One of the people responsible behind the highs and lows of sound, the erasure of white noise and even the use of silence in visual mediums like films and music videos is Delvinder Singh who has an ear as a sound technician.
1) Hello Delvinder, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Del, I’m 26 years old and I’m an Audio Engineer. I graduated from the School of Audio Engineering(SAE) Perth back in 2015 and am currently employed at Maveriq Studios Kuala Lumpur.
2) How did audio engineering come about in your life?
I really liked music a lot even when I was really young but it was more of a subconscious thing at the back of my mind. I never really thought about making it into a career but my interest sparked when I was about 16 years old in high school. My friends kept playing songs from this local band in class a lot called Bittersweet. I’ve never heard of them before and I really liked their songs when I heard it for the first time so much so that I bought their album. Soon after buying their album I went through the packaging and was reading the credit list and came across this position called ‘Audio Engineer” and the rest is history (laughs).
3) Can you describe what audio engineering is?
To me it’s a process of where you capture performances more than anything else. It is your responsibility as an audio engineer to capture a good performance and to make sure it doesn’t distort and you can get a great clean signal. It also helps just generally bringing a lot of positivity to the session , and just being a great person to be around.
4) What are the pros & cons of audio engineering?
Pro, would be that I get to record and work with many artists and also being able to learn from them as well, for instance just last year I recorded Bil Musa’s new album Young Adults which was produced entirely by my close friend Kuizz, all the songs turned out really well and I was really happy that I was able to record it. Con, I would say you have to sacrifice your time a lot due to last minute sessions or bookings.
5) Among your previous projects that include the blockbuster, Transformers: The Last Knight and Kyoto Protocol’s upcoming album, The Pen is Mightier, which project provided the most memorable experience?
I would say both as both of them were different , the movie, Transformers was more on the post production side and Kyoto Protocol’s new album was more on the recording side of things. I learnt a lot from both projects as it wasn’t just me working on it there because there was also Paul, Sel and Lee who are senior engineers at the studio who taught me a lot as the projects were going on.
6) What are your next plans?
My next plan would be to get more involved in the art scene but from a sound perspective. I’ve been reaching out lately to local directors and content creators to help them with their ‘sound’. For instance if you’ve shot a short film and is looking for help with sound , I would be more than happy to help you out just contact me through my Instagram.
7) Do you have any advice to those who want to venture into audio engineering as a profession?
Learn Pro Tools because everything in the recording\music world now is based around software.
Featured Image and images source: Delvinder Singh. Hit him up on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/delvinder.s/