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NEWS: Announcing the Winners of the Young Creator’s Competition
We are delighted to announce the three winners of the Instrument’s INDIA Young Creator’s Competition!
We received over 30 submissions from around the world, with the winning tracks being chosen by an expert judging panel. The jury featured Ramshanker Sathianarayanan (composer and orchestral conductor), Girishh Gopalakrishnan (producer, composer and singer), Kousic Sen (Tabla), Jonny Batchelor (sample pack producer), and Hayley Suviste (composer).
Listen below to a podcast episode in which the judging panel announce, listen to, and discuss the winning submissions, and showcase a selection of other highly recommended submissions.
Listen to the Winning Submissions:
Winner: Age 14-17 (UK)
Name: Joshua van der Hagen (artist name: Liopli)
Track: Confused Circus
Joshua is 17 years old and based in the UK. He has been making music for just over two years, and was initially inspired by watching others on YouTube make music.
Joshua: “I used quite a few of the samples from this pack. The main sample that I used was the “sangu”, which I quite liked as I thought it sounded a bit like a mellotron. The other 2 dominant samples I will mention are the “baga ghey” – which I processed to make a kick drum and an 808 – and the “santoor hit” which I made into a hi-hat. All the other samples that I used were added to create a bit more atmosphere, depth and rhythm.”
Winner: Age 18-21 (UK)
Name: Nicolas Garcia-Peguinho (artist name: Acrux)
Track: Silk Stria
Nicolas is 20 years old and from London, and is currently in their third year of studying music at the University of Manchester.
Nicolas: “My biggest personal connection to Indian music is through bhangra by going to daytimer events in London and Manchester. I also thought that given the age range of the competition, Indian youth culture would be particularly relevant. Therefore, my aim was to explore some typical bhangra grooves and develop these with British glitch and bass music techniques in keeping with what I’ve heard these daytimer crews play recently.”
Winner: Age 14-21 (International)
Name: Eugene Mantilla (artist name: EUMAN)
Track: Blinding Daylight
Eugene is an 18-year-old from from Peabody, Massachusetts. He has been making electronic music for over five years using Ableton Live.
Eugene: “Every sound in this song was made with the sample pack, from the loud bass synths to the drums to the ambient synths… The track itself was inspired heavily by experimental dubstep artists G-Rex and PEEKABOO. Making something totally different from my usual style was so much fun, and I LOVED how it turned out in the end. Thank you very much for hosting this competition!”
Thanks again to the musicians that feature in the sample pack:
- Aditi Sen – Ghungroo
- Prathap Ramachandra – Ghatam, Kanjira & Konnakol
- Kirpal Panesar – Dilruba & Tar Shehnai
- Kousic Sen – Tabla
- Rajeeb Chakraborty – Sarod
- Rekesh Chauhan – Harmonium
- Raaheel Husain – Hindustani Vocal (Male) and Sitar
- Shyla Shanmugalingam – Veena
- Tarun Bhattacharya – Santoor
- Yarlinie Thanabalasingam – Carnatic Vocal (Female)
- Ganesan S – Udukkai & Sangu
- E – Tanpura