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Once a Mumbai artiste, musician shares how the city rewards talent

Studio Engineer, Sparsh Gulati made it big in the bustling city; learnt how his skill took him far



An alumnus of Apeejay School, Pitampura, Sparsh Gulati found his calling for music during college. In fact, he dropped out of a course that didn’t support his passions, only to reach the city of his dreams. In Mumbai, he not only perfected his craft but pursued an audio engineering course and found lucrative projects. Read on, as he shares more about his experiences. Edited excerpts from the interview:

How did your interest in music develop?

I was an average student in the school but I was very keen to explore musical instruments. So, I started with Congo in class 5 as part of the school’s junior choir. By class 6, I tried my hands on the acoustic guitar. At that time, music bands like Linkin Park, Backstreet Boys, ColdPlay were very popular. Influenced by these, I along with our fellow students formed a 5-member band in the school called ‘KAOS’. As part of it, we delivered many shows and on-stage performances.

Later, I also started listening to A.R. Rahman’s tunes and it was a mind blowing experience! His music and background scores are very impressive; everything he does has a massive impact. So, I also learnt to play the Piano and create harmonies. At present, I am also proficient at other instruments such as Tabla, Drums and Saxophone.

When did you decide to make a career in music?

I enrolled in an International Business course at a university but soon I dropped out. I realised my calling then! After this, I moved to Mumbai, the city of dreams. And truly, the city offered me the platform, and finally I  could showcase my musical talents. I then pursued a two-year Diploma in Sound Engineering from 2014 to 2016 at School of Audio Engineering. For about 4 years I stayed and worked in the city. I also worked for some films and production companies as well as took on all kinds of projects, no matter how big or small, to master my craft.

In 2018, I also pursued a certification course in Piano at Global Music Institute (GMI) in Greater Noida. I learned about jazz music and beats there. Since then, I have worked for projects with Mahindra, Bharatiya Janata Party, Loreal, just to name a few. My music also finds space in several short films and regional movies. With this, currently, I also contribute to my father’s business that includes marketing and manufacturing of items made from stainless steel.

So, does an artiste’s life include all things glamorous?

No. Music, like any other profession, requires hard work. If music is your passion, you will have to support it with the necessary education and skills. It involves deadlines and projects too. One needs ample talent and patience to come out with harmony and making harmony is not a one-day job. It involves many stages such as recording, mixing and mastering, etc. Therefore, it is definitely challenging. I would even suggest that one should have a plan B if things don’t go their way in the industry. Studio jobs tend to prove more stable and doing shows can become seasonal.  

You spent so much time as part of the music scene in Mumbai. So, what are your learnings?

One needs to go from studio to studio to look for jobs. Having a degree may or may not be necessary. It is surely all about your work, skills and talent. The learning is that your work must speak for you.

Are you open to music-based projects right now?

Yes. I work from my home studio on a project basis. There, I have set up all the necessary equipment, speakers, sound cards etc.

What are some parallels between life and music?

Patience, stability and emotions are common to both. Learning music heals a person in many ways.

Your experience at Apeejay School, Pitampura?

School, as they say, is the first home and most important part of a person’s life. So, at Apeejay, I learned a lot, be it in sports, theatre or music. The same helped me become an artiste. I would like to thank Sumit sir who taught me music. Savita Ma’am, our English teacher, is awesome! Vandana Ma’am encouraged me a lot to learn Computers.

Song created by Sparsh Gulati:

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