ANNIVERSARIES:

Rashmi Tiwari 1-Jun ! Sukdev 1-Jun ! Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) 1-Jun ! Alanis Morissette 1-Jun ! Graham Russell (Air Supply) 1-Jun ! Pat Boone (1934) 1-Jun ! Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) 1-Jun ! Simon Gallup (The Cure) 1-Jun ! Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman 2-Jun ! Iiyiaraja 2-Jun ! Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) 2-Jun ! Suzi Quatro (1950) 3-Jun ! Ahmed Khan 3-Jun ! .K.Rangachari 3-Jun ! Freddy Fender (1937) 4-Jun ! Nancy Sinatra (1940) 4-Jun ! Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) 4-Jun ! S.P. Balasubramaniam 4-Jun !Brian McKnight (1969) 5-Jun ! Clause Noreen (Aqua) 5-Jun ! Govindrao Tembe 5-Jun ! Kenny G (1956) 5-Jun ! Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971) 5-Jun ! Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) 5-Jun ! Narayan Agarwal 5-Jun ! Viju Shah 5-Jun ! James Shaffer (Korn) 6-Jun ! G.N.Balasubramaniam 6-Jun ! Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan 6-Jun ! Nikhil Chinappa 6-Jun ! Preeti Sagar 6-Jun ! Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) 7-Jun ! Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) 7-Jun ! Iggy Azalea 7-Jun ! Tom Jones 7-Jun ! S.Karthick 7-Jun ! V.Kamalakara Rao 8-Jun ! Bonnie Tyler 8-Jun ! Kanye West 8-Jun ! Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) 8-Jun ! Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) 8-Jun ! Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) 9-Jun ! Ed Simons (The Chemical Brothers) 9-Jun ! Jon Lord (Deep Purple) 9-Jun ! Faith Evans 10-Jun ! Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) 10-Jun ! Jo-Jo (K-Ci & JoJo) 10-Jun ! Maxi Priest 10-Jun ! M.S.Gopalakrishnan 10-Jun ! Roop Kumar Rathod 10-Jun ! T.V.Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 11-Jun ! Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) 11-Jun ! T. V. Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Palghat Mani Iyer 12-Jun ! Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) 12-Jun ! ! Kenny Wayne Shepherd 12-Jun ! Soren Rasted (Aqua) 13-Jun ! Boy George (Culture Club) 14-Jun ! Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) 14-Jun ! Ice Cube 15-Jun ! Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) 15-Jun ! Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 15-Jun ! Zia Fariduddin Dagar 15-Jun ! A.Kanyakumari 15-Jun ! Sikkil Kunjumani 15-Jun ! Suraiya 15-Jun ! Amaal Mallik 16-Jun ! Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) 16-Jun ! Barry Manilow 17-Jun ! Paul Young 17-Jun ! Alison Moyet 18-Jun ! Chaitra H. G. 18-Jun ! Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) 18-Jun ! Paul McCartney 18-Jun ! Brian Welch (Korn) 19-Jun ! Paula Abdul 19-Jun ! John Taylor (Duran Duran) 20-Jun ! Lionel Richie 20-Jun ! Michael Anthony (Van Halen) 20-Jun ! Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) 20-Jun ! Jal Mistry 20-Jun ! Leslie Lewis 20-Jun ! Shweta Shetty 20-Jun ! Shakela Banu Bhopali 21-Jun ! Brandon Flowers (The Killers) 21-Jun ! Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) 21-Jun ! Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister) 21-Jun ! Sonique 21-Jun ! Cyndi Lauper 22-Jun ! Gary Beers (INXS) 22-Jun ! Kris Kristofferson 22-Jun ! Chittor Subramania Pillai 22-Jun ! Anubhav Sinha 23-Jun ! Penaaz Masani 23-Jun ! Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) 23-Jun ! Vijay Sardeshmukh 23-Jun ! Andy McCluskey (O.M.D.) 24-Jun ! Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) 24-Jun ! Jeff Beck 24-Jun ! John Illsley (Dire Straits) 24-Jun ! Mario Calire (The Wallflowers) 24-Jun ! Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) 24-Jun ! Kailash Surendranath 24-Jun ! Carly Simon 25-Jun ! Ian McDonald (Foreigner) 25-Jun ! Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) 25-Jun ! B.U.Ganesh Prasad 26-Jun ! Ariana Grande 26-Jun ! Chris Isaak 26-Jun ! Colin Greenwood Radiohead) 26-Jun ! Gauhar Jaan 26-Jun ! Patty Smyth 26-Jun ! Nitin Mukesh 27-Jun ! Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! David Knights (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! Ian Paice (Deep Purple / Whitesnake) 29-Jun ! Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) 29-Jun ! Ali Peter John 29-Jun ! Stanley Clarke 30-Jun ! T-Pain 30-Jun ! Missy Elliott 1-Jul ! Debbie Harry (Blondie) 1-Jul ! Ustad Rashid Khan 1-Jul ! Hariprasad Chaurasia 1-Jul ! Savitri Sathyamurthy 1-Jul ! Sudesh Bhosle 1-Jul ! Johnny Colla 2-Jul ! Pandit Santosh Joshi 2-Jul ! Guruvayoor Dorai 2-Jul ! Mohd. Aziz 2-Jul ! M.L.Vasanthakumari 3-Jul ! Shane Lynch (Boyzone) 3-Jul ! William Goldsmith (Foo Fighters) 4-Jul ! Bill Withers (1938) 4-Jul ! H.K.Venkatram 4-Jul ! Kumar Taurani 5-Jul ! Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) 5-Jul ! Huey Lewis 5-Jul ! Robbie Robertson 5-Jul ! Amit Mishra 5-Jul ! 50 Cent 6-Jul ! John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) 6-Jul ! Bali Brahmbhatt 6-Jul ! Dr. M.Balamurali Krishna (Chennai) 6-Jul ! Mark White (Spin Doctors) 7-Jul ! Ringo Starr (1940) 7-Jul ! Wasifuddin Dagar 7-Jul ! Beck 8-Jul ! Joan Osborne 8-Jul ! Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) 8-Jul ! Jack White (The White Stripes) 9-Jul ! Courtney Love (Hole) 9-Jul ! Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) 9-Jul ! H.P.Ramachar 9-Jul ! Hema Sardesai 9-Jul ! Arlo Guthrie 10-Jul ! Parveen Sultana 10-Jul ! Lil' Kim 11-Jul ! Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) 11-Jul ! Suzanne Vega 11-Jul ! Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 12-Jul ! S. R. Janakiraman 12-Jul ! Charumathi Ramachandran (Chennai) 12-Jul ! Will Champion (Coldplay) 13-Jul ! Kesarbai Kerkar 13-Jul ! Jayashree Patanekar 13-Jul ! Amod Mehra 13-Jul ! Sarita Sethi 13-Jul ! Kulwant Jani 14-Jul ! Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) 14-Jul ! Marky Ramone (Ramones) 15-Jul ! Linda Ronstadt 15-Jul ! Mogubai Kurdikar 15-Jul ! B.Rajam Iyer 15-Jul ! R.N.Thyagarajan (Rudrapatnam Bros) 15-Jul ! Vaigal S.Gnanaskandan (Chennai) 15-Jul ! Stewart Copeland (The Police) 16-Jul ! JC (PM Dawn) 17-Jul ! Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath) 17-Jul ! Nagaraja Rao Havaldar 17-Jul ! Sachin Bghowmick 17-Jul ! Sukhvinder Singh 18-Jul ! Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar 18-Jul ! Jack Irons (Pearl Jam) 18-Jul ! Brian May (Queen) 19-Jul ! Carlos Santana (Santana) 20-Jul ! Kim Carnes 20-Jul ! Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) 21-Jul ! Selena Gomez 22-Jul ! Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) 22-Jul ! Don Henley 22-Jul ! Richard Davies (Supertramp) 22-Jul ! George Clinton 22-Jul ! Armaan Malik 22-Jul ! Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) 23-Jul ! Sam Watters (Color Me Badd) 23-Jul ! Slash (Guns N' Roses) 23-Jul ! Nick Menza (Megadeth) 23-Jul ! Tim Kellett (Simply Red) 23-Jul ! Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) 23-Jul ! Dhondutai Kulkarni 23-Jul ! Tapan 23-Jul ! Jennifer Lopez 24-Jul ! Kanchipuram Naina Pillai 25-Jul ! Sameer Phatarpekar 25-Jul ! Justin 25-Jul ! Raageshwari 25-Jul ! Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer 25-Jul ! Sri Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer 25-Jul ! Headliner (Arrested Development) 26-Jul ! Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) 26-Jul ! Roger Taylor (Queen) 26-Jul ! Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) 26-Jul ! Rajkumar Shyamanand Sinha 27-Jul ! Trichy Sankaran 27-Jul ! Steve Morse (Deep Purple) 28-Jul ! Simon Kirke (Bad Company) 28-Jul ! Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) 29-Jul ! John Sykes (Whitesnake) 29-Jul ! Simon Kirke (Bad Company) 29-Jul ! Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) 29-Jul ! Sanjeev Chimmalgi 29-Jul ! Anup Jalota 29-Jul ! Sonu Nigam 30-Jul ! Kate Bush 30-Jul ! Paul Anka 30-Jul ! Girija Devi 30-Jul ! Will Champion (Coldplay) 31-Jul ! Fatboy Slim 31-Jul ! Bill Berry (R.E.M.) 31-Jul

Music Inc. 2.0 concludes on high note.

The second edition of Music Inc. 2.0 witnessed phenomenal success with the coming together of thought leaders, young entrepreneurs and brand representatives to discuss trends shaping the music space. Over 600 delegates and over 100 speakers participated in this two day thought fest.

During his inaugural keynote, Dr. Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in- Chief exchange4media Group & Businessworld Group said, “Music Inc. and Loudest is a platform where we cover musicians and brands. It is where music meets technology, people who give them business and where they meet brands. It is about the business of music. You cannot have the business of music without musicians, without the people who create music.”

Neeraj Roy, Founder –CEO, of South Asia’s largest digital entertainment service –Hungama, spoke about the changing landscape of the music industry from the prism of the digital world and how it is likely to shape up over the next few years.

Day one continued with speakers and panelists discussing on varied subjects like Consumer Engagement and Technology in Music, The Big Fat Indian Wedding, OTT Platforms in India, Rise in Creative Entrepreneurship, The Developing Technology, Applications and Smartphone Usage, Genres of Music and Intersections of Music and Sports, Music In Advertising And Many more. It had some of the finest names come together to share their thoughts on the technological and digital advancement experienced and its impact on the artists and the industry.

The second day of the conference brought together some interesting viewpoints on topics such as Understanding the Global Music Landscape, Tourism & Music, Creating Global Impact with Music, Mapping India’s Pop Culture, Bringing Music Alive Through Social Video Experiences, Music In Advertising -  Sync, Licensing, Endorsements And Sonic Branding. The panel saw some of the outstanding music Artists, Entrepreneurs discussing music holistically.

Speaking at the event Grammy Award winning artist Ricky Kej said, “Music is the only way I connect to the world and being an impact in their lives. One can try to change the world but it’s important is to create impact one needs to be creative with their work.”

In a fireside chat Jackky Bhagnani, Artist, Film Producer and Founder, JJust Music spoke about his startup record label and making music for the millennials.

Mandar Thakur COO, Times Music spoke about emergence of independent music and technology, “The West is an artist-driven economy – whereas in India the music industry had pretty much started off as traders and that is precisely why the Indian industry is lagging behind. But with the emergence of independent music and technology, we have seen a change. I believe in the coming years we won’t look very different from the western world,” he said.

Music Inc. with the success of its second edition has created a mark in the music conference space bringing together some of the finest talent from across the country on one stage.  

For more information you can visit our website www.Loudest.in 

Divyaj Foundation announces the Winners of 'Mitti Ke Sitare'

‘Mitti Ke Sitare’, the celebration of Musical Talent dedicated to the indigent society of Mumbai, hosted the Grand Finale with glitz and glamour on Saturday, 22nd June 2019 at Dome, NSCI Worli. The Chief Guest for this magnificent event was Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra.  Other renowned dignitaries included Shri. Raosaheb Danve Patil, Shri. Chandrakant Dada Patil, Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Shri Vinod Tawde, Smt. Pankaja Munde to name a few and famous personalities from the music and Bollywood fraternities including Grammy award winner Jerry Wonda as the Guest Of Honour, Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan as the Special Guest, Shiamak Davar, Shriram Iyer, Kumar Bapi, Darshan Raval, Manisha Koirala, Mr. Khailash Kher, Mr. Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya, Mr. Jackey Shroff, Mr. Sailesh lodha among others.

Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Advisor to Divyaj Foundation and also an accomplished singer has ideated this musical talent hunt especially for the underprivileged students of slums and BMC schools. During the Finale she said “I was motivated by Hon. Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modiji to extend musical education to the talented children of the underprivileged section of the society. I am really delighted and overwhelmed by the talent available in our country, especially amongst the underprivileged and with the project Mitti Ke Sitare, these children have now begun their journey towards achievement and self-fulfilment.”

