Saturday, June 16, 2007

Lal Subah solo webcam video

Hi guys n gals,
I recorded a web cam video of me playing the guitar leads on the keyboard for my song lal subah.
this should answer the questions that some of you might have regarding how i played the solo for this song.
Jay Swaminathan
Solo track:

Arpeggio track:

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Reecha Tripathi on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

Check out reecha's performance on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. She is with the Bappi Lahiri Josh Gharanana. She is the 3rd singer in the video. The first girl Mauli is very cute too. Reecha's performance was solid, she sang ARR ne samaj gayee.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Allah Tero Naam

a while ago, i decided to do a contemporary version of Allah tero Naam..

this is how i did it:

Allah Tero Naam -jayswami
of course my vocals sucked, 2 3 years passed.. then i was jamming with gaurav chanda, seattle idol runner up from 2006, he is an awesome singer and should have won in my opinion.. anyways this is his rendition:

Gaurav Chanda Sings Allah Tero Naam:
Allah Tero Naam -gaurav

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Making of Lal Subah

Sex in the Attic!!
A few years ago, I was trying to perfect the art of playing realistic guitar arpeggios on the keyboard, and then i stumbled upon this trick which would make that possible . I used a preset sound from my old triton keyboard, and tweaked it a little, and came up with this cool riff, and a chord progression.. i built upon it and ended calling it Sex in the attic.. as it kinda sounded like cheesy porn music/elevator music fusion. Anyways heres what i had recorded a few years ago.

Sex In The Attic

Pink Floydish!!!!
So of late i have been working on getting realistic guitar tones, and runs on the keyboard. I was working on these set of sounds and arps on my new keyboard, and after some experimentation was able to recreate a mood that was reminiscent of pink floyd with shades of sting from the 90s.. here is an example of me jamming on this sound template..

Pink Floydish

Lal Subah??

So Sanjeev heard my floydish jam, and then and there came up with the mukda..

phir ek baar,
lal subah utri hai
aankhon mein aaj..,

He basically focused on the the fact that the first bars of floyids are a I VI chord sequence, and actually gave me the wonderful melody of the first line as well (hence he gets credits for music as well).

I heard him sing the words, and was like what the f#$% is laal subah? and utri hain aankhon mein aaj?
Let me tell u something about sanjeev, u should see his song book.. he is like gulzar on steroids.. very abstract.. he is a wonderful artiste with awesome sketches, and plays the guitar really well.. complete artiste.. neways i was like what the f is lal subah? sounded like a communist song to me.. then he explained.. that the guy had been up all night.. so his eyes are red.. and this tubelight at last blinked got the metaphor... so he went back to write the song, and i had new found perspective .

Anatomy of a red dawn..
so i played floydish,mp3 on my iTunes again thinking about lal subah.. but i couldnt think of a verse.. my iTunes was in shuffle mode, the next song it played was Sex in The attic.. and there it was.. i pulled a himesh reshammiya, deva, pritam (or who ever you hate most for copying), and decided to cannabalize my own song.. (which was never released, and will never be released, as very less people have sex in the attic, so i have no hopes of making money)

I came up with a concept track, basically using the arpeggiation from sex in the attic on my floydish guitar patch.. and also borrowed elements of its chord progressions, and sent this to sanjeev

instrumental draft 1

Draft 1

Enter Mohan!!!
sanjeev finished the first verse, and we got mohan to sing the song.. here is our first concept track..

Draft 2

Live! No Loops!!!
what this song was lacking was a live feel, and i felt the only way i could get that is by using a live drummer. I strongly believe that it is better to pay 200$ to a session drummer, than paying 200$ for some drum loops.. and thats exactly what i did.. had the drum track recorded by session drummer Ben Smith. Mixing his 16 tracks of raw drums was a real fun task for me. After drums, i got live bass recorded by my good friend Sam. Now that I had cool drums and bass, I redid all my tracks again, end to end live . And mixed whats essentially the male solo version of Lal Subah.

Reecha !
Around the time i was mixing the song, I helped reecha tripathi with some cover remixes of some hindi songs that she could use as demos. During one of her recording sessions, I asked her to rsing lal subah and the results were pretty amazing, she is an amazing new talent, and i really hope has a successful career as a singer.

Thats the story of Lal Subah, my first formally released song!



Monday, March 26, 2007

Hollow Man - Waking Hour

One of wakinghour's cool songs.. check out my retro analog solo at around 6:40

Hollow Man

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Reecha Tripathi's Sings Raina Beeti Jaaye

Funk Raina - reecha

I decided to go for a funk rock arrangement for this song. it was a fun jam session, and it came out pretty nice.

Lal Subah Female and Duet Versions.

Though Sanjeev and me initially wrote Lal Subah as a male solo , during the course of producing this song, I met this really really cool and talented girl from Vancouver, Reecha Tripathi. I helped Reecha with a couple of demos, and if all goes well, we should be hearing a lot about Reecha from Bollywood soon. My best wishes are with her.

I recorded Reecha 's voice on Lal Subah twice. Once in the key of C#, once in C. Since i wrote the melody with male vocalist on my mind, it was impossible to incorporate female vocals in the same Key. Ideally I would have re recorded Reecha in the key of Bb, with a totally different arrangement (piano, saxophone, tabla) , but she did really well in C and C# as well.

So without much ado.. here are the two versions

Lal Subah Duet:

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Lal Subah Reecha Solo:

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

blogswara 3rd album is out!!

Hey guys,

Blogswara's 3rd internet album just released!!!

It is a free internet album with free downloads of all songs. all the songs are by upcoming musicians, and are original compositions.

My song Lal Subah is in it.

For Lal Subah, the beautiful words were written by Sanjeev Sharma. The song was sung beautifully by my good friend Mohan Ananthakrishnan and the amazing Reecha Tripathi.
Sam Devasahayam added his masterful and groovy bass to the song and gave it personality.
Bharath Venkatesan from California was kind enough to help me with the final mastering of this song.
This is my first complete song, and I used this song to experience every part involved in the process of song production.. composition,arrangement,performing all the tracks,
recording and mixing. It has been a good learning experience for me.

Please go to and check out the album!

So once again, Blogswara 3 !!!