We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Kumar Tandon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
1. I knew I wanted to do something different and I didn’t know any better. Of course, I’m half joking. I wanted to assume a career path that was different than what the the people around me were pursuing. While people were planning to study for a career in computer engineering, medicine, or finance, I was looking into the various options that I had in the world of business ownership and freelancing.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Rose Quartz Mastering specializes in turning projects into records. We take an artist’s mix or stems and work with them to get a more commercially competitive master. In addition, we pride ourselves in guiding artists through the process of releasing their music. I started out by working at a little studio in Pacific Beach. From there, as I started meeting more and more artists and realizing that they all needed some level of help in terms of audio engineering. At that point I probably hit the ground running a little too quick. I took some risks, made some promises, and thankfully ended up delivering. The climb to this spot right here has not been easy. But it has gotten easier as we work on more and more records. We’ve learned to hold the client relationship in a place of higher regard than most businesses probably would. We try to build trusting relationships that go beyond our business dealings with a client. I know it’s not a cool piece of gear or anything, but trust makes a record sound out-of-this world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place I would take a visitor to San Diego is the Embarcadero. I’d walk from the Star of India to the Midway with them. After that, we can head north and grab some coffee at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters before heading to Torrey Pines beach. It might not be a standard California beach, but it’s a nice little spot that combines the familiar chaparral landscape that covers San Diego with the vastness of the Pacific. The result is a profoundly comforting environment. For lunch, we would head north to grab a bite at Pannikin and maybe another coffee on the way out. From there, we could go window shopping on the 101 until we deem it appropriate to start our evening proceedings, which involve a 3-part harmony from 3rd Corner Bistro, Death x Tequila, and Shelter. We would have a wine flight and some appetizers from 3rd Corner, a couple of amazing cocktails from DxT, and some dancing at Shelter. If this visitor is up to it, we could even grab some after-midnight burritos from Filiberto’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my incredible friends. They’ve been more supportive than ever this year. From providing moral support to helping out with hands-on studio renovations, they’ve been by my side the whole time. So thank you to my great friends Tuan, Noah, Jimmy, and Caleb.