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) 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 Hillary Scott 1-Apr ! Susan Boyle 1-Apr ! Jimmy Cliff 1-Apr ! John Barbata (Jefferson Starship) 1-Apr ! Leon Wilkerson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 2-Apr ! Emmylou Harris 2-Apr ! Namagiripettai K.Krishnan 2-Apr ! Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) 3-Apr ! Cris Korea 3-Apr ! Hari Haran 3-Apr ! O.S.Thiyagarajan 3-Apr ! Parvati Khan 3-Apr ! Prabhu Deva 3-Apr ! Ram Shankar 3-Apr ! Musiri Subramania Iyer 4-Apr ! Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) 4-Apr ! Mike Starr (formerly of Alice In Chains) 4-Apr ! Craig Adams (The Cult) 4-Apr ! Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) 5-Apr ! Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) 5-Apr ! ! Suneeta Rao 5-Apr ! Vimla Patil 6-Apr ! Pandit Ravi Shankar 7-Apr !Pt. Ravi Shankar 7-Apr !Saira Khan 7-Apr !John Oates (Hall & Oates) 7-Apr !Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull) 7-Apr !Professor S.Ramanathan 8-Apr !Julian Lennon 8-Apr ! Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses) 8-Apr ! Babyface 10-Apr !Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) 10-Apr !Kishori Amonkar10-Apr !Pravin Shah (Time video)10-Apr !Joss Stone 11-Apr !Adinath Mangeshkar 11-Apr ! John Kay (Steppenwolf)12-Apr ! Herbie Hancock12-Apr ! Nagamani Srinath12-Apr !Neena Mehta12-Apr ! Lou Bega13-Apr ! Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)14-Apr ! Luis Fonsi15-Apr ! Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) 15-Apr ! Samantha Fox15-Apr ! Mark Hoppus (Blink-8)15-Apr ! Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)15-Apr ! Rockwell 15-Apr ! Brett Michaels (Poison)15-Apr ! Terence Trent D'arby15-Apr ! Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)15-Apr ! Ry Cooder 15-Apr ! Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone)15-Apr ! Akon 16-Apr ! Stewart Kerr (Texas) 16-Apr ! Nancy Wilson (Heart) 16-Apr ! Victoria Adams (Posh Spice of Spice Girls) 17-Apr ! Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) 17-Apr ! Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) 17-Apr ! Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) 18-Apr ! Queen Latifah 18-Apr ! Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)18-Apr ! Vanessa Williams18-Apr ! Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) 18-Apr ! Irene Cara 18-Apr ! Charley Pride 18-Apr ! MC Maxim (Prodigy) 21-Apr ! Jonas Berggren (Ace Of Base) 21-Apr ! Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) 21-Apr ! Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) 21-Apr ! Peter Frampton 22-Apr ! George Benson 22-Apr ! Damon Albarn (Blur) 23-Apr ! Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) 23-Apr ! Chaka Khan 23-Apr ! Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) 24-Apr ! Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull) 24-Apr ! Barbra Streisand 24-Apr ! Sharon Corr (The Corrs) 24-Apr ! Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) 25-Apr ! Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 25-Apr ! Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) 25-Apr ! Elton John 25-Apr ! Aretha Franklin 25-Apr ! Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) 26-Apr ! Jay Sean 26-Apr ! James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) 26-Apr ! Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 26-Apr ! Richard Tandy (ELO) 26-Apr ! Diana Ross 26-Apr ! Sheena Easton 27-Apr ! Ace Frehley (Kiss) 27-Apr ! Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) 27-Apr ! Mariah Carey 27-Apr ! Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) 27-Apr ! Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) 27-Apr ! Andrew Farris (INXS) 27-Apr ! Tony Banks (Genesis) 27-Apr ! Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) 28-Apr ! Lady Gaga 28-Apr ! James Atkins (EMF) 28-Apr ! Reba McEntire 28-Apr ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) 28-Apr ! Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) 29-Apr ! Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) 29-Apr ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) 29-Apr ! Vangelis 29-Apr ! Willie Nelson 30-Apr ! Norah Jones 30-Apr ! Celine Dion 30-Apr ! Tracy Chapman 30-Apr ! MC Hammer 30-Apr ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) 30-Apr ! Eric Clapton30-Apr ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) 30-Apr

A Musical Biography

After leaving many enchanted with his sonorous voice, the 89-year-old living legend and maestro - Pandit Jasraj, showcased his journey in a never seen before show with ‘Golden Voice Golden Years: Pandit Jasraj’. In this unique concert, Pandit Jasraj took each of the large audience gathered there, on his musical memoir from ‘Jasraj’ to ‘Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj’.

Known for his voice, presentation of rare ragas, unique bandishes and his innovations, Pandit Jasraj’s journey is nothing short of inspiring to one and all. For music lovers today, Pandit Jasraj is a reminder of the highest standard of musical performance, attained through years of rigorous riyaz and talent beyond par.

Conceptualized by his daughter – Dugra Jasraj, the musical performance was divided into various segments that took one through the most important turning points of Pandit’s journey – right from his first exploration at a radio station in Kolkata to becoming one of the most celebrated music maestros in the world!

Each segment showcased an audio-visual clip and was followed by a live musical performance right from students of Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation to Anup Jalota and A unique Tabla Symphony ‘Raagas on Tabla’ – Composer Kedar Pandit to Dr. L Subramaniam.

The last segment of the biography completed the submission of Pandit Jasraj at the feet of the Lord, with a live musical performance by the virtuoso himself!

The event was graced by renowned celebrities like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Naseerudhin Shah, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Jatin-Lalit, Anand-Milind, Anuradha Paudwal, Jaspinder Narula, Suchitra Krishnamurty, Bela Shende, Kuldeep Singh, Jasvinder Singh and many more.

Talking about the biography, Pandit Jasraj said, “Jai ho! At this stage in life, I realize that I know nothing and I will never know anything. I have surrendered everything and whatever I am today is because of the Almighty God.”

Adding to that, Durga Jasraj said, “This musical journey was an experience of a lifetime. His journey has been so inspirational and it is my pleasure to present it on a platform to his fans and audience. It is delightful to know that we have achieved it successfully with the event - Golden Voice Golden Years.”

 The event was held at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai Recently.

Tushar Lall's new track 'Sifar'

Tushar Lall, releases his new track ‘Sifar’ which marks the moment when Gautam Buddha received enlightenment. Sifar marks the transitional moment when the royal prince who had abandoned his possessions in the search of god realization sits in mediation only to awaken his innermost self. The track is a soulful rendition which has been created over a span of months.
From the time Tushar performed Sifar at the Youtube Fanfest, it took him almost 1 year to bring the entire project together. 
The ace musician Tushar Lall reached out to multiple artist like Budapest Orchestra, Mame Khan, Tajinder Singh and Shatadru to create this symphony.
Talking about the track, Tushar Lall shares “Sifar took me almost 6 months to develop. It wouldn’t be possible without the people who helped make it, the Budapest art orchestra, me and my orchestrator Samarth. Tajinder Singh and Shatadru Kabir & Mame Khan.
The Qyuki family has always had my back from the very start as well as pushing this track on all platforms.”
*Mr. Sagar Gokhale, Chief Operating Officer of Qyuki shares ‘Tushar is one of the finest musicians we know. His music is so different and applauds worthy. Sifar is all the more unique since it has its symphonies created by the Budapest Orchestra and artists like Tajinder Singh, Shatadru Kabir and Mame Khan who joined in this collab. The music industry rewards those who work hard and we are excited to be part of  Tushar’s journey and be his supporters in every way possible.”*

Clinton Cerejo and Amitabh Bachan work together

Clinton Cerejo composed and sung an upbeat song, Aukaat along with Mr Amitabh Bachchan for the upcoming film, Badla. Aukaat is a high octane track in which Mr Bachchan is seen rapping along with Clinton Cerejo,  Jizzy and Amit Mishra. The track has garnered immense appreciation and has been trending across various platforms.

