Independent vs Industry: Convergence On The Cards?

India’s commercial film music industry has laid a successful economic structure that arguably created a difficult environment for independent artists - a revenue based model based primarily on mass audience numbers and high investment. While commercial cinema is in India’s DNA, the efforts of film and music independents have been slowly but surely trying to close the gap. Convergence is clearly on the cards, but would independent artists still be able to retain integrity of their content; will commercial film trends change? Can independents strive to command similar investment to build substantially larger audiences?

Date: 26th Nov / Time: 10:00 / Venue: Surya, The Park Chennai / Event Type: Music, Film, Culture Conference


  • KJ Singh

    KJ Singh Fast Forward Productions / India

    KJ Singh is a Mumbai based National Award and Filmfare award-winning sound engineer, sound designer, music producer, and guitarist. He is the owner of a successful production house, Fast Forward Productions, a mixing Studio A6TG and Big Chief of an Independent music label, Asli Music. From Film composers, AR Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vidyasagar, Harris Jayaraj, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Amit Trivedi, Anu Malik, Nadeem-Shravan, Ismail Darbar to independent artists Indian Ocean, Rabbi Shergill, Parikrama, Hariharan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Kailash Kher, Neeti Mohan, Harshdeep Kaur and Spud in the Box, KJ Singh has worked with the best names in both the commercial and the indie scene. Some of his notable projects include Maachis, Satya, Chachi 420, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Rang De Basanti, Guru, Maqbool, Omkara, Delhi6, Robot, Vinnaitandi Varuyaya, Sakkarakati, Rockstar, Tamasha and albums Kandisa, Black Friday, Tandanu by Indian Ocean, Rabbi's "Bulla Ki Jaana", Hariharan's Kaash and Waqt Par Bolna, Rekha Bhardwaj's Ishqa Ishqa, Spud in the Box's Attention Please and Lead Feet Paper Shoes, Deepa Nair Rasiya's Destination and Jazim Sharma's Pyaar Bepanah. He recorded and mixed TM Krishna's music film in Dolby Atmos called ONE and is always on the lookout for new talent, to nurture and bring forth. As a live sound engineer he has travelled with AR Rahman, Jagjit Singh, Hariharan, Colonial Cousins, Rekha Bhardwaj, Lucky Ali, Rabbi Shergill, Indian Ocean, Parikrama, Shilpa Rao, Spud In The Box.

  • Prithvi Chandrasekhar

    Prithvi Chandrasekhar Krimson Avenue Studio / India

    Prithvi Chandrasekhar is a renowned music producer, audio engineer and owner of Krimson Avenue Studios, Chennai. He started playing piano at age 8 and has an undergraduate degree in Music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music.