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Raj Ramayya


Musician
Marin County, CA USA

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See also: The Beautiful Losers

Biography:
Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist based in Marin County, California.

Raj's claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. He sang the opening credits song "Ask DNA" and wrote the lyrics for "Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)" from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for "Strangers" from the anime series Wolf's Rain. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom.

Raj has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from talented composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to gifted lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and Ron Sexsmith, and everyone in-between. His work has won him multiple awards and critical acclaim from around the world.

Among his other projects are the electronic Indian fusion music project "Bhang Lassi", the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band "The Beautiful Losers", and session singing for products ranging from Asahi Beer and KFC, to Toyota and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with three different Japanese electronic music groups; Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with SA's song "Strawberry Rainbow" (which Raj both sung and wrote lyrics for) hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts!

   

 

Convention Guest Appearances:
2012
   Anime Conji 2012 - March 16-18 in San Diego, CA
   Aki Con 2012 - October 26-28 in Bellevue, WA
2013
   Sac-Anime 2013 - January 4-6 in Sacramento, CA
   Con-Nichiwa 2013 - March 22-24 in Tucson, AZ
   Anime Conji 2013 - April 12-14 in San Diego, CA
   Anime Boston 2013 - May 24-26 in Boston, MA
   AnimeIowa 2013 - July 26-28 in Coralville, IA
   Tokyo in Tulsa 2013 - August 2-4 in Tulsa, OK
   Sac-Anime 2013 - August 30 - September 1 in Sacramento, CA
   Nan Desu Kan 2013 - September 13-15 in Denver, CO
2014
   SacAnime 2014 - January 3-5 in Sacramento, CA
   Expo TNT 2014 - May 1-4 in Mexico City, DF, Mexico
   FanimeCon 2014 - May 23-26 in San Jose, CA
   Ninja-Con 2014 - June 7 in Los Angeles, CA cancelled appearance
   Anime Midwest 2014 - July 4-6 in Rosemont, IL
   Ani-Jam 2014 - August 16-17 in Fresno, CA
   Otakuthon 2014 - August 22-24 in Montréal, QC
   Kumoricon 2014 - August 29 - September 1 in Vancouver, WA
   Youmacon 2014 - October 30 - November 2 in Detroit, MI
2015
   Anime Midwest 2015 - July 3-5 in Rosemont, IL
19 guest appearances

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