From investing in the right equipment to smart shoot ideasGujarat musicians find innovative ways to create music from home

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While most of the Gujarati entertainment industry remained shut during the second wave, Gujarati musicians continued to work from home. Be it recording new singles from their mobile home studios or shooting for new music videos at home, these musicians are making the most of their time. Due to safety concerns, most musicians are working from home as recording studios are closed and shooting outdoors is not the most convenient option at the moment. But despite all the restrictions, these music makers haven’t stopped doing what they love the most – create more music. The lockdown in 2020 made several musicians set up makeshift studios at home, but over a period of time, they have invested in better equipment like microphones and cameras and advanced software that is now helping them to write and record songs at home.

After the Gujarati entertainment industry resumed work in the later part of 2020, several artistes tested COVID positive. But now, these artistes are not taking any chances. “Right now, it is better to work from home as going to a studio is not very safe,” says Jigardan Gadhavi, who recently recorded and shot a new music video at home. “I have a decent recording set-up at home where I can compose and record the first cut of the song. The rest of the mixing is done by sound engineers. But this allows me to continue creating songs. I even shot for a music video a few days back at the terrace with minimal equipment, and I am very happy with the final product.”

And to maximise their output, some musicians have done smart investments. Singer Aditya Gadhavi says, “I set up a green screen at home so that if I have to shoot a video, I can do that in front of that and then it can be edited later on. This helps me with my live sessions, music videos or any other kind of project I want to work on. Apart from that, I also have a basic recording set-up at home that helps me in recording my songs.”

‘WE ARE SHOOTING FOR MUSIC VIDEOS WHILE STRICTLY FOLLOWING SAFETY PROTOCOLS’ Creating and recording a song seems to be the easier thing at the moment as compared to shooting a music video, considering the restrictions and safety concerns. But that hasn’t stopped the musicians from being innovative. “I recently shot for a music video in the outskirts of Vadodara, and we managed with just four people including myself,” says singer Ishani Dave. She adds, “The first thing I asked before signing up for the song was how we were going to shoot it. And I agreed to do the song only after I was convinced that all safety protocols were being followed.”

Even Parth Oza, who has been recording songs at home, is now planning for smart ways to shoot music videos. He says, “I have worked on a few songs, and now we need to shoot the videos for them. It’s a tricky situation right now, so we are carefully considering the locations, logistics, and team members. People who can fulfil multiple roles would be ideal in this situation so that we can shoot with a small team.”