ANNIVERSARIES:

Bette Midler 1-Dec ! Brad Delson (Linkin Park) 1-Dec ! Udit Narayan 1-Dec ! Bombay S.Jayashri 2-Dec ! Britney Spears 2-Dec ! Charlie Puth 2-Dec ! Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) 2-Dec ! Nelly Furtado 2-Dec ! Rick Savage (Def Leppard) 2-Dec ! Ozzy Osbourne 3-Dec ! Jay-Z 4-Dec ! Nagai Muralidharan 4-Dec ! Subash Goel 4-Dec ! Kadri Gopalnath 5-Dec ! Little Richard 5-Dec ! Sabbas Joseph 5-Dec ! Manoj 6-Dec ! Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 6-Dec ! Roshan Ara Begum 6-Dec ! Sujata Trivedi 6-Dec ! Ulf Ekberg (Ace Of Base) 6-Dec ! Vishwanath Rao Ringe 6-Dec ! Aaron Carter 7-Dec ! Nicole Appleton (All Saints) 7-Dec ! Bobby Elliot (The Hollies) 8-Dec ! Marty Friedman (Megadeth) 8-Dec ! Nicki Minaj 8-Dec ! Paul Rutherford 8-Dec ! Phil Collen (Def Leppard) 8-Dec ! Sinéad O'Connor 8-Dec ! Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran) 8-Dec ! Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) 9-Dec ! Nick Seymour (Crowded House) 9-Dec ! Tre Cool (Green Day) 9-Dec ! Meg White (The White Stripes) 10-Dec ! M.Chandrasekharan 11-Dec ! Mahakavi Subrmanya Bharathi 11-Dec ! Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) 11-Dec ! Anutosh Degharia 12-Dec ! Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) 12-Dec ! Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) 12-Dec ! Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) 12-Dec ! Sheila E. 12-Dec ! Sriram Gangadharan 12-Dec ! Taylor Swift 13-Dec ! Tom DeLonge 13-Dec ! Muskan K. 14-Dec ! Babul Supriyo 15-Dec ! Rasoolan Bai 15-Dec ! Usha Mangeshkar 15-Dec ! Benny Andersson (ABBA) 16-Dec ! Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) 16-Dec ! Edwin Paul 16-Dec ! Flo Rida 16-Dec ! Michael McCary (Boyz II Men) 16-Dec ! Mike Mills (R.E.M.) 17-Dec ! Christina Aguilera 18-Dec ! DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) 18-Dec ! DMX 18-Dec ! Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) 18-Dec ! Sia 18-Dec ! V.Thyagarajan 18-Dec ! Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project) 20-Dec ! Meghan Trainor 20-Dec ! Peter Criss (Kiss) 20-Dec ! Amin Sayani 21-Dec ! Anand (Milind) 21-Dec ! Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthi 21-Dec ! Neyvelli Venkatesh 22-Dec ! Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) 23-Dec ! M.Subramaniam 23-Dec ! Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) 23-Dec ! Annie Lennox 24-Dec ! Dido 24-Dec ! Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) 24-Dec ! Ricky Martin 24-Dec ! Naushad 25-Dec ! andit Ram Narayan 25-Dec ! K. G. Ginde 26-Dec ! Lars Ulrich (Metallica) 26-Dec ! David Knopfler (Dire Straits) 27-Dec ! Malabika Kanan 27-Dec ! Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai 27-Dec ! Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman 27-Dec ! John Legend 28-Dec ! Deenanath Mangeshkar 29-Dec ! Ellie Goulding 30-Dec ! Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) 30-Dec ! Sonali Bajpai 30-Dec ! Tyrese 30-Dec ! A.Kanyakumari 31-Dec ! Andy Summers (The Police) 31-Dec ! Burton Cummings 31-Dec ! George Thorogood 31-Dec ! Joe McIntyre 31-Dec ! Mallikarjun Mansur 31-Dec ! Nandu Vichare 31-Dec ! Patti Smith 31-Dec ! Scott Ian (Anthrax) 31-Dec ! Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) 31-Dec ! Grandmaster Flash (1958) 1-Jan ! T.Chowdiah 1-Jan ! Rajashekhar Mansur 1-Jan ! Shrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar1-Jan !Bharati Vaishampayan 1-Jan !Jyotyi Venkatesh 2-Jan !N.Kiranavali 2-Jan !Shalmali Kholgade 2-Jan !Akhtar Sadmani 2-Jan !Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) (1975) 3-Jan !John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) (1946) 3-Jan !Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (1945) 3-Jan !Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) (1960) 4-Jan !Pandit Neeraj 4-Jan !A. R. Rehaman 5-Jan !Gurdas Mann 5-Jan !Marilyn Manson (1969) 5-Jan !Chris Stein (Blondie) (1950) 5-Jan ! George Brown (Kool & The Gang) (1949) 5-Jan ! Kamleshwar 6-Jan ! Meena Paleja 6-Jan ! Suman Ghosh 6-Jan ! Mark O'Toole (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 6-Jan ! Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) (1963) 6-Jan ! Kathie Sledge (Sister Sledge) (1959) 6-Jan ! Kenny Loggins (1948) 7-Jan ! Sean Paul (1975)8-Jan ! R. Kelly (1968) 8-Jan ! Terry Sylvester (Hollies) (1947) 8-Jan ! Robby Krieger (The Doors) (1946) 8-Jan ! Shirley Bassey (1937) 8-Jan ! A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) (1978)9-Jan ! Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) (1967) 9-Jan ! Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) (1944)9-Jan ! Joan Baez (1941) 9-Jan ! Maharajapuram Ramachandran9-Jan ! Mahendra Kapoor9-Jan ! Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande 9-Jan ! K.J. Yesudas10-Jan ! Chris Smith (Kris Kross) (1979) 10-Jan ! Aerle Taree (Arrested Development) (1973) 10-Jan ! Joey Santiago (The Pixies) (1965) 10-Jan ! Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) (1964) 10-Jan ! Pat Benatar (1953) 10-Jan ! Donald Fagen (1948) 10-Jan ! Aynsley Dunbar (Jefferson Starship) (1946) 10-Jan ! Rod Stewart (1945) 10-Jan ! Nadeem 11-Jan ! Asha Khadilkar 11-Jan ! Mary J. Blige (1971) 11-Jan ! Tom Dumont (No Doubt) (1968) 11-Jan ! Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) (1958) 11-Jan ! Naomi Judd (1946) 11-Jan ! Shiv Kumar 12-Jan ! Mahesh Kale 12-Jan ! Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) (1974)12-Jan ! Per Gessle (Roxette) (1959) 12-Jan ! Javed Siddiqi 13-Jan ! Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) (1970) 13-Jan ! Trevor Rabin (Yes) (1954) 13-Jan ! Ulhas Kashalkar 14-Jan ! Kaifi Azami 14-Jan ! Omi Sonik 14-Jan ! Ustad Alla Rakha Khan 14-Jan ! Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) (1982)14-Jan ! Pitbull (1981)14-Jan ! Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) (1969) 14-Jan ! LL Cool J (1968) 14-Jan ! Geoff Tate (Queensryche) (1959) 14-Jan ! Babla Mehta 15-Jan ! Jatin Rajguru 16-Jan ! O.P. Nayyar 16-Jan ! Maxine Jones (En Vogue) (1966) 16-Jan ! Sade (1959) 16-Jan ! Javed Akhtar 17-Jan ! Maya Govind 17-Jan ! Ramesh Taurani 17-Jan ! Sreekant Narayan 17-Jan ! Calvin Harris (1984)17-Jan ! Kid Rock (1971)17-Jan ! Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) (1957) 17-Jan ! 1Paul Young (1956) 17-Jan ! Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) (1948) 17-Jan ! Jonathan Davis (Korn) (1971)18-Jan ! Sawai Gandharva 19-Jan ! Jayanthi Kumaresh 19-Jan ! Dewey Bunnell (America) (1952) 19-Jan ! Dolly Parton (1946) 19-Jan ! Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) (1979)20-Jan ! Ian Hill (Judas Priest) (1958) 20-Jan ! Paul Stanley (Kiss) (1952) 20-Jan ! Sanjay Subrahmanyan 21-Jan ! Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) (1976)21-Jan !Billy Ocean (1950) 21-Jan ! Placido Domingo (1941) 21-Jan ! Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses) (1965) 22-Jan ! Steve Perry (Journey) (1949) 22-Jan ! Earl Falconer (UB40) (1959) 23-Jan ! Kuldip Sood 24-Jan ! Onkar Nath Thakur 24-Jan ! Rekha Vishal 24-Jan ! Neil Diamond (1941) 24-Jan ! Kavita Krishnamurti 25-Jan ! Alicia Keys (1981) 25-Jan ! Richard Finch (KC & The Sunshine Band) (1954)25-Jan ! Falguni Seth 26-Jan ! Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (1963) 26-Jan ! Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) (1955) 26-Jan ! Chetanya Padukone 27-Jan ! Preety (Preety – Pinky) 27-Jan ! Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) (1945) 27-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Suman Kalyanpur 28-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Ajay Pohankar 28-Jan ! Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) (1980) 28-Jan ! Sarah McLachlan (1968) 28-Jan ! Jonny Lang (1981)29-Jan ! Eddie Jackson (Queensr˙che) (1961) 29-Jan ! Gajananrao Joshi 30-Jan ! Phil Collins (1951) 30-Jan ! Justin Timberlake ('N Sync) (1981) 31-Jan ! John Lydon (Sex Pistols/P.I.L.) (1956) 31-Jan ! ! Big Boi (Outkast) 1-Feb ! Don Everly (Everly Brothers) 1-Feb ! Lisa Marie Presley 1-Feb ! Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) 1-Feb ! Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) 1-Feb ! Anwar 1-Feb ! Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) 2-Feb ! Graham Nash 2-Feb ! Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 2-Feb ! Ross Valory (Santana) 2-Feb ! Shakira 2-Feb ! Tony Butler (Big Country) 2-Feb ! Asif Merchant 2-Feb ! Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai 2-Feb ! Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar 2-Feb ! S.Somasundaram (Madurai Somu) 2-Feb ! Sean Kingston 3-Feb ! Mani Krishnaswami 3-Feb ! Alice Cooper 4-Feb ! Natalie Imbruglia 4-Feb ! K.K.Ravi 4-Feb ! Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 4-Feb ! Bobby Brown 5-Feb ! Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) 5-Feb ! Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) 5-Feb ! J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) 5-Feb ! Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 6-Feb ! Fabian 6-Feb ! Rick Astley 6-Feb ! David Bryan (Bon Jovi) 7-Feb ! Garth Brooks 7-Feb ! Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) 7-Feb ! Dave "Phoenix" Ferrel (Linkin Park) 8-Feb ! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)8-Feb ! Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) 8-Feb ! Biddu 8-Feb ! Jagjit Singh 8-Feb ! Shobha Gurtu 8-Feb ! Sophiya 8-Feb ! Carole King 9-Feb ! Roberta Flack 10-Feb ! S.Rajam 10-Feb ! Sanjay Tandon 10-Feb ! Brandy 11-Feb ! Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) 11-Feb ! Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) 11-Feb ! Sheryl Crow 11-Feb ! Louis Bank 11-Feb ! Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) 12-Feb ! Chitravina N.Ravikiran 12-Feb ! Rama Ravi 12-Feb ! Ed Gagliardi 13-Feb ! Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) 13-Feb ! Les Warner (The Cult) 13-Feb ! Peter Gabriel 13-Feb ! Peter Tork (The Monkees) 13-Feb ! Robbie Williams 13-Feb ! Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) 14-Feb ! Roger Fisher (Heart) 14-Feb ! Vijay Koparkar 14-Feb ! Ali Campbell (UB40) 15-Feb ! Brandon Boyd (Incubus) 15-Feb ! David Brown (Santana) 15-Feb ! John Helliwell (Supertramp) 15-Feb ! Mikey Craig (Culture Club) 15-Feb ! Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (The Killers) 15-Feb ! Harish Bhimani 15-Feb ! Ramanathapuram C.S.Murugabhoopathy 15-Feb ! Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) 16-Feb ! Ice-T 16-Feb ! James Ingram 16-Feb ! The Weeknd 16-Feb ! Ed Sheeran 17-Feb ! Sonali Raod 17-Feb ! Dennis DeYoung (STYX) 18-Feb ! Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) 18-Feb ! Dr. Dre 18-Feb ! Yoko Ono 18-Feb ! Khayyam 18-Feb ! Seal 19-Feb ! Smokey Robinson 19-Feb ! Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 19-Feb ! Meena Jobalia 19-Feb ! Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) 20-Feb ! Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 20-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 20-Feb ! Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 20-Feb ! Rihanna 20-Feb ! Anu Kapoor 20-Feb ! Charlotte Church 21-Feb ! James Blunt 22-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 22-Feb ! Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 22-Feb ! Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 23-Feb ! Howard Jones 23-Feb ! Johnny Winter 23-Feb ! Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 23-Feb ! Shobha Joshi 23-Feb ! Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 24-Feb ! Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) 24-Feb ! Nakash Aziz 24-Feb ! Naksh Lyalpuri 24-Feb ! P.S.Narayanaswamy 24-Feb ! John Jon (Bronski Beat) 26-Feb ! Jonathan Cain (Journey) 26-Feb ! Michael Bolton 26-Feb ! Paul Cotton (Poco) 26-Feb ! B.V.Lakshmanan 26-Feb ! B.V.Raman 26-Feb ! Chilli (TLC) 27-Feb ! Neil Schon (Journey) 27-Feb ! Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) 27-Feb ! Kunika 27-Feb ! Sameer 27-Feb ! Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) 28-Feb ! Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) 28-Feb ! Pat Monahan (Train) 28-Feb ! Padma Talwalkar 28-Feb ! Ravindra Jain 28-Feb ! U.Shrinivas 28-Feb ! Versha Usgaonkar 28-Feb ! Cyrus Broacha 29-Feb ! Rukmini Devi 29-Feb

