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Ashish Manchanda is an entertainment business entrepreneur, noted recording engineer and music producer in Mumbai, India, known primarily for his work in association with Bollywood and independent music production. He is the founder of the music & av media production house "Flying Carpet Productions" established in 1999.
Manchanda is featured in legendary producer/engineer Bruce Swedien's book, In the Studio with Michael Jackson. He is a 4 time recipient of the IRAA (Indian Recording Arts Award) for best mix engineer movie soundtrack 'Dev D', for the debut album by Sona Mohapatra, best live engineer 2013 and Music Producer of the year (Independent) 2017. He is the founder / director of the award-winning sound engineering & music production institute "The Media Tribe".
Early life and educationEdit
Manchanda grew up in New Delhi & Pune keenly listening to music and began playing drums after high school. He graduated valedictorian from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. He is a 2015 inductee Full Sail Hall Of Fame . As a student Manchanda was the recipient of an outstanding achievement award, seven course director's awards, as well as an award for perfect attendance. Manchanda was an early member and the drummer of the Indian rock band, Agni. As a musician he won "best drummer" in competitions at I.I.T Institutes Mumbai & Delhi, S.R.C.C. College in Delhi. In 1987 Manchanda met his first mentor well-known music producer and drummer Ranjit Barot and has since worked with him closely.
Manchanda has worked with music composers and artists Amit Trivedi, A. R. Rahman, Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Ram Sampath and with music producers Bruce Swedien, Ranjit Barot, Rex Rideout, Lesle Lewis and Clinton Cerejo among others. Manchanda has been the audio turnkey director for Coke Studio (India), MTV Unplugged (India), where he also mixed and mastered music. He has been part of the series The Dewarists and Chivas Studio. He has been associated with popular music festivals NH7, Jaipur Literature Festival, Kabir Festival . His company has been a part of Beauty and the Beast (musical), India. He has been the re-recording mixer & sound designer for celebrated movie director Dibakar Banerjee's national award-winning movies Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. He is closely associated with Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.
In India he has composed, produced and remixed songs for the movies Mithya, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Acid Factory, Hello Zindagi The New York Times. He has also contributed music for IIM Lucknow's show-reel and ad campaigns by Godrej and Lia Agarbatti. Ashish works with and actively supports the independent music scene in India. He has produced and co-produced albums by Mihir Joshi Band (Their album "Mumbai Blues" won the GIMA Award for Best Rock Album in 2015), Sky Rabbit, Manasi Scott, Anurag Dixit, Ritika Sahni (Namee), The Local Train, and has mixed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He has also worked as the audio consultant for the music performance venue & soundlabs, Blue Frog.
Ashish has played a part in numerous movie soundtracks. Among them: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rockstar, No One Killed Jessica, Chillar Party, Shaitan, Aisha, Dev D, Oye Lucky, Aamir, Om Shanti Om, Dhoom-2, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Corporate, Golmaal, Krrish, Zinda, Salaam Namaste, White Noise, Page-3, Masti, Chameli, Deewangee, Asoka, Aks, Fiza and others
Manchanda has worked on indie albums by Ranjit Barot (Bada Boom), Raghu Dixit (Jag Changa), Divine Raaga (I'm Divine Raaga), Agam (The Inner Self Awakens), Faridkot, Avial, Brahma, Gaurav (College Days), Sona (Awarded best Mix Engineer), Abhijeet Sawant, Shaan (Tishnagi), Metakix, Amaan & Ayaan Ali Bangash, Indian Idol, Viva (Reloaded), Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Akhtar's "Nine." Other projects include Vande Mataram-2 feat Lata Mangeshkar and Femina Miss India.
He has also been an integral player in many popular advertising campaigns by Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Hero Honda, Coke, Pepsi, Smirnoff, Siyaram, Eveready, Heinz, Ceat, Red Tape Shoes, & Mahindra Scorpio.
In the US, Ashish has worked closely with his mentor, five time Grammy winning producer/engineer, Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Duke Ellington, et al.). He also worked with popular Spanish artist Ana Torroja as well as the highly talented girl group "Les Go" from the Ivory Coast of Africa, as well as on songs for the Indo-Italian Film, 'Senso-Unico'. He has done session work with Jim Peterik from the band 'Survivor' (Eye of the Tiger) and has also recorded with Rex Rideout. Ashish has worked for Effanel Music in Manhattan, New York where he has not only did studio work with the likes of big named talent but effectively mastered the diverse music styles of such artists as Garth Brooks, Wynton Marsalis, Boz Scaggs, James Taylor, and Verve Records. He has been associated with Big-Band performances at Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. During this time he also worked on the immensely popular TV shows MTV Unplugged & VH-1 Storytellers. Once offered an engineering position at Skywalker Sound, the premier audio facility of George Lucas, he moved to the New York area to join his mentor Bruce Swedien. Ashish has been the crew chief, system tech. & the F.O.H. (Front-Of-House) engineer at 'Platinum Post' in Winter Park, Florida. It was there where he did session work for basketball player Shaquille O'Neal's record.
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- "Sky is the limit". Indian Express. 5 January 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
- Ashish Manchanda: Filmography The New York Times