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Vahagn Stepanyan
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Vahagn Stepenyan

Vahagn Stepanyan

Musician, Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Composer.
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Vahagn Stepanyan

With a truly global list of collaborators, music producer, songwriter, film soundtrack composer and keyboardist Vahagn Stepanyan is realising his dream of working with some of the world's most renowned artists. Here he tells us about his bespoke studio set-up, more than 50 mics and one outstanding brand.

 

Eric Marienthal, Nathan East, Melvin Lee Davis, Wojtek Pilichowski, Eric Moore, Cleverson Silva, Adam Hawley, Mark Lettieri, Ida Nielsen, Henrik Linder, Feodor Dosumov, Lu Diaz, Randy Merrill, Sterling Sound, Capitol Studios.
A world of music

"Vahagn's musical journey started at the early age of eight when he was enrolled in a music school for classical piano lessons. His musical giftedness has been recognized by Grammy Award-Winning artists and well-known musicians across the world. Throughout the years Vahagn has collaborated with a host of artists through studio work, tours and writing including Eric Marienthal (Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist), Nathan East (Grammy Nominated Bassist), Melvin Lee Davis (Chaka Khan's musical director, bassist), Wojtek Pilichowski, Eric Moore, Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Ida Nielsen, Percy Bady (Toni Braxton, R Kelly), Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops), Feodor Dosumov and other incredible musicians.

In 2015 at age of 29, Vahagn self-produced his debut album "Moonlight". It infuses the musical styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Funk with the talents of artists from USA, Brazil, Armenia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey and Germany.

Vahagn is also a Grammy Recording Academy Voting Member."

Bright, smooth and soft

"My drive is my passion for music. When I was a kid, I dreamt of collaborating with lots of famous musicians and then I started to make it happen.

My system is based on an iMac running Logic & Cubase with Antelope Audio's converters, Avedis Audio Preamps, TK Audio Compressors, Focal 6BE Trio and Kali Audio In-8 monitoring. And I now have more than 50 microphones in the studio! The keyboards I have set up are a Nord Stage 3 88 and the ROLI Seaboard with some extra midi controllers from Nektar Technology, IK Multimedia and Xkeys. I have also special touring set-up including 64 Audio’s A18s in-ear custom monitors.

My go-to would normally be a U87 Vintage. Though the first time I used the Aston Spirit microphone and compared it with different microphones, which were five times as pricey, I was totally blown away with the sound and build quality! I decided to get a few of them. I now own 1 Origin, 3 Spirits, 2 Starlights, 1 Stealth, the Halo, and the shockmounts. I love how the Spirit mics capture a bright, smooth, and soft sound. I also love the detail from Starlights on drum overheads or on piano. They are all so flexible as microphones and work on almost everything."

"I'm proud to be the first artist in Armenia endorsed by Aston and own a mic with my name engraved on it"

 

 

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Out-takes

Q: Who are some of your favourite artists?
A: I have a big list of favourite artists' but I would say here – Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Kirk Franklin and Jacob Collier.

Q: If you weren’t working in music what would you be doing
A: Maybe I would be promoting other artists, or managing their artist relations.

Q: What are 4 words you’d choose to describe Aston?
A: Top, Bright, Modern, & Solid

Credits

Eric Marienthal

Nathan East

Melvin Lee Davis (Chaka Khan)

Eric Moore (Eros Ramazzotti)

Ida Nielsen (Prince)

Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops)

Randy Merrill (Sterling Sound)

Evren Göknar (Capitol Studios)

Lu Diaz (DJ Khaled, Pitbull)

Percy Bady (Toni Braxton, R Kelly)

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