By: K | August 24, 2018


Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia was never on my 'Places to Visit' list, until August 2018 when I had the great fortune of experiencing one of the finest moments of my life. I'd traveled to Skopje to record the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra for one of my projects - Yatra.

It was my first time visiting Europe and I was very excited to be stepping on European soil! The city had a lovely old world charm and surprisingly, it made me nostalgic; it was probably because of the many tiled roof buildings which took me back to my grandparents' place in Tamil Nadu, India. 

After some beginner level sightseeing and spending time with myself, I appeared at the F.A.M.E.S studio where everything was set up for the session which was due to start at noon. I was thrilled to experience the level of professionalism with which the engineers, the musicians and the rest of the crew worked to ensure that there were absolutely no hiccups in the process. My music, which was to be part of three songs, was recorded in around three and a half hours by the orchestra which had around 50 musicians and was ably conducted by Mr. Oleg Kondratenko. 

The studio itself was a huge building with a lovely minimalistic design. I was told by Mr. Laurent Koppitz, the person running the show, that they'd used studio designers from France along with local architects to complete the world-class studio which now handles over 300 sessions annually! I'm still in awe about the experience mainly because of the speed and precision with which the orchestra worked. 

F.A.M.E.'S — Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra
Songs for Yatra
F.A.M.E.'S Studio

On a side note, I met some interesting people during my stay in Skopje, including a young globetrotting 'Digital Nomad' couple from Chennai, the city I'm from. 

Here's to more musical travel experiences!

By: K | August 06, 2018


I made a day trip to Hyderabad from Chennai to record the very first song of Yatra

Most of the afternoon there was spent at a lovely little studio, nestled at the far end of one of Jubilee Hills' fancy houses. We recorded singer Kaala Bhairava (son of composer Keeravani) for this song. I have to mention that Bhairava postponed his lunch just so that he could sing in an empty stomach which he said helps him handle difficult sections better. That's quite some dedication right there! 

All went well with the recording session, and I look forward to completing the song and moving onto the next one for Yatra. 

Yatra, the movie
Recording Kaala Bhairava for Yatra

By: K | July 27, 2018


We left Chennai around 7.30 in the morning along with our precious gear. Pondicherry is about 160 kms away and after a rather uneventful drive, we arrived at Soundgarden, a neat little recording studio owned by Jaigopal Sankaran a.k.a Joe. It took us and Joe’s army of studio help about an hour to re-mic the in-house drum kit to our liking. The Bass and guitar amp situations were much easier to handle. They had a couple huge Marshall and Ampeg amps for us to play around with. 

After a good lunch at Villa Shanti, we headed back to the studio and started the actual recording process. Probably due to activities during lunch, I wasn’t able to make my mind up if liked what I heard through the monitors! Fortunately it didn’t last too long. I quickly understood what to expect as the end result and was quite happy with our recording. We went on to record 'I' on the bass and Self, took off his drummer hat and put on his Axeman hat and played some killer riffs. We finally ended up with a decent amount of good material which we plan to work on, to end up with a ‘good sound’.

Overall, good food, good beer and good recording!

At SoundGarden Pondicherry
SoundGarden, Pondicherry
SoundGarden, Pondicherry