Artist of the month: Raj Pandit-Score Short Reads
How did you start your career as a singer as well as a Music Producer considering both of them are so different from one another?
Music happened to me very organically. I grew up in a very musical environment given that my mother, Neerja Pandit, is a well known Kashmiri Folk singer herself. So I was naturally inclined towards singing! While I began learning music formally at a very young age,I used to also accompany her to studios every time she had a recording.
That world of technology which revolved around music, really fascinated me! Among the few people who’ve guided and mentored me over the years, it was Tauseef Akhtar (Composer & Ghazal Singer) who pushed me to learn music production when I was only 11 years old. That gave me a sense of independence where I could not only record myself singing as practice, but also put together a basic track to a melody, that was ringing in my head.
Right after I passed out of school, I worked under Raju Singh for 2 years and did additional production for his television projects. Eventually, I joined Salim – Sulaiman as an intern at the age of 17 and it was truly life changing.
In the last 10 years of working with them, I’ve had the opportunity to watch them compose / produce and also record so many incredible singers and musicians. Being on the technical side of things, gave me a great understanding of the overall process, which really helps when I’m the one singing in the studio too.
I truly believe it’s all interconnected when it comes to music and I really enjoy singing as much as I have fun while producing a song.
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