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Industry / Adjunct Faculty

True School is proud to have renowned musicians from the industry teaching our Artist Series courses

Joel Hamilton

Joel Hamilton is a Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Brooklyn-based record producer, engineer, musician, and co-owner of Studio G Brooklyn with partners Tony Maimone and Chris Cubeta. Joel Has worked with Aaron Neville, Lettuce, Highly Suspect, Norah Jones and Puss-n- Boots, and many more this year. In the summer of 2014, Hamilton appeared as the host of a web series produced by Spotify and Bose named "Art of Sound", which focuses on the connection between the physical, technical and emotional sides of music and sound. He hosted many musicians and sound engineers to conduct experiments on a wide variety of sound-related topics. Hamilton has been a guest speaker and, panelist at: Nordic Music Week, Norway (2012 and 2013), Pot Luck Con., Tucson (2012), AES Latin America (2011,2019), Tape Op Con., Tucson (2006), And Many more all over the world (2001-present)

Ranjit Barot

Ranjit Barot is today at the forefront of both worlds, the mainstream popular Indian / World music, and Jazz Fusion genres. He is the Musical Director for all of the Oscar-winning composer A.R.Rahman’s Live Concerts and holds the coveted ‘throne’ as Drummer for world-renowned Guitar legend John Mclaughlin  & The 4th Dimension band. Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance, melody and rhythm have always been an integral part of Ranjit’s life, and he started playing at the age of 12, encouraged by his mother, the legendary Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. His early career saw performances with Louis Banks & the Jazz Yatra Sextet, the great Pandit Ravi Shankar, the maestros, (late) Don Cherry & (late) Charlie Mariano.  His unique approach to drumming has seen collaborations with Maestro Zakir Hussain, including a ‘Masters of Percussion’ US Tour in 2004., Carnatic classical legends, Maestro U. Srinivas and Guru L. Subramaniam, Hindustani slide guitar master exponent, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, sarangi legend Ustad Sultan Khan Sahab, ghattam maestro Pandit ‘Vikku’ Vinayakaram, Khanjira exponent Selva Ganesh, among many other noted artists. His work/performances with the Western greats have included unique collaborations with renowned artists such as Bill Evans, Scott Kinsey, Jonas Helborg, Ayden Esen, and Tim Garland. Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility, in Mumbai, India. Combined with his strong roots in the Indian classical tradition and his world-view of music gave him a unique perspective on the Indian Film genre.  His career spans projects over the last almost 4 decades as a featured drummer and arranger for Indian Film Industry erstwhile giants such as R.D. Burman, Lakshmikant - Pyaarelal right up to A.R. Rahman’s greatest work through the years, including the Grammy & Oscar-nominated ‘127 Hours’  and continues to bring his unique personality to this genre of music. His recognition as a Music Composer and Arranger for Album Projects and Feature Films has earned him the Filmfare Award for his score in ‘Aks’ (2001) and more recently his work in ‘Shaitan’ swept all 3 major Indian awards, in the year 2011. Ranjit was Music Composer and Sound Designer for the entire Opening and Closing Ceremonies of mega-events, the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, Hockey World Cup 2019 Opening, Music Producer for MTV Unplugged (Season 1 & 2), Jammin' (Season 2).

Darshan Doshi

At an age when people learn to walk, he was already on his journey towards music. By the age of 11, he was in the Limca Book of Records (1997) as the ’Youngest Drummer of India’. After which there was no looking back for Drummer, Composer & Educator Darshan Doshi. Based in Mumbai, Darshan Doshi played with various musical groups for numerous concerts and recordings. Along with this, he has worked with various music directors for Bollywood film scores. Over the years he has toured world over with globally known artists and worked with leading musicians of the industry. Also, this drumming maestro performs regularly on MTV India’s live shows like MTV Unplugged and Coke Studio. He started his career in the group ’Little Wonders’ with Kalyanji-Anandji in 1994. Darshan Doshi’s journey in Bollywood began with the movie, Black (2005). He played percussion and drums for ’Paheli’, and Ram Gopal Varma’s ’Sarkar’, apart from movies like ’London Dreams’, ’Tere Sang’, ’Dhoom 2’, ’Johnny Gaddar’, ’Luck By Chance’ and ’My Name is Khan’. Even having so much in his kitty, he is well-known for his work for sound track of the hit rock-musical film, Rock On!! (2008). His recent work includes the hit movies like Secret Superstar, Udta Punjab, Rock On 2, Love You Zindagi, Fitoor, Queen, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Saand ki Aankh & Kai Po Che. Over the years, he worked with the eminent music directors & singers like Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, A.R.Rahman, Salim-Sulaiman, Adnan Sami, Farhan Akhtar, Amit Trivedi, Pritam, Hariharan, Raghav Sachar, Taufiq Qureshi, Selva Ganesh, Colonial Cousins & Ustad Rashid Khan. Aside from his remarkable work in the Bollywood industry, he has played with fusion bands like The Bombay Project, Sitar Funk, Mumbai Stomp, Aakruti, Defying Gravity, Tapasya, Nakshatra and Fuzonika. Darshan Doshi is a versatile drummer; this trait helps him in getting a chance to perform and record with artists and bands from all types of genres. He received his first lessons in Drums from his father, Shailesh Doshi, which was polished by some great maestros of times, Leicester Gudino, Pankaj Sharma & Ranjit Barot. Darshan has toured with music director duo Salim Sulaiman & recently performed at the WOMAD Festival in UK & the MELA Festival in Norway. He has performed at more than 2500 concerts across the globe. Besides adding wonders to music with his sticks, Darshan Doshi endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Sticks, Roland Drums & AKG Mics.