Talking about his experience, Clinton Cerejo shares “ Aukaat is incorporated according to the theme of the film suggesting mystery and machismo and it's a privilege to have Mr Bachchan himself render the vocals on this track who delivered it with so much ease that he totally owns the song. Two amazing writers - Siddhant Kaushal and Jizzy helped me create the frenzy ending that the song has. Amit Mishra to joins in on the higher octave in the chorus & it sketches the essence of an edge-of-your-seat thriller.”

He further adds “It has been a beautiful experience working on this song and an honour to work with Mr Bachchan so closely. I have often heard that Mr Bachchan is a thorough professional but working with him, made me realize the intensity of this statement. He was particular about getting it perfect and even in this brief encounter with him I have personally learnt a great deal.”

Sharing a laugh Mr Bachchan says “I am humbled with all the love and appreciation the track has been receiving. This is my 3rd track with Clinton and it’s always fun recording with him. Initially, it seemed challenging but once we started, it became a lot more fun. Not to mention, Amit and Jizzy were also truly supportive throughout. I would like to jam with all them more often.”

The song which released last week is the promotional track of the film Badla which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. The film has been directed by Sujoy Ghosh and releases in cinemas on 8th March  2019. Mr Bachchan has sung on Clinton’s composition earlier Kyo Re from the movie TE3N and Ekla Cholo Re from Kahani.

Track link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xQttvSJNa4

'Play me a song'

“It's a magical feeling when words appear from nowhere and the music starts flowing with them. It's this magical feeling that made me write & compose the song 'Play me a song' - Milind Chitnavis of the band Music UnLtd. had to say about his latest release which is currently being aired across all mediums TV, Radio, Digital, etc… 

The process of composing always has emotions lurking in the background - whether happy or sad. Good songs can't be written with no emotion - emotions are what give colour & life to the songs. The process of writing & composing was broken into several sessions, because I was simultaneously writing or finishing other songs. Finally, when I decided that the lyrics were complete and the music flowed naturally, I went into its production.

The regular band members Stephen Veigas [Synth], Akshat Shinde [Drums], Govind Gawli/Kunal Kambli [Bass], Kevin Chetti [Guitar] play gigs with me, but due to their other jobs have little time for Album recordings or Music video shoots. So I chose freelance musicians whom I've had the pleasure of working with before, and who contributed invaluably to the songs -  Krunal Shah (Synth), Karl Peters (Bass), Yadhunandan Nagaraj (Drums), Omkar Dhumal (Flute), Vivienne Pocha (Female voice).

My songs are normally based on reality - positive or negative. I leave the lovey-dovey and mushy stuff to Bollywood and US pop acts. I gravitate naturally towards edgy topics which are far more interesting. For example, 'And then I saw her' the title song of the EP by the same name, deals with polygamy; and ‘Baahon mein baahein’ (English title - ‘Suspicious stares’) from the EP ‘Humnasheena’ deals with infidelity …both very common amongst people, but who obviously can’t admit it publicly.

In a country swamped by the money power of film music - and also habituated to listening to only 'covers' in gigs - we hope to see more & more people attending gigs of original independent artists & bands, and buying their music.”

Music UnLtd.has released songs in both English & Hindi, so as not to limit the audience to a single language group. 'Play me a song' is also being released in Hindi in a few days, and is titled ‘Chhedo Koi Geet’.

Wild Karnataka with Ricky Kej

Grammy award winner Ricky Kej, who is a big supporter of Nature & Wildlife has composed the Music for the Documentary film of "Wild Karnataka" an epic nature film which took four years and 400 hours of footage and is  India’s first blue chip natural history film narrated by the living legend Sir David Attenborough. Karnataka is one of the most Bio-Diverse regions on Earth, having the largest number of Tigers and Elephants. The documentary which captures the breath-taking natural wildlife of Karnataka is a product of a team of world-class Indian filmmakers with Kalyan Varma and Amoghvarsha JS.

At the film premier recently Ricky Kej had to say “It has been a dream come true to create the music for this spectacular movie, and I hope you enjoy it :-).

Malobika MJ debuts as singer

Actress Malobika MJ has done three big music videos and six Bengali film as heroine. She just sang her first song Kill Karda written by Shabbir Ahmed and composed by Raaj Ashu. The video is choreographed and directed by Ganesh Acharya . Video was shot in two days at Angel Studio, Mumbai. Malobika MJ did rehearsal for three days before shooting the video.   

Bollyboom Holi Bash 2019

Percept Live the creators of Sunburn, Asia's biggest music festival, unveiled its plans for the third edition of the 'Bollyboom Holi Bash 2019'. The musical extravaganza will be held from 20 - 25 March 2019 across 9 cities pan India including Mumbai, Pune, Cochin, Mysore, Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Nagpur, Hubli and Kakinada. A key highlight of this event is the enforced use of Eco-Friendly Organic Colors and Water Recycling in a bid to conserve resources and zero waste management.

Bollyboom is an Intellectual Property of Percept Live, a forerunner that introduced a new genre called Bollywood Electro Music, a fusion of Bollywood music and electronic sounds in the festival market in India in 2013. The Bollyboom Holi Bash 2019 will witness a 7-hour non-stop entertainment extravaganza of music, colors and interactive fun at India's much loved Festival of Colors across the country. Given the massive success and popularity of the first two Bollyboom Holi editions in 2017 and 2018, this year's Bollyboom Holi Bash will kick off from 20 March in Nagpur at Ambika Farms, 21st March in Mumbai at Khar Gymkhana, Republic Garden in Pune, The Oasis Hotel in Mysore, and Halcyon Times in Kakinada. The weekend of 23 and 24 March will see Bollyboom wow patrons at Den Hotel in Bengaluru, Le Meriden in Kochi and Mangalore Hills in Mangalore, while 25 March will witness the Bollyboom Holi bash celebrations culminate in Naveen Hotels in Hubli.

Mumbai show will also see an incredible line-up of DJs - Ali Merchant, Amann Nagpal, Cyrus, Tarun Makhijani, Ankita Arya, Mariya, and the Doorbeen Band. All of them will perform live on 21 March 2019 in Mumbai at the Khar Gymkhana.

The Doorbeen band said: “Holi is the festival of colours, joy, frolic, love and great vibes. A festival we have fond memories of as growing up. Our composition and songs also resonate the same traits. Playing on an auspicious day like that brings a lot of joy and pride for us, especially for an event of this stature. Bollyboom Holi Bash is going to be epic, we are going to be epic and the festival of colours is going to be epic. It's time we revel. Lamberghini chalayi jaane oh...”

