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

 

Think you need a fancy studio for music production? Think again!

With so much emphasis on music production value these days, people think that an expensive studio and lots of equipment is the key to making a great record. So, you’ll be surprised to learn that the man responsible for Kendirck Lamar’s music production did it all on a phone.  Kendrick’s music producer, Steve Lacy needed to make the beat for hit single ‘Pride’ (Damn, 2017) was an iPhone and a gadget called the iRig. 

When his request for a MacBook was denied every Christmas, for four years straight,  Lacy finally gave up and started exploring beat-making apps on his old iPod Touch. When he discovered apps such as GarageBand, iMPC and BeatMaker 2, he realised that the process of making music on the phone was actually rather nifty and convenient. Without having to worry too much about the final sounds, he could capture the essence of the idea and get into the groove of things. A guitarist, he wanted to ideate by recording guitar lines and soon got himself an iRig, a small, cheap device that lets you record audio into your Apple device using the iPhone’s lightning connector. In a recent interview, Lacy revealed that he loved to make music wherever he went, like in the car while driving (not recommended and very dangerous!), so the iRig gives him great flexibility. 

But Lacy also does this to prove a point to an industry that’s increasingly obsessed with gear and production. He wants people to start focussing on the music and the performance more than the gear that was used to record it (I’ve been guilty of this in the past but have since realised that a great song is a great song, no matter how its produced).  

The most important thing is the music. Does it move you? Does it move others? Sure, in an ideal world, we would all love to have unlimited access to Abbey Road Studios and the opportunity to spend months working on our albums there. But look at the silver lining–technology means that you can start working on an idea the minute you have it! You can capture the essence of your song, the very thing that makes it special, in the moment and freeze it so that it will always be special. 

That being said, once the initial song has been put down on a portable device, it is best to finish it off using a computer with proper gear. Music production skills are a must-have in a world where musicians have to be their own recording engineers, producers and marketers. Without adequate production know-how, it’s almost impossible to survive in the business. 

Steve Lacy’s inspiring story has a lot of takeaways, but the most relevant for me were:  ;  

  • BE READY : Inspiration can strike anywhere; in the shower, while walking, driving or simply going about life. We need to be ready to capture it and, for that, you should familiarise yourself with music making apps such as GarageBand to make sure a great idea is not forgotten (it’s very irritating, trust me).
  • BE OPEN : Keep yourself open to new ideas and don’t disregard something just because its simple. More often than not, the simplest way is the most effective. 
  • KEEP WRITING : Write every day, even when you’re not inspired so that when inspiration does strike, you know where to take it. 
  • STAY RELEVANT : With technology advancing so quickly, learn about all that is new and don’t ignore where the world is going. It’s easy to get comfortable with what you know, but if you don’t know what’s current, you’re going to be left behind in an industry that changes too quickly. 

Learn how to produce your own music on anything from an app to industry-standard software by signing up for our EMP capsule at www.projectmynt.com where we provide experiential learning that’s taught by professionals. 

Did you download GarageBand or any of these music making apps and start tinkering about? I hope this inspired you to write music and if it did, I’d love to hear your thoughts and your music. Mail me at srijan@projectmynt.com and I shall write back to you as soon as possible!

Five Recording Studios in Delhi that are perfect for Amateurs

It can be pretty intimidating to take the plunge and record your first song but the right studio can make all the difference. With testimonials from Project MyNT co-founder and the drummer of Parikrama, Srijan Mahajan, we’ve put together a list of the five best music recording studios in Delhi to record your first song at. Marked by solid infrastructure, the support of gifted producers and good vibes only, these spaces are amateur-friendly so that all you need to carry with yourself is your song and a little bit of faith.

 

Quarter Note Studios

Located in a quiet residential colony in South Delhi, Quarter Note has an amazing sounding room, a great collection of mics, and fantastic coffee. Some of India’s best indie musicians have recorded their music at this legendary studio that has been around since the early 2000s, and the space certainly feels special. If you’re looking for a space that will inspire creativity, and a hit song, this is the place to check out.

Testimonial: “I have recorded two full albums here, and had the best time with Gaurav Chintamani,the owner. Brutally honest, he’s always given me constructive criticism and pushed me to deliver better sounding takes that, despite being jarring to some, worked very well for me. The veteran producer runs Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication’s audio program, and is also a facilitator of the Electronic Music Production capsule at Project MyNT.”

Where: Basement, A-196, Shivalik Colony, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, 110017

Connect with Quarter Note Studios here.