Viveick Rajagopalan

Viveick is a musician and a composer - trained under the Carnatic tradition on the majestic percussive instruments of South India, mridangam and kanjira, Viveick uses his classical roots to compose music that moves between many styles. With his ability to blend the mridangam with various styles of music Viveick has collaborated with international musicians like Richard Bona on his album Ten Shades of Blue, Chinese Man on a track called Malad in Shikantaza, SHRI (UK) , Bugge Wesseltoft, Bauchklang to name a few. Very early in his career, he joined “LUCKY ALI” in his band, and even worked with him on his album SIFAR. With his albums, Dancing with Shiva and Moving Images, released as early as 2007 and 2008 respectively, he presented his unique style of blending Carnatic and modern electronic soundscapes. More recently Viveick’s Ta Dhom Project, for the first time in the history of Indian Music, brings together Carnatic Classical Rhythms, Vocal percussion and street rap in the most unique manner; this project has traveled to prestigious festivals like WOMAD (UK), SHAMBALA (UK), OSLO MELA (NORWAY) in 2019, WOMEX 2018 Edition at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Viveick’s track, India 91 in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, the track is an offshoot of the Ta Dhom Project and has caught the fancy of young dancers and hip hop artists across the country. The iconic channel id of UTV Motion Pictures and the media giant of Kerala MATHRUBHUMI NEWS were composed and produced by him. Most recently he has also co-founded a festival that celebrates the MRIDANGAM - MridangaMela. He is the only mridangam player who is an endorsee of AKG microphones and Harman Pro India products.

Ankur Tewari

Ankur Tewari is a man of many talents. Whilst moonlighting as a singer-songwriter, he is also a composer, music supervisor & poet. Lyrically, Ankur Tewari weaves magic with his compositions allowing one to feel an array of emotions with each song. Recently, Ankur Tewari supervised the music behind the blockbuster Bollywood movie Gully Boy which won him multiple accolades from Filmfare and other renowned film guilds. Besides Gully Boy, he has also supervised the music for multiple Netflix projects such as Yeh Ballet by Sooni Taraporevala & Guilty by Ruchi Narain to name a few. He collaborated with JioSaavn to release a song about “love in the time of a climate crisis” called Dhuaan Dhuaan which charted the Indian charts overnight garnering 1M + views on YouTube alone on its day of release. Ankur Tewari is also known for his storytelling & poetry, he and renowned TV & Radio personality Roshan Abbas co-founded Kommune. Kommune is a collaborative based community of storytellers, poets & musicians. Kommune is also the driving force behind the culture & arts festival, Spoken Fest. Ankur & The Ghalat Family comprises of Sidd Coutto, Johan Pais, Vivaan Kapoor & Gaurav Gupta - who are soulfully creating some of the grooviest folk-rock & acoustic ballads along with Hindustani influences. The band is revered as one of the most innovative Hindi rock bands in India.

Uday Benegal

Uday Benegal is one of India’s most influential independent musicians. Best known as the lead singer and founder of India’s leading rock band, Indus Creed, Uday began his journey in the mid-’80s with one of India’s earliest groups, Rock Machine. With those two pioneering bands, he blazed trails across India and abroad through the ’90s. Along with touring the (then) USSR in 1988, he won an Asia-wide MTV Video Music Award for the Indus Creed song “Pretty Child,” performed live with Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash, shared the stage with Bon Jovi, and played at Peter Gabriel’s prestigious WOMAD festival in the UK. In 1999, Uday moved to New York with his new Indo-rock band Alms for Shanti, with whom he performed extensively across New York City’s clubs and at festivals in the US, Canada and India. In 2008, Uday moved back to India and re-entered the country’s newly exploding music scene with a bang, regrouping with his old band Indus Creed. In 2012 they released their newest album, “Evolve” (Uday wrote and composed all the songs, including the hit track “Fireflies”), which was mixed by the Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Tim Palmer, renowned for his work with Pearl Jam, U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Mark Knopfler and Tears for Fears. In 2013, Indus Creed were awarded Best Band at the Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards and a year later were bestowed with Vh1’s first ever Hall of Fame award. Uday produces music independently as well. He has sung and composed numerous advertising jingles and sang the song “Life Is Crazy” for the Bollywood movie Wake Up Sid. He appeared on all three seasons of FOX Life’s music series Soundtrek. In addition to his illustrious music career, Uday is also a prolific writer and has written for a number of publications in the US and India, including The Village Voice, Time Out New York, GQ India, Forbes India, Rolling Stone India, Midday and Man’s World.

Zubin Balaporia

Zubin Balaporia is an Indian Music Director and Keyboard Player of the cult Indian Rock Band - Indus Creed. Zubin has enjoyed a long career in the Music recording industry, particularly for Films & Television since 1987. His first major background score for Bollywood was for the film, Dev, in the year 2004. He has also composed background music and jingles for major brands such as Coke, Pepsi, Fogg, Airtel etc. Zubin works primarily from his Mumbai based recording environment - Bandwagon Recording Studios. His latest May 2020 Bollywood Background release is for the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer "Ghoomketu".

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