Hyderabad: New York-based Indian composer A-Zal aka Atif Afzal is releasing his first solo American pop album titled “17 & 11 Nights”. It’s a commercial pop album featuring a variety of tracks ranging from high octane dance numbers to soulful melodic songs.
For the audio production of his album, A-Zal assembled a strong team of Grammy nominated experts Jeff Sojka and Benny Steel who have previously worked with the world’s top artists, namely Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Pitbull.
Atif feels lucky to have had this opportunity to collaborate with the best in the business in the United States. During Covid, recordings and production were carried out remotely all over the world in the US, UK, Brazil and Italy.
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The audio production team did a fantastic job improving the tracks and can’t wait for people to listen to it. The album consists of 9 songs evoking the different experiences that A-Zal has had in his life.
Atif said, âI consider this to be my best job yet and I am working with a great team on the song’s release. I have received an outstanding response from people in the industry and look forward to sharing my voice and my story with the world. This album is about my journey and is probably the best way to get to know me as an artist. While working on the album with this team, I realized there was a reason why artists like Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber sounded so good. First of all, they are exceptional talents, but at the same time, they have a brilliant team behind their music production. Every aspect of producing a song is so important and nothing can be brutal. I was lucky to have such a team which greatly elevated my album.
A-Zal composed, recorded and sang the soundtracks in New York, while production took place at Abbey Road Studios in London. Abbey Road Studios has a legacy of groups such as The Beatles and Queen recording at ARS. Currently, artists like Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Adele have made Abbey Road their home of creation, producing countless historic recordings.
For live instrumentation, Atif worked with a guitarist in Italy, a mixing engineer in the United States and a pianist and drummer in the United Kingdom.