Kerani Interview

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Kerani in conversation with Morgana.
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(Morgana) Hello Kerani! Welcome to the world of MG Music You are a brand new name to our regular website visitors, an unusual name too, so can I start off by asking you why you call yourself Kerani?

(Kerani) Hi Morgana. It is an honour to be part of the MG Music family.
For some very odd reason, I insisted on chosing a Sanskrit name. I found that Kerani is (with exception of 1 letter) an anagram of my real name. The decision was quickly made.

(Morgana) I am told it means “sacred bells” in Sanskrit, which implies some kind of spiritual connection too? In common with many other artists writing in the New Age genre, you have experienced episodes in your life that could be described as deeply spiritual. How have these experiences influenced your music?

(Kerani) You could say that over the years these spiritual experiences have refined my compositions. The more I immersed myself in spirituality, the more sensitive I became to the people around me and to my surroundings. Gradually, I began writing from the heart.

(Morgana) Since you first appeared on the music scene in 2008, you have produced 2 albums and a recent single, all available from the new MG website. Can you say a few words about what inspires you to write?

(Kerani) Nature is my biggest source of inspiration. I am always moved by a beautiful landscape. I use my observations as a guideline and then translate the feelings they evoke into music.

(Morgana) . . . so your own writing process always starts off with a strong concept in mind?

(Kerani) Very important! When I started writing The Journey, for instance, I knew exactly what I wanted to tell the listener and what the music had to sound like. The contrabasses and cellos had to represent the footsteps of the traveller. The pipes were to emphasize his eagerness to travel. The mouth organ describes his solitude. Halfway into the track, panflutes welcome him into South America! I always think in images when I write. That helps to create the right atmosphere.

(Morgana) Imagery is such a huge part of New Age music and what you have just said about matching instruments to the image being conveyed will interest a lot of people. Once you have chosen the sounds you wish to use, how do you go about putting a track together?

(Kerani) Well, it depends on the kind of music I write. Classical pieces usually spring from a melody played on the piano to which I add the typical elements of a classical orchestra, such as strings, brass, woodwind, harp, timpani, etc.
I also write modern tracks for documentaries and trailers on a regular basis. These pieces are mostly based on chords. I like to combine the sound of vintage synths with contemporary sounds.

(Morgana) Your mention of vintage synths leads us nicely into my next question, which is especially for the technical types out there – what software packages or pieces of studio kit do you find most useful in writing your music?

(Kerani) My Yamaha Motif XS8 is a true gem. It has a 16-track sequencer, which permits me to record, arrange and mix the songs.
Software: Steinberg’s Nuendo with some really cool plug-ins.

(Morgana) What is the hardest part of producing an album for you; the writing, the arranging, or the final mixing and mastering? Do you enjoy any one part of the process more than another?

(Kerani) The final mixing is the most difficult part, without question. Even when you think you have everything in balance, there is still that pesky little note or measure that needs tweaking. There is no particular part in the process that I prefer to the other. Composing is great fun – oh, the joy of stumbling upon a good melody! Arranging is always a good challenge. And mastering? Well, I leave that to my very talented partner Arno. He’s a magician!

(Morgana) What message or feelings would you like to leave your listeners with when they hear your music?

(Kerani) I would like them to experience love and beauty. The famous composer Vangelis once said that people are losing their pure sense of beauty and that he wants to bring the listeners back to the essence with his music. I feel very much the same.

(Morgana) Thank you Kerani Finally, is there a question you’ve been burning to answer that I have failed to ask?

(Kerani) Yes! Smurfs DO NOT have a belly button. 

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