The exceptionally talented 18 contestants, aged between 7 and 15 years, were awarded Rs. 25000 each as cash prize along with Winning Trophies.

The memorable evening began with the lamp lighting and felicitation of the dignitaries present at the event by the Trustees of Divyaj Foundation’s Mr. Sampath Iyer, Mrs. Pallavi Shrivastava and Core Member Mr. Kavin Shah which was followed by the beautiful rendition by the percussionist maestro, Sivamani. The highlight of the evening was the inspiring and splendid singing of the top semi-finalists who enthralled the audience with the performances.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. Shankar Mahadevan said, “When Shankar Mahadevan Academy was approached for conducting this massive talent hunt across all 1187 MCGM schools in Mumbai, I knew we were more than ready to take on the challenge. This is the first time that an organization has run a contest at such a large scale and our contest platform ensured that each contestant was evaluated fairly and transparently – and all this was done in a matter of 2-3 weeks! The shortlisted 18 finalists have been groomed and coached by our music instructors and I’m proud of the fantastic job they did today”

Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson Mpower extended her best wishes to the contestants and maintained “Mitti ke sitare has been an amazing journey so far. Mpower has worked with the finalists to help them prepare for the finals by organizing various workshops. Having a good mental health is very important for children to live up to their potential. This ensures that the children live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them. These workshops will help the children deal with the possible mental health concerns early on.”

The winning team mentioned “We are thankful to Amruta ji and Divyaj Foundation for this opportunity.  We love the care, discipline and efforts that the gurus have rendered to sharpen our singing skills. Apart from singing, we were also trained in other areas for overall development. We enjoyed every moment of our training”

The evening also featured stunning live performances by Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan and Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis along with the Contestants, Mr. Jerry Wonda, Shiamak Victory Arts Foundation children to name a few.

‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ is a social initiative by social activist and Vice President-Corporate Head with Axis Bank, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, in association with Mpower, to provide a platform for the hidden talents across indigent areas of the country. To conduct this social welfare project, Divyaj Foundation associated with 1187 MCGM schools to connect, identify and select children from the underprivileged sector - those who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves.

Music Inc 2.0

Music Inc 2.0, promises to offer never before experience when it comes to content, speaker line up, workshops and master classes around the business of music. The two day conference will bring together thought leaders from the music, brand and experiential domains who will share insights on topics ranging from--The Role of Technology and Data in Music Design, Rise in Creative Entrepreneurship, Building Festival Experiences and Building The Hip Hop Ecosystem in India. And that is not all. There will also be discussions round ---How to Grow Your Business Using Music, Sports and Music, OTT Platforms and Music, Music and Tourism and Automobile Industry and Music. 
The conference will also have exclusive workshops and master classes curated by some of the top names in the music and experiential space. Live performances and fireside chats and keynotes by global thought will be another highlight of this two day conference.
Some of the speakers this year include names like Oscar winning music producer, Arthur Pingrey - along with India’s leading rap artist Raftaar, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal, quirky YouTube star Prajakta Koli, Bollywood composer Tanishk Bagchi, independent music scene’s star composer singer Ankur Tewari, singer Dhvani Bhanushali,  film critic Rajeev Masand,  cultural ambassador Zila Khan,  Grammy award winner Ricky Kej,  Mahindra’s Group CEO Vivek Nayar, Lydia Buthello, Ex VP, Brand Experience and Events, Star India, well known singers Papon and Tony Kakkar to name a few.
Industry leaders like Prashan Agarwal (CEO, Gaana), Amarjit Singh Batra (Managing Director at Spotify India), Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music), Blaise Fernandes (President at Indian Music Industry), Gurpreet Singh (Co-Founder at One Digital Entertainment), Neeraj Roy (Managing Director - Hungama), Sabbas Joseph (Co-Founder & Director, Wizcraft), Lloyd Mathias (Former Marketing Head APAC - HP) and more, and companies including Universal Music, Sony Music, Spotify, Gaana, OneDigital Entertainment, Zee Entertainment, Gracenote (Neilson), Hungama, Havells will also be present at this conference.
Another highlight of the event will be unveiling of Gully Life: The Story of Divine is an in-depth documentary on one of India’s favourite rappers. Produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Supari Studios, the film traces the rise of Vivian Fernandes, aka Divine, from his humble beginnings in Mumbai to global superstardom.
 Over the course of the fifty-minute-long film, viewers are introduced to some of the most important people in Divine’s life – from his mother, with whom he is especially close, to the friends he grew up with and who remain his closest aides – and taken on his remarkable journey, evolving from a teenager discovering hip-hop to the icon he is today.
In all, the two day conference will be the melting pot of art, culture and conversations centered on brand building using music as a core tenant. 
Be part of this unmissable extravaganza of thought leadership, for more dtails about Music Inc 2.0, you can visit our website: https://loudest.in/musicinc-india/

T-Series crosses the 100 million subscribers mark

T-Series sets record for the first YouTube channel to surpass 100 million subscribers and made history on the platform. For this achievment, T-Series was presented the milestone plaque from The Guiness Book of World Records. Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel, which has around 96 million subscribers on YouTube and known for his comedy sketches was the first one to reach 50 million subscribers milestone. T-Series and PewDiePie have been in battle for the YouTube crown since October 2018. PewDiePie was leading in terms of subscribers for the last five years. They were also involved in several sub wars, diss videos, and memes in the past.

T-Series with a small team of 13 people, has continued its online success with more than 20 million albums as per guinnessworldrecords.com. The channel gained its last 50 million subscribers last year. Artists like Guru Randhawa and superhit soundtracks from Bollywood movies like Simmba has helped the company boost its overall number. Congatulations are in order beginning fron the top with Bhushan Kumar and the entire T-Series family.

Indian Band to launch an Apparel Line

An award-winning modern, post-rock band from Ahmedabad ‘Aswekeepsearching’, known for its instrumental music interspersed with vocals, is soon to launch a new album. However, they didn’t think an album was enough to create a community of fans and like-minded individuals. Running up to the launch of their latest album, and their fan club, the band is taking it a notch above by dabbling in fashion with their apparel line, to bring this community alive. Going beyond merchandise, Aswekeepsearching is the first indie band in India to launch an apparel line. Inspired by their second album, ZIA, this line is unique, minimalist and reflects the monotones experienced through their music. ZIA is sustainable, modern and completely gender less fashion, made by homegrown tailors, designed and conceptualized by Tanaya Sharma and Aswekeepsearching. With a focus on creating exclusive pieces for their fans, slow fashion is the undercurrent of ZIA. You can check out their latest collection ‘Ativa’, named after one of their songs, on Facebook and Instagram, and can purchase it on Tumblr.

Gully Life: The documentary coming soon

DIVINE’s is a name that is synonymous with rap music in India. Alongside a handful of fellow musicians, he’s also credited as one that’s putting hip-hop from the country on the map. He has toured the world, featured on a BBC Radio show, been the inspiration for a Bollywood feature film, contributed music to a few, and now even runs his own company/record label, Gully Gang Entertainment. Less than a decade ago, however, things were vastly different. Living with his grandmother in an eastern Mumbai suburb, Vivian Fernandes was a young boy with no knowledge of hip-hop. His familiarity with music extended largely to the various forms of Indian music he had heard growing up, and those that were played at celebrations in his neighbourhood.

The first-ever documentary on his life, Gully Life: The Story of DIVINE takes an in-depth look at how a young rapper from Mumbai became one of the most sought-after musicians in India and a global superstar – in a matter of a few years. Produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Supari Studios, the film chronicles the ups and downs of one of India’s favourite musicians, in a journey that’s as fascinating as it is endearing.

The film will be telecast on July 1 at 9pm on Discovery Channel, Discovery HD World, TLC, TLC HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, and Discovery Tamil. This will be followed by a digital release on Red Bull TV on July 15 and DIVINE’s YouTube channel on July 17.

Over the course of the fifty-minute-long film, viewers are introduced to some of the most important people in DIVINE’s life – from his mother, with whom he is especially close, to the friends he grew up with and who remain his closest aides – and taken on his remarkable journey, evolving from a teenager discovering hip-hop to the icon he is today.

Says DIVINE, “I’ve had an incredible and amazing journey so far, it almost feels like a dream. To be able to do what I love and for it to be appreciated by others, I feel blessed! Hip-hop really did save my life. Shooting this documentary was quite a journey – to go back tracing all the steps in my life was definitely a surreal experience. I’m grateful to Red Bull Media House and my team at Gully Gang Entertainment to help this bring to life”.

In production for over a year, while the film follows DIVINE through some of his biggest professional achievements – including the debut edition of his hip-hop festival, Gully Fest, and an international tour in Canada – it also revisits the places and people that he credits for shaping his life. From school teachers to friends like family, his mother to artist managers, the director of the film, Akshat Gupt, interviews the characters most instrumental to the life of DIVINE.

“The approach I took with the film was to capture him in and around his environment in the most natural way possible, which means we shot with phones, smaller cameras, and even left our main cameras on and left him in his environment to be as candid as we could,” says Gupt. “We wanted to be unobtrusive, as that’s the only way to capture the rawness of someone’s story. DIVINE’s story is multifaceted and just never ceases to entertain, and that’s translated through to the film, keeping you glued throughout the 50 minutes.”

Mikey McCleary's composition for the ICC World Cup 2019

With the World Cup fever at its peaks and every country cheering for their players, brands across the globe are leveraging the spirit to associate with the sport. Amidst all the enthusiasm, Mikey McCleary composed and curated an innovative World Cup Anthem “WAY O WAY O”, bringing together five recognised names from the music arena together to create an international track like never before for UBER.

In the digital world where brands look at diversified pop culture and prefer songs over adverts, Mikey McCleary has beautifully integrated the two showcasing the true love for the game across the globe.

Having recognised names like SANAM, a popular Indian band known for its renditions of classic Bollywood songs, alongside other globally acclaimed artists such as Jahmiel (Jamaica), Catherine Taylor Dawson (United Kingdom), Simba Diallo (New Zealand) and Choir group – Khayelitsha United Mambazo (South Africa), the track is a culmination of cultures. Mikey has carefully chosen some of the finest global talent to compliment his composition which he first sketched with local singers to comprehend its real look.

The man behind many catchy songs in TV ad campaigns, Mikey believes the connection between brands and artists is important and beneficial for both parties. He has curated campaigns for some of the biggest brands like Vodafone, Levi's, Titan, Coca Cola, Lakme, Garnier, Toyota to name a few.

Speaking about the overall association with UBER and WAY O WAY O, Mikey McCleary shares “This has been an exciting and challenging project to create a catchy international pop song which brings together artists from 5 different cricketing nations. The goal was to celebrate the passion of the fans around the globe, creating a song people would love and also making sure that the song is in sync with the tone of the brand (UBER). After I composed the song and recorded rough guide vocals, I then directed many sessions with international singers via video calls to piece together the anthem like a jigsaw puzzle and make it flow naturally. It’s great working on a song which promotes the idea of celebrating competitive spirit in a global positive way.”

Song Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9pf6OmsIZM 

9X Media celebrates World Music Day

9X Media, India’s largest music network is all set to celebrate the World Music Day on 21 st June with
a unique Smashup of Indian and International songs. The World Music Day special Smashup will be
aired across all the five music television channels of the 9X Media Network and promoted across its
24 million plus digital communities starting 19 th June 2019. Created by DJ Rink, World Music day special Smashup features songs from Bollywood such as ‘Aaank Mare’ to one of the most popular International song – ‘Shape of You’ by acclaimed singer Ed Sheeran. From the most popular Marathi song ‘Zhingat’ to the Punjabi chart buster – ‘Lamberghini’; this Smashup is all set to rule the music charts across India.

Speaking about the World Music day Smashup, Amar Tidke, Chief Programming Officer 9X Media
said, “Being India’s largest Music Network, 9X Media has always entertained music lovers with World
Music Day specials. From our original songs like ‘Bajne Do Night & Day’ to ‘Music Dil Mein’, the
viewers have appreciated our music offering. We love to celebrate music and this World Music Day
we hope to make it a lot more special for everyone! The World Music day Smashup will also
resonate with our viewers and we are confident that the Smashup will soon become the party
anthem. We would like to thank all our label partners who have come forward in support of this
unique innovation.”

The World Music day special Smashup’s video features all the popular animated characters of 9X
Network. Besides Bade-Chote, Chochya, Ullu da Pattha the video will also have Bheegi Billi and
Halkat Sawaal among others. World music day special Smashup will be promoted across all channels and the social media and digital platforms of 9X Media Network.

Keep watching 9XM, 9X Jalwa, 9X Tashan, 9X Jhakaas and 9XO to party with the foot tapping
Smashup.