DJ Ali Merchant said: “I am Privileged to be a part of the Biggest Holi in India like in 2018. Holi being the only day colourful festival in India and it’s My Top Fav. I will be launching my Next Album on Holi - It is Called KADAK 2019 which is created for Festivals and Arena's specially. I am extremely excited to be playing at Bollyboom alongside many talented artists. This act of mine will have a lot elements in my set to create a memorable experience for all at this Beautiful festival.”

Janamjai Sehgal, Business Head – Bollyboom said, "In 2019, Bollyboom will scale up to offer diverse formats and experiences to increase our footprint and fan reach across India. Every Bollyboom event will be curated to provide fans a world class entertainment experience spanning the best artist line-ups, music, international dancers, state-of-the-art technical’s & SFX, and a bespoke F&B experience along with a wide range of activities to keep them fully immersed and entertained. The Bollyboom Holi Bash across 9 cities is our attempt to expand to reach a larger number of Bollyboom Holi aficionados without conceding on the experience and value of this unique Intellectual Property."

Along with a stellar artist line up, the Bollyboom Holi Bash will also feature live percussionists, talented performers who will add color and sparkle to usher in the perfect fun and festive mood. The event will also offer a curated F&B experience for all attendees and with only organic eco-friendly colors being permitted inside the venue, the focus is on making the overall celebrations a safe and secure one.

A first of its kind, the Bollyboom Holi Bash will be the largest connected event ever organized across India. The idea behind conceptualizing the 9 city Bollyboom Holi Bash pan India is to enable maximum Holi enthusiasts attend, bond and celebrate the popular Festival of Colours across the nation. The Bollyboom Holi Bash 2019 is also expected to be attended by renowned celebrities, artists, socialites and general audiences who will converge from different parts of their respective cities to rejoice and participate in a popular and much eagerly anticipated festival that marks the end of winter and the advent of spring. 

With a perfect blend of Bollywood dance music and colors, every attendee can also look forward to immersing themselves in a carnival mood and indulge in a wide range of cuisine at the multiple Food Courts, and also participate in a fun series of activities across the Activity Zones set up. Dance enthusiasts can certainly expect a foot tapping fusion of Bollywood Dance, Pop and Club Music with rain dance and only Eco-Friendly Organic Colors being used, therein offering guests a complete festive experience.

Kingfisher Storm, strong soda presents Bollyboom Holi Bash. With cinema partners PVR , Radio partner Radio Mirchi and ticketing partner Bookmyshow.com

Hanita Bhambri first tracks

Hanita Bhambri, winner of the ALOFT Star Asia 2018 competition bagged a record deal with the Universal Music Group, after representing India on an international platform and conquering the stage with a winning performance. Hanita’s single ‘Be Patient’ has released on the 26th of February 2019. Listen here https://UMGI.lnk.to/BePatient

Project Aloft Star Asia is an international competition spearheaded by Aloft Hotels in partnership with Universal Music to identify the hottest emerging music talen/t from around the globe, offering them a chance to kick start their careers. The competition was a culmination of Aloft Hotels’ ongoing commitment to supporting emerging artists, which lives on through regular Live @Aloft music sessions featuring local acts at Aloft’s W XYZ® bars worldwide.

Last year, the fifth and final edition of the Project Aloft Star Asia Pacific competition drew over 1,000 original music entries and 72,900 votes cast from across Asia Pacific. Hanita Bhambri got a chance to showcase her talent and be mentored by Bollywood singer and composer Salim Merchant whilst standing tall amongst global artists. Hanita won against stiff competition from Australia, China, Thailand and South Korea in 2018. 

Hanita’s upcoming single “Be Patient” radiates relentless optimism even when things don't go your way. It narrates an interesting storyline which leaves one with a bigger understanding that it isn't the circumstances that make people, but their choices.

Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO – India and South Asia, Universal Music Group said “Hanita has had an interesting rise as an emerging artist who we chanced upon & once having discovered her, her path from being mentored by Salim Merchant to going to Seoul to compete in the finals & winning a resounding victory is one for the books. I’m very pleased that at Universal Music we have an opportunity to showcase Hanita’s artistry with the world”

Talking about her journey, Hanita Bhambri shares “I’m really happy and excited to release my track “Be Patient” through Universal Music India. It's a song about relentless optimism and I can't wait for the world to listen to it. I’m really thankful to the Universal Music Group and Aloft Hotels for giving me this brilliant opportunity to share my music to a global audience. ”

Universal Music has launched the song globally across all audio and video platforms.  The song will be extensively promoted and interestingly marketed. 

KEI adds to it's product list...

The professional audiovisual industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, comprising the manufacturers, dealers, systems integrators, consultants, programmers, presentations professionals and technology managers of audiovisual products and services. Kripa Electronics India has forayed their way in the industry as one of the leading distributors.With a mission to provide the Indian market with the best audio experience possible, they also offer distribution and consultancy services. Kei Hi-fi brings the finest international audio brands so that clients experience only the best

KEI is founded by Sanjay Chawla who is a Veteran and renowned figure in the audio industry.  After spending two decades outside the country, he came back to India with a vision to bring the highest quality Audio-Visual products with him. 4 years and 400 products later that vision has become a reality

JVC is the latest brand we have taken onboard by KEI.  The intrenational partners will be in Mumbai for the occassion of this partnership, Mr.Tomohito Akagawa-GM, project management div, JVC KENWOOD corp, Mr.Yasuyuki Yagi, manager, PJ marketing, JVC KENWOOD corp, Mr.Amane Hosokubo, Managing director, JVC KENWOOD corp.

Concerts and corporate events are among the most obvious venues where audiovisual equipment is used in a staged environment. Providers of this type of service are known as rental and staging companies, although they may also be served by an in-house technology team e.g., in a hotel or conference center and KEI has been the best in the industry.

 

Budweiser and Divine Unite to elevate the Hip-Hop scene

Budweiser Experiences has united with the face of Indian hip-hop and the inspiration for ‘Gully Boy’ - DIVINE, emphasizing on its promise to give stage to emerging talent a stage while redefining the local music narrative. The brand with their ‘Be A King’ narrative has always believed in the new generation, who play by their own beat and know how to seize and own the moment; DIVINE in many ways defines this.

The year-long partnership marks the brand’s foray into hip-hop in the country, aiding them to further strengthen their local music programme – BUDx.

DIVINE aka Vivian Fernandes, is an underground rapper hailing from Mumbai and is known for his power and passion to rise above and fight hard to turn his rapping dreams into reality. Imbibing a ‘brewed the hard way’ personality, a quality that fittingly signifies the embedded beliefs of the brand, lends deeper quintessence to the synergy between the king of rap and the king of beer. The collaboration aims to bolster endeavors aimed at supporting and growing the local music scene; with a promise of experiences that are truly representative of the brand and its core ideals.  

