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True School Students / Alumni

Meet some of the exceptionally talented students who walked through True School’s doors and charted their path to a successful music career

The Latecomers

If nerves weren't enough, a snoozing alarm clock, a broken handle on the taxi, and a super excited puppy all connived to ensure that James, Ryan, Geet and Umang were late for their first ever audition. Ever since, they have been known as The Latecomers; a moniker that serves to remind them to never let it happen again. The Latecomers love a new take on old things, messing around with and reworking everything from good old jazz standards to cheesy pop tunes. For The Latecomers, no genre is off-limits and no idea is bad (unless, of course, said idea involves Geet taking a bass solo after every chorus). The Latecomers are a quartet from Mumbai who love messing around with jazz standards, pop tunes and everything in between.

James Miranda - Horns, Keys & Kitchen Utensils
Ryan Sequiera - Drums, Cajon & Other Noisy Things
Geet Gupta - Bass (but only till he learns a third chord on the piano)
Umang Mehta - Vox, Guitar & Chai

Peach Envy

Peach Envy is a 5-piece R&B, Soul and Alternative band, based out of Mumbai, inspired to make and perform contemporary music. With a sonically fresh approach to music in general, they draw inspiration from various artists around the world. They believe there’s always more than what meets the eye and they aim to reflect that in their music. They are influenced by a wide range of artists and musicians such as The Beatles, John Mayer, Hiatus Kaiyote, Blackstratblues and many more.

Anand Masrani - Bass
Somayan Banerjee - Drums
Hardik Pandya - Keyboards
Tiana Taraporvala - Vocals
Purnet Moirangthem - Vocals / Guitars

Maand Gara

Maand Gara is an experimental fusion project based out of Mumbai. Their set includes a mix of rock, funk, jazz and other styles as they draw inspiration from various artists around the world. Maand Gara aims to play music that enlightens, empowers, makes you laugh, dance and cry. After all, what is a story if it does none of these! They have had the privilege to play at Palm Expo 2019, The Little Door, The Stables, Above The Habitat and one of the biggest college cultural fest of Asia, Mood Indigo 2019.

Abhinav Lama - Guitar
Somayan Bannerjee - Drums
Hardik Pandya - Synth & Piano
Arnav Lou Fernandes - Bass

Mukti Funk

Formed in 2017 Mukti Funk is an experimental/collaborative project based in Mumbai. Their songs are an amalgamation of different genres of music and they like to collaborate with different musicians to add a different flavour. They released their music video ‘Kashmir’ in August 2018, featuring Karun Kanampilly on Drums and Adil Kurwa on Bass.

Ishaan Mehta - Guitar
Bharat Chandore - Drums / Percussion
Akshay Dabhadkar - Keys / Production

DJs

Jash Joshi

Music has always played a key role in Jash's life. As Bono said "Music can change the world because it can change people". He believes music has the power to connect people on the dance floor and make them experience an intense and a blissful experience, by liberating them. He plays genres like Trance, House, Techno & Chill-Out. He delivers his podcast series called "Transmutations" on Mixcloud and YouTube. Few of his mixes have been aired on radio websites Afterhours.fm, realdanceradio.net & beatsradio.ca He has also played at festivals like Being Trance Beach Festival (Goa) & Rhythmic Tale (Pawna Lakeside) along with venues such as Makaza (Pune), The Den (Mumbai), Pranzi, Mr.House, Mansion Bar & Lounge, and Café Lilliput (Goa). Always open to exploring unique and fresh sounds, he is now focusing on producing his own music. Winner of :- Audionub sessions - June 2019 New sound - July 2019

Nida Chakraborty

Nida is a Techno producer / DJ from India. Her music is all encompassing - an amalgamation of glorious tribal flavours and a range of super groovy sonic elements. She dabbles in blends of Afro House, tech house & esoteric electronica. She performed at Sunburn and also opened for a bunch of international artists such as Deborah De Luca, Cinthie, Bart Skils, Viken Arman amongst other artists. She recently Headlined at a gig in Bangalore. She also released her debut techno track, Destination Z, on 12th Sept 2019 on all global platforms including Beatport, Spotify, Apple Music, and it's available for purchase in other international stores. She will soon be releasing her next single Upheaval on all platforms.

