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Ravi Singh

Middletown, CT      

I started sending out demo tapes to record companies when I was fourteen. I have been recording Hip Hop music ever since.  I have rapped, Dee Jayed both Hip Hop and Electronica music and finally graduated to making beats and instrumentals.  My father was a classical South Indian drummer and music professor, and my mother studied dance and authored a book on Peking Opera.


All my beats use elements of Indian percussion in some way. I like to draw on Indian rhythms and percussive concepts, though subtly, within the Hip Hop I make. I also enjoy creating new Hip Hop percussive sounds by blending and/ or layering classical Indian percussive sounds with traditional Western Hip Hop drum kits. Though subtle, this helps shape my music in new ways, and helps drive a passion to try new things musically while keeping me on my toes.


My goal is to try and bring my background and upbringing into the music I do today, in order to stay relevant while allowing the traditional and/ or non-traditional percussion, to give my sound a hyperlink to the past. I want to do Hip Hop that stays current while filling needed spaces where I can.


My New Music USA project to help bring more women MC’s voices back into Hip Hop is an example. Today there is only one well known female rapper carrying the weight for so many, and that leaves room for others to join her. With the help of New Music USA I hope to help to add some of these voices back into Hip Hop as an outlet for my musical drive.

TOTAL SCIENCE FICTION

An instrumental drawing heavily on my past background as a DJ for Electronica music. the overall feel is very futuristic, and thus the name Total Science Fiction. It also uses Indian percussive elements with Tala Bells, Mridangam blended with snares and Dancers Ankle Bells in the hook. It’s experimental while current and fun.

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Illah-noize

This song, draws from a few musical influences. It draws from Electronica, Hip Hop, Rock and Indian percussive concepts. It uses numerous drum sounds alternating and playing off of each other, the way South Indian classical percussionists often do during drum solos. The synth sounds are tweaked and warped which was heavily influenced by Electronica and the feeling of Rock played in a large venue, can be heard in the hook.

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Wicked City

This track uses elements of R&B, Hip Hop and Deep/ Soulful House Music. It also has varying Indian percussion instruments blended with the modern Western Hip Hop kit. I called it Wicked City because parts of it reminded me of the classic Japanese anime movie of the same name.

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