Sound Engineering as a career is less opted by girls and the number of lady sound engineers in the audio industry is very less when compared to Men. But we Sound Engineering Academy is proud that we are one among the top audio engineering institutes in India which contributed the most number of lady sound engineers.
Today we are talking about a lady Sound Engineer, Krishna Kala R.S. According to her, if a person, irrespective of their gender, posses good hearing sense, a passion for the subject, a feel for music and who have skills to effectively deal / communicate with people, then Sound Engineering is a profession worth to be considered.
Before shedding more light into the career of Krishnakala, first and foremost thing that has to be mentioned is that apart from being a Sound Engineer, she is also a professional Drummer working with the band Bimblotica, the first girl’s only band from Kerala.
Krishnakala explains that, basically a sound engineer is responsible for the technical support of production during studio recordings and support during live sound. The areas of sound engineering, studio and recording technology, signal processing, acoustics and computer music fall into his area of responsibility. The technical side includes the monitoring of acoustics and sound mixing. It will be added advantage, if the sound engineer has got a musical know-how. This is why the training of the sound engineer is interdisciplinary and encompasses both scientific and technical aspects as well as artistic and creative aspects. And that’s exactly what makes this job so varied and interesting.
One of the main reason why girls are reluctant in choosing Sound Engineering Profession is that working in Live Sound is quite hard as they have to carry heavy equipment in and around the venue. It is a fact that with regard to Live Sound Reinforcement, there is some physical activity involved but many lady Sound Engineers are working in the field including one of our alumni student Anju P.S, first professional female live sound engineer of india is working in the field for years and has excelled in her profession.
Those who are not interested in Live Sound Engineering, an immediate alternative is to find a job in the recording studio.
While taking into consideration the different career options in the field, there are many areas were a audio professional can excel and Live Sound Engineering is only among them. Citing another example; an alumni of the academy Aashitha Aithal, a bangalore based sound engineer working in the field of Music Production and Film Post Production.
When most of SEA alumni seeks a career in the field of Music Production, Film Post-Production and Live Sound Reinforcement, Krishnakala has chosen an alternative path by landing herself into the field of Audio Engineering Training.
Krishnakala has started her audio engineering career after completing her 1 year Diploma from academy in the year 2014. Her passion towards Music Production and Sound Engineering has persuaded to her to study the subject after completing her degree in BA Economics from Kerala University.
On asking about her interest towards becoming a drummer, she told that interest was there since childhood her days and started learning the Drums at early age. Her first performance was while she was studying in the 9th class.
She was an active participant in School & College youth festivals and many competitions, receiving several accolades for her awe-inspiring performance with the drums.
While doing her Bachelor’s degree in the Government Women’s College – Trivandrum, she got in company of some like-minded girls which ended up in the inception of the first girls only professional music band in Kerala, the Bimblotica.
During the year 2012, Bimblotica was only one of its kind music band in Kerala and the band performed for ABU Radio Song Festival (2013), the theme of the festival to create social awareness about female foeticide. The band was also invited to perform during the inaugural function of She Taxi (first female only taxi service) and in various various colleges across Kerala.
After completing the diploma in Sound Engineering, she worked with a recording studio for 3 months, the main work of the studio was the dubbing of the comedy program ‘Asianet Comedy Stars‘.
In 2015 she got opportunity to start her career in the field of Audio Engineering Training and joined an training institute in Northern Kerala as faculty. On completing 2 years in the academy she was inducted into Sound Engineering Academy as a Faculty of Audio Engineering.
Talking about Sound Engineering profession, Krishnakala adds, “Anyone who see his qualities both in technical and creative field and who likes to get in touch with interesting people of all kinds will feel at home in this profession, irrespective of their gender. Moreover one should also posses knowledge about new cutting edge technologies / mixing programs in the market which helps to establish themselves and don’t lag behind technically”.
Krishnakala thanked the academy in providing the right kind of education, which helped her in moulding a strong career in the audio field.
We Sound Engineering Academy, take this opportunity to uphold the fact that people like you are a inspiration to those girls who want to develop an Audio Engineering career and wishes Krishnakala all success in her training career and looking forward for exuberant performances as a Drummer .