Commenting on the partnership with DIVINE, Kartikeya Sharma, VP Marketing – South Asia, AB InBev said, “We are beyond thrilled to have DIVINE on board. It’s surreal to watch the music scene in India accelerate at the pace at which it currently has been, with a lot of lesser known genres and their respective artists now taking center-stage. Our partnership with DIVINE is reflective of a strong and similar commitment towards leading and shaping the budding music scene in India. The combined effort will surely help steer the needle towards covert yet emerging music genres enabling them to garner the recognition they truly deserve.”

Adding to the excitement, Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE said, “I am super excited to be associated with Budweiser! There is a genuine sense of pride to be associated with brands that truly feel and believe what you believe, making this alliance really special. Together, we look forward to making some great music and push hip-hop through our collective journey.”

Get to know the legend Asha Puthli

Indian Jazz-Pop legend Asha Puthli returned to Mumbai from the US of A where she is based, for her first ever Red Bull Music Academy interview hosted by media producer Deepti Datt, in the candid chat Puthli discusses her incredible career, breaking through in the ‘70s, her love for and relationship with jazz music, and much more.

Born and raised in Mumbai and taking up a job as cabin crew with British Airways to earn her ticket out of India. Puthli made it to America on a dance scholarship with Martha Graham went on to be being discovered by the erstwhile head of Columbia Records through a magazine he was reading, to establishing herself as a leading solo Indian artist in America long before there was a niche for this, Puthli’s story is one born out of sheer determination and passion.

Asha Puthli’s is a name that is legendary for many reasons. Over five decades the singer, songwriter and actress has released ten albums, over 25 singles and made numerous guest appearances across genres – including a breakthrough performance on Ornette Coleman’s seminal album Science Fiction.

She released her self-titled debut album in 1973 before finding critical acclaim with her third, The Devil Is Loose. Never afraid to try something new, Puthli’s career became an embodiment of the modern idea of fusion, bridging gaps between genres and cultures with her voice.

Her music has been sampled by the likes of Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, 50 Cent and Diplo, and she has recently completed a tribute album to the Jazz legends she worked with throughout her career: Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Lionel Hampton and Cy Coleman.

This interview is an exhaustive peek into her life.  Watch the entire interview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIflaDZwalA&t=2526s

Holi with Taki Taki.

DJ Snake is one of the most popular EDM artists in the world. He is also a Grammy-nominated producer and artist who debuted into the international scene with singles "Bird Machine" and "Turn Down for What" in 2013.. It was announced in the meadia that the 32-year-old French musician is going to return to India to celebrate the festival of Holi. The young DJ will be playing his hits like Magenta Riddim, Taki Taki, A Different Way and Lean On. He has also expressed his love for Indian culture and how it's influenced his work and career, too. He says, India is my favourite country in the world. To come back there and reach more locations, just after NYE 2018 was an easy decision for me. I can't wait to see India, again."

 

@DJ Snake ,@Selena Gomes , @Cardi B , @Ozuna

Baba Sehgal has a message with his latest 'Tally Boy'

Baba Sehgal, the evergreen Rap star, who created songs that were so good that it still rings in your ears with classics like 'Thanda Thanda Pani', Dil Dhadke, Aaja Meri Gaadi Mein Baith Ja, Pinga Pinga and Pump up your Style to name a few. He had also had great success with his parody song 'Main be Madonna', he is back to his mischief with a takeoff titled 'Tally Boy' on the Bollywood movie 'Gully Boy with a serious message for his listeners. 

'Tally Boy' takes you to the other level of the Rap which spoke against social issues like Race, Crime, Drugs etc..,sung in typical Baba Sehgal style, he also raps about his life as an example in 'Tally Boy'. It waxes lyrical about saving one's future and to discourage the habit of drinking.This song is aimed at getting the young audience to concentrate on their future and not to waste their lives in consuming alcohol and all sorts of drugs etc. We hope the new generation would take his advice.

Anyway whether you are a Baba Sehgal or 'Gully Boy' fan, once you listen to the 'Tally Boy' song, we bet you will sing along. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTkECHl0euY

@Baba Sehgal , @Ashima Singh , @Anida , @Mika Singh , Atul Churamani , @AnandParasad , @Jitendra Seti 

Darshan raval's next single

MTV Beats and Indie Music Label collaborate for Darshan raval’s next single
After a string of chartbusters which gave the nation their new party anthems, singer Darshan Raval will soon be seen playing LOVE DOST in MTV beats’ new show DIL BEATS with Darshan Raval. Less of a host and more of a friend, Darshan will give relatable and neutral love advice to young romantics. For the show, Darshan has sung, composed and penned the original soundtrack titled ‘Kaash Aisa Hota’ which marks the collaboration of MTV beats and Indie Music Label.

Indie Music Label, India’s premier independent music platform has released most of Raval’s recent chart busters on their channel and is the one stop shop for independent artists from across the globe. Mr. Naushad Khan, MD of Indie Music Label throws light on the collaboration, “We are really excited with the concept of the show, it’s a very innovative n unique way of presenting love stories through a Love Dost .when MTV beats team came to us with the idea of creating an original soundtrack for the show DIL BEATS with Darshan Raval, we were immediately on board. The song has come out beautifully and is right up Darshan’s alley. We hope his fans will love it and we cant wait to share it with the audience.”

Darshan Raval who also features in the video says he really enjoyed working on the song, “Kaash Aisa Hota is a song about love and longing which goes well with the idea of the show. Love and its complications are part of everyone’s life and through this show we hope to help in any way possible. Im looking forward to the song and the show and also the audience’s reaction” he signs off.

Ferzad Palia Head - Youth, Music & English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, 
"MTV Beats as a brand understands the beat of India’s youth and hence, we always endeavour to create content that is relatable to them. Darshan Raval is a versatile artist who resonates very well with the youth and we are glad to partner with him and Indie Music Label for our new show, Dil Beats. With an original soundtrack created in addition to 14 covers and engaging show format, MTV Beats is yet again poised to create differentiated content.”

‘Kaash Aisa Hota’ releases on Indie Music Label’s channel on 22nd April.

Can Now Play Indie Songs

Indie Music Label, the record company best known for its association with talented musicians and artists such as Darshan Raval, Akki Singh, Dev Negi, Antara Mitra, Ash King, AMiT Mishra, and Nakash Aziz has just announced its admission into PPL India. This landmark agreement, which allows PPL to collect public performance and radio broadcast licensing royalties on behalf of the reputed label, will also allow license holders to play popular tracks like ‘Bhula Diya’ and ‘Aye Zindagi’ in public.

Indie music is often seen as the last bastion of true ingenuity and innovation in an industry otherwise dominated by Bollywood item numbers and synchronised dancing. In this regard, artists like Darshan Raval, and Dev Negi have defied the odds to create huge fan followings based solely on the quality of their music. The induction of Indie Music Label into PPL will go a long way in helping these young pioneers monetise their works, thereby increasing their revenues substantially, given the popularity of many of their tracks.

PPL India is the country’s largest public performance rights organisation representing the interests of 300+ music labels with more than 1.5 million international and 0.8 million domestic songs in their repertoire. The signing on of Indie Music Label as its latest member, will further expand the company’s foothold into the alternative and art music scene.

