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26
Jul

Pop Stardom, Bombay, Berklee, and 20 Years In Music Business with Vasuda Sharma

Where others would be happy resting on the wreath of pop-stardom at 18, Singer-Songwriter/Composer Vasuda Sharma decided to accept a scholarship to Berklee instead. Following which she went on to crowdfund an international, large-ensemble, live debut album in Boston. Before she returned to Mumbai, where she went on to establish herself one of Indias first solo electronic acts, produce a Bollywood soundtrack and make it to Rolling Stone magazines cover as one of the country's pioneering women in Independent music.
 
All the while working on a game plan for a long-term, sustainable career as a full-time artist navigating the ever-changing patterns of one of the worlds largest music industries.
 
In this long.form conversation, I catch up with my friend and collaborator on a frank discussion on the journey thats been, the feelting era of the Indian Independent Renaissance and how music continues to be her most preferred form of therapy.
 

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13
Jul

Spearheading Nepal’s Jazz-Scene, Imposter Syndrome and Balancing European and South-Asian Work Ethics with Abhisek Bhadra

Kathmandu-bred composer/arranger Abhisek Bhadra left a budding career in what has been looked upon as Central Europe's capital for 'World Music', Rotterdam, to return to Nepal where the call of the heart led him to lead the very Conservatory of Music his musical journey began in. 

This conversation traces back that journey to its earliest phase as a keyboardist grappling with 10hr plus electricity-cuts, imposter syndrome, visa battles to the European sensibilities and work ethic that challenged him on multiple levels even while resulting in immense growth as an artist, as he gently contemplates the future of Nepalese Jazz Education in the post-pandemic era.

 

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2
Jul

Frankfurt, Boston, Classical vs Jazz and Understanding Communication Skills with Benno Sattler

With an international touring career that spans 3 continents and 19 countries and a list of collaborators which leaves no room for skepticism over his expertise, Frankfurt-based Benno Sattler has been a strikingly positive musical force in Germany's first World-Metropolitan in the past decade and more.

Behind the morpher of machinesque dexterity and warm organic beats though, lies the mind of an introspective, acutely observant, and intelligent human being who builds quirky, portable drum-kits and rides a bicycle passionately in his spare time.

In our first catch-up since the Pandemic, we talk about the dualities of straddling musical worlds, the struggle it is to shed baggage and transform mindsets, and the disparities that still crop up in this day and age between institutionalized education and ground realities of a musicians life.

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu    

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  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/bennosattler
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bennosattler/
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13
Jun

Calcutta Bags, Bombay Journey and Hanging Up Boxing Gloves with Isheeta Chakrvarty

Behind the voice that graces title soundtracks for Bollywood and Amazon blockbusters like Sultan and Mirzapur alike (to name a few), lies the soul of a vulnerable, fragile, bold, and provocative seeker, looking to heal wounds through the power of song. 

Singer-Songwriter, TED speaker, and contemporary Indian Vocalist Isheeta Chakrvarty trained in Hindusthani Classical music before chance encounters with first-generation Indian jazz icons like Carlton Kitto and Louis Banks resulted in the birth of a hybrid seed that promises to bloom into one of the most innovative and creative voices in the Indian contemporary musical landscape. One firmly backed by the fearless and unapologetic musical explorations her recent independent releases stand testimony to. 

In this no-holds-barred conversation on the eve of her first homecoming concert in Calcutta in 6 years, we dive deep into the paradox of trauma, the subjective definition of 'privilege' and the process of reclaiming one's feminine power in what has come to be labeled as one of the worlds most misogynistic countries in recent times. 

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www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

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3
Jun

Self-Worth and the Musicians Mindset with Lefteris Moumtzis

Co-founder of Louvana Records, Cypriot musician, composer/ producer and educator Lefteris Moumtzis pioneers festivals like Fengaros Music Festival, Music Village Fengaros, and Lefkosia Loop Festival, and is Cyprus's first generation of post-internet global artists. A default status his journey saw him attain after a portfolio of work in London following his studies in Berklee College Of Music after the unassuming backdrop of military service connected him with the epiphany of music being his true call. One that his childhood musical exploits as the offspring of a music teacher at the piano and saxophone had probably been hinting at the whole time.

In this sensitive and intimate conversation, we address the subtleties of the fragile corners of the songwriter's mind, the tricky yet fulfilling balancing act collaboration can be, and the celebration of a younger generation of post-colonial artists whose mentoring is a role he has embraced very naturally.

