Vikas Kohli Produces 3 Artists Nominated at the Toronto Independent Music Awards
Composer & music producer Vikas Kohli is having another great month with three artists he’s produced nominated in three different categories at this years Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA). This is on the heels of two films he’s composed for winning awards at the 43rd Houston International Film Festival and to celebrate, FatLabs is offering free downloads of songs from these artists.
“It’s amazing that such different artists I’ve worked with are all being recognized at an awards show like the TIMAs,” says composer and music producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs. He adds, “It says something about Toronto and Canada when these artists not only represent three distinct musical genres, but represent cultures from around the world. What can I say? Immigrants and Goths kick-ass!”
Man The Destroyer is nominated in the Best Metal category. Originally from LA, the band relocated to Toronto and consists of PJ who hails from Persia, Mick from Australia, Don from Mexico, Oleg from the Ukraine, and Matt from Scotland. The band recorded their debut self-titled album with Vikas Kohli at FatLabs and is currently touring in support of the album.
The Scarlet Fever is a glam rock band nominated in the Best Indie Rock category. With a sound reminiscent of Roxy Music and David Bowie and a stage show reminiscent of Iggy Pop, the band (Jay, Rob, Tyler, Brad and Chris) has recorded three CDs with Vikas Kohli at FatLabs. Earlier this month, the band played the NXNE (North by Northeast) music festival.
Prita Chhabra is a South-Asian singer nominated in the Best Female-Fronted category. She has opened up for #1 Billboard artist Jay Sean at the Hershey Centre in Toronto, sung the national anthem at Parliament Hill for key Canadian dignitaries and recently collaborated on a remix of Kohli’s Hindi pop song “Dil Yeh”, which can be downloaded for free along with tracks by Man The Destroyer and The Scarlet Fever at FatLabs.com/download.
Vikas originally produced “Dil Yeh” for the Canadian Film Centre film “Shanti Baba Ram & The Dancers Of Hope,” which recently won a Bronze Remi at the 43rd Worldfest Houston International Film Festival in 2010. Vikas also scored the music for the About Time Productions film “I Do. Do I?”, which won a Gold Remi at the 43rd Worldfest Houston International Film Festival in 2010.
From Killawatt Records – the independent hip-hop label founded by Red1 of the legendary Rascalz – emerges a brand new R&B artist, Lamar Ashe. His first single “Killa Danca” is available on iTunes and is in rotation on radio stations all across the country; this addictive song features production from the same Vanguards crew responsible forAkon and Kardinal Offishall‘s global hit “Dangerous.”
Vince has released on labels like Everysoul, Delsin, Bio, Fcom, Ibadan, Mule and Carl Craig’s Planet E, his third release on Craigs label is coming soon. Vince has recently signed his major hit Mystical Rhythm to Urban Torque and has nearly completed his 6th Studio album which will be released late 2010/2011.
Labelled and seen by the music elite as ‘the producers, producer’ for years Vince has been lauded by François K, Derrick May, Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, Carl Craig an many many more.
2010 will see Vince step out of the shadows and stamp his mark firmly on electronic music. Vince has just had a new website produced and is giving away a free download of a live edit of one of his back catalogue tracks, plus loads of mix downloads and live Dj sets. Head over to the site here and get ready for the exiting times ahead.
“JoSH” to Perform at Quebec City Summer Fest
Montreal Raised Indie Band Celebrated as Canadian Music Success Story
With accolades ranging from being the first North American indie band to release an album in South East Asia, to being Nelly Furtado’s go-to producers for her releases in the India/Pakistan markets, JoSH received arguably their biggest compliment to date by being asked to perform at the upcoming Quebec City Summer Fest on July 14, 2010.
Although this is their first time performing for thousands in North America on a stage alongside The Black Eyed Peas, Rush, Iron Maiden and Carlos Santana, JoSH are a household name in India/Pakistan with performances in over 25 countries under their belt. With three platinum plus albums and frequent stadium performances for tens of thousands, JoSH even toured South East Asia with Nelly Furtado in 2007.
JoSH (meaning “passion” in Hindi) have also been heralded around the world as the first Indian/Pakistani fusion band, consisting of Rup Magon (of Punjabi Sikh heritage, based in Toronto) and Qurram Hussain (of Pakistani Muslim heritage, based in Montreal). They are also the only South Asian band to have received MTV Awards in both India and Pakistan, and have filmed over 13 music videos in a variety of cities including South East Asia and Canada.
JoSH will be performing with a 10 piece band at the Quebec City Summer Fest on July 14th at 5:30 PM in Quebec City at the Scene Metro (Place d’Youville). Their innovative set will also showcase a variety of South Indian instruments including the dholaks, dhol, Indian violin and flute.
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“Put on for Real City” is a web series based on the come-up of Magnum 357. Whether it be live performances, studio sessions. interviews or just day to day life, the series serves as a marketing tool to promote upcoming projects as well as give the fans an insight of what goes on behind the scenes of an up & coming artist. We captured the footage on a digital handcam to give it that “raw” hiphop feel (no HD). Each episode will serve to promote the latest project that we are working on (New single, upcoming events, plug sponsors etc…).
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