Indian-origin Prashant Mistry talks about his Grammy-nominated album, says 'I shed some tears'

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London-based Prashant Mistry who is a music producer, mix and mastering engineer is another Indian who has been nominated for the Grammys this year after Falguni Shah.  He said that it’s a “huge rush”. In an exclusive interview with ZoomTV.com, Prashant opened up about his journey that led to the album Symbol which was nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards in Best Immerse Audio Album category.  The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 11 IST at 6:30 am on VH1 channel.

The music producer talked about his first reaction as soon as he saw his name in the nomination list. “Honestly it was so surreal, I definitely shed some tears! Its still only just sinking in, to be honest. I was checking the feed to see Jorja Smith had been nominated (she has been in the ‘Best New Artist’ Category) as I engineer her records, and I was shocked to see my name!”, he said.

Further talking about what this nomination means to him, Mistry said, “It means a great deal, the Grammy’s are voted for by a selection of our peers – some of the finest musicians and engineers in the world.  It’s the kind of thing we only dream of as artists. It’s a huge rush. My parents are very proud also.”

He also talked about the journey that led to the Grammy-nominated album.  Prashant’s started with a song called Kaliyuga which was telling a story of the direction “the world is travelling in.” This became the beginning point of the album. “It is something of a call to empathy when powerful forces are trying to sow division between us all. We wanted to showcase some of the best voices from different backgrounds to share a common experience,” Mistry said.

Besides, he opened up about how his Indian roots help him “grasp” a way to convey emotion through music.  “Indian classical especially has such deep sense of epic storytelling that I can draw on this create a soundscape with my knowledge of other sounds,” he said.

Apart from this, he also said that his inpirations are Func, Monica Dogra, Cryosis, Sandunes and, of course, the Wolves.
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