What a heady experience to hear your favourite band/musician play live! Seeing them in-person, hearing them sing and/or play, and feeling the pulsating music. All of it put together creates one magical experience. We owe a good deal of a thrilling musical experience to sound engineers like Nitesh Narayan, who are in charge of ensuring that the audio quality of a musical production is top notch.
Right from school I realised I was more interested in what went on backstage than being on one. “
Audio engineering being quite uncommon caught Nitesh’s interest because of his love for music. “I was always interested in music and played a few instruments in school. Right from school I realised I was more interested in what went on backstage than being on one. I had a lot of support from my music teachers and I guess that helped me in deciding to do this full time.”, he says of his decision to get into this field. With his parents support he chose this career and they have stuck by him ever since.
The life of a sound engineer entails working behind the scenes where the audience is not even aware of your contribution. Talking about his work he says, “I guess the best feedback is no feedback at all i.e., you do your job without anyone realising you’re there. Right from school I realised I was more interested in what went on backstage than being on one. But I’ve got some great feedback and appreciation from band and clients with whom I work, so I guess that’s what keeps me going.”
I guess the best feedback is no feedback at all i.e., you do your job without anyone realising you’re there.”
According to Nitesh the main problems faced by him are not related to competition, but due to the lack of professionalism and safety standards; which often need to be fought for. “It’s up to us to put our foot down and demand certain basic conditions.”
Working with several bands nationally and internationally like Agam, Strings (Pakistan), Tocatta Music Ensemble (UK), Raghu Dixit Project, Bryden.parth Project has led to Nitesh travelling abroad to work on their shows. Opportunities have come mostly through word-of-mouth recommendations and networking. This speaks volumes about the quality of his work.
Being immensely passionate about what he does, Nitesh is hit by new ideas on the regular. “Every time I go to a good sounding gig I get inspired to learn more. I try to experiment a lot with the gear I use and that helps to come up with new ideas and work flows.”
I try to experiment a lot with the gear I use and that helps to come up with new ideas and work flows.”
While Nitesh works with music belonging to multiple genres, his personal taste in music includes jazz and classic rock.
Currently Nitesh is focused on building his company’s profile and working on more challenging projects. In the future he hopes to collaborate with new bands that experiment with newer genres of music.
His advice for others in pursuit of their dreams – “Just go for it. You can never predict how things will work out but you will never know if you don’t take the first step.”
A career in the background, where your good work is unseen, your name often unheard. Your success is celebrated away from the limelight, yet Nitesh Narayan thrives because of his unadulterated passion and love for music. That’s what we call Bold.