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      Default @@ Snehasallapam with Rahul Raj - Celebrity Chat over@@

      Dear friends, Lets welcome the new sensation and the young music director Rahul Raj to the celebrity seat of Snehsallapam
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      Hi Rahul bhai...
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      Quote Originally Posted by saji View Post
      To Rahul Raj

      (1) Keralathil Music ariyunnavar/paattukaar okke dhaaralam undu...pakshe ningal cheruppathil thanne lime lightilekkuyarnnu. Thankalude ee prathibha kandeduthu prolsahippichu limelightil ethicha vyakthikal, saahacharyangal ethokkeyaanu?

      (2) Music ennu paranjaal pothu dhaarana paattu paaduka, drums padikkuka, instrument vaayikkuka ennivayaanu. pakshe oru music director enna nilayil, cheruppathil thanne swayam manassilaakkaan engine saadhichu?


      As a creative artist,first and formost i thank god for giving the "thing" in my genes.Then i should thank my parents(esp my mother) who always used to sing bhajans and plays music at home.My parents were well into spirituality.so in my younger age i grew up with a lot of "goodness" upbringing.Anything and everything i have encountered,all good people i met...got influenced with,all good books i read,all good tv shows i watched ever,all great teachers i had...everything has contributed to my making i believe.And i assert,any creative artist is not just someone who always dwelves only in his respective work.ayaal oru thikanja manushya snehi koodi aakanam.only then you can reflect the feelings of the world through your creative endeavours.

      Now to answer more specifically and chronologically

      1- my parents - they send me to the right masters at very young age itself
      2-my teachers - who always supported my music and believed in me during my school days.
      3-couple of friends in "school" who never thought i can do anything other than classical music.
      That was a starting point for my journey towards everything else other than traditional music.
      4-A R RAHMAN - the wizard whose magic that swept me away when i was towards the end of my schooling.
      His music helped me realise...THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO HEAR...!!!
      5-My father - bought me a very expensive keyboard from chennai after my school.we were not filthy rich.just a middle class family.

      for me,such a gadget was beyond my dreams.i still remember those days.there were just 4-5 people in whole of cochin who had such a keyboard.me and deepak dev were among them.we were in same batch but different colleges.so we had met and knew each other through college competitions.

      There was this guy who claimed will teach computer music programming.Me and Alphonse were his students at that time.
      we even ended up making an english album with my lyrics,music and singing.i played the keyboards and alphonse did the rythm programming.

      But that study was not at all satisfying.i wanted to learn more and there were'nt any who taught such stuff at that time.
      so i decided im gonna study on my own.That lead to my experimentations with my keyboard and sound manipulations that was more like a self teaching with a guru in mind.(guru being ARR in my case).i started doing AR RAHMAN shows with only ARR songs.there were no ganamela troups playing ARR songs at that time.

      so my pragramming keyboard helped me to create ARR songs on stage with a lot of similarity to the original record.that was something new to the people back then.(those times,there were no karoeke tracks like singers carry now)
      6-MAGNASOUND - i used to go and wait in their doorstep for days to get attention.There was an executive who helped me give my demo to their mumbai office.but no one else ever supported.im sure though i believed in my work,that quality was surely much less as compared to a commercial music production.That executive who helped me was mr.Prem who own satyam audios now and he is the one who released my chotta mumbai,time,malabar wedding and ritu.he still remembers me as this lean little kid who would wait for him outside his office.(this happened just after my school)
      7-My whole college setting in cochin university - many of my friends made a lot fun of me when i was only singing traditional music.

      So it was natural for me to do something which was unique in its own way but still my own thing.i started liking rahman's singing style a lot.where he sings more with heart and passion than with mind and brain.That made me sit back and think more about such style of singing.Programing an ARR song was a huge task right from sounds creation(though my keyboard was quite god,still it had no sounds of ARR because he was still using even 1-- times bigger technology using samples and samplers).so i wanted more songs to be on stage to sustain interest of people.so i started making my own songs which would help my fulsill my desire of singing the type of songs i wanted.so thats how i started composing.composing a song in a way i want it to sound...or in a way i want to sing.

      8-My life in UK - i got job in london as an IT professional in 2001-2002.my boss was an ardent music lover who always supported me and the music i wanted to pursue.he was instrumental in helping me collaborate with sivamani and james asher for a club production,and lot of artists who were promoted by ARR like pravin mani for another album project in tamil.But it was getting difficult to balance work and music together in london as the life out there is fast and monotonous(atleast for me).i always need that space and m y own time for doing things.I badly wanted to come back to india to pursue a career in film music.To start with that pursuit,my obvious first choice was to come to cochin and settle down in my home town and start hunting for oppurtunities in malayalam films.Though my boss agreed to my wish,he granted me a 5 year VISa and told me if i sticked on i would become a British citizen.
      That was a crossroad for me.i had to say yes or no.it was a decision making time.I dont know how i took the leap.But i did.but im sure my mother was so supportive about it.Im sure she was also so happy about having her son by her all the time.(my father had passed away before my UK stint.i hadnt mentioned it as this is not my life story.im only writing music related events in an order of happening).

