Rajesh Hardwani (formerly known as ‘r-H’ or ‘DJ r-H’) started out as a DJ in the late 80s. Growing up, he fed himself musically on everything from funk and soul, to blues and hip-hop. This wide variety of influences would later play a vital role in his work as a music producer. He eventually expanded his creative palette even further to include electronica, big beat, drum and bass, jazz, and much more. It’s no surprise that some people find it difficult to classify his style.
However, what may come as a surprise is how easily he takes these countless influences and meshes them together into a remarkably cohesive and wildly infectious sound that is all his own.
An avid traveler, Rajesh Hardwani takes his digital gear with him wherever he goes in order to record any sights and sounds that may become part of or inspiration for future audio and visual creations. This helps explain some of the remarkable diversity of Hardwani’s music.
The diversity is obvious not just from track to track or from one album to the next, but even within the course of a single song. This diverse approach to the craft seems to be attracting a diverse audience.
Despite all this, you may still find yourself wondering what the music sounds like. Rajesh Hardwani is not a musician that simply chops up and regurgitates things that other musicians have already done. His influences range from fellow musicians, to the people
and politics of the worlds around him. “While most of my musical work is instrumental, my approach to a project and the feel of the track is based on my thought process at that time, and sometimes that depends on what recently had a great influence on me. It’s usually a subject that I just read", says Hardwani.
With his debut electronica album, Black Asia Volume 1, Hardwani took one big step toward reaching the goals he had set for himself, which include remixing for fellow artists and licensing his music to labels world wide.
His follow up, Black Asia Volume 2, came as a 130+ page travel and photo journal covering Beijing’s Ba Da Ling section of the Great Wall, Dashanzi Art District, Tanggong Hutong and Beijing city life; a feature section showcasing the works of 4 Asian artists; and a 17 track studio album enclosed.
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