Born and raised in the suburbs of Guwahati city, Mrinmoy Kumar Das a.k.a MKD is already a Spotify verified artist music producer and songwriter at such a young age. Currently, he is all set to release his self produced EP : Just a Piece of Advice on 25th of August 2020 via his record label Smokerstreet.inc. In this interview, he talks about his upcoming album, the use of technique over equipment and the struggles of being from the suburbs.
1 .What sailed your boat towards the musical direction?
I grew up watching cassette tapes being printed at my dad’s record label named Music Makers. My mom, who is a sitar player and a writer, got me admitted to a music school to learn tabla. My sisters helped me out for dance competitions at school. In a nutshell, it’s the thought of inheritance which put me on the boat to become a full time artist since 2017.
2. What aspects do you take up in your recording process while furnishing a demo into a releasable song?
The rhythm, the sound and the lyrics. The rhythm has to make me dance, the sound must carry me to the place where the song is played or the picture it is trying to paint, and the lyrics must come naturally to anyone who listens to it.
3. What sparked the inception of production in your musical career? Do you feel every musician should have a hold on production knowledge?
Music production came to my life in the form of FL studio in 2012 as I was already composing songs from the age of 14-15 back in 2009-10.
I strongly believe that music production techniques are a catalyst for musicians to hone their craft. Some people master it and some people utilise it.
4. What are your thoughts on expensive gears vs production techniques?
“Just a piece of Advice” is a clear manifestation that recording technique and mic placement will win the game any day. Sure, expensive gears will enhance the quality and make it sound professional, but I need my music to testify that I’m a DIY artist producing music from my room, and the sound is true to its core.
5. How does one compensate for the enriched sound from expensive gear while just setting out in the field of production?
Creativity, and the will to cross boundaries. When you are conscious of your resources and are determined to use it to the best of its abilities, your product shall speak for itself.
6. What was the driving force behind your EP?
Rock n roll was the driving force, specially the sense of being in the suburbs and making the EP from scratch on my own. It is rather a mindset of not giving up than just a musical genre. The songs in the EP will remind you of garage rock being the first ever form of independent recording and it is exciting to dive into earlier forms of production with modern technology.
7. Being born and raised in the suburbs, what challenged you the most in your musical journey?
Most challenging thing for a suburban kid like me was the commute to the centre of the city to watch and play late night gigs. I live in Fatashil Ambari Ghy 25 where drug addicts, warehouses, wage workers all live in the same air of desperation. The struggle is real over here. Someday you might hear news about a murder and you don’t even know if you could be next, and the worst part is, it’s not a surprise. I want to bring my area on the music radar so that people know I live here, as a sign of gratitude for giving me such beautiful memories despite the setbacks. “Sounds of Suburbi”, that’s my message on the EP.