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Meet Sanjay Krishnamurthy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sanjay Krishnamurthy.

Sanjay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing piano at four and singing at 16. I had never seriously considered doing music full time. I went to the University of Arizona and studied Molecular and Cellular Biology and Economics.

Digital marketing was the cool new thing in 2012, and I quickly saw how it was going to completely change the face of the music industry. Between medical school interviews, I started applying to digital marketing jobs. I initially got rejected everywhere, but after a few months, Google called me up, interviewed me on site, and gave me an offer. I still had music in my mind, I practiced and wrote every day. I took the job and started playing the long game.

I worked in San Francisco, New York, and LA, saved money, wrote, practiced, and took freelance projects as a session pianist, backup singer, orchestrator, conductor, and composer. I started banking songs and concept albums, and finally am ready to start releasing my ideas. In November of 2019, I released my debut album entitled “Cursive Reveries”. It’s a pop-classical album meant to relax and unwind the soul through stories and fantasies of my life. In February of 2020, I will be releasing my second album entitled “Purple Arizona”, which is a folk-rock album expressing my love for the state which made me who I am today.

Music is what fills my life with meaning, and I hope when people hear and see my work, they find and do something which fills their life with meaning as well.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I first moved to LA, I didn’t know anyone. It has taken me years to build a network of quality musicians, producers, filmmakers/videographers, and thinkers who inspire me, collaborate with me, and challenge me in new ways every day.

I love so many genres of music, and I don’t want to pick one. I grew up on classical, jazz, Bollywood, folk, rock, metal, and so much more. I think all of us grow up with so many genres that move us in different ways. I want each of my albums to represent a different style or genre that I love.

Finding a team who is reliable, talented, and versatile was difficult, but I somehow lucked out and got exactly what I wished for. I am nothing without each one of them.

My team today could not be stronger, from arranging to tracking to production to mix to filming to promotion, each person has an experienced ear and an open heart.

We are so excited about our upcoming albums, and we’re just getting started!

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I write all my songs with either just me and a piano or just me and a guitar. It has to work with just those two elements before I move on.

I write melodies and lyrics simultaneously. How a word sounds or can bend within a melody is such an organic feeling. It’s the way I sing something or the way in which I write the song which makes the song mine and not someone else’s.

I record voice memos of the full song and live with it for a couple days. I’ll go through rounds of revisions, and once I like it, I’ll start meeting with other musicians to provide their melodic and harmonic input.

Everyone then rehearses and prepares for the big studio day.

We then move into the studio with everything charted out (to save time and money). We do 1-3 takes, some overdubs, and move on.

I like holding the expectation that we’re only going to record each song 1-3 times. It forces us to practice so much so that we stop thinking about notes in the studio and just focus on the music.

Ultimately, I strive to communicate the ideas in my head through art, in hopes that they make you feel something new, deep, and motivating. That’s the business model, and I hope it always stays that way.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When Larry Page and Sergey Brin (the founders of Google) could not attend a company wide meeting, they asked me to sing and play piano for the entire company. What was only supposed to be a 20 minute set lasted for over an hour and a half due to audience requests, full of both covers and originals. I am very lucky that my employer celebrates the fact that I am passionate about music. And thinks I’m good enough to perform for 40,000 people!

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