Swami Digital produces a range of electronic music focusing on infusing soundscapes with a sense of spiritual wonder. This often involves fusion of music synthesized electronically with hindustani classical music. It is an exciting frontier, as the structure of raga music can incorporate a huge range of exploration.
I started in music by learning to play guitar, through a few years of lessons and playing in bands during high school and college. I became interested in synthesis, DJ'ing, and computer music in the spring/summer of 1998. Over the years I moved away from electronic music and back towards folk and classical music. I first received some basic training in Sitar, and some basic instruction on Harmonium. Over the summer of 2006 I was lucky enough to study with the amazing Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma, and in the fall of 2006 I attended a course taught by the great Pandit Jasraj at the University of South Florida. More recently, I have begun attempting to marry the grand vision of Hindustani Classical to electronic music again. I still have a great deal to learn regarding classical music, so the journey is ongoing!
I developed a passion for Hindustani classical music and punjabi spiritual folk music from living with my grandparents. I listened to and sang many bhajans, shabads, and folk songs in my childhood. As far as classical music goes, my formative influence and favorite artist is the amazing Pandit Jasraj-ji. I have a passion for all the great masters however. In terms of electronic music, my formative influences would probably be Orbital, Prodigy, and Talvin Singh's work. It was through Talvin Singh's stuff that I discovered the asian underground scene, and he was my gateway to a number of great artists such as Karsh Kale, State of Bengal, Badmarsh & Shri, and many other artists and DJs. I'm also into Bhangra, though I prefer older artists like Malkit Singh, and I think no one has yet matched the remix work of Bally Sagoo.
Basically, my music is indian influenced electronica, with a classical rather than bollywood or bhangra tilt.
My studio is centered around my computers (Mac Pro + MacBook Pro). My main composition softwares are Apple Logic Studio and Ableton Live. I use a variety of soft-synths and hardware devices. Software wise, my favorite synths are Reason and Virus for Powercore, though I have East West libraries and Native Instruments Komplete as well. In hardware, my favorite synth is my Korg OASYS and sometimes my Studio Electronics SE-1. For my Indian sounds I supplement recordings of my sitar, harmonium, and singing with sampled instruments. I have a collection of recording interfaces, mics and preamps to suit the job as well. My most unique piece is my Haken Continuum Fingerboard, which is probably the only midi controller that is really suited for Indian Classical music. It is a new instrument for me, so I am still learning it!