Based out of Mumbai (India), Ravi Iyer began his musical journey by learning the Tabla during his childhood (period 1975). Having learnt the instrument from his Guru Late Shri V. Acharekar for a period of 5 years, Ravi has also stood gold medalist for his Tabla Solo performance in a prestigious Inter-School competition held back then. Later Inspired by guitar virtuoso and his idol, Ritchie Blackmore, Ravi Iyer in his teens took up the Guitar and there’s been no looking back since then. He has been tutored by his Guitar Gurus Late Mr. Bismarck Rodrigues(Mumbai, India), Mr. Christopher Rodricks (presently based out of UK) and Mr. John Timothy(Mumbai,India) back in the years.
With his fusion band he has headlined at The Taehwa River International Jazz Festival in Ulsan (South Korea), The Indian Embassy New York (USA) and every other prestigious Music Festival held in India as well.
Delhi based singer-songwriter Arnav Maggo began playing the guitar at age 13 and started to explore his artistic voice during his time at New York University. His music emphasizes the concept, vocal melodies and guitar phrases in an ambient setting. His western approach brings out a unique flavor in his Hindi songs. He moved back from New York where he was working in Finance to pursue a career in music. His message revolves around self-realization, fighting life’s stagnancy and breaking monotony (be it in a relationship, job or a mental state), which people of all ages strongly relate to in their own ways. His influences include Radiohead, Mumford & Sons and Dire Straits.
Mumbai-based singer-songwriter, Raghav Meattle, has built quite the following for his brand of music, ever since his appearance on Season 2 of The Stage – India’s first reality show dedicated to English music, where he ended up as a semi finalist. Raghav was nominated for the Radio City Freedom Awards under the Best Pop Artist category last year. Raghav describes his music as ‘vocal first’, with great attention paid to lyrics and melodies. The core of his music lies in his vocals and the acoustic guitar, as that is how most of his songs are written. His music draws influences from the likes of George Ezra, Jack Johnson and John Mayer.
Louiz Banks has been spearheading the Jazz Movement in India since the past four decades. He has been singularly instrumental in bringing a high standard of Jazz performance for jazz devotees in India. He has been given the name ‘Godfather of Jazz in India’.
Apart from playing Jazz, he is the most sought after composer and is the only person in India to Compose Music for Advertising Commercials, TV Serials, TV Themes, Curtain Raisers, Anthems Documentaries, Stage Musicals, Film Background Scores, Popular and Hindi Commercial Music.
He has composed for a record breaking 15,000 plus Ad Jingles.
He arranged and produced ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ and was the composer, arranger and producer for ‘Spread The Light of Freedom’. He composed the signature tune for Doordarshan English News. He has proved his calibre, time and again, by performances with Indian greats such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Ustad Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Vidhwan Vikku Vinayakaram among many others.
He has performed with some of the world renowned Jazz Musicians such as Eddie Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Charlie Mariano, Yolande Bavan, John McLaughlin, Tony Lakatos, George Brooks , Wallace Roney , Bob Belden , Roseanna Vitro , Carl Clements, John McLaughlin, Eric Harland, Chris Potter, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kenny Garrett, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Dave Holland and above them all, the legendary Dizzy Gillespie.
Louiz continues to perform LIVE and tour the world over …. And in his free time when he is not playing music he paints impressionistic canvases in oil and acrylic.
One of the top sitar maestros in the country, Purbayan Chatterjee belongs to the Senia Maihar Gharana founded by Baba Allauddin Khan.
His gurus are his father Pt. Parthapratim Chatterjee and sarod legend Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, while he has received vocal training from Pt. Ajay Chakraborty and in tabla from Pt. Anindo Chatterjee.
The recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the President of India award, the Aditya Vikram Birla award, a Rotary international award and many others, Purbayan says music is inspired by the sound of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee.
He has conceived the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate - the first Indian Classical band with a contemporary touch, which has performed the world over and regularly collaborates with the likes of Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Zakir Hussain while he has also done landmark collaborations with jazz legend Pat Metheny,George Brooks, Pete Lockett and Kunle Ayo.
A progressive musician, Purbayan is constantly pushing new boundaries and during the pandemic lockdown, along with Darshan Doshi, Aditya Srinivasan and Mahesh Raghvan developed technology for musicians to play virtually live without latency! It is little wonder that he is internationally renowned and one of the most sought-after musicians in the country.