Commenting on the momentous new deal, Naushad Khan, Managing Director, Indie Music Label reportedly said “PPL India has come a long way with regard to transparency and efficiency. We’re certain that this partnership will go a long way in helping us monetise our public performance and music licensing rights. The additional revenue we receive will help us phenomenally in producing more great songs that people can enjoy.”

Returning the praise, Mr. Hari Nair, Chief Digital Officer of PPL India said “Indie songs and artists are the heart and soul of the music industry and many legendary performers started out as independent musicians. We’re privileged to be associated with a label as radical as Indie Music Label and we’re certain that the additional revenue we help them generate will go a long way in helping them in their mission of bringing independent artists into the mainstream.”

Arunaja's debut track...

Sterling Reserve Music Project releases it’s third track ‘Broken’ written and composed by Arunaja. Fusing her training in classical Carnatic music with western vocals, Arunaja breathes life into her debut song ‘Broken.’ For Arunaja, the song is about the loss of bridging bonds with loved ones, but she leaves it open to interpretation. The track is very close to Arunaja’s heart as it narrates her personal saga of not being able to connect with her father despite trying.

Talking about ‘Broken,’ Arunaja said, “Broken carries the weight of my heart and all the emptiness and sadness I have felt over the years. I don’t know how I had the strength to put this together but I hope someone finds solace through this.”

Talking about the track, Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said, “Arunaja gave a breakthrough performance at The Stage, India’s only English singing talent show and ever since there has been no looking back for her. She became one of my favourite contestants ever across the 3 seasons. She won my power pin, which is quite a big deal for a young kid who had never ever performed on stage let alone national television. And I’m so proud that Arunaja with her new single Broken is going to be our third release on the Sterling Reserve Music Project.” 

Sharing his thoughts, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to reveal our third single from the Sterling Reserve Music Project. In line with the brand ideology of ‘Chase the Next’, the track “Broken,” by Arunaja is sure to impact audiences. It is simply wonderful. Sterling Reserve Music Project is beginning to realise its dream of encouraging emerging talent and presenting them to audiences.”

Universal Music India and Allied Blenders and Distillers created The Sterling Reserve Music Project which aims to incubate, encourage and promote aspiring singer songwriters to showcase their talent and release their music globally.

Sterling Reserve Music Project has launched the song globally across all audio and video platforms.  The song will be extensively promoted. 

 

'8'- a Woman's day special

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8th March) Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform that supports and promotes independent content, launched a new album titled, ‘8’ with eight distinguished female musicians. Conceptualized by famed lyricist Rajiv Rana, with music composed by Jassi Nihaluwal and Harpreet Singh, the album features 8 soulful renditions by Sona Mohapatra, Nooran Sisters, Kavita Seth, Akriti Kakkar, Richa Sharma, Teesha Nigam, Shalmali Kholgade and Meenal Jain.

Enforcing the spotlight on and fight for gender equality, the album is dedicated to all the women who are fighting for their rights and empowerment around the world. The album aims to foster a conversation which inspires strong women to come together and support each other to bring about a change. Featuring strong female voices from the industry the album celebrates womanhood and hopes for a better tomorrow.

A prominent voice for a positive change, Sona Mohapatra said, “The album is a celebration of womanhood. It is about strong women and their quest to achieve the impossible. I am thankful for Rajiv for conceptualizing the album and to Hungama Artist Aloud for giving it a wider platform. I am certain that the listeners will be moved by the beautiful poetry and melodies, and comprehend the message behind each song.”

The music video of the song, Jug Jug Jeevae that was also launched today, communicates an incredible message and stands for female empowerment and independence. The lyrics of the album promote a focus on inner strength and counter self-esteem and insecurity issues. The album aims to be a reminder for continued push in the right direction.

Talking about the album, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice-President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “It gives us immense pleasure to launch 8 on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Every song in the album exudes power, confidence and is the perfect embodiment of the women of today. The album brings together some of the most talented female voices from the industry through renditions that are soulful, meaningful and stay with the listeners long after the songs are over. We are certain that the listeners will enjoy and appreciate the message behind each song.”

Rajiv Rana, who conceptualized the album and also wrote the lyrics for all the songs, said, “I hope my words can do justice to the magnificence of women all over the world and can convey my gratefulness to them, just like my heart does. I would like to thank Hungama Artist Aloud and my composers for being a part of this amazing project. A heartfelt gratitude to the women whose pristine voice is the soul of this album – Sona Mohapatra , Richa Sharma, Kavita Seth, Shalmali Kholgade, Nooran Sisters, Akriti Kakar, Teesha Nigam and Meenal Jain. To all the women – It’s now time to accept your superiority and charge ahead!”

Popular and celebrated duo Nooran Sisters said, “8 takes the conversation around empowerment further through songs that are about strong women. We are glad that Rajiv approached us for the album and we had the opportunity to sing a song that is relevant and will be appreciated by the listeners.”

Speaking about the album, renowned singer Kavita Seth said, “It is extremely important for us to talk about the empowerment of women and the album does that effectively through the powerful medium of music. It is through such efforts that we can have more people discuss issues that matter and take steps to make the society better.”

Popular singer Richa Sharma added, “Women empowerment is an issue close to my heart. We need to create a world where everyone enjoys equal rights and status. Music plays an important role in influencing people and I am glad that through Rajiv and Hungama Artist Aloud, I got to be a part of this initiative.”

You can find the full album here: https://www.hungama.com/album/8/47313953/

Watch the music video of ‘Jug Jug Jeevae’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHnQSr5s6Cs

Next Bacardi House Party Sessions Track

Bacardí House Party Sessions (BHPS) is on a roll with the launch of the second track under the BHPS banner, “Hold Tight” by electronica act, Ape Echoes, mentored by bass phenomenon Mohini Dey. Alternately shuffling through territories influenced by crossover-jazz, electronica, alt-rock, funk, and soul, Ape Echoes forms a sonically and emotionally varied palette that makes it impossible to sit still. Their unique sound comes across even more vividly in the music video starring the music scene’s latest sensation, the multi-hued Jim Sarbh.

“Hold Tight” follows Jim Sarbh as a slothful character who wrestles between his desire to indulge in leisurely activities and his practical need to be productive contributor to society. He stumbles upon an advert of a cloning machine, and uses it to unleash multiple clones to fulfil his diverse responsibilities. The clones change his life, completing chores and routine tasks that he couldn’t bring his original self to do. The video ends full circle with Jim’s clones mirroring his original conflicted personality.

Speaking on her role as a mentor to Ape Echoes, Mohini Dey said, “The independent music scene in India is exploding and there is talent emerging from all corners of the country. What’s important is recognizing talented artists, and providing them with the right guidance and platform in their journey to the top. Ape Echoes is a breakthrough band who, for the past 2 years have consistently done what truly moves them and stayed true to their sound. It has been a fantastic experience to be a part of the creation of “Hold Tight”. It’s great that platforms like Bacardí House Party Sessions are encouraging and promoting fresh and exciting talent like Ape Echoes.”

Watch “Hold Tight” on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL-aOQD2CQQ

“Hold Tight” will be followed by the third Bacardí House Party Sessions track by the artist ‘Pull’, mentored by Amit Trivedi.