Danny Aridi award winning songwriter gets the Wanderlust

Danny Aridi is a multi-award-winning Lebanese/Canadian singer and songwriter based in UAE signed to Universal Music. He has been performing for more than 10 years andrecently won the Best Local Band/Act 2019 Award, as well as winning two of the region’s leading talent competitions. He has 8 original songs and music videos released and has opened up for internationally acclaimed artists such as Katy Perry, P!NK, Calvin Harris, Guns n Roses, Fifth Harmony, Post Malone, and The Backstreet Boys.  

A rising star of the Middle East, with an increasingly global fanbase, Danny Aridi releases his latest track ‘Wanderlust’, with a stunning video shot in India. His new single and stylish video shot on location in India is set to open the singer/songwriter up to an even bigger audience.'I try to tell a story with every song,’ says Danny on his latest release. ‘Wanderlust was written on one of my travels, and I tried to capture the feeling of leaving your routine and grabbing a one-way ticket to a distant place for the sake of being more adventurous and living in the moment.The ‘Wanderlust’ video brilliantly reflects that feeling, with Danny filmed on-location in India ‘experiencing the local culture, getting lost and going on multiple adventures while writing the lyrics to the song.

The 26-year-old artist moved to the UAE nearly two years ago and quickly adapted to life in the Middle East after studying in Canada for seven years. Deciding to give music his full-time attention, Danny has won support across the region including winning Virgin’s ‘Best Artist’ competition and being named the UAE’s Best Artist by What’s On at their recent annual awards show.

‘My main goal as an artist is to create music that can relate to the audience on a personal level,’ nods Danny on his song writing ambitions. ‘I love to perform, regardless of the numbers. I have played at gigs where there are 13,000 people in the audience to gigs with 4 or 5 people in the audience. I give it my all regardless, if one person is singing along and feeling the words then I have done my job.’
Wanderlust is now out on Universal Music.
 
watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhjkplSTwjA

The Mallroad Project keeps the flame of #MeToo burning

The Mallroad Project is a Hindi rock band,from Delhi ,since their inception, the band has aimed to address real-life issues. Their songs are about the feelings, challenges, fears, dreams, and hopes of a new-age Indian.They are extremely passionate about music, they are corporate professionals by day and musicians by night and weekends.The members of the band are Akhil Thakur (drums), Mahavir Rawat (vocals), Praveer Singh (bass) and Shankar Sharma (guitars).Music is a universal language. Artists through generations have used their music to reach masses andshare social ideologies and messages. “Through our music, we also want to contribute to a progressive future and an equal society,” says the band.

The band has just completed work on a song that directly addresses a major social issue. NamedThurky Boss, the song is inspired by the #MeToo movement and candidly addresses the harassment faced by women, not just in the work environment but also in every other aspect of their lives. Their goal is to keep the fight for justice going by keeping the conversation alive.

The band has lately been consciously talking about critical issues that plague society. Their last
release, Who is the real Pappu? was a satirical political song that asked people to be careful about
believing blindingly in what they were told by netas. Prior to this, they released Dehshatgard – a
song that addressed the social unrest in India. Through songs such as these, the band has presented
their strong opinions on social issues. The songs have been received well by listeners, as they are
able to resonate with the spirit behind the music.

“We believe we can keep the conversation going with our music. #MeToo needs to be kept alive till
the time women continue to face gender inequalities”.In Thurky Boss, the band is taking these issues heads on. The song is a commentary on the pretentiousness of two-faced people, how unsafe public spaces are for women and the dangers that lurk around in the workplace.

The song’s animated video also catches one’s attention. The video has been done as a DIY by the
band members and is in line with the trend of innovative indie music videos in India. The animation
is eye-catching and shocks you with its narrative. Like the lyrics, it takes examples from real life
#MeToo incidents like that of Alok Nath.

The band feels that they don’t need to shy away from pinpointing. When people in the public eye do
injustices, they need to be called out in public too. The song is set to release by the end of June/early July. The song will be available on the band’s YouTube channel as well on Saavn and Bandcamp.

Anaida's tribute to the Mumbai Dabbawalas

Mumbai is a special city in more ways than one. It tests you in multiple ways and it gives back in unbelievable ways too.  Only if you have lived in this city will you be able to understand its multilayered nature. the absolute extremes existing in near perfect harmony. There is no place like Mumbai with as many facets. Its a world within worlds.  And when you love it , it will love you back like no other city can. One of the most special organisation  that represent the spirit of Mumbai in its highest and best is our very own Dabbawalas. It all started 125 years ago by a Parsi gentleman, a banker who wanted to eat home food at this work (the story is on Dabbawalas official site for ref)  and it grew to be an example in high standards of efficiency as a business by the visionary Mahadeo Havaji Bachche and the rest is history.

Not highly educated by manmade standards of college and degrees, these bunch of men have created systems of distribution entirely of their own and a standard of operation and business morals that is outstanding . Six Sigma certification without even application and an oxford case study based on them. Amchi Mumbai Dabbawalas and their organisation is a pride of not only Mumbai but India. 

Anaida the 90s pop star and now celebrity chef has been a Fan of Dabbawalas ever since their "Share my Dabba" initiative over a decade ago. She has been wanting to do something worthy to honour them for years and finally the opportunity arrived. Along with her partners at SodaBottleOpenerWala and  artist Abhijit Kini they have created a comic presenting the Dabbawals as the super heros for all the right reasons that they are. 

Done in Old comic A4 size style, The Story in short starts with a kid coming home and asking his dad for help on a project on super heros wondering whom to choose between spider man and superman and his father suggests why not Mumbai Dabbawalas? The father then proceeds to explain to his son why they are super Heros and the comic ends with the kid taking a selfie with his favourite Dabbawala.  The comic has two versions in Marathi and English. The printing of the first ten thousand copies has been sponsored by Bhoomi world and the entire sale from the comics will go to Dabbawalas as a token of appreciation from all involved. The open files of the same will be gifted to them so they can continue to print this collectable comic in future.  In their Honour we at SBOW also serve our famous Dhansak in a Dabba at our outlets. To us the Mumbai Dabbawalas represent the true spirit of Mumbai at its best.

Mabel and Mad Love

Mabel has today unveiled ‘Mad Love’, the lead single from her hugely anticipated debut album ‘High Expectations’ (which will see a release on August 2nd via Polydor Records). This follows the unstoppable success of recent single ‘Don’t Call Me Up’, which peaked at number 3 in the UK and spent 8 weeks in the top 10 (as well as going top 10 globally on Spotify and landing Mabel her first hit around Europe and the US). Off the back of performances on The Graham Norton Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Mabel has also been confirmed as the UK’s first ever Youtube Artist On The Rise which was just launched at Piccadilly Circus with a preview of ‘Mad Love’. An extensive run of live dates now follows into the end of the year, including Mabel’s UK & European tour with Khalid.

Thrilling, unapologetic and liberated, ‘Mad Love’ is an anthem for women to call the shots and talk about exactly what (and who) they want. Written by Mabel alongside Steve Mac and Kamille – the winning trio behind ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ – ‘Mad Love’ arrives alongside an iconic video directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has previously worked with the likes of Cardi B, Destinys Child, and Jay Z. The video further showcasing this fierce, increasingly-fearless young woman living out all her wildest pop-star-dreams, but in thoroughly modern, warts-and-all style.

It’s this extraordinary journey to where she finds herself now that is encapsulated on Mabel’s debut album, ‘High Expectations’: a record - and a state-of-mind, in many ways - that she has worked towards her whole life (even getting the title tattooed phonetically on her neck when she first thought of it two years ago, knowing firmly that it would never change). Still aged just 23 years old, the twice-Brit-nominated artist has already sold over 3.5 million singles in the UK (three platinum, three gold, and two silver), surpassed 1 billion streams, and sold out the likes of Brixton Academy. Across her formative singles and first long-form project, ‘Ivy To Roses’ (which also went silver), Mabel has written with startling candour on young love, identity, girl power, and mental health - topics which are taken to greater heights on ‘High Expectations’. And on that road to her first record, Mabel’s music has become a soundtrack – for her impassioned young female fanbase, but also for herself – on how to turn those vulnerabilities into your advantages. ‘Talking about it really does give you a kind of confidence,’” Mabel says now, “and that’s new for me. If you’re really going to make a record that talks to people you have to sit and pick at old wounds – put everything under a microscope. I would’ve loved that from my heroes when I was kid. That dream of pop stars having a perfect life has gone for our generation.”

Stripping away music’s artifice while keeping true to its giddiness and excitement is Mabel’s special gift. Out of some troubling times she has fashioned a sensational, fizzing debut record, a blue-chip British album which can sit proudly on a global stage next to The Weeknd, Ariana, Drake and whatever Queens B and R have in mind for their 2019. In mood, if not exactly in sound, it has some of the complete realisation of early TLC or Aaliyah, had they spent their teenage years in Sweden, Malaga, or the backstreets of West London. The calling card of ‘High Expectations’ is the brusque, street charm that hides in plain sight among its hooky gloss, and anchors the album’s core theme of expectations (those as a woman; of love; of others; and ultimately of yourself).  “I want to send a positive message to everyone that’s going to listen to it. I’ve gained so much confidence from writing this album and that’s what I want people to take away.”

Now poised to join the pantheon of international pop greats, her tireless energy, positivity and drive were never going to allow Mabel to settle for anything other than ‘High Expectations’. In 2019 watch Mabelmeet them and keep reaching higher still.

Transcendence 2.0 - A stupendous success

Transcendence 2.0, the annual Music event held recently at St.Andrews Auditorium, this year paid tribute to Legends of Carnatic & Western Jazz, violin maestro T. Chowdiah and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The concert featuring the music of the 'Vidwan of the Violin', fusing with the artistry of the 'Maharaja of the Piano', was a stupendous success, as the music took the audience to a Transcendental state. 

The tributes by modern day legends Dr. Mysore Manjunath-Violin and Grammy nominee Louiz Banks-Piano were for their respective idols Mysore T. Chowdiah (1894-1967) a violinist, innovator, teacher, an organizer, a composer and a thespian. He designed the seven-stringed violin and Oscar Peterson (Aug 15, 1925-Dec 23, 2007), winner of 8 Grammy Awards, who is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists ever. In a career lasting more than 60 years, he has played thousands of concerts all over the world and released over 200 recordings. They were accompanied by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira,  Gino Banks-Drums, Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla,. 

The first segment of the concert began with the lovely tribute by Louiz Banks to Oscar Peterson with some good old instrumental jazz popularised by the late legend. The second segment of the concert began with tribute by Vidwan Shri. Dr. Mysore Manjunathji to T.Chowdiah with the traditional Tyagaraja Kriti ‘Nyanamu Sakaratha’ in Purvikalyani. He then went on to play a RTM in the raga Kafi/Peelo. The improvisation of this RTM was in Natakurunji, Rasikapriya (72 melakartha raga). 

The finale was specially composed by Louiz Banks called ‘Reunion’ loosely based on Raga Chandrakauns. The fiinale also had Gino Banks, Pt. Yogesh Samsi and Vidwan Bangalore Amrit, showing their respective class and talent separately and then creatively sparring with each other. The concert ended with a vote of thanks to all the sponsors without whose support this concert would not have been possible and to the living legends who performed spectacularly on stage.

The Ensemble took the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music. Pradeep Joseph from Raga to Rock said 'the concert was like sitting at the crossroads, where the Music of Chennai and New Orleans met'.

At last year's concert Carnatic legend G. Harishankar (Khanjira) was honored with a tribute by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit (Khanjira) and Jazz legend Buddy Rich was honored with a tribute, by Ranjit Barot (Drums).

The event was organized by Gigue Entertainment a division of SRH Consilium LLP lead by Rajashekhar Srinivasan and this initiative would not have been possible without the support of Aditya Birla Sunlife Capital Mutual Funds, Indian Oil Corporation & Bombay Dyeing.