Moksh Shah

Moksh Shah aka Cardyac is one of the youngest DJs in Mumbai. He is known for playing Hip-Hop music but with his own touch. He plays other genres as well such as House, Bass, Commercial and Trap. He has played at several nightclubs across the city, such as Tryst, Matahaari, Raasta, House Of Tipsy, Olive - Bar & Kitchen, and The Den. He has also played at festivals such as The Grub Fest in Mumbai. He has won several War Of DJs across different college festivals and one of his biggest achievements is being placed 4th at the Palm Expo War Of DJs, out of approx. 500 entries from across the country.

Tanmay Garg

Tanmay has always been passionate about music since he was a child. Having been a Tabla Champion, and knowing how to play Harmonium, Guitar and singing Indian Ghazals, the decision to make a career in music came naturally to him. While pursuing his graduation, Tanmay simultaneously completed the Pro DJ Course from True School. He has performed at several venues and events in Mumbai, Delhi & and Agra, including the Lakme Fashion Week at St. Regis, Mumbai, LUNA - St. Regis, and in Delhi at Key Nightclub, XXO Charlie, and Privee’ Novele. He has also performed at the Inscape Music Festival - powered by Submerge Music.

Karun Kannampilly

Karun Kannampilly, is an experienced drummer and music educator and has been a prominent contributor to Mumbai's indie music scene for over 12 years. As a performer, he is currently a part of The Koniac Net, plays with artists such as Raghav Meattle, Kamakshi Khanna, Bhrigu Sahni and freelances for multiple other projects. Previously he has played for bands like Modern Mafia, Rang and Last Remaining Light and has also played sessions for Lesle Lewis.

Karun began his teaching career at the Mumbai based True School of Music, where he held several positions across a 4-year tenure eventually stepping down as Pro Drum Faculty to set up his own teaching practice. In 2017 he founded Drum House, an educational enterprise that provides unique residential-format drum camps and drum classes. Their last camp, conducted at a Villa near Pawna lake was attended by 30 participating student drummers from all across India and taught by The Drum House team (Karun + Dhir Mody) along with acclaimed drummers Jai Row Kavi and Darshan Doshi.

Shraddha Sehgal

A home maker, a mother, head of her textile design team and a musician all along, Shraddha Sehgal took up the Hindustani Vocals programme under the tutelage of Shankar Mahadevan Academy at the True School of Music, Mumbai. While studying, she composed melodies and started writing lyrics for her original songs and for her school mates.

In a short span and by word of mouth, Shraddha has worked with several musicians as a lyricist. Her experiences are the medium through which her thoughts translate to lyrics for the many different genres she writes for. The challenge of writing to situations and to the exact meter of a melody excites her and that she can add meaning to a song with her words, motivates her to write lyrics that people connect with. Noteably, she has written lyrics for songs of a web series written by Vikram Bhatt called Spotlight 2, and a song titled Chaka Chak to support Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan sung by Shankar Mahadevan.

Shayaan Oshidar

Shayaan Oshidar is a Hinglish singer-songwriter and actress currently based in Mumbai and London. After studying at True School, she went on to pursue her degree in music from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in 2017. During her final year there, she was one of 7 students to be chosen to write with Sir Paul McCartney. In 2018 Shayaan & her writing partner Ryan using the entity HICARI, began writing songs for other artists and to date have crossed over 30 million streams worldwide on Spotify alone. They have collaborated with an amazing array of writers and producers who are regulars for artists like ‘Dua Lipa’, ‘Zara Larson’, ‘Yungen’, Zak Abel, The Vamps, etc.

Since 2019 Shayaan has had a top 20 hit on the Billboard dance/EDM chart with ‘More than a stranger’ which was also remixed by the popular DJ duo ‘Tritonal’. Another track for Norway based artist DJ Anton reached no. 22 on Norway’s Nrkp3 Radio, the equivalent of UK’s Radio 1. BBC Radio 1 also had ‘So What’ a record she wrote with Jay Pryor on their show with Scott Mills. She has also had releases with Nicky Romero, Ayokay, Jake Miller, W&W, and Jay Pryor. These have been released on Virgin EMI, Sony Music Global, Universal Music and many independent labels around the globe. Popular Playlists and YouTube channels such as ‘Mint’ on Spotify, Apple Music's A List Dance playlist, Proximity, Wave Music & Dancing Astronaut have also featured tracks Shayaan has written and sung on.

