Prashant Mistry is a UK based producer, songwriter, performer, and engineer under his Engine-Earz Experiment alias has unveiled his debut album titled “Symbol“.
Symbol is a melting pot of different genres, majestically layered and divinely crafted sounds. It showcases Prash Mistry’s unabated talent as a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader, while the album is one of the first of its kind to be mixed with 5.1 and 9.1 Auro-3D technologies. We Catch up with Engine-Earz ahead of his debut album release.
Hi Prash, First tell us about you and your background?
I’m a music producer, mix & mastering engineer based out of Forwa3D Studios in London. My first instrument was a piano and I havean near-obsessive passion for audio.
We know you started your own club nights, how did this come about?
The first events I put on took place in Reading when I was 17 – a dnb night called “Bassheads” at a 2000 capacity club called the Matrix, this ran for 3.5 years and featured all of the best in drum and bass and UK hiphop. This became a flagship night in the south of England, broadcasting live on the Fabio & Grooverider show on BBC Radio 1 at the time (around the year 2000). Later on I went on to setup Arms House with Pavan Mukhi (Foreign Beggars) & Nerm (Shiva Soundsystem) and Ali Sachedina (Saavn) and we brought around 70-80 bass artists to India to tour over the 5 years including Skrillex, Major Lazer, Goldie, Disclosure and many more!
Was music producing something you always wanted to do?
It’s just something I’ve always done to be honest since I can remember. From when my older brother played me Underworld, The Prodigy, PWEI, Chemical brothers and early jungle I was unable to think of anything else.
What is your proudest career moment so far?
Hard to choose to be honest! Maybe performing the Royal Albert Hall with Nitin Sawhney? That was a hell of a rush. This new album feels like a hell of an achievement – especially hearing mixing and mastering it into 5.1 & 9.1 surround sound for the Auro 3D Blu-Ray release. That satisfied every part of my nerdy brain.
What does a day in the life of Prash look like?
9 – 11: Deal with emails until my coffee kicks in and I’m able to interface with humans more effectively.
11 – 1: Setup my mix & mastering projects for the day & acclimatize my hearing.
1 – ??: Lose myself in sounds.
Is there anyone you’d still love to work with?
Too many to mention but definitely Bjork, Quincy Jones, D’angelo, Jai Paul, Harry Edwards, Damien Marley, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Anderson Paak
Favourite artist right now?
Jorja Smith! But then I’m biased since I’m her in-house mix & mastering engineer. Other than that, FARR, a project by my bro Linden Jay which is just crazy dope. Also, Maisie H Peters is phenomenal.
Tell us about your latest venture, Engine Earz Experiment- Symbol?
This has always been my vessel for releasing my own sounds and interpreting the f’ed up world around me. It started around 2009 with a couple of Maida Vale sessions for BBC Radio 1, we then went on to tour with The Streets, DJ Shadow, Tricky, Dreadzone, Enter Shikari as well as globally for our own shows. We’ve remixed Basement Jaxx, Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes, Nitin Sawhney and much more. This album means a whole lot to me. I feel like we’ve been able to tell an important story, accompanied by the incredible visuals of Drew Cox. Helping us with this are some of the music’s best voices including Akala, Aloe Blacc, Flux Pavilion, Lisa Gerrard, Sarah Hezen, Ane Brun, Kate Havnevik, Abi Sampa and more.
What is the release date?
Friday 20th October – I really can’t wait!
What would you like listeners to take away from the new album?
A sense that all is not lost, we have more purpose than ever and real ways to make the world around us better.
Best advice someone’s told you?
By my parents who came to the UK as refugees from Uganda in the 70s from a really young age that we could once again lose everything so be prepared, work hard, build and own your own destiny.
Mantra to live by?
Teamwork makes the dream work
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