Daler Mehndi's tribute to the Cricket World Cup 2019

SpotlampE.com the popular platform for non film music by 9X Media Pvt. Ltd. announced the launch of a peppy new single titled ‘Panga Na Lena’ by ace singer Daler Singh Mehndi. Panga Na Lena is a song dedicated to the Cricket WorldCup 2019. The song was launched on SpotlampE.com and was aired on 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Tashan, starting 7 th June 2019.
Speaking about the song Panga Na Lena pop singer Daler Mehndi says “I am pleased to collaborate with SpotlampE and launch a peppy single track dedicated to all the Cricket fans. Cricket is one of the biggest religions in India and composing Panga Na Lena to celebrate the biggest sporting festival was an exhilarating experience! Panga Na Lena captures the essence and craze for cricket across all ages. I am excited to see the viewer’s response to the track and am confident that the song will become the next cricket anthem that will top the music charts in India.”
In a short span of time, SpotlampE.com has become an apt platform for upcoming as well as established singers to showcase their talent. With artists like Grammy winner Shaggy, Mika Singh, Shaan, Ankit Tiwari, Shankar Mahadevan, Dev Negi, Neha Pandey etc. launching their tracks on SpotlampE.com, the platform has become the destination for all ages to discover great music.
Commenting on the launch of Panga Na Lena, 9X Media’s Senior Vice President - Creative content and New Business, Ms. Rajitta Hemwani said, “Panga Na Lena captures the excitement and anticipation of cricket and the World cup. The emotional journey of a fan rooting for his favourite cricketer is well emphasised in the video. Panga Na lena connects the cricket fans across all age
groups and connect the nation. We are confident that the track will set the mood for the Cricket World Cup 2019.”
The music for Panga Na Lena is composed by Daler Mehndi where as the lyrics are by super talented Daler Mehendi and N.S Chauhan. The music video of Panga Na Lena is shot with Daler dancing with cricket fans across various ocations. The video captures the cricket frenzy amongst Indians and will
resonate with the millennial population in India. The peppy music video is directed by the creative talent at 9XM.
Panga Na lena is promoted across all social media platforms of 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Tashan. The track is played and promoted across SpotlampE.com

 

Colin D'cruz and Jazz Goa

Music producer and bass player Colin D'Cruz got into music professionally in the late seventies performing on hotel residences. Ten years of six nights a week performances set the foundations for a career spanning over four decades now. Even though jazz has always been his first love Colin has experienced many other genres of music performing all kinds of music with all kinds of musicians from across India and around the world. Besides performing, Colin also hosted a radio show on a premier international radio station and produced a music show for television. He set up an organisation called Jazz Goa that offers local artists a free audio/video production facility and also gives them a place on a global stage through the Jazz Goa app, the first western music app from India. Colin's earliest childhood memories revolve around experiencing live music at events his parents took him, the memory of the magic taking place onstage stage stayed in his sub conscious and turned out to be the deciding factor in his career choice later in life. Jazz turned out to be his first love simply because he felt it was a form of music that embraces all other sounds of music and allows an artist complete freedom of expression. Born and bought up in Mumbai, helped him shape a professional attitude and gave him exposure to many different forms of music including bollywood having performed with the likes of Asha Bhosle, Sonu Nigam and Shubha Mudgal to name a few. Colin moved to Goa in 2008 and went about setting up a studio and producing music both audio and video. Today music is heard on apps most of the time, so the Jazz Goa app was launched in 2018 with over three hundred artists featured and continuously updated with new entries. Local artists found a world-wide audience with the Jazz Goa app and many of them have been discovered internationally  thanks to the app. Jazz Goa's music is also aired on the world's number one radio station  Jazz FM91. Besides hosting the International Jazz Day event every year in Goa, Jazz Goa has also ventured into hosting events at prestigious international jazz venues like the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. Future plans include inviting international jazz virtuosos to Goa to collaborate and perform with local artists. All this would not have been possible without the support of his wife Diana who manages Colin's many different bands besides handling photography and videography for all Jazz Goa events. Today's kids are tuned to DJ's and EDM, Colin often wonders why anyone would want to pay a small fortune to watch someone press play on a laptop. But to each their own, as far as he is concerned he may be out of sync with today's popular music but he is totally in sync with his soul when he is out there playing his heart out to a few people who still enjoy live music.

Qaran's acoustic version feat. Jonita Gandhi

The love for Producer-Composer QARAN’s hit track continues – this time with a refreshing acoustic version of ‘Haaye Oye’. Featuring the immensely versatile Jonita Gandhi, 'Haaye Oye [Acoustic]' is a creation that explores the duality of emotions, and demonstrates how the same words, said in a different way can have a different meaning.

Topping all charts with over 27+MN views and over 100 +dance covers “Haaye Oye” has become the dance track of India. And giving music aficionados another reason to listen to the song, Sony Music has released an Acoustic video of the song in the versatile voice of Jonita Gandhi.

Says Jonita, “The song has a vibe that gets you hooked instantly. When QARAN approached me to feature on his acoustic version, I was totally on board. Check out our take on Haaye Oye, it’s out now across all streaming platforms.”

"It’s been a year since I released 'Tareefan Reprise' and I felt like it was finally time to create another acoustic version of one of my songs. With all the love that 'Haaye Oye' has been receiving, naturally it felt like the right choice. Haaye Oye [Acoustic] explores the duality of emotions and demonstrates how the same words said in a different way can have a different meaning" , says QARAN

Adds on Rohan Jha, Head - Pop Repertoire, Sony Music India, “Haaye oye surprised us, the way music listeners adapted and started owning the song is phenomenal. We yet see dance covers, singing covers and even tabla covers of the song and we are humbled. When we first heard the song and fell in love with it, it was an acoustic version – and we always wanted to share that with the world. Thank you, Jonita for being a part of the Haaye Oye phenomenon. You sound amazing!”

Experience 'Haaye Oye' in a way you never have and lose yourself in this dreamy, wistful composition.

Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNhRN4_QVB8

Sonu Nigam croons for...

After releasing the hugely popular monsoon love song “Tere Do naina” from Gourov-Roshin’s EP “Naina”, global music giant Sony Music has got together the biggest voice of Bollywood Sonu Nigam for the second track called Kitthe Jaave, feat. Akasa. After the massive success of her bollywood song “ Aaithey Aa” , Akasa is seen rapping to it.
Says Sonu Nigam, “Kithe Jaave has a different vibe and when I was asked to sing it I was like let’s try something different. Check it out... I have worked with a new female voice Akasa , who has a fresh voice . Also I love Gourov -Roshin, they definitely have a new sound and would love to work with them again. And Sony Music always pushes new content in the non-Bollywood space and it’s a pleasure to work with them“
Says Akasa, “ it’s a dream to be heard with a voice like Sonu ji’s. I have loved his music through my singing years and this is a dream come true for me.”
Adds on Rohan Jha, Head - Pop Repertoire, “Kitthe Jaave has a great melody and contemporary sound and no one could have sung it better than Sonu Sir. He has always been very supportive of fresh talent. We are privileged to have his voice on the Gouriv-Roshin EP, we only see this song grow manifold.”

Darshan Raval gives a new twist...

There is no denying Darshan Raval’s growing popularity with each song he croons for, the singer ever growing fan base is enviable to say the least and keeping up with giving what his fans want, Darshan along with Indie Music Label have released his recent track ‘Kaash Aisa Hota’s’ remix version. Popular lyricist Sayeed Quadri has penned the lyrics and the track is already winning hearts. ‘Kaash Aisa Hota’ was very successful when it released and after being inundated with messages and mails, the team decided to come out with a remix version. To add an element of surprise DJ Lijo and DJ Chetas too have added beats to the new track.

Commenting on the same, Naushad Khan, MD, Indie Music Label says, “We as a company have always believed In listening to the fans and audience. We had several messages and mails requesting us to create a remix version of Kaash Aisa Hota and we went ahead. Sayeed Sahab has penned the song beautifully and DJ Chetas and DJ Lijo’s beats have made the number foot tapping. Darshan and we all are very satisfied with the result and the response we are getting” he signs off.

The video link - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EEhM6FhXWX0

Louiz Banks pays tribute to Jazz legend Oscar Peterson

Louiz Banks, Pianist,Composer,Film and Record Producer. He is also a Grammy nominee and called the 'Godfather of Indian Jazz'. He is main act of the  annual Music concert Transcendence, that pays tribute to Legends of Indian & Western Jazz Music. This year Transcendence 2.0 tribute concert is for Jazz legend Oscar Peterson and Carnatic legend T. Chowdiah, where the Music of the 'Maharaja of the Piano'  meets the 'Vidwan of the Violin'.

Louiz Banks picked Oscar Peterson in his words 'The answer to that question will cover a few volumes ... but in short... because Oscar Peterson is unanimously acknowledged as one of the greatest exponents of Jazz Piano..and he continues to inspire all students of Jazz Piano. My own switch to Jazz Piano took place when my father introduced me to Oscar Peterson... that was turning point in my musical studies and pursuits. Hence I would like to pay homage to the greatness of Oscar Peterson"

Louiz Banks  is being accompanied by modern day legend Dr. Mysore Manjunath (Violin) ),Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar, Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira,  Gino Banks-Drums.  and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla. to  take the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music.

The event is organized by Gigue Entertainment a division of SRH Consilium LLP lead by Rajashekhar Srinivasan and this initiative would not be possible without the support of Aditya Birla Sunlife Capital Mutual Funds,Bombay Dyeing, Indian Oil Corporation & Raga to Rock-The Magazine for everything in Music

Transcendence 2.0 :The Tribute concert

Transcendence is an annual Music event, that pays tribute to Legends of Carnatic & Western Jazz. This year Transcendence 2.0 tribute concert is for the Carnatic legend  Mysore T. Chowdiah and Jazz Legends Oscar Peterson, the concert where the Music of the 'Vidwan of the Violin' meets the 'Maharaja of the Piano'. Transcendence means the act of rising above something to a superior state. Spiritually it means you have reached the state of Moksha or Nirvana ...When you achieve transcendence, you have gone beyond ordinary limitations and the mundane.  

Gigue proudly brings two modern day legends Dr. Mysore Manjunath (Violin) and Grammy nominee - Louiz Banks (Piano))to  take the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music, accompanied by  Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira,  Gino Banks-Drums. Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla.

The Indian legend being honoured is Mysore T. Chowdiah (1894- 1967) violinist, innovator, teacher, an organizer, a composer and a thespian.He designed the seven-stringed violin for South Indian Classical Music. Oscar Peterson (Aug 15 1925-Dec 23, 2007), is considered one of the greatest Jazz pianists. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours.Last year honorees were Carnatic legend G. Harishankar (Khanjira) and Jazz legend Buddy Rich (Drums)  with a tribute by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit (Khanjira)and Ranjit Barot (Drums).

On the concert Louiz Banks says “I strongly believe that creative music should represent original creativity and not replication, sophisticated and discerning listeners want to see musicians create art with passion, creativity and originality... they want to enjoy and experience innovation. Transcendence 2.0 2019 will feature some of the most creative musicians in the country who will surely dazzle the audience with exciting and original music ... live on stage come and enjoy and get transported into another wonderful music galaxy...”

From the streets of Patna comes

Sony Music today released a fun , pacy track from the streets of Patna called "Bhaiyya G" sung and composed by YAWAR featuring Tik Tok Superstar Jannat Zubair Rahmani. The song is a fusion of electronic beats and urban rhythm with a desi twist."Bhaiyya G" is the love & revenge story of a local Baahubali who fell in love with a beautiful con girl (Jannat Zubair) and how Bhaiyaa G eventually takes revenge from the Con girl and her partner in crime. 
Says Pawanesh Pajnu, Head North Repertoire, Sony Music India, “ Bhaiyya G is not an experiment , this is a genre that we want to grow and believe can cut through age groups and geographies. YAWAR is an extremely talented artist and we have a lot of music coming out with him.”

 

 

5 Seconds of Summer release new single & Video

5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in chart history to see its first three full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. Across their catalog, 5SOS has sold more than eight million equivalent album units and sold over 2 million concert tickets worldwide, while cumulative streams of their songs now surpass seven billion. 5SOS – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – are recognized for an array for prestigious accolades including an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, eight MTV European Music Awards, five ARIA Awards, APRA and two MTV Video Music Awards.

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) explore rich sonic textures and rhythms – and reach exhilarating vocal heights – on their new single, “Easier.” The track, which marks the band’s first release since signing to Interscope Records, was produced by Andrew Watt, Louis Bell and Charlie Puth. Grant Singer (The Weeknd, Lorde) directed the mind-bending official video. Listen to “Easier” here  https://5sos.lnk.to/5soseasier. View the video HERE.

Says lead vocallist Luke Hemmings of the song, “’Easier’ is the most confident we have been in the first song to be released off one of our records. Visually and sonically it feels like we took what we uncovered about ourselves as a band on the last album and honed in on that sound and aura. I truly believe that ‘Easier’ is the beginning of the best era for 5SOS.”

‘Easier’ is the perfect depiction of the individual artistry within the band and how it comes together to create 5 Seconds of Summer,” says bassist Calum Hood. “This record is something we have subconsciously always needed to release. Accompanied by the euphoria and rawness of the video, ‘Easier’ is the best thing we’ve released yet.”

The band shot the video at two historic Southern California sites – the Bronson Caves in Griffith Park, and Angeles Abbey Memorial Park in Compton.

Director Grant Singer says, “We wanted to bring back the purely cinematic rush of the epic videos I grew up watching in the ‘90’s. Inspired by this idea of rebirth and the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, we aimed for something dramatic and explosive, like nothing you've seen from the band before.” 

Kygo releases new track featuring Chelsea Cutler

Following a string of current successes, global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll - a.k.a. Kygo shares a brand-new track entitled “Not OK” feat. Chelsea Cutler via Sony Music Sweden/Ultra Records/RCA Records.Powered by glassy and gliding guitar, a simmering beat, and lush keys, the production unfolds with soaring cinematic scope. Above this bold and bright backdrop, Cutler’s confessional lyrics immediately take hold on the resounding refrain, “I just called you to say, I’m not OK.” With uplifting vocals and music, it possesses the power to instantly connect.

