Pasan Liyanage says music changed his life
By Darshani Abeyrathna
Taking Sri Lankan music industry to a whole new level the song 'Ashawari' is one of the most viewed song scene on You Tube within a very short period. The talented Pasan Liyanage explained his work and how music changed his life. "If you learn properly and lead with passion, you will definitely win. I just want to lead my life with things that I love, and I hope it will turn out really well," he said. "We'll be throwing in a few songs which people won't have seen live for a very long time," Pasan highlighted.
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
A. I'm Pasan Liyanage director of Redfox Audio Productions. I should be eternally grateful for my alma mater Isipatana College, for making me who I am today. When it comes to music, it is my passion and I love to help and guide upcoming talented youngsters
Q: What made you want to become a music producer?
A. Since I was a child I loved to play the keyboard and I love listening to different kind of music styles. When I walk down the memory lane of my life, I love all kinds of music. That always keeps me on my toes, always searching for a new sound, something that intrigues me. I used to listen to all those genres in good old days including old Sinhala music tracks, modern ones and electronic music. As life went on, I learnt western music at school and then I joined Hit Factory. I should mention Ranga D; he is the one who taught me to be a successful producer and a Mixing Engineer. Ranga D is more like my pillar of success. At the same time I am proud o say that we release more than four TV commercials per week from our company Redfox.
Q: Let us know more about the song "Ashawari"
A. The song Ashawari; I've been holding that song in my pocket for like a year in reality and later on we came up with the R and B version of it for the video. I 'm really happy and proud to announce that we have got 4.3 million you tube views. If I am not mistaken the song is a big Island thing. It shows a totally different side people don't know yet – a very vulnerable side.
Q: What classes did you take in college?
A. As I mentioned above, I learned Western music at college. I did Commerce for ALs.
Q: How many recording artistes do you have to listen to on a weekly/daily basis?
A. More than 20 within a week
Q: What is the biggest struggle as a producer?
A. This is indeed a good question. Sometimes we have to listen to people who cannot sing or pitch well and when they ask me to fix their voices, that is more like a nightmare and also it takes a long time.
Q: What kind of marketing is involved in music production?
A. When it comes to marketing, involved in music we have Radio Promos, Facebook, Instagram and mainly YouTube .We have a special team to take care of Redfox marketing campaigns for my brand name.
Q: Do you have any role model in your life?
A. To be honest with you I do not have any role model in my life.
Q: In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in technology this past year?
A. The technology used in music has been changed over the years.
New sound cards, midi keyboards, microphones and analog mixing consoles play a significant role in music technology. Yet when it comes to me I still love the sounds of 90s recordings for some reason, the sound was so clearer and It has that warm feeling in that.
Q: How do you define success?
A. As Malala says, "let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality". Success is something you have to earn and it's not something magical! You can't wait for someone to get your work done for you. If you want to climb up the social ladder you have to work hard no matter what. Get up early or work till morning, plan your daily routine, make your own targets and deadline and be on time and deliver work on time that's how you can be successful.
Q: If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
A. I would be a software engineer.
Q: What or who is your biggest accomplishment as a producer?
A. I was blessed and lucky to work with the most veteran musician in this field.
Q: What university would you suggest for someone interested in the business?
A. I strongly suggest these two universities namely Berkley College of Music and
Q: What internships would you recommend as an incoming producer?
A. They at least should have a sound knowledge about music and of course they should have a passion for music and at the same time they should know how to use the software and all that a must!
Q: What are your thoughts about the state of the music industry?
A. Musical training has been found to be associated with increased creativity. Nowadays Sri Lankan musicians are not that creative and if I am not mistaken they blindly follow the exact same trend. Although we have talented artistes they all focus only on PRBT market. According to my personal point of view I feel like they should learn more about music and they should come out with new concepts. We all have a long way to go in the music industry in Sri Lanka. We should work hard in order to reach the international level. We are earnestly looking forward to excel in our industry.
Q: What is in the pipeline for the future?
A. I have so many new tracks to be released including my first solo track that I'm going to sing which is different from all these songs I produced the past couple of years. I am eagerly waiting for this to happen.
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations?
A. I have to manage everything by myself and it is sometimes really hard and I have few other businesses running as well; therefore for me it's all about managing time.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
A: In five years time I just want to beat myself and to be the best music producer by changing the Sri Lankan music to a whole new level.
Q: What's your favourite '90s jam?
A. Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
Q: Describe you in three words
A. Fun loving person
Q: Who is the messiest person you know?
A. I have never met the messiest person in my life.
Q: What are the best and worst purchases you've ever made?
A. Wires and connectors from EBay.
Q: If you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
A. That is none other than Redfox.
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