions based on the former.

The best piece of advice you have ever gotten

“Don’t mistake sloppiness for feel” and “If you don’t like it, how will you make other people like it?”

The biggest roadblock you encountered during your professional career, and how you overcame it      

I face the same insecurity as every other creative person where I wonder is this/am I good enough? The only way to overcome it is to practice! 

A good producer is…

Someone who can find emotion in a musical statement and squeeze out the mileage, while being completely invisible. Remember, people need to hear the song, not the production.

A mentor that dramatically changed your perspective on music and music production

Not really but I am fascinated by artists, and Van Gogh is my absolute favourite. I think I’ve figured out more about music production by looking at paintings than sitting in front of a computer screen. 

A word to the incoming batch of your music production capsule

Paraphrasing a Japanese proverb, “Don’t be afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still.”

Learn how to produce your own music with Gaurav Chintamani at Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule this August. Click here to know more

 

MY LIFE, MY RULES!

Things happen when you least expect them, at least in my case this stands true!  I really feel that many teenagers would relate to my story, the reason why I’m sharing it here with you all. So, just sit back and go with the flow.

It all started when I was 5 years old. I come from any other ordinary Indian family where I wasn’t given the opportunity to pursue my dream. My dad is a self-made businessman and obviously wanted me to take over his business eventually, but destiny has a big role to play in my story.

Also read:  What does it take to compose your own music today?

The advent of MUSIC in my life!

My 4th birthday partially changed my life when I was exposed to a new object called a ‘musical instrument’. I remember, my brother had got his mini-keyboard to play ‘happy birthday’ for me. I was truly fascinated by the sound of the instrument and the kind of talent he had. At that age itself, I knew what I wanted to pursue and what I wanted to become. Having said that, I asked my parents to buy me a keyboard the very next day!

Evidently, I didn’t know how to play so I started experimenting. In a few days, I got the hang of it and finally signed up for piano classes at the Theme School of Music, Trinity. I always had an inclination towards Bollywood/Hindustani classical music, the reason why Theme school was not my cup of tea. I struggled there for about two years and then decided to compose my own music.

Meeting my Guru – The beginning of a happy-go-lucky phase

At the age of 9, I started performing at family functions and small cafes, until I came across my ‘Guru’. I still remember performing at a Delhi restaurant when my Guru – the legendary Brian Silas was truly fascinated by how I was playing. It was then when he came to me and gave me the wonderful opportunity to learn piano from him.

We both didn’t have a typical teacher-student relationship where he was only teaching me for a commercial aspect. He treated me like his own son and wanted me to be a successful musician more than I did. He often took me for his shows and for PR events where I would meet all the legends of the industry. Opportunities started coming my way and I was also in charge of taking care of any event which took place in school. I was considered as a trendsetter when I was a part of kick-starting a band competition called ‘SAARANG’. This competition is now held in mostly all the private schools across India.

During my college days, I realised that music is the biggest asset I have been blessed with and I must pursue it. By now, I was an expert at playing 11 different instruments including the tabla, dholak, melodica, ukulele, etc, and was also working on my vocal skills side by side. Eventually, I got the opportunity of becoming the ‘Events In-charge’ of my college and be the in-charge of handling all the events which took place there.

After spring, comes fall.

I was very satisfied with the way I was growing but, my parents were skeptical about pursuing music as a career. I was truly passionate about music and did everything I could to convince them. I would often end up fighting and arguing with my parents to win the battle but unfortunately failed to do so.  The demotivation came along when I didn’t get the support that I required.  The sad truth is that the world knew that I was good at it and could make a future but still didn’t support me for their own reasons and logic. I eventually quit playing sports, stopped going to college and stopped engaging in social interactions because of the mental trauma I was going through.

It was a struggle convincing them and I eventually broke down. Secretly, I also wrote a mail to the A.R.Rahman School of Music and was qualified to join it, but obviously, no one was supportive of it and eventually had to decline the offer. The struggle was real.

Music, for me, was a way to express my feelings and thoughts. I started composing songs through which I could express my feelings and finally started posting videos on social media. Things started to change, I started getting appreciation from my folks. However, I had no option but to bow down to my societal pressure.

Faith is all you need.

In 2018, I finally chose the business path and came back to India. I started working at Wizcraft until I stumbled upon this opportunity called Project MyNT. The idea of MyNT came to us because we all were sailing in the same boat! We all couldn’t pursue our dreams due to the lack of opportunities coupled with social and family barriers where the concept of having a ‘safe’ job mattered a lot.

Finally, I decided that I won’t let any other kid go through the same problem, and that’s when Project MyNT was born. Our aim is to target all those students who go through the same problem. We want to give anyone and everyone an opportunity to pursue their unconventional paths. We treat this as an educational movement to bring some change in the society by introducing these unconventional career opportunities.

I believe, MyNT has made me realise that one should always listen to his/her heart and pursue those dreams no matter what. Everyone has to stand up for themselves eventually and so will I by pursuing music now, because – my life, my rules!!