Last month, Kygo teamed up with Rita Ora for the new single “Carry On”—from the blockbuster POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. Within a month, the song eclipsed 50 million Spotify streams and over 50 million YouTube views for the music video. The duo also launched a high profile television takeover last week, performing the track on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America.

 2019 is shaping up to be Kygo’s brightest, boldest, and biggest year to date. His last single, “Think About You” featuring Valerie Broussard, who is newly signed to his Palm Tree Records/ RCA Records, surpassed 50 million Spotify streams and 18 million YouTube views.

Jeetega Saara India

To mark the beginning of the most awaited Cricket tournament of the year- ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, TikTok, world’s leading short-video platform, in collaboration with global music giant Sony Music’s artist Aastha Gill has launched the TikTok World Cup Anthem titled “Jeetega Saara India.”. This exciting new anthem cheers on Team India to get the World Cup home and is exclusively available on TikTok!

Commenting on the launch of the TikTok World Cup Anthem, Mayank Gandotra, Director of Business Development and Music Partnerships, TikTok India, said, “At TikTok, we continuously work towards giving our creators an opportunity to create, share and discover content that reflects moments that matter to them and this time is no different. “Jeetega Saara India” captures the feeling of every Indian who wants Team India to bring World Cup home and we are hoping that our users will spread this feeling by creating content using the TikTok World Cup Anthem. This is our way of bringing the entire TikTok community and the country together to support the Indian team during this tournament.”

TikTok is the world’s most popular destination for creating and sharing short-form mobile videos. Millions of users around the world access TikTok’s vast music library and have a wide variety of songs at their fingertips which empowers them to not only discover music but also create innovative, fun and quirky videos. By using the TikTok World Cup Anthem, users will also have the opportunity to continuously engage and show their love for the game and team India using #CricketWorldCup with their videos.

Sanujeet Bhujabal, Marketing Director, Sony Music India adds, “Music plays a pivotal role in uplifting the spirit of all cricket enthusiasts in India and #CricketWorldCup does exactly that. Aastha’s vocals along with her spirited singing and the lyrics brings out the josh like never before. We are thrilled to be working with TikTok on the same and we are sure the platform will reach the song to over a billion cricket fanatics in India and the globe.”

The song was composed by Mix Singh and sung by Aastha Gill. The lyrics were written by Yawar and Rish. The song is exclusively available on TikTok for its users.

Commenting on the TikTok World Cup Anthem, Aastha Gill said, “World Cup springs a feeling of patriotism that energizes a nation. So, when I decided to work on a World Cup song exclusively for TikTok, I wanted to bring alive the same spirit for the rest of us. I knew it had to be to the tune of Saara India now called “JeetegaSaaraIndia”. This song aims to be a slogan that we all will be rallying around to cheer for the Indian cricket team.”

Coupled with thousands of stickers, filters and features available, such collaborations with popular artists fuel TikTok’s mission to enable its users to capture and showcase their creativity, knowledge and moments that matter to them, directly from their mobile phone, enabling everyone to be a creator.

So, what are you waiting for? Download TikTok from Google Play and Apple App Store today and join the entire country cheering for #CricketWorldCup with the TikTok World Cup Anthem “Jeetega Saara India.”

Finding your path through Indian Classical Music

Pratyeka is the fourth album of American  Fluatist Nash Naubert who has spend the last 20 years in India promoting Indian Classical Music. Pratyeka means 'A seeker who attains liberation through his own study and effort, not relying on the sermons of a particular guru, and staying by himself absorbed in contemplation.This Album title was chosen by Nash to mark a stepping off point in his journey through Indian Classical music. Through experience and observation he carries the wholehearted belief that pure music cannot be taught and must be discovered by each individual who follows the path. On this album he is accompanied by Satyajit Talwalkar on the Tabla. In this album Nash has played Raga Vachaspati - Alaap, Jhor, Jhala, Rupak Taal and lastly in Teen taal. The earlier albums 'Beginnings’ ‘Journey ‘was released by Universal/Cresendo Music, the second album ‘Anantadrishti' released by Saregama are all very successful too. A must listen for the Classical buffs.

Ed Sheeran Announces 'Cross Me' Featuring Two Mystery Collaborators

India is currently obsessing over Ed Sheeran’s last track “I Don’t Care” feat Justin Bieber however the artist has already announced his new single “Cross Me” but no one knows who the collaborators are! Yes you read it right, it is collaborators , not one but two! The fans are in a frenzy and can’t wait to find out who are two collaborators are!

Sony Music releases a 3-song EP

A three-song EP with the Bollywood composer duo Gourov-Roshin called “Naina”was released by Sony Music. The duo’s soulful and romantic melodies feature in albums like Baaghi 2 , Raaz 2, Kaabil & Total Dhamaal.‘Tere Do Naina’ sung by Ankit Tiwari, ‘Kithe Jave’ by Sonu Nigam feat. Akasa and ‘Jindri’ by Devendra Pal Singh.The 3 song Ep has something for everyone, from a love ballad to an all out groovy dance track.

“We are very excited to be working with Soundtrek and Sony Music.. we are glad that besides the film music that we’ve done , we’ve been given this  massive opportunity to showcase another side of our art.. the one that comes straight from the heart.. non film music has been creating a huge buzz yet again in the industry and Sony music has been one of the pioneers in getting that back on the map..the feeling is truly overwhelming and we are hoping to showcase many more of our original material with these beautiful people!” said Gourov-Roshin

Adds on Rohan Jha, Head - Pop Music, Sony Music India “Gourov-Roshin have a unique combination of soulful melodies and contemporary production.  The fact that incredible talents like Sonu Nigam and Ankit Tiwari have agreed to be a part of their debut non-film EP, along with emerging talent like Akasa and Devendra Pal Singh, shows the creative and commercial appeal of these songs. The initial reactions from our close partners indicate that this is an EP with a widespread appeal, and we are sure the song will rule charts.”

Crocs has been KISSified

KISS the American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley still Rocks, known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide and they were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Just in time for the historic End of the Road tour, Crocs has partnered with the hottest, hardest, most explosive band in the world to create a collection of limited-edition KISS® clogs.
Four designs are at your disposal: A classic, all-black Crocs with the band's logo in red and yellow slapped on the front (US$44.99); a blazing fire-emblazoned Crocs with the members' faces (US$49.99); a silver-banded Crocs with the band's logo in silver (US$54.99); or – for those who fancy a little more colour – a Crocs with a rainbow-coloured logo and sole and finished with a purple coloured sling (US$49.99). Get your Kissified Croc today.
 

Aastha Gill has Badshah dancing

The gorgeous Aastha Gill released her next single “Saara India” recently that features her lucky charm for the second time, the dapper Priyank Sharma.The cute love story in the Saara India video follows what happens when Aastha says the only way Priyank can get her to marry him is if he takes her around India!Says Aastha, “This shoot was a travellers delight and I distinctly remember traveling from one place to another. Apart from having a great time with the shoot for the song I also got to eat some delicious local food.” Adds on Pawanesh Pajnu, Head North Repertoire, Sony Music India, “As the name goes, the concept of the video needed for it to be shot across multiple locations and positioned as a journey film. The team travelled to multiple locations to get that local vibe and we are confident the music lovers will enjoy watching this fun colourful video. 

Composed by Mix Singh, with lyrics by Nik, this track is touted to be the song of the summer. From the swaggering beat to an instantly infectious hook, the song will be a definite add to your playlist. From influencers to celebs, everyone is crushing over the song. Badshah, her mentor, recently put up this video on his socials where he is seen matching her steps and it is the best thing you will see today.

“Me trying to be Aastha Gill” is what Badshah says, check out the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWOk0jgcuJ/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=3qkmsmd8cljd

Jatayu and 'Chango Tales'

In the epic Ramayana when Jatayu is a demi-god who has the form of a vulture, he sees Ravana abducting Sita, he tries to rescue Sita from Ravana. He fights valiantly but Ravana gets the better of him. Jatayu is remembered for he informs Rama and Lakshmana before dying that Ravana had gone south. But the Jatayu we found on You Tube is a Jazz-Rock quartet from Chennai. Jatayu is Shylu Ravindran-Guitars. Sahib Singh-Guitars, Manu Krishnan-Drums, Kashyap Jaishankar-Bass.Their music is a reflection of modern India - rooted in a centuries old art form, yet current and collaborative in approach and sonic fabric.Formed in 2016,they have been playing local independent venues in Chennai,growing and building their loyal fanbase. Chango Tales,is their debut EP is designed as an enthralling and collaborative audio-visual experience. R2R caught Sahib Singh telephonically to speak on their debut release.  

Tell us about your album ' Chango Tales'?
For our album ' Chango Tales' we wanted to tell a story only with music being in the forefront and testing our sonic story telling abilities.Who is Chango ? Chango is I.Chango is you. Chango is the crimson fire that burns bright within.‘Chango Tales’ take you through the emotional Odyssey of Chango.
 
How was it recording your debut album?
We had an absolute blast recording this album especially with the collaborations from Krond Flast the Swiss based Sax/Violin Duo on 'May I?' and with Holger Jetter on 'Chango' and 'Pazhi'. Having so many different styles and opinions on each and every topic, we always end up having arguments , be it in the jam room or outside.But we use those arguments to our advantage as we learn more about each other and build a bond over these differences and that is what we want to show the world, as to how you can live in harmony with people who are different from you and thrive. 

What do our songs mean to us?
They mean everything to us of course.Chango Tales tells the story of Chango, a character we created to explore the emotional content of the songs in the EP. In 'Shringara' explores conception and love - its tumultuous nature brings up a variety of emotions within us - joy, anger, compassion, fear, jealousy, etc. The loopy groove of 'May I?' is us exploring the nature of curiosity and the strange roads that that it can take you through. 'Pazhi' is our interpretation of the mind of a person being abused. The rage, confusion, sadness, fear, that feeling of helplessness, the sheer ridiculousness of being blamed for being abused.'Chango' is our version of contentment. It refers to the kind of post trauma strength. Having survived ups and downs, one is confident in themselves to move past anything that falls in ones path.

How did they come about?
With some of our songs, Shylu, our lead guitarist, had already composed the various melodies involved in the song, and then as a band, we'd spend hours trying out different ideas brought forth by each of us. We'd go through various stages of trial and error to reach the final composition that you would hear at our shows.We also write together from scratch - where the song kinda forms itself from 1 idea that someone comes up with while jamming. Everything we do when composing is in service to the song.

Where do you see yourselves 10 years down the line?
This is probably the hardest question to answer because I'm not sure if any of us have thought that far ahead. We're just busy enjoying the present. We've got concepts for at least 3 more releases to happen over the next couple of years with which we aim to tour the country and the world for our album ' Chango Tales'.
 

Lyricist Kumaar on a roll...

Kumaar is one of the most successful a Lyricists in Bollywood, his journey to success began with ’Ishq Tera Tadpave’ for Sukhbir’s album. Some of his more successful songs include Baby Doll, Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan, Sooraj Dooba hain, Desi Girl , Nachan Farrate and Main Hoon Hero Tera. He journey to success came when he wrote the song ‘Maa ka ladla bigad gaya’ in Dostana 2016. This year he has written songs for Fraud Saiyyan ‘Ishq Ishq Tera and 3 songs for the superhit movie Uri:The Surgical Strike ‘Challa (Main Lad Jaana)’, ‘Jigra’, ‘Jagga Jiteya’.

His latest hit release is ‘Vaddi Sharaban’ d for the movie’De De Pyaar De’ starring Ajay Devgan, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh. When we asked him what he feels about the song ‘Vaddi Sharaban’ Kumaar say’s “Vaddi Sharaban is doing good and I written many female based songs like Desi Girl, Baby Doll, Chittiyan Kalaiyan etc.. I feel people will accept this song as well.”

Kumaar also shares that he doesn’t work emotionally because he doesn’t love his work, he respects his work and understands it. It’s the people’s love that reaches him and makes him emotional.

On asking his view on the growing trend of remixes Kumaar says “No one supports remix or remake it’s ‘Kabhi Kabhi Kuch chize majburi ke daayre me aate hai’. It is not that Artists willfully accept to recreate their own work.”

He further said regarding royalties paid to the Lyricist’s “It is good and we will start receiving royalties soon, based on the amount and the quality of the work we do, we  deserves good royalties. But I am happy with what I get and it really doesn’t bother how much money does the Lyricistget, because I go with the flow ‘Jo Mila Jitna Mila Kush Rahe Ta Hu’.

Kumaar on success believes in the divine power and the karmic cycle that if out of 100 people only 2 are selected for success then there has to be something more than hard work to make you successful.

Kumaar when asked what does it take to write a hit song’, he says ‘Eveyone ask me Hook line kya hai’ this seems to be the trend today.

