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! Amit Khanna 1-Mar ! Justin Bieber 1-Mar ! K.P.Sivanandam 1-Mar ! Kesha 1-Mar ! Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann) 1-Mar ! Nik Kershaw 1-Mar ! Roger Daltrey (The Who) (1944) 1-Mar ! Anandji (Kalyandji) 2-Mar ! Chris Martin (Coldplay) (1977) 2-Mar ! Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (1955) 2-Mar ! Harry Belafonte (1927) 2-Mar ! Jay Osmond (The Osmonds) (1955) 2-Mar ! Jerry Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (1943) 2-Mar ! Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) (1962) 2-Mar ! Mark Evans (AC/DC) (1956) 2-Mar ! Rajeshwari Sachdev 2-Mar ! Sagarika Soni 2-Mar ! Ghulam Mustafa Khan 3-Mar ! Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (1944) 3-Mar ! Jennifer Warnes (1947) 3-Mar ! John Bigham (Fishbone) (1969) 3-Mar ! Pandit Puttaraj Gawai 3-Mar ! Robyn Hitchcock (1953) 3-Mar ! Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (1977) 3-Mar ! Shankar Mahadevan 3-Mar ! Tone-Loc (1966) 3-Mar ! Boon Gould (Level 42) (1955) 4-Mar ! Emilio Estefan (Miami Sound Machine) (1953) 4-Mar ! Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries) (1971) 4-Mar ! Gautam Pyarelal 4-Mar ! Jason Newsted (Metallica) (1963) 4-Mar ! Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) (1966) 4-Mar ! Shakin' Stevens (1948) 4-Mar ! Alan Clark (Dire Straits) (1952) 5-Mar ! Aleque Padamsee 5-Mar ! Bubba Sparxxx (1977) 5-Mar ! Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (1962) 5-Mar ! Eddy Grant (1948) 5-Mar ! Gangubai Hangal 5-Mar ! John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (1970) 5-Mar ! David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) (1946) 6-Mar ! Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) (1945) 6-Mar ! Kiki Dee (1947) 6-Mar ! Mary Wilson (The Supremes) (1944) 6-Mar ! Chris White (The Zombies) (1943) 7-Mar ! Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) (1946) 7-Mar ! Peter Wolf (1946) 7-Mar ! Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1967) 7-Mar ! T.V.Sankaranarayanan 7-Mar ! Taylor Dayne (1965) 7-Mar ! Gary Numan (1958) 8-Mar ! Kameelah Williams (702) (1978) 8-Mar ! Mel Galley (Whitesnake) (1948) 8-Mar ! Michael Allsup (Three Dog Knight) (1947) 8-Mar ! Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) (1945) 8-Mar ! Peter Gill (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 8-Mar ! 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Ramesh Narayan 11-Mar ! Falguni Pathak 12-Mar ! Graham Coxon (Blur) (1969) 12-Mar ! Jagannathbuwa Purohit 12-Mar ! James Taylor (1948) 12-Mar ! Liza Minnelli (1946) 12-Mar ! Marlon Jackson (Jackson 5) (1957) 12-Mar ! Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957) 12-Mar ! Adam Clayton (U2) (1960) 13-Mar ! Anaida 13-Mar ! Common (1978) 13-Mar ! Neil Sedaka (1939) 13-Mar ! Colby O'Donis (1989) 14-Mar ! Jim Pons (The Turtles) (1943) 14-Mar ! Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970) 14-Mar ! Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969) 14-Mar ! Paloma J. 14-Mar ! Quincy Jones (1933) 14-Mar ! Sameer Sen 14-Mar ! Taylor Hanson (Hanson) (1983) 14-Mar ! Walter Parazaider (Chicago) (1945) 14-Mar ! Brett Michaels (Poison) (1963) 15-Mar ! Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) (1955) 15-Mar ! DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) (1977) 15-Mar ! Howard Scott (War) (1946) 15-Mar ! Ila Arun 15-Mar ! Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) (1972) 15-Mar ! Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968) 15-Mar ! Mike Love (The Beach Boys) (1941) 15-Mar ! Pushpa Pagdhare 15-Mar ! Rockwell (1964) 15-Mar ! Ry Cooder (1947) 15-Mar ! Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) (1944) 15-Mar ! Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962) 15-Mar ! Terence Trent D'arby (1962) 15-Mar ! V.V.S.Murari 15-Mar ! will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) (1975) 15-Mar ! Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) (1959) 16-Mar ! Lalit (Jatin) 16-Mar ! Nancy Wilson (Heart) (1954) 16-Mar ! Pamela Jain 16-Mar ! Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) (1940) 16-Mar ! Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963) 16-Mar ! V.V.Subramaniam 16-Mar ! Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) (1967) 17-Mar ! Harold Brown (War) (1946) 17-Mar ! John Sebastian (1944) 17-Mar ! Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole) (1972) 17-Mar ! Mike Kindup (Level 42) (1959) 17-Mar ! Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (1951) 17-Mar ! Alisha Chinai 18-Mar ! Charley Pride (1938) 18-Mar ! Chitra Singh 18-Mar ! Devin Lima (LFO) (1977) 18-Mar ! Irene Cara (1959) 18-Mar ! Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963) 18-Mar ! Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) (1966) 18-Mar ! John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950) 18-Mar ! 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Lucky Ali releases new song with Low Rhyderz

Enigmatic singer-songwriter Lucky Ali has just released a video single titled Sacrifice which he says is "a song for right now". Several years in the making, the track is a collaborative effort between Ali and the Bengaluru-based Hip Hop/Reggae/Dancehall Crew - Low Rhyderz. 

Low Rhyderz met Ali sometime in 2010 which led the way to a jam, then a tour and later some music; Sacrifice is one of those tracks.

"All I have to say about the song is in the song itself. Watch the video with understanding," says Ali.

Lucky Ali:

There are many layers to the artist who is not just a living legend of Indian Music but an artist whose appeal extends far beyond the number of releases, generations and time. And while he’s a balladeer with many stories, he’s also his own man, who steps back into the public domain only when he has something to say, be it a heartfelt commentary on sociological/philanthropic matters or his expression through music.

Beyond his spectacular popular success, Lucky remains one the most intriguing musicians in India as a result of the brave artistic choices he has made. It's no secret that Lucky Ali's enigmatic voice has a large and loyal army of followers, that spans across generations and geographical boundaries. The same sense of affection and relatability, led to his last release which was a well-received collaboration between Ali and Israeli musician Eliezer Cohen Botzer. The single has been hailed as a traveller’s anthem and lapped up by music aficionados across the world.

Low Rhyderz on the collaboration:

Working with Lucky Ali has made me a better human being. Working on a track with him is a humbling experience and something I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams. I’m forever grateful, - Xstacy Sash.

It was a great boost to my own abilities as a songwriter to be appreciated and approved by a legendary artist whom we grew up to. Of course, it was living a dream moment. And as a young artist, there was a lot to learn. I thoroughly enjoyed the course with great musical minds coming together to create this piece.- King Jassim.

Working on the song with Lucky Ali I got an insight into his wisdom and experienced the soul-touching voice first hand while we were in the studio recording the track. - Main E Yak.

Low Rhyderz:

LOW RHYDERZ (Hip Hop/Reggae/Dancehall) Crew has been in the Music Scene since 2007.

 Their debut album was titled  “RIDE WITH US”.

Songs from their first mix-tape titled LOW RHYDERZ MIXTAPE VOL.1 that was released early 2012, has been part of various street projects in countries like the USA, Bangladesh & Germany.