 

Ferris Wheel Studios

Gurgaon’s Ferris Wheel Studios is the perfect place to collaborate; you can connect with industry professionals–from songwriters to vocalists and producers–at this studio, if you need a little extra help. Although it’s a little out of the way, Ferris Wheel’s amazing rooms and infrastructure make it worth the trek (if you’re based in New Delhi). This is the go-to studio for most independent artists in the capital, at the moment.

Testimonial: “Having recorded a bunch of times here, I can safely say this is one of the most professional studios in Delhi NCR. Equipped with painstakingly-designed and meticulously-executed live and control rooms, multiple segregated spaces and some great gear, it is a world class studio.”

Where: 59/60, 2nd Floor, Old Judicial Complex, Sector-15/Civil Lines, Gurugram, Haryana 122001

Connect with Ferris Wheel Studios on Facebook, Instagram or their website.

 

Ghar ka Studios

The site where more than twenty albums have been produced, Ghar Ka Studios is run by seasoned independent musicians, Ritwik De and Amar Pandey. Facilities include high quality recordings, multi tracking, and three treated rooms for tracking/mixing and mastering, and it can be booked out for everything from recording and live tracking to mastering, production and composing background scores.

Testimonial: “I’ve heard great things about the dedication and out-of-the-box methods of those who run this space. Ritwik and Amar have produced some incredible-sounding albums.”

Where: Lado Sarai, Delhi, India 110030

Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram or drop them a line at gharkarecordsonline@gmail.com

 

Kintsugi Studios

Kintsugi Studios’ founder, Abhishek has done it up painstakingly so that it’s full of good vibes. It has a great control room, a lovely balcony and the recording room (while slightly small) does what its meant to. Abhishek also hosts Kintsugi Sessions regularly and invites people to play the songs they’ve recorded.

Testimonial: “Although I’ve never recorded here, I’ve worked with Abhishek and he’s awesome. Calm, composed and methodical, he manages to get what is required without raising his voice or losing his cool. He’s also the right person to talk to about video.”

Where: 80-D, 3rd Floor, Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi, 110025

Connect with Kintsugi Studios on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Katharas Studios

An independent art promotion wing of Saraswati Music College, Katharas Studios is centrally-located, has large audio recording studios with state-of-the-art equipment, a 1,400 sq. ft. video production facility and a 24-hour jamming station.

Testimonial: “ I’ve recorded a few songs here and, although the space is nice and the equipment is all there, you need to take a producer with you since their methods are a little old-school.”

Where: A-1, 226, Safdarjung Enclave, Block A 1, Nauroji Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029

Connect with them here.

What does it take to compose your own music today?

Does your body respond to the rhythm of a song? Do you zone out into a different world when you listen to music? Wouldn’t you want to become the next AR Rahman or the next Ed Sheeran of the industry? Well, if you cannot imagine your life without music and getting into this super competent industry is your one & only dream, then you should read this! The journey of becoming a successful music composer can be challenging, but not as hard as you think. All you need is – an utmost passion for music, some sense of playing or composing music, and enough confidence to share your work. Thanks to technology, we’ve got numerous tools and platforms to listen, get inspired, build networks, and make our own music.

Also read: Are you a teenager in India who loves electronic music? Read this!

Here are a few tips that’ll come in handy for all the aspiring music composers to ace their dream:

1. Be Inspired and Inspire

Start from scratch – take lessons from experts, pick up your favourite instrument, get your pen and paper and kick-start your musical journey. There are two kinds of people in this world, people who learn from their own experiences and people who learn from other people’s experiences. So, one can either start working on himself or can get to know about other legends in the industry and learn from their mistakes.

Trust your instincts, gain knowledge in your genre of music, and look up to your idols who inspire you to be brilliant at your craft. Write your own lyrics and record your songs – the more, the better. You might detest your work first but that’s how everyone starts, right?

2. Know your strengths and weaknesses

For any musician, it’s important to learn the basics of music but to know what he/she is best at is more important. It can be singing, playing musical instruments, writing lyrics of songs or even having a sense of composing music. You don’t necessarily need any degree or certification but music training is something you should definitely look forward to. Experiential learning and training in your kind of music will just make your journey simpler.

If stage presence is your weakness, then try working on it by performing in front of your friends and family or at school/college, make videos and upload them on YouTube. Look up for guidance from music professionals who can help you set realistic goals and make you aware of the actual scene since grass always seems to be greener on the other side!

