Music Tag: Rahul Singh

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Music Tag: Rahul Singh

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The weekend is finally upon us & I’ve got some great feel good friYAY vibes for you with this feature. I came across this amazing musician by referral of his girlfriend who I use to go to highschool with. In fact she use to be in my sisters grade/class if I’m not mistaken. (Hi Suheena😉)
Tangy Sessions wrote this about our awesome guest today:

a South African of Indian origin, who exudes immense charisma & possesses the ability to enthrall audiences with his spontaneous improvised beats. His versatility in Indian percussion allows him to seamlessly play with any genre of music.
In this clip, he does the ‘Thagimpu’….as he believes, everyone is a musician, and loves to involve people in making music.

Watch Rahul’s #MadSkill on Tangy Sessions ****

A Musician by profession, currently residing in India since 2011. His passion is where the percussion stands, his love for percussion has only grown and lead him to take this path. Rahul now finds himself as a performer and teacher in India visiting various locations across the country doing concert performances and hosting workshops on Indian percussion.
Your
personal choices:
1. Name your top 3 favorite artists/ bands: 
Patri Satish Kumar
  • Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam exponent), Linkin Park aaand Hardwell
2. What is the last song you listened to? 
  • I took a pill in Ibiza
3. What was the first concert you went to? 
  • An Indian Classical concert by Pundit Jasraj.
4. If you could spend a day with your favorite singer who would it be? 
  • Wow, this is difficult… There’s a few to be honest, though I’d say Shreya Ghoshal.
5. Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing? 
  • Growing up I couldn’t stand heavy/death mental buuut I’ve learnt to live with it thanks to some friends.
6. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be? 
  • Could?! I ALREADY DO!… it’s the beats of my drums!
7. Do you listen to any classical music? If so, what are some of your favorites?
  • Well yeah… Having studied pure Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music for three years, I often go back to my roots and have a listen… There’s always something new to learn and that’s the beauty of Music. My favorites are what is known as ‘Pancharatnam’s’, these are 5 describing songs of a deity.
8. Your favorite cheesy song? 
  • Aaah haha uh… Heaven by DJ Sammy.
9. What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down?

  • EDM Bass boosted tracks!
10. First L.P/C.D/Mp3 you bought?
  • I don’t remember to be honest… Tho I remember picking up a CD in early teen-hood which had a recording of Ustad Zakir Hussain on the Tabla and Ustad Sultan Khan on the Sarangi.
11. Do you like musicals if so which is your favorite? 
  • High School Musical!!! Hahaha no I’m kidding!… School of Rock was really good and Disney is always on point when it comes to the Music so yeah Disney movies.
12. Favorite musical instrument?
  • Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Tabala, Cajon, Djembe and Darbuka! Too difficult to decide!
13. If you could see anyone in concert who would it be?

  • I’ve been blessed enough to witness almost all of my favorite Indian classical legends live while in India… Though western, I would love to go to a Linkin Park concert.
On Your
Music:
14. What is a percussionist?
  • In simple terms a ‘drummer’ whether it be someone who plays a Jazz drum kit, a Djembe or even Tabla ect.
15. When did you start playing?
  • My journey started in 2011 and Studies in Percussion begun in 2012.
16. What instruments do you play?
  • My base instrument is the Mridangam, but my love for percussion inspired me to try and learn as many world percussions as I can such as the Egyptian Darbuka, Spanish Cajon, African Djembe ect. 
17. What is your music about?
  • Well in Indian Classical we have Gharana’s which are different styles of playing depending on the city of choice. I have tried to take in all of these styles and put them into one whilst adding in abit of my own. Ultimately my Music is about Me. I believe that what I express through my Music is who I am.
18. To date, what is the best musical memory?
  • Acing my final years practical exam! 
19. What’s your ultimate dream as a musician?
  • To own a chain of Music Schools across the world *Touches wood*.
20. When you do win a Grammy one day, who’s the one person you would take with you?