First, single off the album "RIDE WITH US" titled "LIFE INA GHETTO" has got great reviews and the video link was tweeted by major artists in USA & Jamaica.

#Malvika Nanda #Lucky Ali #Low Rhyderz

'Sarmast' is a tale of losing oneself

Big Bang Music's new addition to their roster, singer-songwriter RAHI's song 'Sarmast' was re-released recently. Born and bred in Kashmir, Rahi’s Sarmast is a collaboration with the Garo tribe of the Tura village, Meghalaya. Sarmast's unique soundscapes are nuanced with Sufi melody garbed in the eastern musicality and Garo lyrics. The songsmith is known for songs like Kasheer and Tu Le Ja Mujhe.

Talking about the song, Rahi said, ‘Music has been a way of storytelling for me since I can remember. Sarmast is a tale of losing oneself to the surrounding. The surprising thing is, the people I collaborated with did not understand the Sufi language, so music was the only bridge that got us together and brought Sarmast to its existence. The fact that we learnt from each other, despite the language barrier inspired me to do this collaboration. The soulful energy the Garo community brought to Sarmast is beyond expression. The mixture of the lyrics and the melody blended together so well that the rawness of the composition defined the feeling we shared while making Sarmast. I believe we all are travellers, journeying our way towards what seeks us and the sole motive of making music is to bring communities together, learn from one another and present the creation like never before.’

# Hemshree Antani #Rahi

'Chandni' is a smooth urban romantic song,

Singer-songwriter and Bollywood playback singer Vibha Saraf’s new song "Chandni" will see her first collaboration as a lyricist/singer with the music composer/producer Raajeev V Bhalla, releasing on 14th June this month.

"Chandni" is a smooth urban romantic song, largely influenced by (chill pop / R&B) genre. The Song has smooth vocals with funky sampling that makes it a relaxed romantic tune but groovy at the same time. The Lyrics were written keeping the genre and space in mind, what kind of words would befit a moon lit night and an easy peasy romantic scenario but with a dash of playfulness.

Vibha Saraf is an Indian singer-songwriter and Bollywood playback singer. She performs folk songs and writes and performs music for soundtracks, primarily Kashmiri folk-inspired songs. 

Her work has been featured on the soundtracks for the films Raazi, which went to win Best Film in the 64th Filmfare Awards, and Gully Boy, the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019. In 2019, she was nominated for Best Female Playback Singer for the 65th Filmfare Awards and won the Best Female Playback Singer for the 20th International Indian Film Academy Awards and Zee Cine's best Playback singer for the song "Dilbaro". This year too she has been nominated for IIFA for her collaboration with Ranveer Singh on "kab se Kab tak" (Gullyboy). Saraf has written music for Nucleya, written on two of his songs "Dhoop", and "Behka" and performed on "Lori".

Raajeev V Bhalla is a Indian Composer, Producer, singer, Writer and a Multi genre / Multi Instrumentalist based in Mumbai, India.initially As a Guitar player he is trained in Western Classical Music from Trinity College of Music London and also Trained in Indian Classical.He plays instruments like Guitar, Bass, Piano, Mandolin, Oud, Rabab, recorder, clarinet, bouzouki n few more. With a strong influence of Jazz, Blues, Classical and HipHop to Trap. His production has Vast range of sounds which comes with ease.  More than a decade Now he Has been one of the leading Music Producer in television AD industry.  ?Brands he has produced music for like COCA-COLA, HITACHI, TOSHIBA, VIDEOCON, PHILLIPS, SONY, DABUR, KELLOGGS, KINGFISHER, MCDOWELLS’s, MC’DONALDS, KFC, BAJAJ, HERO, HYUNDAE, SBI, ICICI,IPL,STAR INDIA to name few. He has also composed and produced channel’s Signature Ident (theme) for SETMAX. He has recorded with some of the biggest names in music in India  like Rekha Bhardwaj, KK, Lucky Ali, Mohit Chauhan, Usha Uthup, Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Benny Dayal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shalmali Kholgade, Raftar, Badshah to name a few.  He has scored Songs for a National Award Winning Film I AM.

*My birthday song (title track)

*O Teri (Title track)

Raajeev also has won *BEST MUSIC 8th DELHI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FEST 2019, *BEST MUSIC SOUTHERN SHORTS AWARDS 2018.

Raajeev is producing different Genre's and Collaborating with many artist, from Ambient Music to Chill Pop to hiphop and acoustic vibe...and exploring new sounds every day.

#Rajiv Bhalla #Vibha Saraf

Bollywood singer Mamta Sharma releases her new romantic single

After the success of ‘Yaara’ and ‘Yaara 2’, ace Bollywood singer Mamta Sharma, who’s well-known for her club numbers, releases her new romantic single ‘Yaariyan’ under music label ‘One Music Originals’ across digital platforms.

The audience would get to enjoy the romantic track in Mamta Sharma’s voice, with composition and lyrics penned by Bad-Ash. The story and screenplay are by Ashraf Ali and the video features Mamta and actor Zain Imam, who was also part of the last single ‘Yaara 2’. The song made quite an impact and Mamta is now returning the love and gratitude to her audiences with this latest song.

Talking about the video, Mamta Sharma says, “It's a kind of song that you instantly fall in love with. This is the second collaboration with the amazing actor Zain Imam and I am very happy the way it turned out. Aside from this amazing collaboration, the song aims to cheer up people’s moods during this tough time and heal each other’s hearts.”

Mamta Sharma is a Bollywood singer and a trendsetter who has received wide acclamation and popularity in Bollywood. Her popular tracks like ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’, ‘Anarkali Disco Chali’, ‘Aa Re Pritam Pyaare’, ‘Fevicol Se’, ‘Aata Majhi Satakli’, and many more songs make her unforgettable among her audience. Currently, Mamta restarted working on upcoming songs from home and trying to infuse hope in the times of uncertainty amid this difficult coronavirus break.

This song will definitely leave a lasting impression on its listeners and be a great distraction in keeping them entertained while indoors! So music lovers can now update their playlist because the music video is out.

#Spark Communication #Mamta Sharma

House Producer Andrew Adon makes his Debut

Dutch house producer Andrew Adon makes his ground-shaking debut with ‘Dreaming About You’. Blending Caribbean brass vibes with EDM beats, inspired by the likes of Zedd and Marshmello, Andrew brings his unique high energy sound to the world.

Andrew’s experimental sound is drawn on his multicultural upbringing. Coming from a South American family, but raised in the Netherlands, Caribbean brass sounds influenced Andrew from a very young age. At just 14 years old, he began creating and producing tracks. Now 22, Andrew has further developed his skills, leading to securing slots playing some of Hollands biggest clubs and holding residency at the biggest clubs in France and Spain and now Greece.

Speaking more on the track, Andrew explained, “With this track, I tried to replicate the feeling of a nice summer night, when you’re driving through the city, with your friends and you just feel grateful to be alive. To not take life for granted and maximise your own potential. To follow your own intuition”.

Having learnt so much and drawn inspiration from performing at clubs around the world, Andrew now turns his sights back to composing. On a journey to accomplish all of his dreams, ‘Dreaming About You’ is set to release May 8th and will be available on all streaming platforms.

#Sarthak Malik #Andrew Adon 

Saregama music library grows by 10%

While the current pandemic has brought many things to a standstill, Saregama has been able to digitize and bring to life, previously unheard and unexplored musical gems from legends like Gauhar Jaan, Ghulam Ali, Janki Bai, M.S. Subbulakshmi, D.K. Roy, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi amongst many others. These tracks belong to earlier part of the century and range from film to non- film music across various genres and languages. 

