An International Experience: Mixing Music Around the World.

Fali Damania, Recording Arts Canada Graduate, left India in 2003 to enroll in the Sound and Music Recording program at RAC.  Today, the RAC graduate is touring all across the world as a live sound engineer.  One of his is biggest gigs was in front of a packed house in Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Damania says: " At RAC I learned so much about working as a professional sound engineer, and I'm grateful because it opened a lot of doors to work with some very successful artists. Every day is a new day, a different venue. I get to travel the world, mixing music.” 

From India to Canada

Prior to enrolling at RAC, Damania was guitar player in a band.   “We played rock in small venues, we were just starting out and having fun.” Although he was enjoying being in a band, his musical career was not progressing as planned.  Damania also decided that his B.E. in Electronic Engineering would not become the focus of his career. It was at this point that Damania decided to take an audio engineering program.  He researched different options around the world and decided on Recording Arts Canada.  “I liked the location and the small classes. I also had heard some great things about Recording Arts Canada.  When I saw the facilities I knew it would be great learning experience. ”

At one of his first gigs, there was a mix up as result of someone not documenting information.   Although it originally seemed like a small matter, it became obvious to Damania the consequences were large.   As a student, he recalls one of his first lessons at RAC was about the importance of processes, procedures and protocols.  Learning from both his studies at RAC and his work experiences, Damania notes, “small things matter, so don’t hurry and don’t rush, it'll lead to mistakes. Studying at Recording Arts Canada reinforced the sense of professionalism and attention to detail that is demanded within the industry."

The Audio Industry in India

Damania quickly realized how important it is to distinguish yourself.  “A lot of people say that there is no work for audio professionals in India, but if you are good at what you do, you will get the call.”  According to Damania, “most contacts are through word of mouth. It’s been eight years and I still don’t need a business card. When I left to study at RAC, I knew I had to be able to show what I could do a mixer. I knew I need to develop my skills.”

Damania notes that “a lot of the technicians that I meet are from outside of India.  Quite a few technicians I know have moved from North America and Europe to do audio in India.”

We lived in the studios 24/7

After graduating from RAC, Damania moved back to India to intern at a studio.  The head engineer hired him “for the equivalent of $100 per month.”  The real reward was that he had free reign of the studio. “For two years I lived in the studios 24/7.”  That’s where Damania experienced tremendous creative growth. "RAC's studios are excellent, it's all top gear so it was a lot easier for me to step into some tough gigs, I already had learned so much at Recording Arts Canada

Damania continued doing studio work for two years and then began to transition into live sound.  “I decided to focus on live sound and I’ve been doing it ever since.  I really enjoy it.  Every day is a new day, different venue – I get to travel the world.”

Starting your career

For those looking to start a career in Sound & Music Recording, Damania suggests to start working as soon as possible. “ I think for most people, they are concerned about how much they are going to make. [You] need to invest some serious time before you see serious money.  For live sound it is important to put what you learn into practice. I can also say that Recording Arts Canada really made a difference in my career."

For Fali Damania, mixing music around the world is exactly what he wanted to achieve when he started his journey back in 2003. Job well done Fali !