About Ape Echoes
Ape Echoes is the frankensteinian brainchild of Bombay-based producers and multi-instrumentalists, Nirmit Shah and Sid Shirodkar. Drummer Sahil Shah joined the duo in 2016, soon after their formation. Guitarist Harsh Gadhvi joined in 2017 in the initial legs of their debut EP release tour. Ape Echoes frequently combine traditional acoustic and electronic instrumentation with experimental sampling - weaving together an immersive if sometimes chaotic musical narrative.

Their debut EP, ‘Ape Machines’, was released in August 2017 and alternately moves through territories influenced by crossover-jazz, electronica, noise, hip-hop, prog-rock, funk, and soul.

About the Bacardí House Party Sessions
Bacardí House Party Sessions was launched as a part of BACARDÍ’s commitment to the world of music, by curating up and coming musical talent in the country. This property brings together India’s happiest music festival – Bacardi NH7 Weekender, legendary artists and the most loved online entertainment channel- YouTube to facilitate a platform where artists can showcase their talent to realize their potential. In its first season, Bacardí House Party Sessions garnered an overwhelming response of a whopping 2, 500 entries, out of which 4 artists got shortlisted to make their own music video. The campaign overall garnered a unique reach of 5M and drove 1.3M conversations on social media. 

The Second Edition of BUDX

Budweiser is back with the second edition of BUDX, which is all set to offer a closer view into the growing and influential music scene in the country. The renewed program will be a 360-degree experiential platform that focuses on bringing the emerging electronic music culture to the fore while also uniting nightlife’s brightest creative minds and fans through a deeper multi - pronged program entailing collective experiences, workshops, live events and installations. It aims to focus on the development and collaboration of artists within four vastly expanding sub-cultural sounds currently shaping India's music landscape - Techno / EDM, Bass, Hip-Hop and Undercurrent. However, the larger mission is to create a synergy within these genres of music and the brand, building a platform for artists to discover and curate communally.

BUDX 2019 will witness the unison of local tastemakers, emerging locals and the best of international talent, the likes of Boiler Room, DIVINE, Sub Focus, Foreign Beggars, Ox7gen, amongst others, with the sole purpose of nurturing and growing understated sounds. With the spotlight on local talent, all sessions are designed in a way to empower the upcoming artists by giving them an opportunity to work closely with some of the leading global names from the music industry. Fueling this further, select pairings will also unite for the first time ever and perform together on stage, providing for a truly conducive environment to encourage the local EDM artists and communities of the country.

Spanning over 2 days in March (23rd and 24th March, 2019) the second edition of BUDX will include various stimulating sessions such as masterclasses, seminars and real-time collaborations. Catering to the rapidly growing influential music scene and modern music lovers, the day sessions will transition into an evening filled with leading artists coming together to perform specially curated sets, an experience that will be open to the public. VICE India is the content and production partner for BUDX 2019 and the event is ticketed by BookMyShow.

Commenting on the IP, BUDX, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing - South – AsiaAB InBev opined, “India’s music scene is evidently evolving, with an explosion of young talented producers across diverse subcultures. We were witness to this in our first edition of BUDX and are now really thrilled to take this program to the next level through the refreshed format. At Budweiser, we believe in energizing young and emerging talents to break free from the ordinary life and seize the extraordinary opportunity to “Be A King” and BUDX is reflective of the same principle. We are positive that BUDX will grow to be the ultimate music lab for artists to share knowledge / resources and collaborate on projects.”

365 - The new Single and Video out now.

Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY® award-winning artist, DJ and producer Zedd and global superstar Katy Perry team up on the new single, “365,” The two wrote the song together, with Zedd producing In tandem with the song’s release, Zedd and Katy shared the official music video for “365” today. Directed by Warren Fu (The Weeknd, Daft Punk) and conceptualized by Katy, it asks the question: could an AI learn to love? The video tells the poignant story of an android Katy Perry, who yearns to be human, as she attempts to make a genuine connection with Zedd.

"Katy and I have known each other for a while now and while on tour together in Australia last summer, we starting working on some music,” shares Zedd,  “After we got off tour and with our musical value systems even more aligned we continued working together and that’s when 365 started to take shape.  As it all came together, we knew we had something special.  I love how Katy sounds on this record.  I’m so excited to finally share this with our fans.”

“I was really excited for Zedd to join my WITNESS: The Tour last year, and in our down time, we started vibing on music, which led to this special song,” says Katy, “Happy to collaborate with such a talented and down-to-earth human being.”

“365” is Zedd’s first single of 2019. The release comes after a massive 2018, which included teaming up with Shawn Mendes for the “Lost In Japan” remix, “Happy Now” with Elley Duhé, and his monster smash “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey. Zedd earned his second #1 at Top 40 Radio and three GRAMMY nominations for “The Middle,” making him a five-time GRAMMY nominee in addition to his 2014 win for Best Dance Recording.

ABOUT ZEDD: Multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd made his debut with Clarity after signing with Interscope in 2012 and has been breaking down barriers surrounding music genres ever since. Last fall, Zedd teamed up with Shawn Mendes for a remix of “Lost In Japan” from Shawn’s latest album. The remix is the follow up to Zedd’s 2018 singles, “Happy Now” with Elley Duhé and his monster hit, “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey.  Zedd released “The Middle” in January 2018, which earned him his second #1 at Top 40 Radio. “The Middle” held the top spot at Top 40 Radio for seven weeks, was #1 at Hot AC Radio for five weeks, and spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Digitally, the song has amassed over 1 billion streams. In December, Zedd received three GRAMMY nominations for “The Middle,” including nominations for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Pop Duo or Group Performance. The three nominations make Zedd a five-time GRAMMY nominee.

In 2017, Zedd released “Stay” with Alessia Cara, which held the #1 spot at Top 40 radio for six consecutive weeks and earned Zedd his second GRAMMY nomination. In 2015, Zedd released True Colors, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Throughout his career, Zedd has worked with a diverse range of artists to create hits, including Hayley Williams on platinum hit “Stay The Night,” which racked up more than 400 million streams, and Selena Gomez on platinum track “I Want You To Know,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

ABOUT KATY PERRY: Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010). PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Roar," “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy became the first artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. Witness was Katy’s third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It set the record for the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. Witness, which contained the hit singles “Chained,” “Swish” and “Bon Appetit,” topped the iTunes Albums chart in 46 countries. Globally, it has achieved more than 2 billion cumulative streams and sold more than two million adjusted albums.

In her 10 years with Capitol, Katy has racked up a cumulative 18+ billion streams alongside worldwide sales of nearly 40 million adjusted albums and 128+ million tracks. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter and was the first to reach 100 million followers. Katy is the only female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Roar” and “Dark Horse” have surpassed the two billion mark.

Listen to “365” here:  https://UMGI.lnk.to/365

View the video for “365” here: zedd.me/365Video

Check out Vandana Nirankari...

Vandana Nirankari, globally recognised for mixing Sindhi music several genres such as  EDM, Hip Hop, Pop and House with an aim to promote her mother tongue. Although the very young & talented Vandana is an Indian Folk Singer and Performer who sings in Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi and English languages too, she also holds her expertise in Semi-Classical, Sufi, Ghazal, Bollywood And Bhajan.While she enjoys a tremendous fan base Nationally & Internationally , her releases have done well around the world with numerous hits including A soulful mashup, Sindhi Abani Boli, The Sindhi Project, Morthotilley, Sikka me etc and have received millions of views on YouTube.