Artist Management Makes A Difference

The Artist Management scene has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years and showing a continued uptrend. Raga to Rock caught up with Anurag Rao, Founder of Canvas Talent Co. who has in his roster some of the biggest Actor/Singers in Bollywood, including the likes of Farhan Akthar & Ayushman Khurana. Anurag Rao has a long history with Music , he was the Guitarist with the band Pythagorus & the Right Angles, A&R head at MTv, Head at Reliance Big Fm before he decided to set up his Artist Management company. Here Anurag shares his views on Artist Management, Artists, Music and the way ahead. 

Tell us how Canvas Talent Co. came about?

I had spend about 7 to 8 years at MTv, my primary role was Artist Management, Artist Development & Programming, so when I moved out I got pulled by Reliance Big FM, which took around 2 years to set up but by the time I had lost interest. We started off in 2006-2007 and would look out for Event opportunities and sign new artists. Most of the Artists in those days had secretaries or agents. Even though we had the Knowledge & Knowhow to help develop an Artist, there were deterrents and people who would not let you help the Artist. Then I started Canvas Talent Co. with Fardeen Khan & Zahid Khan, friends from back in the days, when I got into doing events.

What did you learn when you started off?

It was a rough start but the relationships in the Film & Music Industry are crucial. We did gigs and we learnt it was not easy to make a profit organizing events. It was a ‘Peoples Business’, it was all about relationships and these relationships counted when we started off. Also those days you had to be politically correct and play ‘Good cop Bad cop’ so you could make your bread and butter or living as a sole operator. 

How did you get Farhan Akhtar on board?

Farhan came much later in my life. I knew Farhan from his ‘Dil Chata Hai’ days then along the way became friends somewhere in 2012, when Maa Durga happened Farhan wanted to set up an initiative with gender equality, he started M.A.R.D (Men against Rape & Gender Equality). I was having a telephonic conversation and he mentioned he wanted to bring awareness to MARD, that’s when we started working together. We got Salim–Suliaman to create a song ‘Chu lien Aasman’ and we tied up with an NGO HNGO (Helping Women get Online), we did a 6 city tour across colleges. This initiative got us the Channel V award that year. This is where it all began.

Why do you think there is a need for Artist Management?

I realized that the Artists were not able to achieve success or stardom as some of them did not look out for the right representation and some of them don’t know how to find the right representation. There are Management companies that have come a long way, OML (Only Much Louder) being one of them is the best with Independent Music and I don’t think that anyone who has done that kind of stuff but again they went into the Event space. They have managed to develop a few acts.

What is the change you would like to see in the Artist Management scene?

The change I would like to see in the Artist Management scene is from the Artist side. Unless the Artist feels

a) there is a need for them to develop

b) there is a need for his sound to be more cooler & hipper

c) more competitive compared to what is happening out there

or else they will be stuck with Booking Agents cause they want Live shows.

The Music business is not only about Live shows, you will be able to make more if your Music is reaching out to other parts of the world touching few thousand people elsewhere also. The thing they are not realizing is that it is not about the Music only anymore. It is the experience and the experience not only comes from the Music you create but also comes from who you are as an individual, what part of you is in your Music. It is cause of this experience that the listener would want to put the Song on repeat play, want to go get your Merchandising and get you engaging with fans. You could have a #1 hit and still be broke Live Musician.

What do you think is the weakness in the Artist Management space?

The only possible gap in the eco-system is the lack of A&R which is a key factor to what the Artists become. Some Artists want to do Live, Live, Live…and not interested in developing themselves and some of them may not have the capabilities to develop an Act and might not understand what it takes and probably that only comes from the experience of being in the Music business and that could be a few decades.

What do you think of the other Artist Management companies?

Most of the Artist Management companies are doing a great job, most of them have come up in the last 5-8 years, and their Artists are happy and as long as they are happy, the company is happy obviously they are doing a good job with the Artist. We also deal with other Artist Management companies hence we know they are doing a great job with the Artists they have.

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.