      Brief milestones
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      Morley college of music - This is were i pursued my electronic music course which was evening classes for me at that time.so i could balance my work and music.But this is the place i would say awakened me in many ways.The way i pursued or even thought about music.

      Turnkey music store - This is the dream destination where i met the god of music - A R RAHMAN.
      i had gone with my boss to buy some gadgets for a home studio and there stands in the queue a short,shy human being.he was in the queue to pay the bill along with his sound engineer sivakumar.He had just bought some software(virtual guitarist).My boss introduced me to ARR saying im his biggest fan. i held his hands and did not leave it for minutes.He asked me about my musical interests.he then opened my bad and saw what i had bought.Then he told me about his latest release(kannathil muthamittal).he told me he had sung a song in that and he loved it very much and that he had used some good guitar sounds in that ...he was going on and on...just like a wannabe new composer would do about his fresh piece of music.such was his enthusiasm and that amazed me to the core.

      James asher - he was such an sinpiration to work with.ARR used to come to his studio for london recordings during times of kathal virus.while working with this man,i realised some viewpoints in music which i never noticed.that was a revelation for me.

      Pravin Mani - i worked with him for a tamil album where he did the sound mixing for my programming.He works so fast and swiftly like this is some lef hand easy job.I learnt to work in a relaxed way after watching him work.I would'nt say he works,but he just plays around.

      Sivamani - he played the percussions for a club production i did.This guy is a magician and he has a magic box.he calls it one actually.and when he opens it,you can see a treasure trove of instruments,bells,mallets,livers,glasses,bucket,cu p,plates,spoons and what not.thats where his magical sounds emanate from.just watching him play itself is pure ecstacy.

      Shaan Verma - he was my jazz piano tutor from harrow.Too bad,i started going to him only towards the end of my london stint.which obviously meant i had very less time with me.But his few classes and advices has transformed my thinking in leaps and bounds.He always said he wanted to see me come back to london in my limosin.i dont know what he meant.but im sure he wished me great success in life with his soulful musical heart.



      9-Then started the second phase.I had no clue i was jumping from top of a cliff with no cushions to support.But now im glad i did.I started approaching all mainstream directors.Many welcomed me,many never picks up calls,some will avoid,some will say some good words and then later avoid.So it was basically a hard nut to break.I was starting to feel hopeless and pathetic.But every day i had a hope.Every break of dawn,i felt..."today might be the day..." i might meet that one person who is gonna help me...!!!Bit it did not happen for long 4.5 years.But i started getting advertisements and tv works whch served for my bills and living.That was one hell of an experience.It was sort of practice for me to experiment and brush my skills on doing different types and genres of music through jingles and tv themes.

      10-Shyamaprasad - I met him through my works for amrita tv.He was my point of contact and he was always so encouraging both as a director and as a human being.During those days itself he used to tell me,he wants to give me a good project which will help me to make music which i love.Though he had announced ore kadal with me,it did not happen for various reasons,he gave me RITU when i had least expected it.

      11-jazeer mohammed - a great friend and an ad-maker.he was another person who gave me a lot of good works while i had a rough patch.he is still my close friend.he is one of the brains behind "TO HARIHARNAGAR"

      12-Anwar Rasheed - I met anwar through a common friend called Dimal for whom i had done couple of jingles.he is an ad-maker himself,But this is the major contact that helped me grab my first film.So i would attribute the big credit to DIMAL.he had been playing most of my other ad works to anwar even without my knowledge.so anwar had liked my work and told dimal to bring me to him.But till i met anwar that day,i was totally unaware of it.and anwar narrated me the story and told me to make a theme music for chotta mumbai.If producer and lalettan likes it im through.SO for me,it was either YES or NO.and i did that theme track chotta chotta mumbai....one day anwar came to my house,hugged me and told,"da chotta mumbai is yours"...that was the moment for me...!!!the bid day in my life.Getting an offer from a good production house for a major film with the biggest superstar was like a never-attainable dream for me.And that did happen...by god's will and luck.Coz i know if there were no chotta mumbai,nothing would have worked for me.

      I HOPE I HAVE ANSWERED THE FIRST 2 QUESTIONS BY SAJI.

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