Vandana Nirankari has released her latest single 'Sik Mein'Check out her songs

Link- https://youtu.be/pnXknsvscyc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltl2tAgaOmk 

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#SikMein #VandanaNirankari #SindhiHits #TopSindhiSongs #RamPanjwani

For Business Queries : Email us at vandyofficial12@gmail.com & talent@tips.in Song credits: Singer: Vandana Nirankari Re-created: Juggy Gill Lyrics: Vandana Nirankari and Jayesh Sharma Mixed and Mastered: Gurjinder Singh and Akash Bambar at Saffron Director & DOP: Shailesh Bongale Editor: Dinesh Chavan (Tips Industries Ltd.) DI & Online: Nadeem Akhtar Performers: Pranali Patil and Vishal Kalekar Makeup and hair: Viina Panjwani (panache_brides) Original song credits: Composed and written by: Padmashree Prof. Ram Panjwani ji  Tips

DJ Snake's Launches his new record label

Internationally acclaimed DJ/Producer, William Sami Etienne Grigahcine a.k.a. DJ SNAKE, launched his label ‘Premiere Classe Records’ in India on 8th March 2019, through an exclusive deal with newly launched Indian record label 9122 Records.

Launched globally last year, the label's first release, 4B & TEEZ’s “Whistle” went on to become the most-played record at Ultra Music Festival, Miami. Since then label has been on a steady rise working with exciting producers from around the world.

Says, William (DJ Snake), “To launch my very own record label has always been a dream of mine. Here it is… ‘Premiere Classe’. I wanted to first build a platform and then use it to shine a light on music/people that I believe in. This record label is for people across all corners of the world, to showcase all genres of music. I grew up influenced by different cultures, sounds, feelings, emotions and I want ‘Premiere Classe’ to be a representation of that. I was given a chance some time ago and it changed my life forever, I want to be able to give the same chance to the next generation of artists. No politics. Just dope music.”

The first release in India, curated by the label head DJ Snake himself, is an explosive compilation album titled Premiere Classe – The Beginning. The album portrays the wide range of genres represented by the label. From a heavy hitting ‘Burn’ by SAYMYNAME to groovy neo disco tune ‘Boss’ by Mercer, from Shanghai based pop and dance music prodigy Chace’s ‘Never’ to Plastic Toy’s & DJ Snake’s melodic chill ‘Try Me’, the label shows how to shine a light on music and people DJ Snake believes in.

Carvaan Mini Legends Telugu

After bringing regional retro and classical music to more than a million people, Saregama has now launched yet another bluetooth speaker for its Telugu audience. Carvaan Mini Legends Telugu offers a special, curated collection of 351 popular songs from various artists like Akkineni Nageswara Rao, N.T. Rama Rao, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Ghantasala.

Carvaan Mini Legends Telugu offers features like Bluetooth, USB and AUX, along with preloaded songs. The compact speaker also allows one to tune into AM/FM. This easy to carry speaker comes with four hour battery back-up and a six-month warranty period. 

Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama India says, “We are excited to launch yet another variant specific for the regional audience – Carvaan Mini Legends - Telugu. With handpicked collection of music, we are sure that the new variant too will win hearts of people.”

This all-in-one music player is a perfect speaker for a getaway and yet stay connected to your roots.

Carvaan Mini Legends – Telugu is economically priced at Rs 2490/- and will be available on www.saregama.com and your nearest retail outlets.

Bacardi House Party Sessions Season 2

Bacardí House Party Sessions (BHPS) presents to you the first of many incredible tracks this year - “Junglee” by EDM duo Zenith & Charan, winners of BHPS 2. For its second season, BHPS brought on-board the energetic and diverse Benny Dayal, to mentor Zenith & Charan through their “Junglee” journey. Known for their power-packed bass drops and catchy tunes that make you want to move, the duo just dropped the music video as the first track under #BacardiHousePartySessions Season 2.

The music video explores the professional dynamic between a Madari (master) and his monkey. The typical role is reversed which leads to a simple change in perspective. After an introduction to Zenith & Charan’s new tune, the Madari and the monkey become overnight sensations and we discover that the monkey was the Madari’s twin all along. Junglee’s offbeat sound along with the unconventional storytelling, and a vibe that makes you want to move, makes this track one to watch out for!

About Zenith
Zenith is the moniker under which prodigious Mumbai-based DJ and producer, Harshit Agarwal, has been making his mark on the electronic music industry, both in India and globally. Driven by an unrelenting passion for electronic dance music, Harshit began his musical journey in 2014. The next couple of years saw this blooming talent from the city of Jaipur, take the Indian EDM circuit by storm, making people across India’s best clubs and campuses dance to his tunes.

The year 2018 proved to be a milestone in his musical evolution, where he began making beats to independent Hindi music, blending the two effortlessly. The warmth of heartfelt songwriting and the euphoria of electronic music come together beautifully in Zenith’s new sound – a true reflection of his persona. His latest release ‘Kho Gaye’ ranked #1 on the ‘Trending’ charts on Tik Tok, and featured in the ‘Top Pop Music’ charts on Apple Music as well as the ‘Pop Essentials’ list on Saavn.

Zenith has played at some of India’s biggest festivals, be it Amsterdam Dance Event (IND), Sunburn Festival, Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC), Hardwell’s World’s Biggest Guestlist Festival or the MTV Block Party. Having performed alongside fabled acts from across the globe, such as Alan Walker, David Guetta, Tiesto, Bassjackers, and Dyro, Zenith has been sending dancefloors into a musical frenzy.

About Charan
Charan is a musical entity who has lived through the entire spectrum of what music embodies. His voice has garnered its own reputation for the sweet tingles it leaves listeners with - getting melodies stuck in not just the audiences head, but also heart.

Being a turn-key musician, Charans soulful compositions integrate colorful guitar progressions into his warm singing through his unique flair of fills and harmonic falsettos.

Through his journey, he has trickled through every format of musical design from score, production, live performances to writing, music direction and multiple releases spanning through an array of genres - hindi and english alike.

Body Language

VYRL Originals breaks out its new track “Body Language” with HIP- POP, Desi Rap star, IKKA featuring the talented RNB Duo, THEMXXNLIGHT. Appreciating a woman’s beauty, the gentlemen trio has curated a charming rap to suit the HIP-POP culture of today.

’Body Language’ is IKKA’s first solo non-film single under VYRL Originals with the unique duo THEMXXNLIGHT. The video is shot in the midst of an exotic location showcasing a vibrant party vibe with music and dance by the bay, directed by DirectorGifty.

With successful hits in the past Ikka has created a massive fan base for himself and with ‘Body Language’, the multitalented rapper endeavours to set a benchmark for creating a new genre, HIP- POP with a complete mix of HIPHOP and the POP culture.

