Arif Mir, Paragon of Successful Audio Engineer
Mir Sabeen Gulrez
In recent years music industry of Kashmir has changed the scenario in Kashmiri Youth whether it’s Rap Music, Folk or Sufiyana . But when we see the quality music it’s not only the voice but the struggle and hard work of the audio engineer which they do while others enjoy just music.Various Kashmiri Artists got fame in the music industry by releasing various number of tracks which give a different sooth of music that give goosebumps.Arif Mir 23 , from North Kashmiri’s Bandipora district has been an audio engineer for a number of songs which were in trend. Started audio engineering and fixing audio with his own songs when he was just 17.Trending songs like Lolan which became a sensational hit song in youth , Jingle, MBA,One side Up,One side Down and several other songs which were done by him as an audio engineer.You Tube who was his first guide for learning Audio Mixing helped him to make impossible an possible effort. AR Rehman who is an Indian Film Composer ,record producer, song writer is always considered as an idol by him in this very field .”Since childhood I used listen songs on cassettes and I developed an ear for sound and if I am a sound Technician is just because of Rehman Sir whom I always considered my Guru”. “Every time I used to hear the music from his production I went deep down in this ocean “.Not only here but the songs on which he has worked were also released on big cast Zee Music,Azaadi Records and local platforms.Starting his career by famous song “lolan” which not only gave him fame in this industry but a name which took him more hundred steps as an audio engineer and a temporary studio which helped me to work on different tracks. In my studio the first hit record was the Down Town.I got requests to record their music when musicians actually heard the recordings, Arif said.Student of Cluster University who is doing Bachelor in Computer Application(BCA) and who already has done his schooling from his home town Hajin and later moved to Srinagar.Not only Audio Engineering Arif has been a Tabla Player and Piano. He never learned the duo .While talking to News Kashmir Magazine Arif said,“It’s my passion and love towards my work that’s keep me going , I wanted to get into music composition ,he explains”.For getting a government job which is always on priority for a Kashmiri to earn a livelihood ,Arif said,”In Kashmir,people’s first priority is the running after Govrnment Jobs, which is totally insane and no one is willing to identify their creative side and try to make their livelihoods in other ways that too lavishly”.Initially Arif faced resentment which is very common here from the people around but Arif believed on himself that with passion and hardwork , one can create a space and earn for his livelihood.“When I first started doing audio engineering , some people told me that I was wasting my time but God had a better plan for me . BY doing this work , I am earning a handsome amount . And I am pretty hopeful that the more time I devote to it , the more I will learn , he further added.Full support from his family in present is helping him to develop new learning skills to make himself betterwhich will further advance him in his career.He told to News Kashmir Magazine that ,”All I need to do now is invest time in learning new skills . I have worked very hard on these songs . It took me weeks to complete the projects . At present , I am not facing any issue with my work”.Having high credence that one day his struggles and hardwork will pay off and he will get an opportunity to work with the top music organizations in the country said Arif.”When I started this audio engineering I didn’t know the ABC of this,but I was dedicated towards this thing that I would become a reputed audio engineering who will touch the sky of success In future”.Five specialized roles are their in the realms of audio engineering : Recording Engineering ,Mixing Engineering,Mastering Engineering,Live Sound Engineering and Multimedia Sound Engineering.Every function has a distinct function to play in the music industry , and the path to each career is distinct as well.“Parents spend a huge amount of money on their children’s education and to make them doctors and engineers but there are few people who think beyond these professions ,”he further added. Talking about music Audio engineers play a crucial role . A work in audio engineering impacts each part of the music industry,from capturing live sound to mixing music recordings to managing the technical aspects of audio equipmet.“A music producer’s major duty is to provide artistic direction for a recording session , but an audio engineer’s role is substantially different . Audio Engineering can also be producer’s, but they must first grasp the principles of audio creation, he further told News Kashmir”.While concluding he said,”In every field,people are facing problems,and most of them give up early , which is not good. If people will give everything to their passion , they will get good results sooner or later.