I am an American composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician & poet of Indian origin. I consider A.R Rahman as my musical guru. At an early age, I was deeply influenced by the music of ARR in films like Roja, Bombay, Duet, Rangeela and Taal. I started composing music in 8th grade and have written many songs in Hindi, English & Malayalam. Most of my compositions are in English, and they were composed from the years of 1992 – 2000. After a hiatus of 18 years in the software industry, I have come back to music in 2018 and this is my first major album. I produce my music at Red 13 Studios in Framingham, MA.
Since that day in 7th grade sitting alone in my classroom in the afternoon, trying to compose my first song, it has been a dream for me to release an album of my own music. My dream died because I loved to write code, so I spent a long time as a programmer, before "waking up" in Dec 2017. I had always continued to compose music in between, but one particular song I composed from a poem in the Hunger Games book haunted me for years. Every few months, I would dream of hearing this song.
Finally I decided to find a singer from Craigslist, and I was very, very fortunate to find a very, very gifted singer who had the perfect voice for my song. When she sent me the recording of my song in her voice, I just kept listening to it for days. It was simply amazing, and I decided/ was forced to search for a studio where I could record this song.
After scouring the Internet, I finally settled on Red 13 Studios in Framingham, MA. I drove 40 miles from New Hampshire to the studio to meet the folks over there. I was very lucky to find an amazing producer in Shaun Lichtenstein. Shaun and me worked worked for months on this album. I have other songs, which I think are better, so I never thought at the beginning that this album would be my best. But, it has turned out to be that, even if it were my last album, I would be happy with the work in it, because I put everything into it.
I have put my heart and soul in this album and take you through a journey in music. While producing this album and listening to "Deep in the Meadow" on loop over and over again, I realized that this is not a mere lullaby. It truly is a song which started the revolution in the Hunger Games book. But, I did not want this album to be about fiction, and after reading about Tiananmen again recently, and seeing the original photo which became the artwork for this album, I decided to dedicate this album to a real event in history against one of the most oppressive regimes in the world.
A lot of artists have worked on this album. Some of them are students, some of them are professionals, all of them have put in their best.
The album is built as an original soundtrack and includes cello, violin and Uilleann Pipes. We did a lot of work on music software, but a significant portion of the music is played on real instruments.
Read the Story behind the album at: https://deepinthemeadow.com
This is my first album after the release of my first single Children of Aleppo.
Producing a good album is not adequate. The word needs to get out. I want to see the whole world stand up and remember 1989 on the Tiananmen Anniversary.
When are we going to tackle the serious issues of today? Is it to be left solely to young adults singing songs about smartphones, drugs and beer?
This funding campaign is started because it would be impossible for me to get the word out about my album. Without proper marketing, no matter how good the album is, nobody knows it exists. So I'm asking everyone to come together to help me fund the post production and marketing for this album, including an official music video, so that on the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen, we can bring more focus to this important event.
Tiananmen deserves its own website, anthem, where we can forever keep the flame of freedom burning in an eternal vigil until China is free.
The funds will be used to market this album, make a music video, and make sure it gets the attention it deserves. Marketing is actually one of the most expensive parts of any music release. It is impossible for anybody with limited funds to market their album effectively. Any remaining funds will be used to fund my next albums/ singles all of which will tackle issues currently faced by the world. Some upcoming ideas are for the #MeToo movement and North Korean refugees.
The album will release on March 1st, 2019. It is currently available for pre-order. Note that at this time, none of the tracks available for donors will be available at that quality (higher bitrate, etc) from any online music stores or retailers.
Because of licensing constraints, donors will only be able to receive the tracks AFTER March 1st, 2019.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to this album was obtaining the license for using the lyrics from the song "Deep in the Meadow" by Sting. After working diligently with the record companies for a entire year, we were able to get the license courtesy: Warner Chappell Music and Big Deal Music (very grateful to them). Needless to say, if our music was not amazing, we would never have been able to get the license.
There are no risks because the album is published and available for pre-order now. You can see it on iTunes and Google Play Music now. It will also show up on Amazon Music after March 1st, 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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