Marin County, CA
See also: The Beautiful Losers
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!
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Anime Midwest 2019 - July 5-7, 2019 in Rosemont, IL 2018
- Animé Los Angeles 2018 - January 25-28, 2018 in Ontario, CA 2017
- Bellingham Anime Convention 2017 - May 13, 2017 in Bellingham, WA 2015
- Anime Midwest 2015 - July 3-5, 2015 in Rosemont, IL 2014
- Youmacon 2014 - October 30 - November 2, 2014 in Detroit, MI
- Kumoricon 2014 - August 29 - September 1, 2014 in Vancouver, WA
- Otakuthon 2014 - August 22-24, 2014 in Montréal, QC, Canada
- Ani-Jam 2014 - August 16-17, 2014 in Fresno, CA
- Anime Midwest 2014 - July 4-6, 2014 in Rosemont, IL
Ninja-Con 2014 - June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, CACancelled Appearance
- FanimeCon 2014 - May 23-26, 2014 in San Jose, CA
- Expo TNT 2014 - May 1-4, 2014 in Mexico City, DF, Mexico
- SacAnime 2014 - January 3-5, 2014 in Sacramento, CA 2013
- Nan Desu Kan 2013 - September 13-15, 2013 in Denver, CO
- SacAnime 2013 - August 30 - September 1, 2013 in Sacramento, CA
- Tokyo in Tulsa 2013 - August 2-4, 2013 in Tulsa, OK
- AnimeIowa 2013 - July 26-28, 2013 in Coralville, IA
- Anime Boston 2013 - May 24-26, 2013 in Boston, MA
- Anime Conji 2013 - April 12-14, 2013 in San Diego, CA
- Con-Nichiwa 2013 - March 22-24, 2013 in Tucson, AZ
- SacAnime 2013 - January 4-6, 2013 in Sacramento, CA 2012
- Aki Con 2012 - October 26-28, 2012 in Bellevue, WA
- Anime Conji 2012 - March 16-18, 2012 in San Diego, CA
22 confirmed guest appearances