This was a mammoth exercise taken upon by Saregama which involved extensive research, listening, and manual cleaning of each of these tracks for the best listening experience. Each and every track was heard and converted from physical tapes into a digital format. Every song was also updated with relevant information about the artiste, composer, film, etc. for ease of access by the listeners. 

The project was initiated 4 months back, and completed during the lockdown while adhering to the rules of remote working. All employees across the county coordinated to complete this project from their homes and finished the project even before the decided deadline.

Commenting on the latest addition, Mr. Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama India, said, “We have painstakingly digitized unexposed 11,000 additional tracks in over 12 languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and more. This is our attempt to preserve our country’s music legacy for future generations. These songs will soon available on all digital platforms for listeners” 

#Honey Sheth #Vikram Mehra

'Wanga Kaaliyan' is out sung by Asses Kaur

Asees Kaur, an immensely talented and the most versatile singer of the Bollywood fraternity collaborates with VYRL Originals for the 3rd time for the release of their latest non-film song ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’.Known for being the voice behind the superhit tracks ‘Ve Maahi’, ‘Akh Lade Jaave’ ‘Makhna’ and many more, Asees brings to you ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’, a fun and energetic song with pop and desi tunes set against signature Punjabi beats. Asees Kaur adds her lively and high-spirited voice to this song, which has been beautifully penned by Raj Fatehpur, the track is composed by Vikas and produced by Sunny Vik, marking this as another successful collaboration of the trio (Raj Fatehpur, Vikas and Sunny Vik) in the industry.

Wanga Kaaliyan is a fun song which highlights the desires and attention a girl seeks for in a relationship. The song describes the quintessential things a girl expects her lover to do with her, from romantic conversations to taking her shopping, to traveling the world and at large the consistent request she has to spend quality time together. These cute banters are portrayed in a cheeky and playful animated lyric video bringing a festive vibrancy to it.

Excited about the release of Wanga Kaaliyan, Asees Kaur commented“Wanga Kaaliyan is a fun, peppy song and I feel people will connect with it & dance along. I have always wanted to sing a Punjabi dance song and when I heard the idea of doing ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’ with the trio - Raj Fatehpur, Vikas & Sunny Vik, I was super stoked. It will be a dream come true to see people dance on Wanga Kaaliyan at weddings. I would also like to extend my thanks to the VYRL Originals, for me they are more than a label, they're my family.” 

Sharing his thoughts on ‘Wanga Kaaliyan’, Vinit Thakkar, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music India & South Asia, said, Asees is a brilliant artist & one of the finest voices amongst today’s generation of singers. I’m super excited for her next release on VYRL Originals and I am sure that this song will bring some much needed cheer & positivity in this difficult time!”

#Ozair Syed #Vinit Thakkar #Asees Kaur

Learn the Flute during Lockdown

Famous flute player Paras Nath exhorts people to learn the flute.

“It is never too late to start learning and make beautiful music with the flute” says Nath

If you've been looking for a way to begin learning to play flute, read and understand music and just un-wind by pursuing a new hobby, Paras Nath’s online flute classes could be what you’ve been looking for!

The concepts covered in the online classes  include:
* Breathing and flute positioning technique,
* How to make a sound,
* Learning notes,
* Basic music theory
* Playing some simple melodies.

Elaborating about the benefits of learning flute, Paras Nath says “Apart from learning a new musical instrument, reap the scientifically proven physical and mental health benefits of learning a musical instrument. Improve coordination, reducing stress levels, building self-confidence, increase productivity and develop creativity”

“Now we are all quarantined with a lot of free time in our hand, it can either be productive or destructive. I suggest be productive and utilise your time learning something new” adds Nath.

#sanghmitra pandey #Parul Chawla

Disney+ Hotstar to Stream Health and Wellness Content

Disney+ Hotstar, India’s largest premium streaming platform, is now offering global health and wellness content to its subscribers. With the aim to strengthen the health and fitness category, Disney+ Hotstar has entered into a strategic alliance with Brilliant Wellness to introduce value-added content from top fitness experts, yoga and spiritual gurus, along with celebrity nutritionists spread across more than 100 fitness programs. Additionally, Indian start-ups and gamechangers Sarva and Cult.Fit, known for their state-of-the-art workout models, have also come on board with Disney+ Hotstar to instil a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime among audiences bound by social distancing and lockdown restrictions.

With the endeavour to increase access and enhance the consumer experience with regards to high intensity interval training, yoga, gym workouts, and other forms of cardio exercises, Disney+ Hotstar, along with Brilliant Wellness, Cult.Fit and Sarva, has introduced a wide variety of content to choose from the all-new health and fitness library. Disney+ Hotstar will bring 3,000 pieces of content in English, Hindi and Telugu on the platform. The category and offerings are aimed at helping viewers monitor and maintain their wellness quotient while quarantining at home, and even after, as and when they resume their normal lives.

On partnering with leaders in the health and wellness domain, Disney+ Hotstar spokesperson said, “The alliance with these three industry leaders in health and fitness has provided the necessary impetus to our mission to connect with our audience in ways that help them lead happier lives. Health and fitness has become extremely important in our stressful lives, and never more so than today. With free access to video offerings tailor-made to suit the staying-at-home population, workout regimes that can be done through the day and fitness mantras to suit the current times, we want to help people to be healthy. To make this relevant across India, our content will be available in English, Hindi as well as Telugu. Going forward, we will also provide content in Kannada.”

Celebrity Malaika Arora said, "Now more than ever, people are excited about trying new modes of working out because they have realised that this is the new normal. Sarva's app is a huge step in this direction and our association with Disney+ Hotstar is to fuel this fire. We hope it'll help us reach a wider set of audience and open them up to consuming daily content on an everyday platform. We're excited to see how it'll perform and the reaction to it.”

Speaking about the strategic alliance with Disney+ Hotstar, Adarsh Gupta, Found and Director, Brilliant Wellness, said, “The current pandemic has really brought fitness and immunity building to the top of the agenda. Our current estimate is that India has an addressable market of over 200 million people, who are at various levels in their journey to fitness. Over the last five years we have worked tirelessly to create the most definitive library of do-it-along home-based workout content with India’s leading experts, that addresses every conceivable need of people in the space of yoga/fitness/celebrity fitness/nutrition and gym workouts. We are happy to announce a strategic tie up with Disney+ Hotstar to power this category with the intention of making a positive difference in the lives of their subscribers.”

Naresh Krishnaswamy, Growth and Business Head, Cult.fit, said, “With the Covid-19 induced lockdown, we have seen a surge in the number of users on our platform. Since we also conduct online live fitness sessions, we have witnessed a 3x increase in the amount of time its users spend on cult.live. At a time when there is such a demand for health and fitness, the partnership with Disney+ Hotstar will prove to be strategically viable for both businesses. Together our objective is to expand the reach and help users avail the best content we have to offer from the comfort of their homes.”

Elaborating on the collaboration, Sarvesh Shashi, Founder, Sarva, said, "The past two months have only shown us the opportunity for health and fitness as an industry and this association with Disney+ Hotstar is a huge step towards tapping that opportunity. Yoga as a category and Yoga for immunity specifically has seen a huge surge in the last two months, given the increased importance in building immunity amid the global pandemic. We're excited to see where this association is headed and how many new doors it opens for us.” From workout videos to cooking healthy recipes, the diverse repository of fitness-related content will target advanced fitness enthusiasts, and fitness dabblers as well as fence-sitters.

