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The Essential List: Munzie Thind

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The creative sound designer from Grand Central Recording Studios has a penchant for mobster drama and has a signature salad dish to his name

The Essential List: Munzie Thind

Munzie Thind is one of GCRS’ longest standing members and is responsible for a huge portfolio of critically acclaimed work acquired over the course of over 25 years.

A hip-hop b-boy at heart, Munzie’s love for sound sprung up from being part of an emerging creative culture in Gravesend when he was in his teens, encompassing graffiti artists, break dancers and musicians. He set up a record shop with his brother selling music and merch and regularly DJ’d. It’s this love for music that has allowed him to grow into one of the most sought after sound designers in the UK, universally liked by directors, producers, editors, creatives and composers (although he’d be too humble to admit this).

His most recent accolades are for the multi-award winning Argos ‘The Book of Dreams’.

Check out his Essential List to get a taste of his tastes.


Lifestyle


Place of birth: Walsall, West Midlands
Hometown: Rochester
Staycation: Costa Del Kent 
Vacation: Japan 
Place of work: GCRS
Place of workout: Dancefloor 
Side project: Chef 
Mode of transport: Car
Bonus travel essential: JBL boom box


Culture


Artist: Part One TDS AKA Enrique Torres, a New York graffiti artist
Musician: Bernard Edwards (Chic) 
Commercials / music video director: Frank Budgen / Hype Williams 
Film director: Martin Scorsese
Photographer: Janette Beckman, iconic hip-hop photographer
Film: Goodfellas
Series: Sopranos
Commercial: Hamlet - Photo Booth 


Music video: Pharcyde - The Drop


Video game: Track & Field, the OG arcade one
Board game: Monopoly 
Book: The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause
Podcast: Walking On Jupiter narrated by Stephen Graham
Newspaper (off or online): Metro or Evening Standard
Magazine: Homes & Gardens
Bonus culture essential: V&A 


Food and Drink


Breakfast: My Mum’s protha or an egg and bacon sandwich 
Restaurant: Norma 
Cheap bite: Keu Banh Mi Soho 
Working lunch: Kricket 
Favourite dish: Lamb chop from Gymkana 
Signature dish: Jerk Chicken or a Munzie’s Salad 
Snack: Lamb chop from Gunpowder 
Guilty pleasure: Sticky toffee pudding with ice cream
Bar: Coopers Arms Rochester
Booze: Yamazaki 18
Not booze: Tea 
Bonus food: Lamb chop from Lahore's 
Bonus beverage: Yamazaki 12 


Kit


Phone: Apple iPhone
Computer: Mac Pro
TV: Sony Bravia
Headphones: Sennheiser Momentum in-ear
Camera: iPhone 
Soundsystem: Dynaudio LYD 8
Pen / pencil: Sharpie
Where you document an idea: Notes
Casual clothing: Maharishi
Smart clothing: Maharishi 
Footwear: Adidas Nite Jogger
Watch: Maharishi G Shock 
Collection: Vinyl 
App: SoundCloud 
Website: BBC News 
Favourite social media feed: Insta 
Work program: ProTools
Digital work tool: Soundminer 
Analogue work tool: Neumann U87
Morning grooming / makeup essential: Kiehl’s face cream 
Bonus kit essential: Rory my Godzilla cue light


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Grand Central Recording Studios, Thu, 19 May 2022 11:29:25 GMT