It is with great pride that we welcome Purbayan to the Turnkey Music family and look forward to working with this globally popular artiste.
Arnab Chakraborty is an award winning vocalist, composer and a musical reality show champion from India. He has sung and composed numerous projects for films and television, won the ‘K For Kishore’ talent contest on Sony Television and has been nominated for the Zee Cine Awards and Stardust Awards 2005 for his popular song ‘Wada Raha Pyar Se Pyar Ka’, from the movie ‘Khakee’. His vocals has been featured in the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2014 anthem. He has composed music for two award winning films ‘Teenkahon’ and ‘The Violin Player’ and has also made his name as a live concert performer all over the world.
Aditi Paul found her mellifluous voice at Santi Niketan, honing her magical skills under the tutelage of Pt. Ajay Chakraborty and continuing her artistic development under Pt. Bhavdeep Jaipurwale. Aditi’s unmistakeable talent was recognised on the first season of the TV reality series, Indian Idol. Her growing popularity opened doors for her in the Music Industry, where she lent her voice to films like Ram Leela, Bahubali 2, Vicky Donor and many others. Her unquestionable talent has led her to work with maestros like AR Rahman, Illayaraja and Sanjay Leela Bhansali among others. A consummate artiste, Aditi’s performances across the world inspire awe and wonder within her burgeoning fan following.
Ambar Das is a music composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Guwahati, Assam. He has been part of several bands including Soulmate, Faith, Voodoo Child, Band of Brothers (an Indo/German fusion band), Warklung and East India Company with Papon, among several others. He has also composed and produced music for several jingles, films, TV and web series and documentaries.
Ambar has studied composition, drumming and jazz drumming in particular, percussion and guitar from a number of legendary national and international musicians. Little wonder then that he is much in demand as a musician on both the regional and national music circuit and has played with the late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Zubeen Garg and Papon and composed and produced for artistes as diverse as Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Ila Arun, Pankaj Udhas and Sukhwinder Singh.
Among the most sought after guitar players in Mumbai, Adil is now upping his game after having played with the likes of bands such as Indian Ocean and Silk Route, music directors like Vishal – Shekhar and Clinton Cerejo and legendary singers like Shubha Mudgal. He’s been leader of The Adil Manuel Collective which is focussed on music collaborations with artistes from overseas and India, as evidenced by his work with Vasuda Sharma and now the French Manuel ∞ Tincrès Projekt. Adil’s best work is in the jazz, R&B and funk genres.Youtube
India’s first true pop star. India’s first rapper. Meet Baba Sehgal. Composer, lyricist, humourist, producer and actor to boot. His multi platinum album ‘Thanda Thanda Pani’ in 1992 launched him to superstardom and since then he has gone from strength to strength.
Baba embraced the digital medium in 2015 and has had over 20 singles out with ‘Going To The Gym’, ‘Chicken Fried Rice’, ‘Aaloo Ka Paratha’ and ‘Rihanna O Rihanna’ becoming colossal hits. Baba was also the first to mix Hindi and English words and crazy humour in his songs.
Druv Kent is a singer-songwriter creating modern, semi-acoustic Western folk music of reflective lyrics set to contemporary rhythms, in both English and Hindi. Druv’s debut album, About Time, was produced by the UK-based Calum MacColl (Ronan Keating), Tim Bradshaw (John Mayer, David Gray), and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers). Druv has also released a number of singles to popular and critical acclaim and has been supported by BBC Radio 2 in the UK. His second album is due in 2020, with other singles produced in Sweden and Nashville. Druv also has singles in Hindi and is composing for a major Bollywood film. Druv performs live with his five piece band and has headlined various venues and festivals in Singapore, UK, India, and elsewhere.
Born in London to film director Shekhar Kapur and singer/actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Kaveri currently a student of class 9, started to sing even before she learnt to walk or talk. Having started her musical training in Hindustani classical music at the age of six, Kaveri then trained in western classical vocals, piano and guitar and subsequently started to write and compose songs at the age of 11, recording her first single “Did you know” at the age of twelve. ‘Making music is all I want to do’ says Kaveri who takes great inspiration from the likes of Taylor Swift
"K. C. Loy, an Indie singer-songwriter and performer is the Winner of the Maharashtra state award 2006 for outstanding music in the Marathi blockbuster Pak Pak Pakaaak He has also co-composed and written the lyrics for the Hindi trailer song of the Oscar award winner Life of Pi. As a multi-lingual vocalist he has lent his voice in many films and advertisements including “I proud to be Indian, Aai no.1, Khamiyaza, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata hai.” As a singer-songwriter, his band K. C. Loy's Indie Republic performs indie-original, multilingual songs showcasing the sounds of India with a healthy dose of Funk and Rock.