Shayaan is now in India working on her current Hinglish Pop project. Her cover of ‘Talk’ was featured on UK’s ‘Love Island’ which then got onto the Shazam top 100 Charts at No. 9 followed by the top 100 itunes UK Charts.

Agneya Chikte

Agneya Chikte is a Toronto based drummer/percussionist who has been performing professionally for 7 years. Known for his stylistic versatility, after studying at True School, he moved to Toronto to pursue his Bachelor’s in Music at the prestigious Humber College – School of Creative and Performing Arts, and has been steadily rising through the ranks in the music scene. He has studied with some of Canada’s best-known musicians and educators, namely Mike Downes, Pat LaBarbera, Mark Kelso, Rich Brown, Kirk MacDonald and Larnell Lewis. In his time at Humber, Agneya has had the honour of receiving multiple Awards and Scholarships, including the Canada-wide ‘Musicounts Scholarship’ (2018). Agneya performs on drum set and percussion alike, covering a broad range of styles reflecting his wide interest in a variety of music and his natural feel for groove and texture regardless of genre.

He has performed across Ontario at stages and venues like the TD Toronto Jazz festival, Orangeville Jazz Festival, Beaches Music Festival, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Burdock Music Hall, Canadian National Exhibition and the Yonge & Dundas Square. In June 2018, Agneya was selected to be a part of Toronto Jazz Festival’s inaugural ‘Jazz Musician Intensive’ which was the festival’s own showcase ensemble, consisting of the most upcoming musicians from each from the 4 post-secondary music programs in the GTA, under the direction of Juno Award-winning composer and bassist, Mike Downes. Additionally, the ‘Agneya Chikte Trio’ was declared the 2018 winner for Niagara Jazz Festival’s ‘Jazz for the Ages’ competition.

Shrey Anjania

Shrey Anjania is music composer/producer born and brought up in Mumbai. He started off as a Guitar player for various metal bands and then expanded his horizon in music by exploring different genres. He found a deep love for Orchestral Music and Film Scoring. After finishing an Engineering degree in Computer Science, he joined The True School Of Music in 2016 to pursue his love for Music Production and Sound Engineering. He has been associated with and worked on a lot of projects including campaigns for Singapore Changi Airport, while studying at True School.

From scoring music for films, to writing and producing films, as well as collaborating with film-making students from various colleges across the country, he explored different roles in the process of film making to understand the art form better, and experiment and inculcate that knowledge into his music. He believes his greatest inspiration for writing music comes from travelling across the country, experiencing different cultures, meeting new people, and learning about the world. His films have been honoured by and screened at various film festivals across the country including the prestigious Dadasaheb Film Festival and FICCI Frames Festival.

You can find his work on YouTube and OTT Platforms like Sony LIV and Saavn. He engineered the Podcasts for Film Companion hosted by Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand featuring Bollywood actors/directors including Naseeruddin Shah, Rohit Shetty, and Kangana Ranaut to name a few. He is currently working on 2 South Indian films for their Original Soundtracks and songs which are due to release across India by mid 2020, and is simultaneously working on his first full length Orchestral Album which he plans to release digitally in September 2020.

Advait Sawant

Mumbai based music composer & producer, Advait Sawant, is a passionate musician who started his music career in 2016. After studying Music production and Pro Performance - Keyboard from True School, Advait knew he was cut out for a full-time career in music. Some of his projects include doing production for the score of Baaghi 3, "Out of Love" (HOTSTAR), Pawan & Pooja (MX Player), "Kaafir” (ZEE5) and, the Documentary "32 White" which won awards at the Calcutta International Film festival and the Florence Film Festival.

Apart from this, he has also composed and produced jingles for Monte Carlo, Act2 popcorn and Rock it to name a few. Aside from producing music for films and jingles, he is also a core member of the Hindi rock band, TAPAS. His live appearances include the TV show "The Voice", where he was a Pianist for the battle pairing round episodes for the contestants, and played alongside Armaan Malik, Kanika Kapoor, Adnan Sami and Harshdeep Kaur . Currently, he is working on the score of a untitled Web Series (Amazon Prime) and the next EP of TAPAS - "Jazb".