 
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20
May

F for ‘Fusion’, Growing Up In the Gharana, and a Brief History of Indian Classical Music with Pratik Shrivastava

At home on stage in India and around the world since pre-adolescence, multiple national-award winner Pratik Shrivastava is a rare representative of Indian musicians whose rootedness in the tradition of Indian Classical Music blends seamlessly with innovation authentically relevant to a global South-Asian lens.
 
Initiated into the art of playing the Sarod by grandfather Pandit Rabi Chakraborty, of the “Maihar Gharana”, he was mentored his uncle Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty. Under the observant and nurturing eye of his mother, eminent sitarist Rina Shrivastava, who decided to move the family to Kolkata from Hyderabad for Pratik's music Education in the earlier years.
 
We catch up in Kolkata briefly before his move to Mumbai to exchange notes on the complex nature of the genre 'Fusion', his journey to an alternative around its murkiness, music education, and the time we met at 3 in the morning for one of the most enjoyable studio-sessions of my life.
 
10
May

TCK Dichotomies, Klugscheissing and the Future of Green Entrepreneurship with Daniel Hires

Based in Barcelona after a decade-long stint in Berlin, activist, social entrepreneur, innovation catalyst Daniel Hires was a three-month-old baby when he was adopted from South Korea before he went on to be raised between the US and Germany by his German mother and American father.
 
A family man today himself, his vision is '..a future of humanity in balance with nature and life on Earth'.
 
Coach and advisor to social enterprises and co-author on project kickstarting publications, Daniel's work is the intersection of social innovation, technology, business strategy, and human-centered design.
 
His passion facilitates interactive workshops and authentic relationships within communities, innovative leadership practices, and economic transformation.
 
We catch up for the first time post-pandemic to exchange notes as fellow TCK's, nomads, and the blurred lines between critical thinking and Klugscheissing. And reminisce on how we finally managed to meet in person in Lisbon on one of the craziest evenings of our lives after almost 5 years of exclusively online correspondence. 
 
This episode is brought to you by www.holisticpianoacademy.com
 
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20
Apr

Building the Legacy of Contemporary European Percussion and Integrating Institutionalised Education In The Real World with Stephan Maass

The biography of Stephan Maass reads like the who's who list all contemporary jazz and popular music from the past two decades.
The very unique approaches the Bavarian-bred part-time Viennese musician has adopted towards playing multi-percussion, producing music, and being an educator is an inspiring insight into the mind of an extremely sensitive, intelligent, and deep thinker who has been a natural path-breaker in the history of contemporary European Music.

 

This episode is brought to you by www.holisticpianoacademy.com

 

Recorded on a Zoom L8 Mixer kindly sponsored by https://www.sound-service.eu  

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5
Apr

Being ‘The Voice Of Manipur’ With Akhu Chingangbam

Akhu Chingangbam is a musician, activist, scientist, and founding member of the legendary band 'The Imphal Talkies' and Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Manipur's largest 10,000 footprint-strong music festival. 

A childhood spent growing up amidst regular conflict and raids that he thought was everyday normality until his move to New Delhi to complete his Ph.D. in Physics gave him his first alternative perspective, his growth and credibility as one of the most authentic and boldest spokespeople for the globally controversial region of Northeastern India through his soulful music and multiple social projects is an inspiring story of hope that garners the respect of listeners and supporters all over. 

This episode is brought to you by www.everynowheremusic.com and www.holisticpianoacademy.com

 

Recorded on a Zoom L8 Mixer kindly sponsored by https://www.sound-service.eu 

 

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29
Mar

The Anatomy Of A Career As A Music-Producer in 2021 With Lorenz Schimpf aka LO

With 8 million plus streams to his credit, Berlin-based Producer/Musician Lorenz Schimpf aka LO belongs to that rare breed of artists whose out-of-the-box musical approaches transcend the unassumingly unconventional influences of a small-town native in the postcard-picturesque backdrop of the Schwabian Alps.

Bursting onto the scene in the 2000's as an underground Soundcloud prodigy, his swift success and collaborations with some of the freshest names in the industry were but a natural predecessor to his most recent, critically acclaimed solo album 'Night Owls'.

I catch up with my former piano-student-turned-college-mate for some laidback reminiscing and perusing on the work-life balance for the music-producer and the anatomy of a music-career in 2021.

 

This episode is brought to you by www.everynowheremusic.com  

Recorded on a Zoom L8 Mixer kindly sponsored by https://www.sound-service.eu  

 

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