#D'silva, Myrtle #Adarsh Gupta #Naresh Krishnaswamy #Sarvesh Shashi

'Baithe Baithe',captures the feelings of living in the lock down.

Faridkot recently released a new track titled, Baithe Baithe, which is all about capturing the feelings of living in the lockdown. The very different kind of emotions that one goes through: listlessness, little joys, little sorrows, frustrations etc. It shows how we’re coping and learning to live in this suspended reality which is almost an endless loop.

How the lockdown has shown that emotions don't have meaning if you have no one to share them with. And even though we can't meet in these times, letting people know that we’re thinking about them matters. Through this song we want to send people happy vibes in these times of confusion and tension.  This is a song for everyone locked in by themselves, a song for everyone who is away from loved ones, a song about just taking things one day at a time.

In this song Faridkot have collaborated with their friend and well know actor Mrinal Dutt.

Faridkot was formed in 2008 when Inderjeet Singh (IP) and Rajarshi Sanyal came together to make some fun and exciting original music. 10 years and 2 albums later, namely, Ek and Phir Se?, Faridkot have performed over 500 shows alongside all the biggest names in the country and swayed audiences across the country. They call their genre Confused Pop and have been hailed as one of the foremost original Hindi pop­-rock bands in the country (with hits such as Laila, Haal­ e ­Dil, Madho).

#Subir Malik #Faridkot Music #subir Malik #pentagram #Inderjeet Singh (IP) #Rajarshi Sanyal

Akull's first track of 2020 out now

After the mega-success of ‘Laal Bindi’ and ‘I Love You’, VYRL Originals brings to you a soulful rendition of Akull’s ‘Laal Chunariya’. The multi-faceted artist has created a unique sound for himself which resonates with his identity. Staying true to his vibe, Akull brings back his swag with an infusion of Punjabi dance beats in his latest release. The music video features Akull along with the charming Chetna Pande who is a popular face in the Indian Television and Bollywood industry. 

Laal Chunariya is a romantic song produced and composed by Akull, co-written by Dhruv Yogi, Mellow D along with Akull. This vibrant track is modern yet covers traditional Indian beats that touch the ears like a summer breeze. This aesthetic musical arrangement is definite to make the audience groove. 

The music video conveys a cute love story where Akull immediately falls in love with this mysterious beauty (Chetna Pande) but like in most love stories, she is hard to impress. Akull tries to woo her with his charisma which ends up to be a fairy tale ending.

Talking about Laal Chunariya, Akull stated “As a musician I always believe in offering diverse music to my listeners and I make sure of adding my element to it. After Laal Bindi and I love you I have realised that my audience loves the vibe I bring to my songs. I love to compose and produce and sing my own music, but for the first time I have also tried co-directing the video of my latest ‘Laal Chunariya’.

Akull further added “I wanted to give my listeners a fresh sound with infusion of Indian beats and with the help of Dhruv Yogi and Mellow D. I completed lyrics which helped me in delivering this melodious rendition. VYRL Originals has always given me the freedom to work on my music the way I want to, and I hope my latest track ‘Laal Chunariya’ is supported and loved by everyone”

Commenting about the track, Vinit Thakkar, COO, Universal Music India & South Asia, stated, “Akull is a phenomenal singer-songwriter and music producer. With massive pan-India HITS like ‘Laal Bindi’ and ‘I Love You’ he has established a new sound and is poised to be one of the most promising music stars in the country. Since his debut two years ago, he has delivered big hits not only in the non-film music category but has done an amazing job with Bollywood tracks as a music producer and composer. Akull’s ardent fan following across social media and short video platforms has grown phenomenally. I am looking forward to ‘Laal Chunariya’ being a hat-trick for Akull.”
 

NMIMS - School Of Performing Arts' Admissions Open

With the legacy of 40 years, NMIMS Deemed to be University has grown to being not only one of the top-10 B-schools in India but also emerged as a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus University at Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Indore, Shirpur, Dhule, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chandigarh and seventeen constituent schools that include Management, Family Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, Architecture, Commerce, Economics, Law, Science, Liberal Arts, Design, Performing Arts, Mathematical Science, Agricultural Science, Hospitality Management, Branding & Advertising and Distance Learning. In addition, we have nine Centres of Excellence as well at the University.

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS – NMIMS
In recent years, NMIMS Deemed to be University expanded its horizons in the field of music under the new multi-disciplinary School of Performing Arts.

Students with musical talents are trained and given an opportunity to transform their passion for music into a successful career. After completing 3 years, students are honoured with the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Contemporary Western Music. The school provides an enriching environment that plays a pivotal role in developing hearts, minds, bodies and the passion for performing arts.

NMIMS School of Performing Arts provides India’s 1st degree in Contemporary Western Music. The school is a home to talented music students from all over India and celebrated artists from across the globe form the faculty. The School provides diverse student culture, rich curriculum curated in collaboration with leading music schools and industry professionals. The program involves an integrated study of both theoretical & practical knowledge of music. This holistic blend enables the student to not only master their performance area but also be conceptually strong.

The faculty is empanelled by well-known music schools and consists of industry experts. Some of them are Louiz Banks, Gino Banks, Clement Rooney, Gina Mirenda, Chandresh Kudwa and Sheldon D’silva.

Since the school is strategically located in the hub of Indian entertainment, students get unmatched exposure to the industry. Quality internship and placement opportunities are available for the students. With limited seats, the students get to experience highly personalised attention and best tutoring. The study list include: Drum, Guitar, Bass, Music History, Music Theory & Harmony, Music Production, Piano, Vocal, Music Technology, Ear Training, Instrumentation Lab, Composition, Music Business and more.

So if you’re looking to make music your prosperous career, NMIMS School of Performing Arts has everything you need to make it happen.

Singer-songwriter Sooraj releases a music video

After releasing his 11-song album titled ‘Here We Go,’ Sooraj is now working on bringing those songs to life on the screen with a series of music videos. ‘The Actor,’ he says, is the first of more videos that he has planned. “Moving through the masquerade, I just want to see your face,” pleads Sooraj in his newest music video for his song ‘The Actor.’ In the video, Sooraj tells the classic tale of a young artist with big dreams in the unforgiving world of Hollywood – with a twist.

Sooraj recently graduated from Musician’s Institute, Hollywood with a degree in vocal performance but has been playing the keyboards since age one and a half, passing his Trinity College Grade 8 keyboard exam at age six, and playing multiple instruments such as the guitar, drums, bass while combining them all into music production. His other music videos for the songs ‘Nemesis’ and ‘City Beat’ raked up over 60,000 and 150,000 views on YouTube respectively, while he performed his songs from the album both in the US and in India. He is also a private pilot, and has in fact shot an aerial scene for the music video from the flight deck of a small aircraft.

The video, shot by LA-based filmmaker Jonas Gaida is a reflection on Sooraj’s own stories and observations of the Hollywood glitz and what goes on behind the scenes. “The song is about people who start out with stars in their eyes and end up pushed to the ground by the world around them. It was inspired by true-life stories of people being forced to warp their original identity and aspirations by the big bad world who wants them to be someone they aren’t.” With a smile, he adds, “I walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame every day and all I step on are pink stars on the boulevard. I thought to myself, is this the pinnacle of fame – to have a star on the boulevard and have people walk over you? That was what sparked the writing of this song.”

‘The Actor’ can be found on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and the song is available to stream as part of Sooraj’s album ‘Here We Go,’ on all major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Saavn and Amazon Play.

