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Shruti Kumar

Shruti Kumar

Bio:

Shruti began her musical career at age 4 as a pianist. Starting at The Juilliard School at Age 11, Shruti’s ability stems from her classical roots. However, when she began writing, Shruti was exposed to musical theatre, performing both on stage and in pit orchestras. A composer for film, multimedia, and theatre her work has been used by/for The National Geographic, NPR and The United Nations. She's also a producer, radio host and founder of Sound Travels, a remote hire platform for music industry professionals in direct response to the COVID crisis.

Length of Residency:

1 month.

Project:

It was a real joy and welcome opportunity to be a composer in residence in the SA writing room at Spitfire Audio in London. I am based in Los Angeles, by way of New York, and have always wanted to engage with the music community in the UK. I spent the time predominantly working on my upcoming hybrid orchestral album “Nodding Terms” — featuring collaborations with artists around the globe, producing a few other artist projects, and curating/producing my radio show with dublab "Let's Shake On It".

Reflections:

What I enjoyed most about the space was the community I was exposed to. My first week at SA coincided with the joint event with Saffron Records “Tech Dissect” at which I met several other artists, composers, and producers who became vital to me during the remaining time I spent in London. Tileyard, where the studio is, is unlike any other studio setting I’ve been in in LA or NYC — it’s in a joint campus with many music tech companies, agencies, and production hubs which made it an amazing stomping ground to brainstorm and integrate with peers.

Unlike many composing residences that are often solitary and revolve around carrying out a premeditated project — this environment was really amazing in allowing for evolving my projects at hand / fostering collaboration.

Having studios and spaces for residencies and sabbaticals are really important to expand artistic realities and boundaries. In our professional music lives it is so important to be exposed to varied ways of working and thinking, and this can be provided by something as simple as a change of setting. The SA writing room did this for me — it has all the fixings for professional grade work (awesome recording capability and the room for larger sessions, a plethora of synths and acoustic instruments, access to the Spitfire libraries!) so I could continue my jobs remotely alongside the inspiration of working on my own music. Changing certain variables can shift our perspective and enhance our work — from a new window in a new room, to access to different gear, to introductions to new faces, to living in a new city. All to say — it was an invaluable move on my part — my two month intention which turned into a seven month stay!

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