Adam Malvi

Adam Malvi aka Blame Adam is a Mumbai based electronic artist/producer who has been closely knit with the Indian independent music scene for a while now. His journey into music started very unexpectedly. To put it shortly, he was in need of another form of expression due to the lack of one. His music incorporates the garnering of a mood rather than a genre and amalgamates electronic and acoustic instrumentation with radical but innovative sampling.

The temperament of his music is dark and at the crux, can be classified as "noir sound". After doing the Music Production Course at True School Of Music, Adam felt it gave him direction to where he wanted to go within music as it was a really vast area to cover and figure out where home was. It also helped him strengthen his music theory and put his music into perspective in comparison to the other artists in the industry.

Adam is currently dabbling with commercial projects such as film scoring, composing for TV commercials and more, while managing making his own music. He recently released an album called 'Asura' which combines punchy grooves, mysterious melodies and tremor inducing bass frequencies to create a unique audio experience.

Manov Bhowmick

Manov is a young HipHop producer from Bombay, who has also produced multiple records for various indie artists as well. Having lived in multiple cities all across the country, his productions drive inspiration from various cultures and sounds that are very unique to him.

Being a part of the hiphop duo titled ‘Krow and Raven’ he has performed at multiple venues, produced under the same name for multiple hiphop artists across the world and been recognised by the Indian hiphop community. The duo also has an ongoing project called “The ELEMENTARY” that is set to release in 2020. Apart from that, he has also played on stage with the likes of Shivamani, recorded and mixed multiple artists and live events in Delhi and Mumbai, produced scores for live theatre and produce multiple radio spots, voice overs and audio ads for brands like Pantaloons, Fitness first, Adidas and Wrangler.

Currently, Manov runs an outlet called “Moojic Spaces” that focuses on discovering, developing and promoting young independent artists across the country, and on hosting live sessions for the same.

Kirk Braganza

Kirk Braganza followed in the footsteps of his seniors and started out as an intern at YRF Studios. He successfully converted his internship into a full time job and has successfully worked on Bollywood projects like War, Commando 3, Mardaani 2 & 83 as assistant sound editor. Simultaneously he is also working on audio restoration of timeless classics of YRF like Vijay, Kaala Patthar and Daag to name a few.

Hersh Desai

While studying Sound Engineering at True School, Hersh also interned in the Audio Tech Support Department, managing operations for studio and live sound for the school's auditorium. His main area of focus in the audio is to establish himself as a Recording & Mixing Engineer. He has shown versatility and flexibility while working with different types of musicians and artists. As an intern at school, he got an opportunity to mix Ranjit Barot (Yamaha DTX Drum Workshop), The Outperformers 2019 , Aankh Micholi, Andrew Sabu, Daira, and Tushar Parte. As far recording work goes, he has recorded Shilpa Rao, Mukti Funk, Tapas, Queendom and many others at True School's studio. He also mixed for Inga, Maand Garaa, Tapas & Queendom at Yamaha Stage (Palm Expo 2019). After his course and internship at True School ended, he joined Island City Studios, Mumbai, as an intern where he got opportunity to work with names like Bombay Brass, Raftaar, Divine, Lisa Ray, Jonita Gandhi & Amit Trivedi to name a few. He has now successfully converted his internship into a full time job at Island City Studios.

Adhithya Sivakumar

Adhithya Sivakumar is an audio engineer and a musician based out of Mumbai, India. He has trained at The True School of Music and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, working on SSL, Neve and API consoles with mentors including George Massenburg, Chris Lord Alge, Vance Powell, Sylvia Massy, Jacquire King and many more. He has worked with notable artists and bands such as Monica Dogra, Ranjit Barot, Fame The Band, Gino Banks, Jon Worthy, Michael League and The Vamps. His aim is to capture the source right in the stage of recording to make it sound like a record. He has also contributed his skills to the local indie scene. In his free time, he usually reads up on the latest gear/technology on audio, and keeps up to date with new plugins that come out. He is currently working at Island City Studios, Mumbai.

E J Thomas

Thomas found his passion in Sound Design for movies after completing his Pro Sound Engineering course at True School. He started a full time job with Yash Raj Films (YRF Studios) as Sound Editor and assists the head of Sound Design, the renowned Ganesh Gangadharan. He has worked on several big bollywood projects such as Thugs of Hindostan, Bharat, War, Commando 3, Mardani 2, and is currently working on Bunty Aur Babli 2, Shamshera, and 83.

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