 

Harrdy Sandhu releases new track..

Harrdy Sandhu’s first single of 2020 is here! Called Jee Karr Daa, it stars the gorgeous Amyra Dastur opposite the singer-actor.After back-to-back dance bangers like Dance Like, Kya Baat Ay and Naah with Bollywood beauties like Nora Fatehi and Lauren Gottlieb, the singer’s latest track draws you in with an out-and-out romantic vibe that keeps you on the dance floor as well.

Featuring lyrics by Mellow D and music by Akull, the video is unlike anything we’ve seen from Harrdy this far. Directed by TruMakers, it has been shot at exotic locations (Istanbul, in particular) that will make you fall in love with the scenic beauty and make you take that dreamy trip with your partner. Harrdy Sandhu and Amyra Dastur’s chemistry in the video will leave you with the desire to listen more and keep watching the lead pair.

Of his first song of 2020, Harrdy says, “Jee Karr Daa is just the beginning, I promise to keep surprising my fans with such unique foot-tapping songs in 2020. Also, this song’s hook will definitely stick with listeners.”

Meanwhile, Harrdy is all set to enthrall Bollywood with a starring role in the Ranveer Singh-led multi-starrer 83, directed by Kabir Khan, which showcases the Indian cricket team’s victory at the 1983 World Cup.

Seasonal Affected Beats releases new single...

One of the finest jazz drummers in India, Tarun Balani explores electronic music in his solo project, Seasonal Affected Beats. Referring to what he does as ‘improvised electronic music’, as Seasonal Affected Beats he brings the finesse, controlled volatility and discipline of jazz and merges it with malleability of electronic beats. 

Imagined as a trans-media electronic project – that was launched in 2018 – Seasonal Affected Beats sees Tarun make music through the prism of his reality, formed by his experiences of the world around him. Themes like mental health, climate change, rapid urbanisation, socio-political issues and digital existentialism play on his mind, and find their way into his lush and tactile productions that pulse with emotions.
 
2 ° (2 degrees), his new EP, releases on March 13, and was the musical output outcome of his thoughts and experiences of living in a “dystopic, apocalyptic world” (read Delhi’s pollution levels) and the impending dangers of climate change. The name, 2 ° (2 degrees), in fact comes from the Paris Agreement

On Friday, he released a new track called Prelude, from his soon-to-be-released EP, 2 ° (2 degrees).

“The music of 2° (2 degrees) is composed like a suite, with each piece leading into the other and to be considered as separate movements within the suite,” says Tarun of the EP. “The song ‘Prelude’ introduces the listener to the sonic landscape of the EP, from spacey and minimal, to complex and disorderly. I hope to evoke a feeling of intrigue and leave the listeners wanting more,” he adds.

The slow crescendo of synths on ‘Prelude’ conveys the urgency of the situation and, perhaps, of Tarun’s state of mind.

You can listen to the track here:

https://fanlink.to/seasonalaffectedbeats-2degrees

"Republik Of Musik" a one-stop solution for music in India

Understanding the Indian Music Scenes, Varun Gupta introduces "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" a one-stop solution to satisfy the interest of those who wish to obtain music for their projects, i.e: Films, Web Series, Music Labels, Entertainment Channels, etc.

With the introduction of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" Varun Gupta visions to eliminate all the hurdles faced by them while getting a song & music for their project.
“REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” is the first-ever "One Stop Solution for Music in India". Brainchild of Varun Gupta, “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” is a sister concern of Ampliify Times. The vision is to set the most beautiful songs & music to their rightly deserving and destined place and make the entire process smoother for everyone.

Calling it on of its kind company, “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” banks thousands of best songs & music. It is an abode of world-class music composers, singers, lyricists, sound engineers, and many more artists across the globe. This setup works with almost 200 composers world-wide, that’s pretty much the essence of excellence.

“REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” also curates content in non- friction & friction space in music & other areas- i.e.  OTT Platforms, Television, Films etc.

The best part of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" is that, they works beyond the geographical barriers. Any composer, singer or artist sitting anywhere in the world can send their work to Mumbai, and get the platform to shine with “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” & Ampliify Times. For those who can't physically make their way to Mumbai, “REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” virtually brings Mumbai to them.

Priding themselves as show curation & show direction company- Founder of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK”, Varun Gupta was the Creative Director and Show Director for Imperial Blue Super Hit Night Series- A multi city tour with Vishal-Shekhar, Sunil Grover, B Praak, Jassi Gill, Zubeen Garg & KK-Mohan.

They also curated "Race 2020" - biggest production new year show in Dubai with Badshah, B Praak, Sukriti & Prakriti Kakar, Amaal Mallik & many more.  

Today, "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" has embarked on its journey with Balaji Telefilms, Zee5, Alt Balaji, and none other than Ekta Kapoor, strategizing music for their upcoming web series 'It Happened in Calcutta'. 

“REPUBLIK OF MUSIK” has arrived as a 'One Stop Solution' to anyone who needs songs/music "It has been a fun experience to design music with Ekta Kapoor & team. REPUBLIK OF MUSIK would like to thank her and Chloe Qureshi (Creative Producer - Balaji) for their heartily belief in us"

Varun Gupta, Founder of "REPUBLIK OF MUSIK" says, "For me it is a dream come true setup, where the entire music industry is going to be nourished with beautiful works. Never fading, as the sound of REPUBLIK OF MUSIK is here to make permanent places in hearts."

Varun Gupta who started out as an artist calls it is a beautiful journey while strategizing music, curating heartfelt melodies & sounds to their destiny.

 

Celebrate love this season with VYRL Originals..

In this month of Love, VYRL Originals is all set to refresh you with a new love song ‘Tum Na Ho’ by Arjun Kanungo & Prakriti Kakar. Composed by the young and talented M Ajay Vaas with lyrics by Kunaal Vermaa, the music video features internet sensations Awez Darbar and Nagma Mirajkar, who perfectly portray a love story of a young couple living in a long distance relationship who continue to be each other’s greatest strengths.

Directed by Adil Shaikh, the song illustrates a compelling love story that stands the test of time and space in today’s fast-paced world. It conveys a beautiful message of how true love can break the barriers of distance by displaying their affection and determination of being together. At the end of the video, the two protagonists find a way to be together regardless of their circumstances.

Pioneering this unique initiative in the non-film music space, VYRL Originals strategically partnered with Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) to give an exclusive glimpse of ‘Tum Na Ho’ in their latest short film that revolved around love, which left fans curious and asking to hear more of the song making it a one of a kind collaboration.

Speaking about his experience on the track Arjun Kanungo comments,"I believe in giving my fans a variety of songs and Tum Na Ho felt like something new to me. It is a wonderful love song with a very fresh soundscape. Sometimes I feel like singing it, and at times dancing to it!. M Ajay Vaas is a talented young composer and I’m happy to be associated with him and yet another project for VYRL Originals. I feel in my gut that Tum Na Ho is going to be a superhit, so here goes!"

Sharing her thoughts Prakriti Kakar speaks,“Tum Na Ho is a super special track that I had the opportunity to hop on for VYRL Originals. It’s a very cool pop approach to a love song highlighting the concept of a Long Distance Relationship and is also extremely relatable. It’s composed by M Ajay Vaas and would be my first collaboration track this year. I instantly fell in love with the lyrics and the music when I heard it for the first time and can’t wait for everyone to finally hear it. This would be my second release this year and no better time to release than February which is the month of celebrating love! It also stars the extremely talented Awez and Nagma and their chemistry pops another flavor to the track and definitely takes the video to the next level. I’m absolutely hooked to the chorus lines and I hope everybody feels the same way! Stoked to be releasing this on 20th Feb and I hope everybody celebrates the spirit of fun , love and feelings with this one!”

