Friday, December 17, 2004

Prash: An XLer as a Musician

Five years after graduating with a specialisation in Marketing, Prashant Vadhyar (99BMD) - or "Prash" as he is known - decided to go full-time into what he enjoys most - Music.

[You can download 16 of his compositions from The Electromancer or site]

This interview with Prash about "Prash" - name of his band - on (and don't forget to click to read reviews):

Why this name?
Its what everyone calls me... its a short version of my first name.

Do you play live?
I play live occassionaly with a jazz/blues band. I play the lead guitar for the band and also do some vocal bits. But, by and large my obsession is writing, composing and arranging.

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The ease of distribution rocks!!! The exchange of ideas between musicians across different cultures, the friends one makes... its a boon to all musicians worldwide!

Would you still sign a record contract with a major label?

Band History:
I got back to music making after 6 years. I used to play a lot of guitar in my college... then, I got an MBA in marketing and worked for 5 years during which time, music was discarded. One day, I couldnt take it anymore and quit everything and now, pursue music as a full time profession.

Your influences?
My influences are too diverse to list and get a fair representation... my earliest memories of music are hindi film songs, then moving onto mainstream western pop, heavy metal, jazz and blues and then electronica. These days, I am heavily into classical, film background type of music.

Favorite spot?
Goa, India... psycotrop paradise

Equipment used:
Korg Triton LE Keyboard Synth
Behringer UB 1002 Mixer
Fender Telecaster Guitar
Digitech RP6 Guitar FX Processor
Behringer B1 Condenser Mic
Computer-1.7 Ghz Pentium, 512MB RAM, 2x 40GB HDD, M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard
Wharfedale Pro Active Studio Monitors
Behringer Headphones

Friday, December 03, 2004

Download X-Factor Newsletter

The X-factor - a monthly e-newsletter for both alumni and current students of XLRI - was launched yesterday on December 2nd, 2004.

The X-factor aims to address a long felt need for sharing and disseminating news/views across the XLRI community - alumni, students and faculty.

You can Download Your Copy Here (right click, save - it is a 377kb, pdf document)

We would love to have your feedback, suggestions and contributions for the forthcoming issues.

Please write back to us at:

editor.xfactor [at]

Happy Reading!

and Kudos to - Mohit, Surya, Allen, Deepti, Kushgara, and Sheshank - the X-factor Team!!!