Mitti Ke Sitare - India's biggest Music reality show

"Mitti Ke Sitare, India’s first musical reality show for underprivileged kids between 7-15 years, is pleased to announce their top 18 semi-finalists. Shortlisted from 1187 MCGM and slum schools of Mumbai, they will now get an opportunity to introduce themselves at the Grand Finale on 22nd June, 2019. The semi-finalists, specially handpicked after extensive rounds of auditions, are immensely gifted singers in both the spheres of vocal and instrumental music

‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ is a social initiative by renowned social activist and Vice President-Corporate Head with Axis Bank, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis organized by Divyaj Foundation, in association with MPower Foundation, to provide a platform for the hidden talents across indigent areas of Mumbai. To conduct this social welfare project, Divyaj Foundation associated with 1187 MCGM schools to connect, identify and select children from the underprivileged sector - those who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves.

The Talent Hunt had 3 rounds of auditions, which involved scouting for the best from a massive artistry pool of 1.2 lakh BMC and Slum school children across Mumbai. For Round 1, a total of 6000 students were identified to participate and upload their recorded audios or entries on the servers provided to these respective schools. 527 students out of 6000 participants were selected for the second round.In round two, 54 students were selected by the board of evaluators appointed by Divyaj Foundation. These 54 students selected in round 2 were further evaluated in round 3 and subsequently the finest 18 gems have been selected to perform against each other at the grand finale which will be judged by renowned people from the musical fraternity.

These eighteen students are now undergoing 3 months special musical training and grooming session in Mumbai, under the guidance of professionals – Shankar Mahadevan Academy for vocal training, holistic fitness training by Mickey Mehta, mental health training from Mpower and other trainings to prepare them for the grand finale where they will get a chance to perform on stage with renowned artists of the music industry. The Foundation will be honing, polishing and presenting these 18 contestants to the global audience by providing them a platform to perform and giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis said “These children have the talent, they have the fire in the belly, desire to excel but they lack resources which we will provide them and help them to realize their dreams”.

'Money Maker' The hypnotic Latin infused urban smash hit

After successfully launching DJ Snake’s `Premiere Classe Records’ in India, newly launched Independent Record Label, 9122 Records, is thrilled to exclusively release ”Money Maker”, a Latin infused Urban smash hit.“Money Maker” is the result of a scintillating collaborative effort between UK Popstar Tara McDonald and influential Latin Superstars Zion & Lennox. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Dance’ and described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "The white singer with the black voice", Tara has featured on numerous hit singles from the likes of Armand van Helden ("My My My"), Axwell ("Feel the Vibe") and more. However, her collaboration with David Guetta on "Delirious" was the turning point as the hit track ignited her solo career.

Reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox from Carolina, Puerto Rico, are one of the most influential Latin artistes around. Multi-Platinum and Billboard award winners, they have more than 50 hit singles and 2 Billboard Music Latin Awards - ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Artists’, 2016 - and 1 Latin American Music Award - `Urban Duo’, 2016. At the top of the charts since 2010, releasing collaborations with Pitbull, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Akon, Farruko, Nicky Jam and recently "No Es Justo" with J Balvin which stayed at No.1 in Latin American charts for 18 weeks! Zion & Lennox are now in the Top 100 Most Streamed artists in the world!

Say Tara McDonald,  "”Money Maker” is a song where music cultures collide, influenced by my travels around the world touring.  I'm most proud of this as I believe in racial equality, we are stronger together and the song reflects this message!  A melting pot of sounds and rhythms, from India, Asia, Latin America & Europe with a pop edge! And having pros Zion + Lennox on the track is a dream come true. They brought "Money Maker" to a whole new level with their swag and hooks! Proper gentlemen too, super fun to work with and brought their A game to this project!!"

Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records said, “When I first heard “Money Maker”, I was blown away by its hypnotic Latin infused vibe. It’s such an incredibly fresh sounding English / Spanish urban record, where cultures collide.  Zion + Lennox are superstars in the Latin world and Tara McDonald is a pop sensation waiting to happen worldwide! I’m sure “Money Maker” will explode globally and will expand the fanbase of these artistes the world over including India!”

The official music video shot in Miami, follows a rags to riches story after Tara wins the big lottery, sharing her winnings with her friends and neighbours. Zion & Lennox deliver the cash prize. The party is in full swing!

Watch The Official Music Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3GvPdpliPo

Hari & Sukhmani's new track..

Hari & Sukhmani featuring The Coconut Kids ,(Band from Australia) have released thier single "Baagay" which  will be available on Apple Music exclusively from May 10 to May 16 and worldwide on all platforms on May 17. When Hari & Sukhmani were asked about "Baagay" they had to say that' This is a fresh version of the more familiarly known ‘Punjabi Tappay’. Simply put, sweet flirtation’s between two lovers.For this track we have collaborated with a band called ‘The Coconut kids’, from Adelaide, Australia. Parts of this song have been recorded in a studio (built in a church) in Adelaide. The final stages of the  production and recording were finished in India. Mixing and Mastering of the track has been done in America by Bob Katz, a Grammy award winner.The session musicians on this track include:The legendary Yamla Jatt’s grandson, Vijay yamla, who has played all of the punjabi instruments (tumba, tumbi, bukchoo and algozey) & Shatrunjai Rai dewan from the electronic act Paraphoniks/monophonik on the electric piano. 

Each and every sound in this track has been recorded from an external instrument, which for us has been a very unique experience and hopefully comes through in the sound of the track. The entire process took a year of love, back and forth, and perseverance. And at the end of it, we have Baagay

Badshah releases track for Kids TV show...

It’s holiday time and the best part of the year for kids, and it just got better for them. ‘KickO and Super Speedo’ is one of the most loved kids show on Sony YAY now has Badshah-The man with the Swag, singing  a song inspired by the show. In the song Badshah encourages KickO to fight for justice and protect Suncity. The song by Badshah is in trademark by Badshah style and in the video you see KickO & Badshah sway to the beat and do the trademark #GoKickO hook step.
At he launch event for this track  Badshah said, "Since childhood, I have been fascinated by superheroes and animated characters and always wanted to be like one. When Sony YAY! approached me for the song, I was impressed with the variety of home grown content that they have created. The song gave me an opportunity to revisit my childhood with one of the coolest kid around, KickO! I was excited from the beginning. I am sure that KickO's style and our camaraderie, will be delightful offering for our young fans. I'd like to thank Sony YAY! for the opportunity to compose a song for kids and team me up with KickO!"
Ronojoy Chakraborty, Head- Programming, Sony YAY! said, "At Sony YAY! our endeavour has always been to offer something fresh for kids, which paved the way for our channel being one of the higest on time spent. We all are well aware of how much kids love KickO, for his swag and style, and who better than Badshah to take this cool-quotient a cut above. When we asked kids about their favourite music artist, Badshah was the unanimous choice! The new song is catchy and well give kids another reason to tap their feet."
Don’t be surprised when you see this track make Badshah the ‘Badshah’ for the kids too.

'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story' to release soon

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming tour documentary on Bob Dylan'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story' will chronicle the musician's 1975-76 tour will be released on Netflix and in selected cinemas on June 12, it has been announced.The legendary director has helmed a new film on tour and saw the musician performing with the likes of Joan Baez, Mick Ronson and T-Bone Burnett. The film has been described as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream”.The film will feature on-camera interviews with Dylan, promises to “capture the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year”.

A companion 14-CD box set will also be released in June, with ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings’ collection now available to pre-order on Dylan’s official website.“A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded,” a description of the box set reads.It was announced that Dylan would be opening his own music venue and whisky distillery in Nashville.

'Slow Motion' Singer's career has taken off

Nakash Aziz is a Singe Music & Composer and early in his career he had assisted Grammy winner A. R. Rahman as backing Vocalist and Vocal supervisor on films like Highway, Raanjhanaa, Rockstar, Delhi 6 and I in Hindi. He is known for playback of songs like "Jabra Fan" from Fan,"Sari Ke Fall Sa" and "Gandi Baat" from the film Rajkumar (2013) and "Dhating Nach" from film Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (2013); the latter two films of which were picturized on Shahid Kapoor & "Selfie le re" from Bajrani Bhaijaan to name a few. His very recent project is from movie 'Bharat' in which he has sung 'Slow Motion' picturized on Salman Khan and Disha Patani. Aziz is originally from Moodabidri, a small suburban town on the outskirts of Mangalore.He belongs to a family of singers. He worked as a composer for jingles and devotional albums before becoming a playback singer. He now lives in Mumbai with his family. As of now, after the success of 'Slow Motion'his career has taken off to Fast Motion. 

 

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Immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala

Simon Thacker is a composer, classical guitarist, improviser and ensemble leader whose ever expanding musical world draws on a deep immersion in diverse cultures.He has been described by the media as “one of the most important musicians of his generation". As well as touring as a classical guitar soloist, he has also developed some of today’s most prescient ensembles: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti, a world leading Indo-Western collective which has seen him tour and collaborate at major festivals in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Simon's startlingly original music has propelled many traditions forward and created a new frontier for classical guitar. His pieces have been played on radio in over 50 countries. As an educator, he has been classical guitar tutor at Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College for over a decade. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the RSNO.

Svara-Kanti has just released the epic double album Trikala (the Sanskrit word for the three tenses of time, past, present and future),creating new sound worlds through his immersion in Indian classical, folk and spiritual traditions. After 3 action packed years and recorded  in three locations (East Lothian in Scotland, and Chennai and Kolkata in India),it is not fusion but an organic extension of traditions or the creation of new genres. Trikala sees Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti metamorphose into a community of different lineups (thirteen performers in all) which each take inspiration from four different aspects of the vast musical macrocosm that exists on the Indian subcontinent: Hindustani classical (north), Carnatic classical (south), Punjabi folk (west) and the Bengali mystical folk Baul tradition of both India and Bangladesh (east). There is also a major solo work with a tangential Tamil inspiration, one of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore’s best loved melodies reimagined and a moving transformation of India’s “National Song”.

Unity comes from Thacker, as the single compositional voice that has either created or recreated all of the work on both albums, and the symbiotic relationship between the performers who, whether in the most breathtakingly intricate composition or ferocious and intuitive improvisation, search for truth and essence selflessly together. Ancient forms are refracted in the present to propel them forward to the future, travelling beyond East and West to genuinely create a third direction genuinely of itself. Trikala offers a window into the evolving soul of traditions and the world of one of today’s most expansive music creators. Traversing over 2 hours and 18 minutes of some of the most advanced intercultural music ever recorded, Trikala is a work of rapturous forward momentum and a pivotal moment in the history of Indo-Western collaboration. Svara-Kanti invites you to immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala. 

The album also features leading Musicians like : Raju Das Baul (voice, khomok), Sunayana Ghosh (tabla), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira), N. Guruprasad (ghatam), Justyna Jablonska (cello), Japjit Kaur (voice), Afsana Khan (voice), Sarvar Sabri (tabla), Jacqueline Shave (violin), Sukhvinder Singh “Pinky” (tabla), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (mridangam), Forida Yasmin (voice) 

Sapna Choudhary's latest release featuring Daler Mehndi

Haryanvi singer and dancer, Sapna Choudhary, who has many times set the stage on fire with her sizzling thumkas, is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Dosti Ke Side Effects. If there is one song that is played in every wedding or party and compels everyone to hit the floor, then it is Sapna Choudhary’s Teri Aankhya Yo Kaajal. The Haryanvi sensation enjoys a massive fan following who religiously like to see her performances and wait for her to show off her moves. While Sapna till now was only known for her amazing performances, she is now all set to step up her game and make her singing debut. 
However, for her singing debut, Sapna Choudhary will be teaming up with Punjabi sensation Daler Mehndi. Former Bigg Boss 11 contestant Sapna and Daler’s song 'Bawli Tared' released recently. Daler took to social media to tweet about the details of the song and mentioned that Bawli Tared will feature Sapna Choudhary and him and it will have flavours of Haryanvi folk in it as well. 

Save The World - Musical Ode To Victims of Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday, the world mourned the innocent lives that were abruptly ended in Sri Lanka. But for three specific artists, Apache Indian, Jim Beanz and Destiny, it made them reflect with truly heavy hearts, recalling their first and only visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka at the end of 2016. They happily traveled across the world to shoot a music video for their song “Save The World” which emphasized different social, economic, cultural, racial and religious issues.  For award-winning songwriter and music producer, Jim Beanz, aka James Washington, this was his debut as a director and editor of a music video, after being totally inspired by the message in the song he conceptualized and wrote and chose Sri Lanka to carry out his vision. Cinnamon Hotels, who was a target for these heinous acts, believed in the message of the song and came on board to sponsor parts of the video. The idea behind the video was a simple one ...the artists would be walking thru the streets of Columbo, witnessing different acts of violence, turmoil and divide, stumbling into a peaceful church that they would use as a safe haven as they saw a woman praying. The ultimate message was about uniting races and cultures to show that we are all human and that we must stand together for the common goal of bettering the world! 