 

Speaking about Tum Na Ho  M Ajay Vaas comments, “Tum Na Ho is a track that is very precious to me as its one of those compositions that have come straight from my heart. I was always a fan of Arjun Kanungo and I am glad that both Arjun and Prakriti Kakkar came together to do this song, I couldn't have gotten any better duo to do this. VYRL Originals, always gives you more than what you expect, and the best part is that they understand the vision of composers as well. I think they have done complete justice to the song and I want to thank the entire team of VYRL Originals and Mohit Suri for believing in my compositions."

Speaking about the track, Vinit Thakkar, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music India & South Asia, said,“2020 is going to be the year of collaborations and we are super excited to get the first collaboration going between our VYRL artists, Arjun Kanungo, Prakriti Kakar and M Ajay Vaas for our latest single Tum Na Ho. It is a unique collaboration that brings together best of both the worlds where Awez and Nagma add to the visual delight making it one of the most anticipated songs across diverse fan bases.”

 

Raja Kumari releases a new song...

Bindis and Bangles is an ode to the traditions of the past and the technologies of the future, all while shining a spotlight on India’s rich and unique culture. With this track, Kumari delicately drives home an apropos message of how God is omnipresent; and spiritual realization in modern times isn’t a fallacy and can be attained without the trappings of technology.

The intrepid and empowering video directed by The Fictionary, with its’ striking imagery, was created and curated by an all-female team in collaboration with the New York-based cyberpunk-artist Sam Madhu, who also directed visuals for “Karma” from Kumari’s 2019 EP, BLOODLINE. With retro-futurism at its core, the video comes to life with fictional characters from the ancient Indian world such as palanquin bearers, dancers and sages who are equipped with tools of the future, such as virtual reality and holograms. In the video, Kumari is portrayed as an ethereal apparition who glitches into reality and is perceived as a Goddess from another dimension. As they worship her, they in turn relinquish technology and awaken their own third eyes– visually represented in the form of complex digital interfaces.

Reflecting on the track, Kumari states, “Bindis and Bangles is my most ambitious project, working with an all-female team was empowering and inspiring. The Bindi for me is the third eye, and the visual encourages all to keep their third eye open. I’m so excited to share this song with all my fans.”

Produced by Zero, who is of American origin, the track is co-written by India’s premier hip-hop star and Kumari’s long standing co-collaborator, DIVINE, and packs a passionate and powerful punch, loaded with robust rhymes and ferocious delivery over a nuanced beat with international reverberations. Armed with a compelling groove and spirited lyrics, the track sets the perfect exemplar of a vision of India’s future – inspired by its’ past.

With a maiden headlining North American tour and the release of her documentary "Raja Kumari: So Far" which spotlighted the importance of embracing one’s uniqueness by narrating her resilient story of empowerment as a woman of colour, 2019 marked many firsts for Kumari. She became the first Indian artist to host the American Music Awards Red Carpet and to perform at Formula One (F1) Singapore Grand Prix. With an album and tour in the works, we’ll hear more from the MTV Hustle judge in the near future. Stay tuned!

 

Quickfire session with Shahin Badar

Shahin Badar, UK based Singer/Songwriter world famous for her chants on The Prodigy tracks 'Smack ny Bitch Up' and 'Get Up, Get Off' has recently released her single 'Jaag' about women empowerment followed it with 4 Remixes by world renowned EDM producers Dj Podje of 4sumotion from Ireland, Kaya Project and DJ Juttla  from UK.She is really enjoying the city and the great response she has been having for her single 'Jaag' with interviews for Radio, a Live show on TV, music magazines featuring her. She has based herself in India for the next few months and we caught up with her in Mumbai and had a Quickfire session with her:- 

 Are you superstitious? 
Not really but I am a deep thinker ,therefore I am obliged to think!

Someone who left a lasting impression?
A Friend and a Foe

The Best Gift I ever got?
My Parents 

If you were to change your name?
It would start with the letter "A"

You’re the PM of India. What’s the first thing you’d do?
Put the women right's in order!

My biggest fear?
End of the world  

What makes you tick?
Happiness and a Smile

My unfulfilled dream: 
To travel to the Himalayas!

Craziest thing ever done?
I bent over the frying pan to pick up the glass that I left near the window pane,not knowing I left the gas  on and set my shirt on fire!And that really wasn't a joke!Saved by God's mercy!

VYRL Originals artists Sukriti and Prakriti launch the first track of 2020

VYRL Originals brings in 2020 with an upbeat, groovy and a glamourous song, ‘Kehndi Haan Kehndi Naa’ by the supremely talented singers- song writers and performers Sukriti and Prakriti. This song also features Arjun Bijlani, the television heartthrob, who is making his music video debut with this track.  ‘Kehndi Haan Kehndi Naa’ is a melody that will make you want to get on your feet and groove while it tells you a fun-loving story. Written by Siddhant Kaushal, this song is sung and composed by Sukriti & Prakriti, and music produced by Rishabh Kant shares a melody which is deeply rooted to our Hindustani music culture that also carries a futuristic 2020 vision. This song is a combination of smooth RnB guitars and glossy textures merged with melodies of Indian folk and authentic traditional instruments like Harmonium and Dholak.

Tushar Kalia, a popular bollywood choreographer directed this vibrant and vivacious video, shot is the picturesque location of Armenia. The video portrays a story of two mischievous, young beautiful sisters i.e. Sukriti & Prakriti who play their twin card and decide a prank on the handsome Arjun Bijlani by confusing him of their identities. Later, he realizes that he has been fooled and ends it on a friendly note. The song engulfs the fun and zealous moments of a newly formed infatuation which usually starts one-sided and in this case, it’s from a girls' perspective.

Talking about the release, Sukriti and Prakriti share “The thought behind ‘Kendi Haan Kendi Naa’ is to make a mark on the pop-culture in India. This song is very special to us because this is our first track where we have infused various elements from RnB, folk to Dholak. Siddhanth Kaushal the lyricist and Rishabh Kant the music producer have added their charm to it. We are stoked to have collaborated with Arjun Bijlani who has taken the video to a whole new level. This is our third single in the world of non-film music and we are truly grateful to VYRL Originals for believing in our vision and supporting us as their artists to make our non-film music dreams come true! Starting 2020 with this being our first release of the year, we are so excited to share this with the world and also set the tone for the rest of the year. We are hoping everyone enjoys this as much as we did creating this one! Cheers”

Speaking about the first track of 2020, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music India & South Asia, said, "There are a very few artist like Sukriti-Prakriti in our country who are enormously talented singers-song-writers, performers, composers and fashionistas, all at the same time. After the success of the their debut track with VYRL Originals ‘Mafiyaan’ in 2019, we are excited to start our 2020 journey with their next VYRL track ‘Kehndi Haan Kehndi Naa”. We have an amazing year planned ahead with them and I can’t wait to see the audience response on Kehndi Haan Kehndi Naa.

