Ashish Manchanda is a renowned recording engineer, music producer, and an entrepreneur in the entertainment world. In 1999, he founded the Flying Carpet Productions, a music and audio/video production house in Mumbai and the award-winning music production house, The Media Tribe. He was also featured in, “In the Studio with Michael Jackson”, a book by music producer, Bruce Swedien. In 2013, he bagged the Best Live Sound Mixing Engineer at the Indian Recording Arts Awards (IRAA) for the soundtrack of Anurag Kashyap’s comedy drama film, Dev.D. He was raised up in Pune and Delhi, where he used to listen to music. After high school, he started learning how to play drums. Ashish graduated at Full Sail University in Florida as a valedictorian, and became an inductee in the 2015 Full Sail Hall of Fame.
At school, he became the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, Award for Perfect Attendance, and the Seven Course Director’s Awards. He is the drummer of the Indian rock band, Agni. He bagged the “Best Drummer” awards in competitions held at IIT Mumbai and Delhi, and the Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi. He closely worked with artists and music composers, A.R. Rahman,
Ram Sampath, Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,
Lesle Lewis, Swedien,
Clinton Cerejo, Rex Rideout, and many more. Ashish has also worked as the audio turnkey director for MTV Unplugged and in Coke Studio in India, where he also honed his musical skills. He has been a part of the musical TV series, Chivas Studio and The Dewarists.
He has attended several music festivals like Kabir Festival, NH7, Jaipur Literature Festival, and more. His production house has been part of the Indian musical, Beauty and the Beast. Ashish also worked as the sound designer and re-recording mixer for Dibakar Banerjees’ National Award-winning films, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2016) and
Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006). Ashish has also composed, remixed, and produced songs for movies like Mithya (2008),
Acid Factory (2009),
Hello Zindagi (2010), etc. He also contributed music to a show-reel by IIM Lucknow and Godrej and Lia Agarbatti’s ad campaigns. He produced and co-produced albums by Sky Rabbit, Mihir Joshi Band,
Manasi Scott, The Local Train, Anurag Dixit, and Ritika Sahni.
Ashish has mixed music for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and has been the audio consultant of the Blue Frog. He played a part in many film soundtracks such as Bhaag Milha Bhaag,
Chillar Party, Rockstar, No One Killed Jessica, Aisha, Shaitan, Dev.D, Aamir, Oye Lucky,
Om Shanti Om, Corporate, Dhoom 2, Golmaal,
Salaam Namaste, Page-3, White Noise, Krrish, Zinda, Deewangee, Asoka, and many more. Aside from that, he collaborated with popular musicians in working on many indie albums and has also played an important role in several advertising campaigns for brands like Chevrolet, Coke, Pepsi, Ceat, Smirnoff, Heinz, Eveready, Red Tape Shoes, etc.
Ashish also worked with Grammy Award-winner, Bruce Swedien, in the US. He also worked with Ana Torroja, Les Go (girl group), Jim Peterik, and Rex Rideout. In Manhattan,
New York, he worked for Effanel Music, where he honed different styles of music of renowned artists like Boz Scaggs, Verve Records, James Taylor, Garth Brooks, and more. He also got the opportunity to work with popular TV programs like VH-1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged. He has been the Front-of-House Engineer, Crew Chief, and System Tech at Platinum Post in Florida, where he did a session work with popular basketball star, Shaquille O’Neal.