His song & video Ab Nahin, with a strong social message, has won the Delhi Shorts Int. Film Festival 2015 & Mumbai Shorts Int. Film Festival 2015."
If one had to list the pillars of the Indian pop music industry, the talented singer / songwriter / producer Leslee Lewis would undoubtedly figure as the most prominent. A composer par excellence, Lezz has created classics like ‘Paree Hoon Main’ for Suneeta Rao, ‘De De Mujhko’ for Alisha Chinai, ‘Jaanam Samjha Karo’ for Asha Bhosle among the dozens and dozens of songs that are a part of Indipop folklore. Yet, his work as one half of the Colonial Cousins is what he is best remembered for. The pathbreaking debut album, the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged, the incredible songs and videos are testimony to the success an artiste in India can have outside of films. Ironic, as his father P.L. Raj, was a renowned Bollywood dance director! Less known is the fact that Leslee produced all the songs on Season 1 of Coke Studio India in a ridiculously short span of time, composed and produced an album for You Tube sensation Shraddha Sharma and has released two solo albums of his own material besides having produced 10 songs for the ‘Music From Paddy Fields’ albums.
The country's leading female Composer, Pianist and Music Director, Merlin has lent her musical wizardry to productions in Theatre, Advertising, Sonic Branding, Albums, Concerts and Bollywood Films.
From the Blue Note in the US, to Hennessy Jazz Ambassador, to Europe ... she continues to perform, produce and create new musical pathways.
Recently Awarded by the World Leadership Inspirational Women Congress for Music. Her latest venture is Let’s Merge with Indian classical vocalist Dhanashree Pandit.
Website : www.merlindsouza.com
Nishtha is a singer songwriter born and raised in New Delhi. She started singing at an early age and went on to study music at the Berkley School of Music. Nishtha released her debut album “Minor Epiphany” in February 2016. Renowned producer Saibal Basu, recorded and mixed the album. There are three singles out from ‘Minor Epiphany’, ‘By Your Side’, ‘Wasting My Love’ and ‘Stones In VaiYoutube
Angaraag Mahanta, better known as Papon to his fans, is a multi instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and producer who has become one of the most sought after voices in the music industry.
The son of famous singers, the late Khagen Mahanta and Archana Mahanta, Papon grew up strongly influenced by the folk music of Assam but also discovered traditional songs from across India. Those influences, fused with western arrangements, have given his music a unique, identifiable sound.
Known today for his Bollywood hits, notably ‘Kyon’ and ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’, Papon has been the toch bearer for non film music as well, whether being a staple on Coke Studio India across seasons, collaborating with different artistes for The Dewarists or producing MTV Unplugged, to his folk and fusion albums like ‘The Story So Far’ and the self released ‘The Story Now’. Plus he stays close to his roots with his songs in Assamese, whether self composed like ‘Paar Hobo Aei Xömöy’ or traditional folk as with the album ‘Börgeet - Ghôxaa Volume 1’
Justin – Uday have been in the music industry for over 25 years, composing music for television commercials for some top brands in our country & also few prestigious Incredible India Campaigns. They have also composed music for the hindi and regional film industry. They were nominated as the best debutant composers for film "Hijack" in the year 2009 by Stardust and Radio Mirchi. Justin & Uday formed the music band Peak Level with a team of some of the finest new talents in the music industry. Their first release ‘Teenage Days’ has been widely appreciated and promises much for the future.