About the artists:

Prakriti and Sukriti are twin sisters in Bollywood who are not just supremely talented singers and performers but also the only twins! Sukriti has lent her voice to smash hits to name a few such as "Ladki Kar Gayi Chull" (Kapoor and Sons),the biggest hit of 2016, "Pehli Baar" (Dil Dhadakne Do), Neend Churayi from Golmaal Returns ;Lak mera hit baliye' from Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety, and other songs from several films like Hate Story 4, Rustom, Noor, Naam Shabana and many others! Her most recent song was ‘Karma’ from the Netflix film Drive picturised on Jacqueline Fernandes.Prakriti has tasted success and critical acclaim with “Katra Katra” from “Alone”, “Bheeg Loon” from “Khamoshiyan”,”Hai Zaroori” in the Sonakshi Sinha starrer; “Noor”, Subah Subah, a duet with Arijit Singh from “Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety”,Gazab ka hai din' from Dil Junglee, and HARD HARD' a duet with Mika from the film 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu'.  among many others. Prakriti's hugest achievement is her dance track 'HAWA HAWA' in the film “Mubarakan” along with Mika. This song was listed as number 1 among the top ten songs googled in 2017.Sukriti and Prakriti also featured on the T-Series’ web series property - MixTape in both seasons. Apart from their film music, the gorgeous songstresses are VYRL Originals artists and have released their own non film music. You have definitely heard ‘Sudhar Ja’ and their most recent ‘Mafiyaan’ that clicked 30 million views within the first week of its release. Prakriti and Sukriti are an inspiring story for everyone with big dreams! Double the talent. Double the energy. Double the beauty. Double the musical magic! 

The Journey of life 'Kaafila' by the mall road project

The Mallroad Project – Hindi Indie Rock Band holds musical soiree on different themes which is relevant to today’s youth. It has its roots in Delhi circuits, blending in tradition, musicianship, and imagination.

The band is now releasing its new single ‘Kaafila’ on 14th December. The song is about a sense of belonging with the people we travel this journey of life with and how they give us a sense of purpose.

"Kaafila" - a Hindi word derived from Arabic, means a caravan, a procession or a collectivity in travel -  is a reflection of our lives. An expedition we all start alone towards the destination and as we move, we come across new people in life and a new story begins with each one of them, the kaafila keeps on growing. Often in our lives, we forget to appreciate this kaafila we have, the song is to remind us of how important these people are to us.

We are born alone, we die alone. Between this birth and death, we live alone. Life is so much better when we create the illusion for a moment that we're not alone. In this journey, we come across people concerning family, friends and our loved ones. Our hopes and dreams soon begin to associate with the group of people (Kaafila) that we consider important in our life. We stay together, move together and share our joys and sorrows while we travel together in this journey of life.

The song is set to release on 14th December. The song will be available on the band’s YouTube channel as well  as on all other platforms like Gaana, OkListen and Apple Music.

You can listen the song here: Kaafila - Google Drive 

Past songs & releases

The band had lately been consciously talking about critical issues that plague society. Their last release,Thurky Boss, was inspired by the #MeToo movement and candidly addressed the harassment faced by women in their daily routine.  Prior to this, they released Dehshatgard- voice against terrorism – a song that addressed the social unrest in India. They also, had released a satirical political song, Who is the real Pappu?  that asked people to be careful about believing blindingly in what they were told by netas. Through songs such as these, the band has presented their strong opinions on social issues.

 

“Through our music, we want to contribute to a progressive future and an equal society”.

The band released their first EP Naazi in 2017. The main theme of the EP revolves around exploring the various nuances and emotions of a modern-day romance. The sound ranges from soft soothing melodies to some groovy rock and roll. The EP consists of the titular song Naazi, Nasha, Dil Kyun Khamosh Hai, and one of their most popular songs Tu Kahan.

Their second EP Behti Hawa is an experimental live set performed by the band to capture the raw energy of an in-studio live set-up. Released in September 2018, the EP has a beautiful hard-rock interpretation of A.R. Rahman’s Dil Se apart from the other song Behti Hawa, Tere Khayalon Mein and the captivating Saasein.

One of their songs, Pareshaan gets you thinking as it talks about how we forget to appreciate our lives and get stuck on the darker side of everyday lives.

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The Sterling Reserve Music Project collaborates with Monica Dogra

The Sterling Reserve Music Project, an enabler platform for independent artists, chases the next emerging sound on the platform with the soca music inspired song ‘Secret Sauce’ by Indian - American singer-songwriter, Monica Dogra. ‘Secret Sauce’ is Monica’s first musical collaboration with international beat maker and soca music producer Keshav Chandradath Singh. 

Composed and penned by Monica Dogra, “Secret Sauce” is a love song about the ecstasy that love sets into motion in one’s life. The song is about how once love enters your life, everything becomes magical and fantastic. Monica Dogra describes the vibe of the song as a sensual mash up of Caribbean island music, reggae (ton), soca and pop.

The music video features Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar co-starring alongside Monica Dogra. This is the second time the duo comes together on screen, since their last collaboration in the feature film ‘Dobhi Ghat.’ 

Speaking about the release of ‘Secret Sauce,’ Monica Dogra said, “I am very happy that ‘Secret Sauce’ has finally come to life. Working with Keshav was a dream.  Soca has been a genre I’ve never played with as a composer, but I’ve played out as a DJ for so long and Keshav is one of the top soca producers in the world!  He’s worked with the best. The making of the song was like entering an uncharted territory which is just how I like it. “Secret Sauce is so different in multiple aspects from anything I’ve ever done and as a musician, I can proudly say that I made a song that I’d love to listen to on repeat for the first time in my life.” She further added, “While writing the lyrics, my mind was thinking about the immense courage it takes to express one’s affection for another person. Upon hearing the melody of the song for the first time, I just closed my eyes and the lyrics started to stream out of my conscious and onto the paper. It was a beautiful flow... I’m grateful to tap into that. For the music video I wanted to bring back my first costar, Prateik Babbar from the feature film Dhobi Ghat.  That film changed both our lives so much and we’ve maintained a great friendship through the years.  I believe time has made us better. Working with him was sweet! I kept saying it all felt like honey.  Just what ‘Secret Sauce’ is all about.”

Universal Music and EMI Music, India and South Asia Managing Director and CEO Devraj Sanyal said, “The Sterling Reserve Music Project continues to chase the next in it’s endeavour to support and enable Indian independent talent across all genres and languages. Every once in a while, we have the honour to collaborate with a mainstream and exceptionally talented artist and 2020 kickstarts with one such partnership in the form of the song ‘Secret Sauce’ by multifaceted, Monica Dogra. This is the first time we introduce the genre and sound of ‘soca’ music on the platform created right here in the Universal Music India studios, by Monica Dogra and produced by the incredible beatmaker Keshav from the Caribbean. We’re immensely thankful for Prateik Babbar’s appearance alongside Monica Dogra to lend an authentic narrative to the video that is unique to the Sterling Reserve Music Project.” 

Allied Blenders and Distillers’ Chief Operating Officer, Bikram Basu, said, “We begin 2020 with our 11th release, introducing the soca music sound on Sterling Reserve Music Project, through ‘Secret Sauce’ by the immensely talented Monica Dogra. It’s exciting to have Prateik and Monica share screen space once again, which hugely enhances the visual aesthetic of the video. Our platform has always explored unique sounds and with Secret Sauce we are continuing to push boundaries in independent Indian music.” 