Multi platinum reggae/pop singer/song writer and philanthropist, Apache Indian, born Steven Kapur, had this to say about the music video and song.. “This song “Save The World” was inspired by random, horrific, senseless attacks across the globe that have led to innocent people losing their lives.  I personally feel frustrated like millions of others about what we can do in the aftermath of watching such devastation. Devastation that is the result of the bad intentions and evil minds of certain people, but it effects millions of good people and shakes the calm and peace we all strive so hard to create in our own worlds daily. We as songwriters have the power of words, melodies and music to express how we feel. We know that music is powerful and brings healing and change. This song in particular was conceptualized and written by Jim Beanz and we traveled all the way to Columbo, Sri Lanka to shoot the video. We felt the need to bring artists from across the globe to combine their talents to push out a strong message. Our emotions and feelings were captured in this song which ironically is now so relevant to Sri Lanka, the country, and its’ beautiful people, and I believe they’ll find some solace when they hear this song and reflect on the horrible events that just occurred there on Easter Weekend. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with the people of Sri Lanka and I hope thru this song we can continue to spread a message of peace, while asking who is going to ‘Save the World’? Only good people can do this as they must band together and stand strong to overcome the ill intentions of a few and we must not let them break our spirit or our own good intentions! Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, which is one of the most peaceful places we have visited and we all immediately became attached to the people, culture and country, so sending our strength and courage to everyone there today and always.”

Now, along with the rest of the world, these musicians are left broken hearted, that a country who once welcomed them are now suffering! However, through this song and the video that was filmed in the very streets where lives were lost, they wish for the healing process to slowly begin. Their hope is that through this video and song, people appreciate and find strength in the fact that “Save The World” was shot in beloved Sri Lanka and that one day soon the people can rise and stand tall again.”

Link to music video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVoHzz1VOBA&list=RDaVoHzz1VOBA&start_radio=1

Lyrics of "Save the World"

Intro

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

 

Verse 1

Summertime but yeah me feeling cold now

Devastation all over the place how

Living got me walking with me head down

What we doing? What are we doing?

Another day, another die

The media will lie

Cus they don’t wanna tell ya what is going on

They know you can’t control a gun

But give it to the man

Him pull the trigger now they say what’s going on

B - Section

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

Oh no we can’t tek no more violence

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

Oh you can never mek us be silent

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

We can eliminate the problem

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

And now I wanna know

Hook

Who’s gonna save the world

Tell me now

Who’s gonna be the one

Tell me now

Who’s gonna save the world ya ya ya yeh

The world ya ya ya yeh

Tomorrows never promised, if I’m been honest

Who’s gonna save the world ya ya ya yeh

The world ya ya ya yeh

Who gonna save, Who gonna save

Who gonna save the world tonight (Repeat)

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

Verse 2

Me no wanna see nobody hurt no more

Me no feel like me safe in a church no more

Cus the people dying they on life support

Yeah the people dying they on life support yeah

 

They got us voting for the rich

With all dem politics

And they don’t even tell us what’s going on

Meanwhile the poor is staying poor

Kids sleeping on the floor

Somebody help me, I don’t what’s going on…yeah

B - Section

Hook

Audio link: https://open.spotify.com/track/5p2x2vHlMyWT6wORjoIeRP?si=s-y9WI-pTH2g_49NUgWZGw

“Save The World”
Apache Indian feat. Destiny 
 
Co written by Jim Beanz and Apache Indian and produced by Jim Beanz.
2017 copyright Sunset Entertainment Group.

From Darjeeling with Love....

Priyant Sundas is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. The first musician from his hometown Darjeeling, India, and recipient of the Asian Scholarship Award, Berklee Achievement Grant, and was awarded a place in the Dean’s List several times He is the Founder, Composer, and Writer of the Priyant’s Darjeeling Groove, a Fusion Jazz Band.

Priyant started learning Guitar at a very young age of four, and his musical styles are highly influenced by Fusion, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Indian Classical. Singer-Songwriter Shankar Mahadevan also recognized Priyant Sundas talent at the Storm Festival held recently. Priyant’s debut album ‘Blended’ is a unique fusion album blending soundscapes from different genres of music, creating a conglomeration of Indian Hindustani Classical,Jazz, Nepali Folk. It’s a journey from the East to the West, blasting onto the far reaches of sounds, in a quest to discover the unknown.

In the album, ‘Heartsky’ is an original Indian Classical composition by Pt. Prakash Sontakke, and Priyant worked on rearranging the composition to add Jazz elements to the tune. ‘Bending Yaman’, is a traditional Indian Raga based composition where the Raag Yaman has been blended to add different melodic, jazz, and harmonic modulations. The song ‘Maya’ in the album is a folk fusion song, which has used the traditional Indian Instruments and orchestrated with strings to create a modern pop Jazz sound with a folk base. The track ‘Nandini Chulbulee’ on the other hand is a country based light acoustic feel song; this track is unique as it has a very subtle blend of European flavor at the same time Nepali Folk sound. This track has a very defining use of accordion, complimented by a cello. The track ‘Dreaming’ starts off as a soft rock but gradually opens up to Latinand Bossa Nova feel and goes into a jazz improvisational setting, creating an uncertainty and redefining genres and eventually ending on a Hard Rock Guitar Solo.’ Love is You and Me’ is 80’s Pop-Jazz feel song. The song actually uses a concept of Hindustani Classical Music known as Alap. In the beginning of the song there is an instrumental piano Alap on a guitar drone. The song is a duet and has an old school vibe.

Priyant's Darjeeling Groove comprises of well accomplished musicians from different countries such as Drummer, Juan Felipe Mejia Tobon from Columbia; Saxophonist, Ori Jacobson from Isareal; Bassist, Simon Fagerstedt from Sweden; Keyboard Player, Myles Sweeney from USA; and Sound Engineer, MN Srikar from India. Priyant is currently working on his second album, "Fallen Dreams"!

Check the album at Priyant Sundas’ official YouTube channel:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQseX2rINS9pjI_XLIXTBjA

The official launch of Sterling Reserve Music Project

Allied Blenders and Distillers in collaboration with Universal Music India, today, announced the official launch of the Sterling Reserve Music Project, the region’s first enabler platform to discover, incubate and promote emerging musical talent from India on a global scale.As part of the launch, Sterling Reserve Music Project introduced the fourth release on the platform, “YoYo” by, upcoming talent, R.S. Chauhan featuring Ikka, a prominent Punjabi rapper and Rishi Rich, a prominent music producer. The single is an original composition where an established singer has mentored an emerging artist.

The evening began with Devraj Sanyal Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia, Bikram Basu COO, Allied Blenders & Distillers and Olivier Robert-Murphy Global head, Universal Music Group and Brands, sharing insights about the platform and throwing light on the overall vision. This was followed by a performance showcase by recently launched artists and their tracks, namely – Anushqa with “Hear Me”, Left Turn with “Dil Mera” and Arunaja with “Broken.”The fourth track, set to release globally on Sterling Reserve Music Project, “YoYo,” was a high energy performance by R.S. Chauhan and Ikka.

Commenting on the launch, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to build this very enabling Sterling Reserve Music Project. We find artists and artists find us. It provides young talent with a platform to showcase their work to the fullest. Universal Music has the critical understanding of music and the talent ecosystem- and we share the passion. The brand idea is to Chase the Next- unearthing new talent, contemporary sound works perfectly for us.”

Providing insight into the Project, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said “The purpose of Sterling Reserve Music Project is to incubate and grow unique talent in India. A culturally rich nation like India has an abundance of creative talent and this platform aims to act as a catalyst to create a significant music-driven movement in India. We already have strong proof of the concept being successful based on the runaway success of our first three songs. We are now confident that our fourth track “YoYo” will be received with even more love and support from the region.”

Punjabi rapper, Ikka said, “I’m so excited to present R.S. Chauhan’s sound to the world on Sterling Reserve Music Project. It’s heartening to see a platform like Sterling Reserve Music Project enable young artists, like R.S. Chauhan and breakout their releases in such a meaningful way. I was really happy to work with Rishi Rich and get his support on the song “YoYo.”

The Sterling Reserve Music Project (https://bit.ly/2CGqYH4) is India’s first enabler platform for independent music and aims to be one of the largest incubators for music talent in India. The Project will produce 20 titles in the next 2 years through 5 established artists and 15 upcoming artists.

Veronica Fusaro debut release

Mumbai-based record label 9122 Records continues to deliver on its promise of bringing into India great International music and talent from around the world. This time, the label is proud to launch an exceedingly talented and young artist from Switzerland, 22-year old singer/songwriter/performer Veronica Fusaro with her brand new single “Lie To Me”. Written and recorded in Veronica’s home studio in Thun, Switzerland, ”Lie To Me” is her gorgeous new soul pop single. The track is a beautifully intimate and playful, showcasing real emotion. In?uenced by the likes of Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey but also something fresh from a young musician pushing boundaries. The single is accompanied by a classy music video shot in Marseille, France.

Veronica Fusaro says, “‘Lie To Me” is inspired by a Friday night out, but talks about much
more than just a weekend. It addresses the rapidity of the world we live in and our desperate
cry to ?nd real emotions. I am so excited to release “Lie To Me” in India through my new
home there - 9122 Records. I can’t wait to hear what the audiences out there feel about my
music, besides, I’m eagerly looking forward to coming out there to perform my songs and
also experience the great Indian culture.”

Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records said, “Do me a favour and give about 3 and half minutes of your time listening to “Lie To Me”.  You will know why this 22-year old singer/songwriter/performer from Switzerland is `Special’.  This is exactly what 9122 Records stands for – curating and bringing into India such exceptional talent from different parts of the world. We are confident that Veronica will be loved by our audiences and she will soon have her fan following here.  This is just the beginning of an exciting journey of an exciting new artiste”.

Watch The Official Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm0tHGss_cA



 

Sony Music India & Desi Hip Hop Inc enter into a strategic partnership

Global music giant, Sony Music, today announced an exclusive strategic partnership with Desi Hip Hop Inc, the No. 1 platform empowering South Asian hip hop culture globally. Through this partnership, Sony Music and Desi Hip Hop will work together to discover, develop and market Indian and diasporic hip-hop talent from around the world. Sony Music have been front runners in this fast growing genre and with a heightened consumer interest, the label is committed to giving south Asian artists a global voice cutting through geographies and languages.

Raafat Ullah, Creative Director, says “We’ve been building this platform for over a decade to nurture and showcase South Asian Hip Hop talent and promote unity amongst our people around the world. We believed in the global impact of South Asian Hip Hop since day one.” Hardik Dave, CEO of Desi Hip Hop Inc, adds, “It’s rewarding to see this movement grow and  make the impact that we’ve always envisioned; and as  Desi Hip Hop turns the corner from a culture to a category, we are excited to be working alongside a partner like Sony Music India who believes in this vision.” 

Adds on Arjun Sankalia, Head International Repertoire & Special Projects, “Hip-hop has always been close to our hearts- more so since we began working the genre in 2015 with ‘Mere Gully Mein’.  We’re 100% committed to hip hop and are glad to have found a like-minded partner in DHH who have been flying the flag for south Asian hip hop for over a decade. ”

The first release via this association is the striking, “Borof” by LA hiphop crew Bhanga Bangla.  

Desi Hip Hop Inc is a company founded in 2011 by Silicon Valley tech executive Hardik Dave and headquartered in California.  Growing up in the 80’s and heavily influenced by the Hip Hop culture, he has first-hand accounts of the power of street knowledge and strives to empower over 500M South Asian youth through the culture of Hip Hop. DHH is a premium lifestyle brand & multi-platform digital media company, curating, creating and connecting a new generation of South Asians globally through artist management, record label operations, live events & technology.  www.DesiHipHop.com

VYRL Cover Star ends on a high octane.

VYRL Originals recent release “SAJNA VE” having crossed over 10 million views in just a week, had the youth crooning to its tunes. As an extension to the ‘SAJNA VE’ Campaign, VYRL Originals associated with Gaana.com to launch VYRL Cover Star, an extensive marketing initiative which gave music enthusiasts an opportunity to perform LIVE in front of Sajna Ve’s celebrated artist Lisa Mishra and Vishal Mishra.

The contest became an instant hit with over 500 entries across the nation. The talented top 5 finalists were handpicked by Vishal Mishra and Lisa Mishra and were flown down from their respective cities to perform LIVE in front of them. The finalists performed two of their favorite VYRL tracks that was Live streamed on VYRL Originals and Gaana’s social media handles.

Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President India and South Asia, Universal Music Group along with Prashan Agarwal, CEO of Gaana co-judged the final showcase with Vishal and Lisa. Top 5 finalists namely - Aishwarya Kamath, Vedant Pundir, Tenzin Wangmo, Shweta Srivastava, Gucci Singh and Jasraj Singh wowed the audience with impeccable renditions of the songs. The night ended on a high note with Lisa and Vishal’s mesmerising performance. Shweta Srivastava stood out amongst all the participants to become the winner of the 1st ever VYRL Cover Star.