Sanjoy Das better known as Dazz, is a soulful yet fiery musician who started off as a pianist and then moved on to the drums. An autodidactic drummer, Sanjoy developed skills that got him a place in bands like, ‘Paras Pathar’, ‘Krosswindz’, ‘Saturday Night Blues Band’ and ‘Kenosis’. Dazz has a wealth of experience composing music for films and advertisements in the Indian entertainment Industry. Working closely with the likes of the late Rituparno Ghosh, Ila Arun and KK Raina, Sanjoy’s compositions became integral to the foundation of films like, ‘Dosar’, ‘Khela’, ‘Abhomaan’ and plays like, ‘Peer Ghani’, ‘Shabd Leela’, ‘Baby’s Blues’ among innumerable other works.Youtube
Sanjay Divecha is a composer and guitarist. Sanjay graduated in 1989 from the Guitar Institute of Technology. In 2007, he released his album "Full Circle", an autobiographical portrait of a musician who has returned to his Indian roots without forsaking the invaluable musical experience afforded to him by the West. The track "Naino Sey", featuring Kailash Kher, was picked up by Putumayo for their "India" compilation. Sanjay’s current musical output involves the use of indo-centric folk traditions and classical music—both Hindustani and Carnatic interspersed with his comprehensive experience spanning the music of Brazil, Africa and the Americas—all with acoustic sensibilitiesYoutube
Sonam Kalra is a singer song-writer known for her rich, powerful and sensitive voice. Sonam has conceptualized and developed the Sufi Gospel Project a unique effort to blend all the voices of faith through the use of song and the spoken word.
The Sufi Gospel Project has one album out currently, has done one song ‘Man Manam’ for Coke Studio India and it’s single ‘Bol’, based on the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz was a song about speaking out . Sonam has also composed Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s much discussed ‘Hum Dekhenge’ and interwoven it with Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Where The Mind Has No Fear’, a perfect showcase of what she does best.
Soulmate is India's premier blues rock band. A four member group, it is fronted by the versatile Tipriti Kharbangar and Rudy Wallang, India's foremost blues guitarist. Hailing from Shillong in North East India, Soulmate has released four albums so far and have played with the likes of Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy.
Soulmate gained nationwide recognition and popularity within jazz and blues circles in India after they became the only blues band to represent the country at the 23rd International Blues Challenge organized by The Blues Foundation of America, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in February 2007 and 2010
Coke Studio MTV Season 4 launch performers, ‘Sukanti & Anushree’(S&A), hail from Kolkata, India. Their debut album titled ‘Ashmaan’ comprising eight original compositions was nominated as ‘Album of the Year’ by Radio Mirchi Music Awards 2014. S&A's second album titled ‘Centurion Relay’ released in October, 2015. Through this album, the duo pays tribute to the rich heritage of folk music from the Indian subcontinent blended with new age Electronica. Sukanti & Anushree borrows from tradition to create a contemporary sonic landscape that takes the listeners through a thousand moods. Driven by soulful originals, the S&A fuses earthy rustic world folk from various parts of South Asia covering Sindh Punjab, Rajasthan, Bengal, Gujarat, Assam, Nepal; middle-east covering Algeria, Egypt and more with an Electronica backdrop creating a psychedelic experience; the search delves deeper every day. They refer to their signature sound as 'Earth Electro' .Youtube
Shantanu Mukherjee (born 30 September 1972), known as Shaan, is an Indian playback singer active in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu and Kannada films and a television host. He hosted the shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2.
He is considered as one of the most popular voices for romantic as well as melodious songs and is one of the most versatile singers. As a child, Shaan began his career singing jingles for advertisements. In 2000 he won the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil. Apart from singing on his own albums, Shaan has provided the voice for many of Bollywood's leading heroes. He has established himself as one of the leading playback singers in Bollywood today
Sound Of Muzak is a project by Composer and Music Producer Pooja Mazoomdar from Mumbai. She is also one of the few female bass players in India who has gigged and played sessions for various Bollywood and Indie artistes. Highly influenced by artistes like Sting, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bob Moses, Billy Joel, A.R Rahman, Leslee Lewis, Ram Sampath, Amit Trivedi and many more. She has been mentored by music producers like Leslee Lewis and Abhijt Vaghani. Recently Sound Of Muzak collaborated with Music Exceeds Borders, an international project by Palestinian Bassist & Guitarist Usama Allati, where Bass as an instrument is explored dominantly. Sound Of Muzak experiments with various genres of music, be it EDM, Rock, Blues or Funk !SOUND OF MUZAK Spotify
