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News |  15 Nov 2016 19:46 |  By RnMTeam

I am the last checklist among the composer's vision and the song: Kohinoor Mukherjee, Sound Engineer

MUMBAI: Have you ever been curious to know more about the concept of sound engineering or a job of a sound recordist? The one's in the music industry who are least spoken about? Well, Radioandmusic.com got the chance to have a conversation with Bollywood's known song recording and mixing artist Kohinoor Mukherjee.

The talented man shared some mind-boggling facts about the music industry, bits and pieces about sound recording, mixing, mastering and more.

Born in Calcutta (read Kolkata) and based in the city of dreams Mumbai since last ten years, Kohinoor has worked with several famous music composers such as Pritam, Sachin Gupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sanjay Chowdhury, Dharam and Sandeep and many others.

When we asked him about his early days and background he said, he was born to Raka Mukherjee an Indian classical singer, based in Kolkata and he believes that music is in his gene. “I got voice training from my mother in primary days but that was not the aim. Honestly, doing reyaaz on a daily basis was a pain and I considered that singing was easier said than done. I used to go to Usha Uthup’s recording studio, ‘Studio Vibration’ with my mother where she used to record songs. I loved whatever I observed there and I guess that was preparatory, I guess,” said Mukherjee.

During his MCA days in Calcutta, he got the opportunity to record Anoushka Shankar’s album ‘Rise’. It was definitely a win-win for him, however, he had to choose between his final exams and the recording, and he chose to record the album over his exams, and he did. He used to freelance in a recording studio named Audio Center in Kolkata back then.

Kohinoor moved to Mumbai in 2006 to peruse sound recording and engineering. Here he got the chance to meet (because of his mother) Daman Sood -- Indian sound recording engineer, best known for his work with musicians such as Jagjit Singh, Abida Parveen, and more.

“I started perusing sound engineering at Daman Sood’s Digital Academy which is in Andheri East, Mumbai and I topped in the institute in my batch. After completing the course, I started working with Anand Raj Anand who is famous for composing in films like ‘Welcome’, ‘Double Dhammal’, ‘Grand Masti’, ‘Shoot Out At Wadala’, ‘Singh Saab the Great’, and more.”

Post that in 2008, Kohinoor ‘happened’ to meet renowned music director Pritam through one of his closest friends Rana and he was approached by his team to record a song and he did that job. “After that Pritam approached me to work with him, but initially I had to say no to Pritam as Anand Raj Anand was completely dependent on me," said he.

“When I joined Pritam’s team everything since then happened for good. It was a great experience recording songs of 'Barfi'. I was fortunate that I got the chance to work with Pritam,” added Kohinoor.

While talking about the creative process of mixing and mastering he explained, “Once the singer is done with recording the vocal part and the composition is ready, I am the one who works on balancing, impact, the tone of the song. You can say, I am the last checklist among the composer's vision and the song.”

Over the years worked with renowned composers. His recent works include ‘Rang Laal’, ‘O Janiya’ and ‘Catch Me If U Can’ from the movie ‘Force 2’. These T-Series songs have been composed by music composer duo Gourov-Roshin and penned by Kumaar.

“I will never forget what Anand Raj Anand has done for me; also, I would like to name Neeraj Shridhar who is not less than a father figure to me, and last but not the least Gourov and Roshin with whom my relationship is more like brothers,” added Kohinoor.

Currently working on Neeraj Shridhar’s debut as a music composer, ‘Irada’, Kohinoor wishes to work with notable music composers like AR Rahman, Vishal-Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman in future.

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