Luca Zadra

"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart." - Brian Eno

Author Bio

Half Italian and half Portuguese yet born and raised in Belgium, I started playing guitar at the age of 12 and it wasn’t long after that that I realised that music was going to be my main focus in life. At the age of 15 I started working in a recording studio as a recording/mixing engineer and from there up until my departure to college I worked on several albums/TV productions including big names such as Quincy Jones, Toots Thielemans and others, spending the vast majority of my time after school locked up with good music. During my senior year of high school I commuted between Brussels and London because I was also studying at SSR London where I became a Certified Pro Tools Expert (Pro Tools is the software used in professional recording studios around the world) and now I’m here at Berklee in Boston, which will hopefully lead to bigger things, likely in Los Angeles!

About

Hometown Brussels, Belgium
Lives Boston, MA, USA
High School Education European Baccalaureate, Ecole Européenne Bruxelles 2, Belgium
Studying B.M. in Music Production and Engineering
Graduating 2019
Extracurriculars Most of what I do is music-related but I also hike and cook a lot.
Interests I’m a beer aficionado, I like hiking and cooking, mountains, nature and camping, travelling, films and Drum and Bass.
Future Plans Become a household name among audio engineers and producers, have my own studio and eventually be a go-to producer/engineer for big pop and rnb (anything that grooves) artists while producing DnB on the side.

Posts by Luca Zadra

New semester – Student Life at Berklee College of Music

Published: January 30, 2017

The new semester: one week in. I’m back at Berklee in Boston, settled in a new apartment and ready to make this an even better semester. I very much look forward to my classes and to finishing a few personal projects. Last semester was packed on a daily basis with a full day of classes followed by an evening at work followed by a night of recording sessions and I hope to be able to continue doing that, possibly with less of an unhealthy lack of sleep (not looking good, by the way). This semester promises to be tough. I…

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Good To Be Home

Published: December 24, 2016

Feels good to be home. For many of us international students, going home may just be the single most truly relaxing thing we can do. The change of people, scenery, culture and, in some cases, ourselves helps completely detach from the stress and duties of uni. Back home, we behave differently, we eat differently, we drink differently, we become our old selves. I don’t mean to say that there are two completely different personalities beneath our skin, it’s no Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde situation but, at least in my case, the things I do in the US are well…

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Thanksgiving vs Semester

Published: November 29, 2016

Doesn’t Thanksgiving break happen at a just horrible time? Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for a break and to have been able to spend it with loved ones but I have to say, it doesn’t happen at a convenient time of the semester. It’s right in between that period of time when you’re finally all warmed up and fully functional again, following the post-midterms dip, and right before the last two weeks of school before finals, when you need the fully functional you but it’s gone because it’s too busy digesting the food baby and the laze baby…

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Electronica – Albums to Check Out

Published: November 22, 2016

Fairly recently I became a huge fan of electronica and I find that the genre has so many nuances and sub-genres within, much like metal, that people tend to not give the genre enough credit and miss out on so much great work from either a musical point of view or a sound design and production standpoint (or all of these together). Here’s a list of a few albums that I think you should listen to, feel free to comment and add albums to the list! Karlheinz Stockhausen – Studie 1: Released in 1953, “Studie 1” is considered to be…

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Paris – One Year Later

Published: November 15, 2016

November 13th, 2015, marked a sad, indelible night for Paris, France and Europe. It was the night several gunmen and suicide bombers took the lives of 130 people, shook our beliefs and values to the core, shattering them for some, strengthening them for others. I am not here to write a detailed account of what happened and neither am I here to write a political article or further my stance on the matter. I am here to remember how it felt for me and, if anyone would like to share, I would love to hear your side. I’m from Brussels, Belgium,…

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Meshuggah @ House Of Blues

Published: November 7, 2016

Meshuggah may not be a band that many of you have heard of and it’s most likely a band that the majority of people would not listen to. However, it’s a band that I feel is a privilege to see live, especially as a musician.     From left to right: Tomas Haake (drums), Fredrik Thordendal (guitar), Jens Kidman (vocals), Mårten Hagström (guitar) and Dick Lövgren (bass). Extreme metal is a tough genre to swallow and it requires being understood before being appreciated and, within Meshuggah, there are some very specific musical elements to look for and focus on for everything…

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