Udit Gupta. I remember that kid, sitting there on the drum stool playing the drums, and me, I was playing the damn baritone. I tried to convince my music teacher to let me play the drums but I would fail EVERY TIME. I had to stay and deal with my poor baritone, I had to embrace it, make it matter. That was the first instrument I ever played in my life.
It all started five years ago when I was a small lad discovering what the word “passion” meant. I was only twelve years old, only worried about what kind of game I would play with my buddies in lunch, or what was in my lunch box. Every music class I would learn a new note, a new song, class by class, note by note…that’s how I slowly started falling in love this art. From the baritone to the drums, from the drums to the ukulele, from the ukulele to singing and from singing to piano. When I reached the age of fifteen I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to music, however, I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do with music.
Did I want to become a rock star? Managing? Composition? Production? Film scoring? All these questions made me think of what I could relate music to. I’ve always been interested in how the music industry works and what it takes to create your own business, however, production is what calls my attention the most. Being a producer…what does that mean? What do producers do? Music Producers do everything, from writing and arranging music to producing and recording songs. Producers gather ideas, select songs, select musicians, they propose innovation. Now a days, big music marketing companies require young musicians with young, naive ideas. I believe that I, as a young musician, have a lot to offer. This is why I decided to do my Innovation Internship at Vinylo Sound, an Audio and Music Studio for Advertising, Film, TV and other media.
Working on a professional music studio has its advantages. I had the chance to show other talented musicians what I was capable of doing. I was able to show my compositions, lyrics and ideas to other people. One of the greatest benefits that working in a studio gave me was feedback. Receiving feedback from professionals was one of the best things that happened to me. Whether I was creating music for a commercial, a cartoon, or just for the sake of music, I would constantly receive advice from different people. Listening to others advice and accepting my own errors has definitely impacted the way I create music. Just like I’ve received plenty of feedback, giving my own feedback also impacted me. Being able to give my own judgement from a critical perspective and understanding music from different perspectives and different mindsets made me grow as a person.
When it comes to a music studio, I learned that teamwork is essential. Every evening I would get together with twenty other musicians and discuss music. In these discussions, a company/brand’s video model/sample, such as a TV commercial, a social network advertisement or a film would be given to us and we would talk about what type of music would fit best in it. Everyone gave their ideas, exchanged opinions and headed to their own work space to create a model. I would spend hours creating the perfect track. After creating my model, I had to show it to the group of musicians. By the end of the day there would be a chosen model, then, we would dedicate the rest of the week to perfect that model to present it to the company/brand that had requested it.
Doing my Innovation Internship at a music studio has definitely been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Experiences are doors that introduce people to new challenges, doors that open up reality, doors that allow us to gain life-changing knowledge. Whether it’s going to a music studio, creating your own business or working at a restaurant, being able to wake up every morning knowing that you are actually going to work is an opportunity that doesn’t come that often. This internship has totally affected me musically. When it comes to producing and mixing sounds, collaborating with other musicians, learning from their advice and fixing my errors I have improved greatly as a musician. Today, I’m different. I’m a new boy compared to the one I was before I joined Vinylo Sound. This internship was an episode. An event. A chapter that has made me a different person, not only because of the skills I’ve acquired throughout my time at Vinylo but because it has allowed me to discover and accept the reality of how things work behind the music of commercials, movies, advertisements, etc. This is only the beginning. This experience was the “small chapter” of the “biggerbook”, a new step towards the real world.