45 episodes

Join professional audio designer Akash Thakkar as he interviews successful audio professionals from every corner of the music and sound industries. From educators, performers, pop stars, game audio professionals, voice actors, composers, sound designers, plug-in designers, audio programmers, and everything in between, we dive deep into the business and mindset skills it takes to "make it" in the worlds of music and sound.

Sound Business with Akash Thakkar Akash Thakkar

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Join professional audio designer Akash Thakkar as he interviews successful audio professionals from every corner of the music and sound industries. From educators, performers, pop stars, game audio professionals, voice actors, composers, sound designers, plug-in designers, audio programmers, and everything in between, we dive deep into the business and mindset skills it takes to "make it" in the worlds of music and sound.

    Building, Growing, and Sustaining a Music Composing Career with Edouard Brenneisen

    Building, Growing, and Sustaining a Music Composing Career with Edouard Brenneisen

    #33: Edouard Brenneisen is a composer for video games, film, and TV who has worked on projects such as League of Legends, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dr. Oz, Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, and tons of other projects! 

    In this episode we talk about the long uphill climb to becoming a full-time composer, how composers sometimes need to pivot and transition their careers, what a composer's actual job is, and so much more. 



    Find Edouard here:

    Website: https://eb-music.net/
    Instagram: @ebrenneisen



    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to http://www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 43 min
    Touring, Teaching, and Improvising on the Cello with Bryan Wilson

    Touring, Teaching, and Improvising on the Cello with Bryan Wilson

    #32: Bryan Wilson is a touring, composing, and performing cellist based out of New Jersey. Unlike most cellists, however, Bryan doesn't focus exclusively on the world of classical music, instead focusing on the worlds of music improvisation and comedic music. 

    Bryan is also the author of two books: String Jams and Cello Chords, both of which help cellists play their instruments in a more improvisatory way. 

    In this episode we talk about the struggle of building up an income as a touring cellist, touring in Vietnam as a western musician, and so much more.  



    Find Bryan here:

    Website: https://www.bryanwilsoncello.com/
    Instagram: @bryanwilsoncello
    Spotify: Bryan Wilson



    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to http://www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 47 min
    Making It as a Sound Designer with Marshall McGee

    Making It as a Sound Designer with Marshall McGee

    #31: Marshall McGee is a video game sound designer who's worked on projects like Just Cause 4, Roblox, Outriders, and has worked with clients such as Nike and Adidas. He also has a wildly successful (and incredibly fun) Youtube channel where he breaks apart sound design in a beautifully clear way that anyone can understand. 

    In this episode, we talk about the importance of showing up, building a network, creating your own opportunities in your field, and much more. 

     

    Find Marshall here:

    Website: https://www.marshallmcgee.com/ 
    Youtube: Marshall McGee

    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to http://www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 37 min
    3 Things I’ve Learned Since Last Year

    3 Things I’ve Learned Since Last Year

    It was my birthday this week, and in what's become an Akash tradition, here are three things I've learned over the last year about life, careers, and what I've learned to focus on.

     

    Send me a message:

    hello@akashthakkar.com

    @akashthakkaraudio on Instagram

    • 3 min
    The Tiny Decisions That Will Get Us Big Results

    The Tiny Decisions That Will Get Us Big Results

    Every single one of us is making tiny decisions every single day, and those micro-decisions make all the difference when it comes to our life and career. In this episode, we dive into some of the most important decisions you can make to ensure a successful game audio career and life. 

    Book recommended in this episode:
    Personality Isn't Permanent by Dr. Benjamin Hardy

     

    Send me a message:

    hello@akashthakkar.com

    @akashthakkaraudio on Instagram

    • 5 min
    Succeeding in Post Production Audio with Vanessa Flores

    Succeeding in Post Production Audio with Vanessa Flores

    #30: Vanessa Flores is a sound designer and post production audio expert who works at Banana Post in Los Angeles.

    Vanessa's work focuses on the world's of TV, ads, and film, working on projects like Total Bellas, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Top Gear and many others.

    In this episode, we dive into how to break into and succeed in the worlds of linear media, how she got her first jobs (even though no one was hiring), and why stepping away from game audio helped her succeed. 


    Find Vanessa here:

    Instagram: @vanny.audio
    Twitter: @vannyaudio
    TikTok: @vanny.audio
    Youtube: Sound Design 101

    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to http://www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 40 min

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21 Ratings

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