Speaking about the initiative, Vinit Thakkar Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia shares “VYRL Cover Star gave an opportunity to the fans to get closer to the artists and their mentors. We are glad about the response we have received on this initiative. It was amazing seeing the participants perform on VYRL Originals songs, each one being unique in its own way. And it was a privilege to associate with Gaana on this initiative. With the response of the VYRL Cover Star campaign, we are sure that we have immense talent in the country and on the right path to bring out the best. VYLR Originals as a platform gives an opportunity to such talent”

Commenting on the association with VYRL, Prashan Agarwal, CEO Gaana shares “We are excited to be partners with VYRL Originals for #VYRLCoverStar. At Gaana, we have been finding newer ways to encourage the potent of Indie music scene. Our #VYRLCoverStar campaign has received over 450 promising entries from across the country and I truly believe our winner holds the promise to be among the next big music sensations out of India.”

Sharing his excitement, Vishal Mishra says “I had a great time being a part of the VRYL Cover Star contest and as a creator it’s so overwhelming and humbling that so many people do their own renditions of my own song. It like I smell it differently every time somebody new performs. As a whole it has been a great experience working with the VYRL team, I think it’s the most amazing and vision full team I have worked with and I have had a great time. And to all the participants of VYRL Cover Star I wish them a lot of luck and love and to the winner I shall see you in the studio soon. And Can’t wait to repeat the magic again with VYRL Originals ”

Sharing her excitement, Lisa Mishra says “I’m so thankful to everyone who participated in this competition. We had nearly 500 entries and of course I was so excited to finally meet our Top 5. Every single person today gave their best, sounded amazing and all of them sounded very different and fresh. I think all the artists were very young and with voices that I have never heard before. I’m so glad to see Shweta win because she has an incredible voice and I’m excited to see her future work because I’m sure she is going to go very far”.
 

Meet the Yellow Dairies

The Yellow Diary is a five-member, music collective with a sound that can be best defined as alternative rock! The all-boy band's members hail from varied backgrounds, but have one thing in common; their passion for music. With a blend of electronic music and rock, they are touted to be a compositional powerhouse, widely appreciated by biggies like Vishal Dadlani, Papon, Warren Mendonsa, Ranjit Barot, and Raghu Dixit. We asked a few q's on the onset to their show for Ibis Music.

Why the name “The Yellow Diary”?
The colour yellow signifies a wide range of emotions. On one hand it represents sunshine, brightness
and positivity, but it also represents physical illness, jealousy and so on. Similarly, our music has
several undertones like the colour yellow. The music also represents our personal thoughts and
opinions, much like the pages of a diary. Hence, the name The Yellow Diary.

Take us through the journey of ‘The Yellow Diary’ since its inception. 
Rajan and Himonshu met first and started working on the song Marz; Rajan is an ex-navy cadet and
Himonshu was freelancing as a music producer. We called Vaibhav to play guitars, who at that time
was an IT consultant. There was an immediate connection between everyone. We then decided to
release the song independently. We were overwhelmed with the amazing response from our
listeners and industry veterans like Raghu Dixit, Vishal Dadlani, Ranjit Barot, Papon and many more.
We then decided to take things live which is when Stuart and Sahil came on board. Stuart and Sahil
were indie musicians at that time playing together with each other in a band. Ever since, we have notlooked back and became a family who constantly make music with each other.

How do you describe your music? What makes you stand out in the indie scene?
The best way to summarise our music is Poetry with Rock. As for what has worked for us, you
never truly know what people are going to connect with in a song. Fortunately for us, people seem
to relate to our music and enjoy it and that has shown itself in the way our music is being consumed.
Also, a big shoutout to Sony Music for helping our music reach larger audiences.

What do you think of the live music scenario in India?
The scenario is constantly evolving. It is an amazing time to be a live musician! We have more
avenues than ever to promote our live shows and people are always looking to go for a live gig and
have a good time. It will always keep on evolving, but it will never die out. There is just something
magical about it.

Who are you guys tuned into these days? Indian indie artistes you like...?
There is such amazing talent out there! It feels great to be a part of such an awesome fraternity of
artists. Raghu Dixit, Avial, The Local Train, Parvaaz, Prateek Kuhaad, Divine, Naezy, Parekh and Singh
have set a very high bar for the indie scene!

What are you currently working on?
There is a lot brewing as we speak. We are working on a lot of new content, spending a lot of time in
the studio and writing a lot more songs. We cannot reveal much now. But our listeners can follow us
on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we are upto!

Emeli Sande MBE releases new single

Multi-platinum, award-winning recording artist  Extraordinary Being taken from her stunning upcoming new album Real Life, out June 21st. The track is released in collaboration with X-Men; Dark Phoenix. Evoking the spirit and exuberance of the disco era, Extraordinary Being sees Emeli push her sound further than ever. Opening with sparse piano chords, the track quickly builds with propulsive drum taps and funky guitar rhythms, before delving into that disco sound with the addition of sweeping strings. All the while, Emeli delivers an incredible, soulful vocal performance.

Speaking about the meaning behind the song, Emeli said: “Extraordinary Being is about exposing the lie that we are ordinary. We are extraordinary. It is about reminding people of their innate greatness which exists in everyone. The extraordinary is not just for some people, it is for all of us. I hope the lyrics will help those lacking in confidence to be reminded of their super powers. The accompanying music video, which was directed by Sarah McColgan sees Emeli delving into a cosmic world, interspersed with scenes taken from the film.  Emeli said about teaming up for the track,

“Fox approached me about collaborating with them on a song for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.  I already had ‘Extraordinary Being’ in the works, and when I saw the film was blown away at how the lyrics of the song matched the journey of the lead character,” Emeli said about teaming up for the collaboration,“It really felt like the perfect fit!”. Extraordinary Being is the latest song to be taken from Real Life, an album recorded following an intense personal journey of self-doubt and self-discovery that marks a brand-new chapter and with it a bold, confident and fearless new sound. It’s an album emblematic of an artist emerging from that period defiant and powerful. Feeling attuned with the disenfranchised state of the world, the vision for Real Life is to give people hope and confidence.

With over 340 million video views, 19 million singles sold including 3 number one UK singles and over 6 million albums, Emeli Sandé has dominated the music industry and captured the heart of the Nation. Her debut album Our Version of Events, released in 2012, was the biggest selling album of that year and the second biggest of 2013. The album also broke the chart record for the most consecutive weeks inside the Top 10, breaking the 50-year record previously held by The Beatles. The singer has won numerous accolades including 4 x Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album and Female Solo twice, most recently in 2017 for her second album, Long Live the Angels) and in 2018 was awarded an MBE for services to Music.

ABOUT X-MEN DARK PHOENIX: Dark Phoenix is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

India's biggest gamer Carryminati meets Alan Walker

Alan Walker the Norwegian DJ and record producer, best known for his 2015 single "Faded" which received diamond certification in Germany and multi-platinum certifications in over 10 countries including the US and the UK. He released his debut studio album, Different World, in 2018. He was ranked 36th on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list of 2018.Alan Walker is also an avid gamer. His new single 'On My Way' was released to celebrate the first anniversary of mobile game PUBG.On his recent visit he met up with India’s biggest gamer Carryminati who interviewed him. In this 10+ min video, the two are seen chatting on various topics and also indulging in some fun truth and dare. This video has amassed 2MN views in less than a week, #3 on Trending on YT in less than 24 hours. Carry is a hugely popular guy – known as India’s biggest gamer and was recently listed by TIME as one of the Top 10 ‘Next Generation Leaders’ of 2019 in the world!.

Get to know Joelene Dove

Joelene Dove is an Independent Artist- Singer, Music Producer, Lyricist and Composer based in Delhi  In June 2019, Joelene Dove is coming up with an assortment of a few of her songs, an EP she calls ‘Maazi’ (meaning ‘Past') rightly so, since it contains her songs from the past and a latest single too. She’s also releasing 2 videos supporting the new single ‘Tukda- Tukda', and another for the song ‘Maazi. ‘Maazi’, in terms of music and song list, is closest to Joelene's heart…and one can see a plethora of emotions, many facets of the artist in it. As she says, “If you want to know me deeply, just listen to my songs carefully!”. And sure you will when you take a listen of this mesmerizing album.

Having belonged to a family of marketing and medical professionals, music was never an obvious choice for Joelene. However, a music and poetry loving family background did sink it’s teeth deep into her heart ‘n soul. So, after a few years of playing with the electronic media (Joelene worked as a TV editor, creative director, story producer and even an investigative journalist for a few television production houses), she finally ventured into music full time…leaving a ‘safe and steady’ job behind!

From a very young age, Joelene's life has been steeped in music and words- written, sung and spoken. Having spent her childhood listening to Hindi and Urdu poetry and songs…  to spending her teenage and  adulthood listening to and watching the biggest pop and rock stars,  Joelene's personal choice of music doesn't come as a surprise! It’s like she has blended the two worlds using one mould, and the result is a beautiful, soulful and young voice of the soul…a voice of passion, a voice of angst, a voice of truth, a voice that is honest to the core. Her education in Literature and Philosophy also build an enigma through her lyrics, music and voice.

From penning some great scripts for TV channels... to writing articles on fashion, travel and philosophy for leading magazines of India..to giving poetic wings to her imagination and writing songs for various bands and solo artists in India, Joelene Dove has done it all. Joelene Dove is the proud winner of the 'Hungama Artist Aloud' Best Female Artist Award- 2010 for her single 'Savera', which she has penned, composed and given voice to.

Currently, Joelene, who also wears the cap of an Arts Consultant and Trainer,  is the Director at 'The Music Monk', an organization dedicated to the nurturing and service of Arts, providing Arts training to students, and also teacher training, mentoring and Arts administration and consultation to educational institutions all over India.

She has also recently launched 'Rustic Chic', her own brand of hand painted farmhouse furniture!

Aksh Baghla,the You Tube sensations latest video

Aksh Baghla, one of India’s largest Music Centric content creators has tied up with Lauv(Ari Staprans Leff)to shoot a cover of his song, I like Me Better which has received has been widely appreciated across the world. This video will be shot prior to Lauv taking the stage for his concert which happened in Mumbai recently. Aksh, popular for his international and bollywood mashup series, posted one such video where he perfoms “I’m so tired x lamberghini”. Lauv discovered Aksh through this video which he praised and he also extended his support by commenting on it. Aksh is the face behind the hugely popular video, “1 Guy 30 Voices” which made him an overnight sensation across the globe. Aksh is also the talent behind the “Singing 20 Songs over a Single Beat” which again went viral across social media. As of today, Aksh’s YouTube channel has over 1.5 million subscribers with a total viewership of over 68 million views spread across his videos on his channel.

Check out the video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2BDpT_543w

Spotify due to launch...

Spotify is due to launch its own version of Stories-the sharing format popularized by social apps like Snapchat and Instagram then later ongot on too other apps like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and others. They intend to call it “Storyline,” with the ides that artists can share their own thoughts, insights, inspiration, creative process, other meanings that is anything behind the music.Though it seems similar to what Spotify’s “Behind the Lyrics” feature that it offers,it is very much a Stories-like experience.The problems with wrong information made it not credible and they plan to sort it witis to   to allow artists and their management teams to take control over what’s displayed as the song plays — while adopting the popular Stories format in the process.Currently Storyline is being tested for both iOS and Android, but not desktop. It’s available in the U.S. and in other markets, but Spotify isn’t commenting as to who may be seeing the test at this time or where.This feature give Spotify its own sort of original content. Original content has not been their forte in the past  producing its own original videos was a dud. Hope they hit the jackpot now.

Meet Jain next is an animated Bollywood film

Singer and actor/host Meet Jain studied his Master's In Industrial Biotechnology but destiny had different plans for this young  talent from Ahmedabad. It started off by winning the Idea Rocks India in 2013 which gave him the platform to perform with the one and only Mika Singh onstage and since then there has been no stopping him. He also went on to win a few other reality shows until he finally was seen in the very first season of The Voice. With this show Meet Jain's popularity had reached great heights and his elimination from the show was a great shock to the audiences of the show. So much was the discontent that the Producers had to rope him back as a back stage host . His story has been so inspiring that he was recently invited to speak at TEDx Chennai. Since then Meet Jain has sung for numerous Gujarati films like Armaan, Superstar, Premjee, Ghar Ek Mandir and very recently Bau Na Vichar. Meet has also sung for an animated Bollywood film which is scheduled to be released soon.

Along with this the talented actor/singer also keeps releasing various covers of some wonderful songs. Some of his cover includes "Muskurane Ki Wajah", "Naina" from Dangal, Kalank Title track and the recent one being cover of the very famous "Aji Rooth Kar Ab Kahan Jayega". Meet is all known for directing and editing his own independent music videos. 
 

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Venues

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.