I am a guitar player, composer and producer from Calcutta, India. In addition to having extensive studio and performance experience as a musician, I've also spent a significant amount of time recording and producing music for other artists, as well as having recorded and produced all my own music since 2007. For a more detailed account of my exploits, please click here.
Seagull Sound is the not-so-secret lair of Calcutta-based guitar player / composer / producer Varun Kishore. It is an acoustically treated single-room facility located at the Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Calcutta. It houses some tasty gear and a producer/engineer—and perhaps more importantly, musician—who knows it inside out. That's me. Since it is primarily my personal work environment, the gear is all mine and has been acquired (and used!) over a period of several years. My familiarity with the room and the equipment as well as my experience (both as a musician and from having recorded other musicians) means that getting great-sounding results is that much quicker.
My approach to recording and mixing music is simple: get it right on the way in. While it is relatively simple (if time-consuming) to doctor performances in the box after the fact, and while there have been situations where I have been forced to work this way, it is not my method of choice. I would rather spend that time during the recording phase making sure everything sounds and feels as good as possible before moving on. That way, the mixing process isn't overshadowed by large amounts of editing and slamming of fists on keyboards and/or hurling of mice across rooms. It also means that the mixing process is likely to be quicker and more effective at polishing an already great-sounding performance.
I am also a big fan of recording live drums and have worked this way almost exclusively since 2011.
My involvement in the process depends entirely on you. If you feel your music needs to be developed a little more, or you just want an objective opinion, ideas, suggestions or anything of that nature, I'm happy to help. On the other hand, if you're confident that your music is the best it can be, I will facilitate the capturing of your noise in the most representative and efficient way possible.
In the interests of transparency, I follow a very simple rate structure: studio time is charged by the hour, and post-production (mixing/mastering/etc) is charged as a per-song flat fee. Details here.