ANNIVERSARIES:

! Amit Khanna 1-Mar ! Justin Bieber 1-Mar ! K.P.Sivanandam 1-Mar ! Kesha 1-Mar ! Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann) 1-Mar ! Nik Kershaw 1-Mar ! Roger Daltrey (The Who) (1944) 1-Mar ! Anandji (Kalyandji) 2-Mar ! Chris Martin (Coldplay) (1977) 2-Mar ! Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (1955) 2-Mar ! Harry Belafonte (1927) 2-Mar ! Jay Osmond (The Osmonds) (1955) 2-Mar ! Jerry Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (1943) 2-Mar ! Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) (1962) 2-Mar ! Mark Evans (AC/DC) (1956) 2-Mar ! Rajeshwari Sachdev 2-Mar ! Sagarika Soni 2-Mar ! Ghulam Mustafa Khan 3-Mar ! Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (1944) 3-Mar ! Jennifer Warnes (1947) 3-Mar ! John Bigham (Fishbone) (1969) 3-Mar ! Pandit Puttaraj Gawai 3-Mar ! Robyn Hitchcock (1953) 3-Mar ! Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (1977) 3-Mar ! Shankar Mahadevan 3-Mar ! Tone-Loc (1966) 3-Mar ! Boon Gould (Level 42) (1955) 4-Mar ! Emilio Estefan (Miami Sound Machine) (1953) 4-Mar ! Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries) (1971) 4-Mar ! Gautam Pyarelal 4-Mar ! Jason Newsted (Metallica) (1963) 4-Mar ! Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) (1966) 4-Mar ! Shakin' Stevens (1948) 4-Mar ! Alan Clark (Dire Straits) (1952) 5-Mar ! Aleque Padamsee 5-Mar ! Bubba Sparxxx (1977) 5-Mar ! Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (1962) 5-Mar ! Eddy Grant (1948) 5-Mar ! Gangubai Hangal 5-Mar ! John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (1970) 5-Mar ! David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) (1946) 6-Mar ! Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) (1945) 6-Mar ! Kiki Dee (1947) 6-Mar ! Mary Wilson (The Supremes) (1944) 6-Mar ! Chris White (The Zombies) (1943) 7-Mar ! Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) (1946) 7-Mar ! Peter Wolf (1946) 7-Mar ! Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1967) 7-Mar ! T.V.Sankaranarayanan 7-Mar ! Taylor Dayne (1965) 7-Mar ! Gary Numan (1958) 8-Mar ! Kameelah Williams (702) (1978) 8-Mar ! Mel Galley (Whitesnake) (1948) 8-Mar ! Michael Allsup (Three Dog Knight) (1947) 8-Mar ! Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) (1945) 8-Mar ! Peter Gill (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 8-Mar ! Shawn Mullins (1968) 8-Mar ! Bow Wow (1987) 9-Mar ! Chingy (1980) 9-Mar ! Jeffrey Osborne (1948) 9-Mar ! Mark Linday (Paul Revere & Raiders) (1942) 9-Mar ! Martin Fry (ABC) (1958) 9-Mar ! Mickey Gilley (1936) 9-Mar ! Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) (1968) 9-Mar ! Zakir Hussain 9-Mar ! Anwar Ali 10-Mar ! Carrie Underwood (1983) 10-Mar ! Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) (1940) 10-Mar ! Douglas Ardito (Puddle Of Mudd) (1970) 10-Mar ! Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) (1970) 10-Mar ! Edie Brickell (1966) 10-Mar ! Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) (1963) 10-Mar ! Neneh Cherry (1964) 10-Mar ! Robin Thicke (1977) 10-Mar ! Timbaland (1972) 10-Mar ! Tom Scholz (Boston) (1947) 10-Mar ! Bobby McFerrin (1950) 11-Mar ! Bruce Watson (Big Country) (1961) 11-Mar ! Cheryl Lynn (1957) 11-Mar ! George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (1948) 11-Mar ! Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) (1979) 11-Mar ! Kalyanji Singh 11-Mar ! Lisa Loeb (1968) 11-Mar ! Mike Percy (Dead Or Alive) (1961) 11-Mar ! Nina Hagen (1955) 11-Mar ! Ramesh Narayan 11-Mar ! Falguni Pathak 12-Mar ! Graham Coxon (Blur) (1969) 12-Mar ! Jagannathbuwa Purohit 12-Mar ! James Taylor (1948) 12-Mar ! Liza Minnelli (1946) 12-Mar ! Marlon Jackson (Jackson 5) (1957) 12-Mar ! Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957) 12-Mar ! Adam Clayton (U2) (1960) 13-Mar ! Anaida 13-Mar ! Common (1978) 13-Mar ! Neil Sedaka (1939) 13-Mar ! Colby O'Donis (1989) 14-Mar ! Jim Pons (The Turtles) (1943) 14-Mar ! Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970) 14-Mar ! Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969) 14-Mar ! Paloma J. 14-Mar ! Quincy Jones (1933) 14-Mar ! Sameer Sen 14-Mar ! Taylor Hanson (Hanson) (1983) 14-Mar ! Walter Parazaider (Chicago) (1945) 14-Mar ! Brett Michaels (Poison) (1963) 15-Mar ! Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) (1955) 15-Mar ! DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) (1977) 15-Mar ! Howard Scott (War) (1946) 15-Mar ! Ila Arun 15-Mar ! Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) (1972) 15-Mar ! Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968) 15-Mar ! Mike Love (The Beach Boys) (1941) 15-Mar ! Pushpa Pagdhare 15-Mar ! Rockwell (1964) 15-Mar ! Ry Cooder (1947) 15-Mar ! Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) (1944) 15-Mar ! Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962) 15-Mar ! Terence Trent D'arby (1962) 15-Mar ! V.V.S.Murari 15-Mar ! will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) (1975) 15-Mar ! Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) (1959) 16-Mar ! Lalit (Jatin) 16-Mar ! Nancy Wilson (Heart) (1954) 16-Mar ! Pamela Jain 16-Mar ! Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) (1940) 16-Mar ! Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963) 16-Mar ! V.V.Subramaniam 16-Mar ! Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) (1967) 17-Mar ! Harold Brown (War) (1946) 17-Mar ! John Sebastian (1944) 17-Mar ! Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole) (1972) 17-Mar ! Mike Kindup (Level 42) (1959) 17-Mar ! Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (1951) 17-Mar ! Alisha Chinai 18-Mar ! Charley Pride (1938) 18-Mar ! Chitra Singh 18-Mar ! Devin Lima (LFO) (1977) 18-Mar ! Irene Cara (1959) 18-Mar ! Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963) 18-Mar ! Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) (1966) 18-Mar ! John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950) 18-Mar ! Queen Latifah (1970) 18-Mar ! Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) (1974) 18-Mar ! Suresh Thomas 18-Mar ! Vanessa Williams (1963) 18-Mar ! D.K.Pattammal 19-Mar ! Derek Longmuir (Bay City Rollers) (1955) 19-Mar ! Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) (1946) 19-Mar ! Ruth Pointer (Pointer Sisters) (1946) 19-Mar ! Alka Yagnik 20-Mar ! Jimmy Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (1951) 20-Mar! ! Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) (1961) 20-Mar ! Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (1968) 21-Mar ! Bobbil1 Keshavayya 21-Mar ! Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) (1951) 21-Mar ! Eddie Money (1949) 21-Mar ! Jonas Berggren (Ace Of Base) (1967) 21-Mar ! MC Maxim (Prodigy) (1967) 21-Mar ! Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) (1950) 21-Mar ! Rosemary Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) (1945) 21-Mar ! Russell Thompkins, Jr. (1951) 21-Mar ! Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (1967) 21-Mar ! Ustad Bismillah Khan 21-Mar ! George Benson (1943) 22-Mar ! Patrick Olive (Hot Chocolate) (1947) 22-Mar ! Stephanie Mills (1957) 22-Mar ! Chaka Khan (1953) 23-Mar ! Damon Albarn (Blur) (1968) 23-Mar ! Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) (1966) 23-Mar ! Ric Ocasek (1949) 23-Mar ! Sarang Dev 23-Mar ! Dilijit Kaur 24-Mar ! Dilip Sen 24-Mar ! Muthuswamy Dikshitar 24-Mar ! Nena (1960) 24-Mar ! P.A. Pasemaster Mase (De La Soul) (1970) 24-Mar ! Sharon Corr (The Corrs) (1970) 24-Mar ! Aretha Franklin (1942) 25-Mar ! Elton John (1947) 25-Mar ! Melanie Blatt (All Saints) (1975) 25-Mar ! Nick Lowe (1949) 25-Mar ! Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) (1988) 25-Mar ! Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) (1960) 25-Mar ! Diana Ross (1944) 26-Mar ! Fred Sheehan (Boston) (1946) 26-Mar ! James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) (1968) 26-Mar ! Jay Sean (1981) 26-Mar ! Juvenile (1975) 26-Mar ! Kenny Chesney (1968) 26-Mar ! Richard Tandy (ELO) (1948) 26-Mar ! Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) (1948) 26-Mar ! Andrew Farris (INXS) (1959) 27-Mar ! Ashok Jain(Venus) 27-Mar ! Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) (1970) 27-Mar ! Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) (1964) 27-Mar ! Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) (1975) 27-Mar ! Johnny April (Staind) (1965) 27-Mar ! Lovv Khussh 27-Mar ! Mariah Carey (1970) 27-Mar ! Tony Banks (Genesis) (1950) 27-Mar ! James Atkins (EMF) (1967) 28-Mar ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) (1948) 28-Mar ! Lady Gaga (1986) 28-Mar ! Reba McEntire (1955) 28-Mar ! Bobby Kimball (Toto) (1947) 29-Mar ! Chad Allan (Guess Who) (1943) 29-Mar ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) (1967) 29-Mar ! Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) (1959) 29-Mar ! Rajesh Sharma 29-Mar ! Vangelis (1943) 29-Mar ! Celine Dion (1968) 30-Mar ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (1950) 30-Mar ! Eric Clapton (1945) 30-Mar ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) (1941) 30-Mar ! MC Hammer (1963) 30-Mar ! Norah Jones (1979) 30-Mar ! Tracy Chapman (1964) 30-Mar ! Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) (1947) 31-Mar ! Angus Young (AC/DC) (1955) 31-Mar ! Dinesh Raheja 31-Mar ! Herb Alpert (1935) 31-Mar ! Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers) (1958) 31-Mar ! Robert Holmes ('til tuesday) (1959) 31-Mar ! Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) (1953) 31-Mar ! Shirley Jones (1934) 31-Mar ! Sidharth Kannan 31-Mar