3. Say hello to music tools & technology!

99% of the music we hear today is from the digital realm. In today’s time, one does not need to know how to play an instrument to actually make music. One can simply produce music with the use of a laptop and a pair of headphones. Technology has come up with various DAW or Digital Audio Workstations by which anyone who has a sense of music, can compose music. Sadly, bands today do not need instrumentalists to perform a song. They can simply create anything by using these DAWs which already have different sounds in them. The most popular feature ‘auto-tune’ can’t be missed here! Even if you’re not confident about your voice quality but have a ‘music sense’, then you can take things forward with ease

Thus, with so many tools to make music with ease the market, it’s hard to avoid the itch of learning the music production process. Digital enhancements and progressive tools are now in demand more than ever. It’s time you start leveraging these for who knows, you might end up creating sounds similar to your favourite music producers! Some free online tools to kick-start your creativity include Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Ambient-mixer, Audacity, Beat Maker, Chrome Music Lab, etc.

4. Practice makes a man perfect.

Create your own band, join a society, or collaborate with others. Participate in gigs to boost up your confidence and test your songs out live and see how your audience reacts to it. By performing on-stage, you’ll be able to gain experience and learn a lot more from reality checks. It’ll also help in boosting up your confidence.

5. Unleash the power of the digital world.

Using the power of the Internet can be a game changer for you! Create your account on music apps like SoundCloud or upload your work on social media accounts to amplify your compositions via real-world feedback from your peers. This will definitely help you build networks, connect with influential people, and establish new relationships. Connections might work wonders for you never know when your audio/video goes viral on online media! So, keep streaming and sharing.

6. A positive attitude will lead you to your goal.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

Your music is a reflection of your innate thoughts and creativity! Keep faith in your skills, work hard at improvising them, and stay focused. Just be optimistic because no one wakes up putting their famous pants on. If you’re confident about it, the world will follow! Don’t be afraid of rejections because nothing in the music industry happens overnight.

MyNT and Music – Combining the two elements together

Project MyNT gives you an opportunity to create your very own music on industry standard software under the supervision of some of the most renowned artists hailing from the core music industry, who mentor students with a direct emphasis on immersive learning experiences.

Talking about the curriculum, students will get to learn – how to make music in the digital realm, the basics of music theory, how to build a song from scratch, recording and production techniques, creative mixing, and much more!

If you need help structuring your songs or want to know-it-all about notes, strains, tones, chords, and sound, then we are here to help you. Good luck!

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!!

Are you a teenager in India who loves electronic music? Read this!

So first of all,

No, you don’t need to spend lacs of rupees. No, you don’t need to be ‘in’ with the music industry anymore. And no, you certainly don’t need braids, a beard or a pimped belly to produce music.

If you’re reading this then it means you have as good a shot at making electro music as Zedd. Times have changed. Making music is easier than ever before! All you need is a computer, a software, and a pair of headphones. Apart from those 3? Well, don’t forget your creativity and spunk. Welcome to the world of electronic music.

Like we say, 15 or 50, you’re never too young or too old to learn something fun! The thought of creating music itself is so relieving, isn’t it? But let’s admit it, the idea of having people dance to your beats sounds pretty cool, especially if you’re just a teenager. Also, your parents may not mind it, given the insane early on developments one experiences while developing music – we’re talking language development, increased IQ, improved spatial skills!

Also read: My life, my rules

As for those of you still thinking, “Nope.. can’t be that easy, smh”

It is. It’s all about the simple blend of three acts, just as there’s a start-mid-end to anything!

CREATION – ARRANGEMENT – REFINEMENT

Let’s imagine you’re making yourself a smoothie, what’s the process?

Gather the ingredients – Say you get a few superfruits, some nuts, berries, figs, and whatnot. In terms of music, it’s just as simple as finding and gathering ideas – beats, melodies, sounds, progressions, and more; creation.

Blend it up mix up all the fruits, see those different shades of colors blend into one. In E-music, it’s as simple as this smoothie, only difference is in music you structure it. Vocals, beats, effects, collate it in the sequence to create one sound; arrangement.

Top it up – Pour it, take a sip, see what it tastes like. Needs a little something less or more? Have at it! Your electro track is almost there, just needs a bit of refinement – tweak a sound, edit the flow or just adjust the levels, make it tasty; refinement.

See? Making electronic music isn’t easy because it doesn’t take time and you get instant gratification, it’s easy because it’s as accessible to you as it is to Daft Punk or Ingrosso or as it was to Avicii. That’s what makes it all the more exciting!

And apart from that, it takes so little of your day that it gives you the freedom to explore other creatives avenues.  

So, think E-music production is your next thing? Enrol now