Producer RAPHAELLAGets Creative With ADAM AudioADAM Users
Raphaella Mazaheri, using her first name “RAPHAELLA” as her artist name, is a London based artist, producer and songwriter.
Aside from her solo material, she has been collaborating with Rudimental, Gorgon City and MNEK, Wilkinson, Armin van Buuren, Watermät, Henri PFR, Dimension, Culture Shock and many others.
Raphaella studied music first at the Goldsmiths university and later at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. She graduated with first class honors and won the best overall degree student in her year. For her “Koochulu” studio she decided to go for the ADAM A7X studio monitors and a Sub10 MK2 subwoofer.
Already at an early age did Raphaella take her first steps into making music:
“I began learning classical violin when I was 6, and then piano a year later. So I learnt to read music almost at the same time as learning to read, so it was always a huge part of my life. I grew up studying classical music, but when I was 14 I started my own songwriting after being badly bullied at school. I used it as an outlet […] and it became the thing I turned to most.”
The desire to record her original songs led her to eventually teaching herself how to produce in Apple Logic – and by entering the world of music production everything changed:
“I went from being a person at a piano to being able to recreate an entire band or orchestra at my fingertips. It was so liberating and exciting!”
“I went from being a person at a piano to being able to recreate an entire band or orchestra at my fingertips. It was so liberating and exciting! My main motivation is to create music that is able to be there for people going through hard times, the way music was there for me. The thing that inspires me the most, is the knowledge that music can speak to someone across the globe, no matter the language, background or age and has the power to make them feel like they’re not alone.”
When entering the “Koochulu” studio you instantly notice the really eclectic decor, from all of her late Grandad’s old records, paintings made also by her grandad and granny, to Persian carpets and trinkets. Within that sit Raphaella’s recording gear, hardware, synthesizers [which she likes to decorate with fairy lights] and finally a pair of ADAM A7X studio monitors and a Sub10 MK2 subwoofer.
“Since signing my publishing deal, I was thrown into professional sessions and quickly got to know the equipment everyone was using and ADAM monitors seemed to be a common theme with a lot of the producers and studios I was going in with. Everyone only ever had amazing things to say about their monitors. Then, after trying a lot of different monitors myself, I came to realise the exact same thing!
My previous monitors really exaggerated the bottom end and bass frequencies. Often, the speakers that are most enjoyable to listen to music on are the worst to mix or create music on, so essentially not being able to trust your monitors is the worst feeling.”
“I really love the sound quality and the clarity in ADAM Audio monitors […] and more than anything I trust them to give me the truest and best sound possible.”
“I really love the sound quality and the clarity in ADAM Audio monitors […] and more than anything I trust them to give me the truest and best sound possible. That, and their value for money compared to other monitors in the market is unparalleled. I adore my ADAM A7Xs and Sub10 Mk2. They make coming into the studio every day exciting, because I trust the monitors to give me the best and truest reflection of the music I’m making, allowing me to just enjoy the creative experience.”