Sanjeevani is that pitch perfect vocalist with the sort of sweet voice that music directors yearn to work with. Which explains why she has lent her voice to a number of Bollywood songs under the batons of music directors like A.R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Sandesh Shandilya and others but very few people know about Sanjeevani’s vast body of work in the devotional and kids’ music space. She has composed an impressive number of songs for Rajshri Entertainment and is also consistently releasing new songs in different genres, including Indian Classical. She has teamed up on singles with Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota and also recorded songs with the talented Srinivas and Vivek Prakash.Youtube
Shadow and Light is the contemporary classical musical duo of Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari. With the sole focus of creating original music, they have written and independently released three full length albums worldwide to critical acclaim. Their latest album Sabar has been streamed over 2 million times on Saavn alone, since its release in February 2018. Having varied musical influences and inspirations, the duo fuse genres of Hindustani classical, Contemporary, Jazz, Pop, Electronica and Soul to create cinematic soundscapes and compositions in Hindi, English and Tamil. Shadow and Light went on international tours to Sri Lanka in 2016, and a 45 day tour of the USA in 2018. They made the cover of Rolling Stone India, as the new faces of fusion in India for the April edition 2018. They released their first original Yarum Illai featuring singer Haricharan and are the winners of the Avishai Cohen 2020 music award. Since 2014, they have been performing all over the country as a duo/quartet in various music festivals and venues of repute. Some notable festivals are India Music Summit, ASEAN festival, Udaipur World Music festival, Serendipity Arts festival, Taalbelia, NH7 Weekender, and Mood Indigo (IIT). They were chosen as first runners up among 200 bands of India by Sennheiser, and were also declared 'Best Pop Act 2016' by Radiocity Freedom Awards. They have received praise from Salim - Sulaiman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and Amit Trivedi.
Andrea Tariang is a singer/songwriter/ who has been performing closely alongside a lot of different acts in the past, doing regular stints in Mumbai and the Shillong music scene. Coming from a family of musicians and being the daughter of Rudy Wallang, Andrea has been part of the music scene since her teens. Andrea has had performances at most of the live music venues in Mumbai like Ibar, Studio Pepperfry, Cafe Zoe, AntiSocial and the like, collaborating with musicians, Karan Joseph, Andrew Kanga, Ryan Sadri, Sidd Coutto etc.
The Andrea Tariang Band is a project between herself and Shillong guitarist/producer/singer/songwriter Gregory Ford Nongrum (Summersalt/ Blue Temptation) and have already performed at key venues in and around the country and grazed some festival stages as well including the CALM Festival 2015, Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2016, 2017, 2019, the Nowhere Is Here festival 2018 and others. The Andrea Tariang Band recently released their debut EP called ‘My Time’ which is available on all major platforms.
Trained in Indian classical music at a very young age, Vasuda Sharma is one of the few independent artistes who stands out in the Indian music industry. Formerly remembered for her stint as the youngest member of India’s first millennial pop band Aasma, Vasuda today stands as an individual artiste who’s way more conscious of the medium. Fuelled by her passion for music and several years of composing her own tunes, she decided to further her musical education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
She has since bridged the worlds of Indian classical and folk with western contemporary music, creating a sound which she believes has ample scope to evolve in the future.
More than a decade after Aasma, Vasuda still lingers in the minds of music lovers across the country. Her debut album ‘Attuned Spirits’ which featured Indian raag elements with an essence of rock was one the country’s’ first ever crowd funded music projects. The album was partly recorded in Boston and partly in India, using multiple instruments and featuring several musicians from across the world. The results were more than gratifying, making her the biggest crowdfunding success story for Indian alternative music so far. Vasuda loves to experiment with new genres and sounds, her experiments led her to becoming a self-taught live looping electronic artiste, a rare feat for a solo female artist in India. Sharma also plays at various festivals with her band “Sharma & The Besharams”. The band released their first EP titled ‘Bedesi” last year and is currently working on their 2nd EP.
Vineet is a global radio chart topping singer-songwriter-producer with 5 of his releases having topped the World Indie & Euro Indie Top 100 charts. His music is English pop / rock and he creates the same so as to fit into the CHR top 40 segment which he targets on mainstream pop radio worldwide. In 2020, he had over a million global streams on Spotify and Youtube for his originals and he was also submitted in consideration for a Grammy for his song ‘Mask’ by Grammy jury member Stephen Wrench. He is also helping his 14 year old twin kids with their band called ‘Avni Vir Vineet’ to prepare them for a global music foray. He is a Harvard Business School alumnus and was former MD & CEO of 94.3 Radio One India for 13 years. His latest release 'Dreamin' Out loud' has been reviewed by 'Hollywood Digest magazine' as being at the tipping point of new international pop music.His music can be heard at...linktr