The performance of Carnatic music is multi-dimensional and layered. A performance is at once an artiste's cathartic process of personal exploration and an open energy exchange with the audience: a release and a conversation.
I want the audience to be transported to a different world once they enter the auditorium.
Growing up, everyone dreams of certain things, and they map out a direction that their life would take. Working with A. R. Rahman sir is one of my dreams, if not the biggest dream, realised.
I listened to Kanye West and also dove deep into bands like Radiohead, Portishead, and Bon Iver.
'Entropy' will be a kaleidoscope of thought processes and my identity as an Indian who grew up in California.
'Entropy' broadly means tending towards chaos constantly.
Film music has given me everything - career and popularity.
My experience and growth in the film music world and the time I've spent studying legendary film composers have given me depth of insight into how music can inspire a range of emotions.
Listening to A. R. Rahman as a five-year-old opened my mind to a whole new set of creative dimensions.
Being associated with songs that push boundaries is amazing. If the rest of my career consists of a majority of songs that are experimental, I'll be a happy man.
My idea is to take the improvisational excitement that takes place with Carnatic music and juxtapose that in different sonic contexts.
My musical journey with A. R. Rahman is filled with personal milestones and realisations.
My primary goal is to be a solo artist releasing original music.
From when I first started listening to music, M. S. Subbulakshmi has been one of my biggest influences. She poured her heart and life into everything she sang.
'6 Weeks' is broken up into two sections; both sections use the same set of samples, just in different ways.
Starting with the lyrics, 'Only scared of myself and the truth in the stars/I'm a king, I'm the dirt, God within me shine,' the first half of '6 Weeks' delves into my attempts to balance the notion that I have an existential purpose with the realization that I am nothing against the vastness of the universe.