Speaking about the track ‘Body Language’, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President of Universal Music Group India & South Asia said “IKKA is a phenomenal artist and his growth in the last couple of years has been remarkable. I am very excited about this collaboration between Ikka and the extremely talented THEMXXNLIGHT.  We have tried to push boundaries with every new release under VYRL Originals and ‘Body Language’ is one such example of an exciting collaboration with many firsts.

IKKA shares his excitement about the track “I started with commercial music and now I am here, this is my first solo non-film single and I am extremely excited. The track is very close to my heart, it was fun shooting it in a very beautiful location with THEMXXNLIGHT,

THEMXXNLIGHT comments “Its great to associate with IKKA for this unique HIP-POP track. Body Language is sure to make waves and we are looking forward to our audience’s responses. It was great fun working with IKKA and it’s amazing to see how he is so focused and passionate about his music”

Body Language the track will be released worldwide across all music platforms.

Sterling Reserve Music Project releases...

Sterling Reserve Music Project launches “Dil Mera” a melodic track about one sided love by Left Turn. The song is an expression of love and moving on. The track has a soulful melody which is sure to win hearts.

“Dil Mera” has been penned, composed and produced by the band - Left Turn. The song has a simple melody and rhythm which makes one want to hear it on loop. It has also been interestingly shot by Sai Pawar, who has captured the light hearted camaraderie of the band members.

Talking about the track, Left Turn said, “We are ecstatic to release our new track ‘Dil Mera’ with Sterling Reserve Music Project. The song is about a guy who’s torn between one sided love and trying to move on in his life. Big ups to Universal Music India and Sterling Reserve Music Project team for the platform and helping us shape up our vision for our final release!”

Talking about the track, Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said, “The Sterling Reserve Music Project is an enabler platform for Independent music and is a partnership between Sterling Reserve and Universal Music India. We are proud to present our second single from the project from an amazing band called Left Turn with their debut single Dil Mera. The band comprises of skilled musicians and I am certain they have a promising career ahead. We are happy to discover their talent and be part of their journey.”

Sharing his thoughts, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to reveal this second track from the Sterling Reserve Music Project. In line with the brand ideology of Chase the Next, the track “Dil Mera,” by Left Turn is sure to resonate with wide audiences. The property is an incredible platform to encourage emerging talent and present them to audiences.”

Universal Music India and Allied Blenders and Distillers created The Sterling Reserve Music Project which aims to incubate, encourage and promote aspiring singer songwriters to showcase their talent and release their music globally.

Gav Mastie's Valentine Day Special

Plug in your headphones and take a trip down the love road with Tips Music new song ‘Ghulam Tera’ releasing on 14th February, 2019  Tips Music have yet another single from the very talented Gav Mastie, titled ‘Ghulam Tera’ directed by Parmod Sharma Rana, music composed by Gurmeet Singh and written by Preet Tarpai.

Tips Music has crossed many landmarks catering to the needs of audience dwelling in all kind of melodies for more than 40 years now. With current trend drifting towards Punjabi music and Tips being the company ahead of its time have launched its young talentGav Mastie, who is already popular in Punjabi Music Circuit. Throughout these years, there have been many moments like these where Tips presented a platform for fresh artists and brought them to mainstream.

Kumar Taurani said "Tips Music as a company has always encouraged quality work & will continue to do so. We have spread our  wings across Film production along with Music Production with the same vision of setting the new trends for the market"

Ghulam Tera Link:  http://bit.ly/GhulamTera

Features in music video

“Famous Bollywood Actress Angela Krislinzki recently did a photo shoot with the ace photographer Haider Khan and the results are breathtaking to say the least. She is definitely raising the temperature high on social media. She had posted pictures of her new shoot, where she is  setting Instagram on fire and  creating an internet sensation! The pictures are creating buzz all over  instagram and she is getting lots of love and followers!! 

Angela Krislinzki started her career with a Telugu hit ‘Rogue’ directed by Puri Jaganadh. Her bollywood debut was ‘1921’ directed by Vikram Bhatt. Apart from that she has also participated in ‘India’s next superstar’ which was judged by Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty.

She is currently working on her workshops for her upcoming movie which will be on the floor by March '19, Fans are super excited to see her on the big screen soon. 

She had recently posted pictures on  Instagram, captioning "There's a million fish in the sea but I am a Mermaid which was Shot by her favourite  and ace photographer  Haider Khan. We just can't wait to share this one with you all..

Angela has also featured in a music video with T series which is called as “I  am better now. The music video is out and it also features Sidhu Moosewala. The video is garnering millions of views and it has got a lot of love from the audience.

Watch out for this talent.....

Aditi Iyer is a 14 year old gifted western classical / opera and English pop singer. She started humming when she was nine months old and has been performing since she was eight years old. She has worked with several known and talented artistes in India and overseas.

Aditi was invited to sing on live TV in Europe and has sung in several radio broadcasts in Europe and India (including 94.3 Radio One and 92.7 Big FM). She has collaborated with very talented musicians in a music video along with 22 talented senior artists such as Aditya Narayan, BlaaZe, Jimmy Khan & The Big Ears (Walnut Studios), Ankita Sachdev, Vasuda Sharma, Chintoo Bhosle, and Ravi Iyer.

Her Facebook page has 17500 followers and she aims to become a famous International artiste.  Recently, she was invited to sing opera / western classical songs in the NCPA Experimental Theatre as part of the gifted youth series as she wowed the music lovers in Mumbai. 

Achievements:
1. YouTube: Her official YouTube channel (managed by parents) has almost 3300 subscribers and 650000 views with over 120 music videos of Aditi. www.youtube.com/aditiiyerofficial

2. Facebook: Her official Facebook (managed by parents) has about 17,500 followers and has an update of all her live performances, studio live recordings, national and international performances. www.facebook.com/AditiIyerOfficial

3. Performance @ NCPA: Aditi was invited to sing opera / western classical songs in the NCPA Theatre as part of the gifted youth series where she wowed the music lovers in Mumbai.
Recent NCPA performance link. : https://www.facebook.com/100015390975694/posts/441640103025685/

4. Award: AFRC Alumni Association and members of the Peace Gong Kerala Bureau awarded the Art for Education recognition, which is a one of its kind award to Aditi Iyer in April 2015. https://afrcindia.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/aditi-iyer-singer-bags-afrc-art-for-education-award/ 

Avanie Joshi to star in 'Ajnabi Sa'

" Avanie wishes to build a world of emotionally strong and independent women" 
Avanie Joshi who recently dropped her single ‘Future soul’ is all set to star in the new rock song 'Ajnabi Sa’ , the song is beautifully composed by Avanie and programmed by Ved Sharma . Avanie Joshi has now n’ then, delighted us by incorporating her rawness in her soundtracks other than aforementioned films by adding a pinch of Indian-ness to the genre.
Rock songs that were limited to only limited followers of international and Indian bands are all set to find a wider audience now, thanks to Avanie Joshi for bringing in this new wave.
Working on this rock number Avanie joshi says, “ I have had a great time working on this project,Im greatful to the whole team for creating such an amazing piece of art. I believe this song will be highly appreciated by all the pretty women out there. The story of the video is also very motivational and i want all my girls out there to know that you are special and if someone doesnt respect you just let him go. I wish to build a world of emotionally strong and independent women."

Interviews

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.