ABOUT MONICA DOGRA

Monica Dogra, is an Indian - American singer-songwriter, who is known for her work in various artistic fields. In her discography, Monica has released 7 albums with her recent release - Naraye Mastana hitting number 10 on the pop charts in India. Monica attended NYU, graduating in musical theatre. Monica has also contributed vocals to the renowned song Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori for the film Break Ke baad. Apart from being a talented singer, she is also an acclaimed actress starring in various movies which include Rock on!!, Dhobi Ghat. Her recent acting credit is in the web series ‘Cartels’ where she will be playing one of the leads. For her numerous achievements, Monica has been named as “the ambassador of the new India’’ by Republic of Brown and has also been featured in list of the 50 most influential Women by ELLE magazine in India.

ABOUT STERLING RESERVE MUSIC PROJECT:
Sterling Reserve Music Project is the region’s first enabler platform to discover, incubate and promote emerging musical talent from India. The project aims at elevating and supporting the independent music scene in the country by giving musicians a platform to showcase their talent.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gehSvfVkZB0&t=58s
Stream the song here: https://umgi.lnk.to/secretsauce 

NEXA Music unveils

Launched with an aim to provide a platform to aspiring music composers to promote original English music, NEXA Music today released its much awaited music video by maestro A.R. Rahman. Titled “You’ve Got Me”, this music video is about celebration of music and new indigenous talent in English Music.

NEXA Music, Lab’ was instituted to provide an English music platform to aspiring musicians. Over 1000 entries were received across the country, of which the top 24 were shortlisted by the jury comprising A.R. Rahman and Clinton Cerejo. These musicians were guided by the jury to reproduce their tracks under the mentorship of headline talent of renowned musicians. The 24 original English music compositions by the participants were released on NEXA Music’s YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8qWp3yk6zXsuHfo2ei4SQ). These videos complemented the 4 exclusive NEXA Music videos composed and released by headline talent from NEXA Music.

Today’s announcement is also for 4 winners under ‘NEXA Music, Lab’. These winners feature in the music video, “You Got Me” along with A.R. Rahman. Further, they will go on to compose 4 original exclusive songs and feature in their respective music videos.

NEXA Music, Live Gigs is NEXA’s endeavor to provide exclusive experience to its customers and the audience at large. This will serve as a platform for these budding musicians who will get a chance to perform live with mentors and headline talent. A total of 12 live gigs are planned across 8 cities in the country.

Speaking about NEXA Music Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “NEXA Music was launched with an aim to provide a unique platform to the untapped English musical genius in the country With global music icons like A.R. Rahman mentoring these musicians to hone their skills, we are assured of compositions that match global standards. The initiative also allows us as a brand to facilitate the showcase of new talent while reinforcing NEXA’s philosophy of ‘Create. Inspire.’. Through NEXA, we have consistently endeavored to craft a delightful experience for our customers which go beyond car purchase.”

Talking about the association with NEXA Music, Mr. A R Rahman said, “The NEXA partnership has made it possible to extend the much needed support to independent artists who are creating original English music

across India. Our objective is to give budding artists a chance to collaborate with some of the best musicians in the industry to produce music that reaches viewers across the world.”


NEXA Music was instituted by NEXA in association with A.R. Rahman’s media venture Qyuki Digital Media to provide a platform for young musical talent in India, promoting original English compositions.

Lead guitarist of Parikrama, Sonam Sherpa passes away

The lead guitarist of Indian rock band Parikrama, Sonam Sherpa passed away on Friday. He was 48.Sonam Sherpa suffered a cardiac arrest. The guitarist was in his hometown Kalimpong, West Bengal.

There are a handful of rock bands in India that can proudly claim that they have been around for 30 years. Parikrama is one of them and Sherpa, along with mates Nitin Malik and Subir Malik, have hung around right from the start at the dawn of economic liberalisation in India  where not just foreign goods but even culture flowed in freely— and they never really stopped until today.

Sherpa had been a part of Parikrama as its lead guitarist since its inception in 1999. The band recently visited Arunachal Pradesh to shoot a song, Tears of the Wizard. Shot in Mechuka Valley, the song was released in August last year.

The news comes as a shocker for the music fraternity of the country as Sherpa’s work has inspired and left a mark among several musicians.

RED FM launches 'Ricky Singh ka VYRL countdown'...

RED FM, one of the largest and most awarded private radio networks in India has launched a brand-new show ‘Ricky Singh Ka VYRL countdown’ to put spotlight on the growth of non-film artists and support their music. They have also collaborated with Universal Music India which aims to create a space and associate with non-film music on radio. The show revolves around ‘Ricky Singh’ who has an undying love for non-film music, will be taken-up by RJ Rishi Kapoor. The show was launched by RJ Rishi Kapoor along with the RED FM team in the presence of multiple celebrity singers at Soho House in Mumbai today.

To bring out the challenges and obstacles confronted by an independent artist, Ricky Singh humorously weaves his story who is a growing independent musician. He will host the show and share his unique past experiences with music directors that will take you on a rib-tickling ride. While his taste in independent music will get you glued to radio for an hour, his desi personality will keep the audience entertained till the last second.

Commenting on the show, Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM and Magic FM said, “There is a pool of talent in independent music segment which is yet to be heard. Regional music is being consumed more than ever due to evolving tastes and preferences of the audience. At RED FM, we strongly believe in supporting diverse genres whether it is indie or regional music segment through various on-air, digital and on-ground initiatives. We wanted to create content that not only supports non-film music but also celebrates the journey of an artist. Our new show ‘Ricky Singh ka VYRL countdown’ is an entertaining take, which will bring fresh content for our listeners. We are happy to collaborate with VYRL Originals (Universal Music India) for this show and we look forward to creating more such initiatives with them.”

Additionally, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia said “VYRL Originals, an artist-first music label, has been instrumental in creating a culture and category of non-film music in India. With over 40 songs across 30 artists in the last two years, we have opened the eyes and ears of people to non-film music and it’s potential. We have differentiated ourselves at every level including our integrated marketing and promotions approach with equal emphasis to both digital and traditional platforms. Radio is one of the most important and potent medium of breaking new artist and sampling their content to wide set of audiences. We are very excited to partner with RED FM who shares a similar vision like ours to build a culture and category of non-film music in India.”

Today, radio has become a widely accessed medium in both metros and non-metros. It has successfully adapted to the ever-evolving audience base. Moreover, this platform is being used to bring about a change in society and vastly supports various musicians and their music. With ‘Ricky Singh Ka VYRL countdown’, RED FM is back with another innovative show to bring the untold journey of a non-film music artist to various cities in India.

 

 

RJ Aabhimanyu turns singer with Indie Music Label's...

Aabhimanyu Kak is a household name because of his stint on Radio and his fan following is testament to the fact. Adding another feather his cap, RJ Aabhimanyu, as he’s often referred to, released his debut single ‘Woh Raatein’ on Indie Music Label’s official YouTube channel on January 24th. 

Indie Music Label, spear headed by Naushad Khan, has in a short span of time become the one stop shop for independent artists. The label has always promoted and encouraged young and fresh talent and RJ Aabhimanyu’s case was no different. 

Commenting on Woh Raatein, Mr Naushad Khan adds that they were on the lookout for a track that suited Aabhimanyu’s voice, “Aabhimanyu has a lovely voice and we were looking at a song that would suit his voice quality. ‘Woh Raatein’ came by and I couldn’t think of anyone else who could do justice to it. I’m sure the listeners will enjoy the track.”

Aabhimanyu says that singing was always his passion and ‘Woh Raatein’ is a dream debut, “I always wanted to sing in the indie space and Woh Raatein couldn’t have come at a better time. The concept and lyrics will definitely strike a chord with th audiences and I hope they enjoy the track.” he signs off.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.