  • The lady who Supported and stood by me every step of the way… My Mom (I love you).
21. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
  • Natural talent only determines the limits of your potential!… Its dedication and principle that make you great!…
22. If you had just One message, One Golden nugget to share with other artists out there. What would that be?
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“Have faith in the Art and the Art will have faith in You! – Said to me by my Guru when I was thinking about leaving the Music field.”
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Success Happens! Here’s Rahul Performing with Out of the Box Hyderabad
Quick
Fire {chose one}
Bollywood or Hollywood



Sing in the shower or on Stage
Shower!!!



Musical or Concert



Guitar or Drums
Drums! Hell yeah!
Ear phones or speaker



Music while you work or quiet
Music while EVERYTHING!
Snoop Dogg or Usher



Sing or Dance
Phew die? Haha dance
Instrumental or lyrics
Prince or Micheal Jackson




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54 Responses

  1. Great interview!! Shreya Ghoshal is an awesome choice! Her voice is nothing less than magical. Great to see amazing talent from SA 😀

  2. As as someone unfamiliar with world music, this was a treat to read and hear. Very thoughtful and comprehensive questions.

  3. Rahul seems like a great guy with a great talent! Sounds like you had a good interview with him, it was fun to learn more about his likes and dislikes.

  4. Rahul sounds like he has lots of talent and he is a great musician.

  5. This is a bit different from the musical styles I'm more used to listening to, but it's nice. I love the drum beats in the Sunset Jam.

  6. This is some great music. He has a lot of talent and I enjoyed reading the interview.

  7. I love the quote given! Dedication! It makes a world of difference.

  8. When I am feeling down I put on some Elle King and rock out. Her music always puts me in a good mood. Pink is a great one to listen to as well.

  9. prateek goel says:

    What a gem of music it is. Love the dedication..It just got tattooed in my mind. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Becca says:

    Feel like I really got to know Rahul Singh and his music tastes in this post. Very good music choices.

  11. Tiara Wilson says:

    This is so great. I love getting to know other people through reading these blog interviews. <3

  12. Love the advice offered in #22. Amen to that!

    Ryan

  13. Rahul Singh seems passionate about music. It was nice to get a little personal with this interview.

  14. Kaylee says:

    He sounds like a very talented individual. I also couldn't stand heavy metal music growing up.

  15. Great job for this amazing interview. He sounds a very passionate man about music and life.

  16. He sounds like a real down to earth good guy with lots of talent. I enjoyed reading the interview. Wish him more success in his field of music.

  17. Congratulations on crossing 2 lakhs page views. Loved reading about Rahul and I loved his music. Keep introducing us to such amazing artists 🙂

  18. He sounds really passionate about his genre. It's different how the drummers I know would listen to progressive or heavy metal since the drum beats are well… progressive or more complex. But then again, he doesn't play the same drums as those drummers.

    • Rahul Singh says:

      Hey Carol… I guess it took me a while to actually understand the beauty of heavy metal drumming but its crazy that now when I listen to, say eg KISS, my ears are more for the drums than anything else :)… Maybe I'll soon add some Indian Tabla to a Heavy metal track soon 😉

  19. Azlin Bloor says:

    I enjoyed reading about this young man and his music is both fun and inspiring! And congratulations on the page views!

  20. Denice says:

    Stellar interview! I agree with what he said, that natural talent is just the start but dedication makes us great.

  21. Kiwi says:

    Great questionnaire. i love the statement about art and having faith about it, so true!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    He is one talented musician! Lovely to learn about a new artist like this. 🙂

  23. Anonymous says:

    Very nice interview. It feels proud to see so many talented musicians of Indian origin 🙂

  24. I am a big music lover, so I know how it feels to find or be recommned a new artist. Especially as one as talented as he is.

  25. Elizabeth O. says:

    I'm sure he's going places! I think he's a very talented young man and I hope he continues to love what he does.

  26. Gideon Tayag says:

    The School of Rock's soundtrack had more notes than the entire discography of Linkin Park. As a drummer for almost two decades now, your source of musical inspiration seems very different from the usual. To each his own, I guess. But I hope your friends care enough to give you more "mental" music, you'll learn more going with it.

  27. meganschaus says:

    This is a great Q&A. I love all types of music and I completely understand the hesitation on the heavy metal music, my husband is a big fan of it but I prefer to actually hear my music! haha

  28. soumya says:

    This is some great music.

  29. SONA MATHEWS says:

    Thanks for the advice.

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