Akull's first track of 2020 out now

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

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

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

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

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

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

NMIMS - School Of Performing Arts' Admissions Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singer-songwriter Sooraj releases a music video

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

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

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

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

 

Harrdy Sandhu releases new track..

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

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

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

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

Raja Kumari releases a new song...

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quickfire session with Shahin Badar

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

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

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

The Best Gift I ever got?
My Parents 

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

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

My biggest fear?
End of the world  

What makes you tick?
Happiness and a Smile

My unfulfilled dream: 
To travel to the Himalayas!

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

9122 Records Introduces The Multi Instrumentalist Singer / Songwriter

LA-based Matt Simons has a unique ability with his music to reach a global audience…with an accessible sound that feels personal to each of his fans. With three albums now under his belt and an ability to blend elements of contemporary pop and singer/songwriter styles with relatable lyrics, his music has garnered him a broad and dedicated fanbase in Europe and beyond.

No wonder then Matt’s career already reads - 650 Million audio streams worldwide, a million+ single download sales, 10 million+ Shazams globally and Platinum & Gold certifications across multiple territories. 

9122 Records is now proud to introduce this multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter to the Indian audiences with a 5-track EP titled COLD that includes four hits from his latest album `After The Landslide’ (already 175 Million+ streams worldwide!) plus the brand new single, his melancholy pop anthem “Cold”.  The EP released on [PIAS] is a perfect introduction to Matt Simons and his contemporary melodic pop sound that’s enthralled audiences the world over.

Says Matt on his EP release in India, Having my music widely available in India and South Asia is a milestone for me, and I’m extremely excited to see how it’s received. I’m very much looking forward to visiting these beautiful countries to play live sometime in the near future!”.

Says Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records, ”Matt Simons is the exactly the kind of artist that 9122 Records set out to represent in India/South Asia. An incredible independent talent, 650 million+ audio streams globally, millions of fans worldwide but yet to be introduced here. We are so proud to have him on our roster and bring his beautiful music to our audiences. The songs on the Cold EP showcase all the facets of Matt’s music - his songwriting, his vocals and his melodic pop sensibilities. Welcome to the World of Matt Simons”.

A story of humble beginnings, Simons grew up in Palo Alto, California as the grandson of two opera singers. He spent much of his early life studying jazz and classical music, playing the piano before switching to clarinet & guitar before crafting his own, melodic pop identity. It wasn’t long before he took steps to self-promote his releases online. To his surprise, his appealing pop sensibilities picked up an audience in The Netherlands, where his career started to really take off. A sync on a Dutch TV show and a string of tour dates, meant he had the perfect foundation to build a career overseas.  Deepend’s remix of  “Catch & Release” bubbled up organically and ended up to  as one off 2016’s biggest hits, reaching Gold and Platinum status in a dozen territories and  the top of the European Airplay chart.  2018’s ‘We Can Do Better’ and `Open Up’ (2019) following close behind, with success spreading even further.

Matt Simons COLD EP on [PIAS] Recordings is now available across all streaming services in India / South Asia exclusively via  9122 Records.

Sonu Nigam gives a special surprise to his fans

Sonu Nigam who has been virtually living out of a suit case for the past many months due to his shows and concerts all over the world, finally took out some ‘Me-time’ by going on a trip with his childhood friends to Himachal Pradesh. 

Their group travelled to Kasol, Tosh Village, malana and parashar lake to name a few places and will be spending a few more days in the Himachal before concluding the trip. Incidentally, a trip that was to be a break from shows and concerts for Sonu, ended up in him doing an impromptu show at a restaurant, adds a source, “While in Kasol, Sonu along with his friends was dining at a local restaurant which had a live band performing. The lead singer, unaware of Sonu’s presence, as he was trying not to attract attention, started singing ‘Yeh dil deewana’ from Pardes. Much to everyone’s surprise Sonu walked onto the stage at started singing alongside, causing a proverbial stampede. People from in and around rushed into the restaurant and started clicking pictures and videos which Sonu patiently obliged them with. It was a beautiful evening which tur ed into an unforgettable one.”

The next day, as word spread that Sonu was in town and performed at the local restaurant, people thronged to the eatery to see him again. As soon as he heard about people waiting to see him, Nigam went again and performed for the second time at the restaurant enthralling the crowds who had come from other near by villages as well to catch a glimpse of Sonu performing live. 

The source further adds, that Sonu has always desired to travel the world, which he has for professional commitments. But the singer now wishes to take a break at times for just leisure, “Sonu has always loved travelling and exploring places, cultures and the diversity the world has to offer. Due to the time constraints during concerts, he doesn't get time to soak in the place and it’s something he wants especially make time for. He has been spending a lot of his free time travelling to various destinations all over the globe and wishes to continuously explore the world. He believes there is nothing that can open your mind up like travel and people should look at how beautiful the world is rather than be spending hours and days on social media.”  the source concludes.

The Sterling Reserve Music Project collaborates with Monica Dogra

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT MONICA DOGRA

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

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

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

NEXA Music unveils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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.