Meet Jivraj Singh whose foot tapping beats are made the way up the ladder as the Drummer of Skinny Alley and Pink Noise.
One of 60 participants at 2011’s Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, Jivraj recorded with Rhye’s Robin Hannibal; long-time David Bowie producer Tony Visconti; and performed live at a lecture with Bootsy Collins. Whether he’s playing percussion, electronics, objects, software or dropped into a situation with nothing at all, Jivraj sounds like himself. Join him as he talks about the beats that make a difference.
Highlights of the Episode
Listening to the excellent mixtapes which were completely genre agnostic.
Music by Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, played an important role he says.
Being an artist is numero uno, everything else just falls into place thereafter.
Quotes and Takeaways
“Music needs to be honest, and then all that’s left if to connect with the audience”
“My hope is that my personality comes through regardless of the medium.”
“Jumping into something without knowing what you’re going to do always leads to growth.
What were you musical experiences which you retrace back to childhood?
Were you influenced by any old record and tapes? If so which ones?
According to you, what constitutes a good performance for a live audience? How do you decide on opening a phase of your set?
Can you take us through the process of how you prepare for your gigs?
People say more than you being a drummer or a percussion player, you are a beat maker. What is your opinion?
Can you tell us about your experience with Sound Thief and the making of it?
What is your message for musicians?