Get to know the music of Ramanan Chandramouli.
Ramanan Chandramouli is one of Bangalore’s, if not India’s, best guitar players. In the past few years, he’s collaborated with artists like The Bicycle Days, Lou Majaw, Alexis, Mad Orange Fireworks, and Thermal and a Quarter to name a few. He’s a player who’s all about the feel, and in the best way possible. However, if you met him today, you’d never be able to guess that he started of as a shredder, inspired by the likes of John Petrucci. It’s been a crazy journey as a musician for Ramanan, and it’s this same journey that’s led him to his current venture, Blushing Satellite.
So, how did someone who’s very reason to pick up the guitar was Dream Theater come to play music on pretty much the opposite end of the spectrum? Well, to answer that question, we need to head to the very beginning of Rama’s journey, before Blushing Satellite, before John Petrucci, and even before he picked up a guitar.
I began my journey when my parents enrolled me in Carnatic violin when I was a kid. Although it’s been a long time since I played violin, having those lessons at such a young age instilled in me a good sense of rhythm and pitch.
As a guitarist, Ramanan has the ability to wear different hats to suit a specific musical context. However, this diversity in his playing does nothing to dilute his singular and unique musical identity, especially when it comes to Blushing Satellite.
When it comes his influences, Ramanan lists the champion of every prog metal shredder kid, John Petrucci as the reason he picked up the guitar and got serious about his music. It’s odd considering that you can’t really hear that influence at all.
Even though I started my journey as a shredder, I found myself drifting away from looking at the guitar in that aspect. Because of listening to different styles of music with guitar players who played in a non-guitar like manner, I felt like spending time going in that tangent.
Currently, Rama cites an array of influences that vary from The Beatles to Tool. Rama was kind enough to list out some of his favourite albums of all time.
Karnivool- Sound Awake
Kiev- Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth
Radiohead- In Rainbows
Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon, Division Bell and Wish You Were Here
Miles Davis- Kind of Blue
Coldplay – Parachutes
It’s been approximately 15 years since Rama began a journey that included going to music school in Los Angeles and collaborating with a variety of talented artists. Which brings us back to the current pit stop in his musical journey – Blushing Satellite.
Blushing Satellite releases their debut album, ‘The Union’, on the 25th of August. To put it simply, they play music that heals, with soothing melodies and spiritual, poetic lyrics. It’s music that brings ‘light and love’ to everyone, as Rama would probably put it himself.
At the end of the day, I want to leave behind love and positivity through my music. I can never take credit for anything I’ve accomplished. I go through long periods of complete sterility in between short bursts of fertile periods. The more I grow, I’m starting to realise that I’d like to lose complete individuality, ego and ownership to anything I do and disappear into the silence behind music.
If you like the music of Blushing Satellite, be sure to support them by buying their music and showing up for their gigs whenever they’re in your city. You can stay up to date with all things Blushing Satellite here. Be sure to check out ‘The Union’ once it’s out on the 25th of August!