Lord RAJAThe first song Chester Raj Anand, better known as Lord RAJA, ever produced was for his brother. When he was six years old, RAJAs brother taught him how to use ACID and Fruity Loops, and RAJA would compose beats for his older sibling to rap over. "We listened to hip-hop growing up," RAJA explains. "He's 5 years older than me, and he definitely introduced me to a lot of music. But when he left for college, I started establishing my own sound."
His quest to establish his own sound led to his signing with Ghostly International in 2014 and his debut album A Constant Moth
which combined his roots in classic hip-hop with vintage IDM with world instruments, custom-made pedals and snippets from his parents' collection of old Indian records. The album established RAJA as a singular voice -- someone capable of synthesizing whole genres of music and reassembling them into something at once familiar and strange.
The 2016 album PARA saw RAJA attempting to make immediate and
accessible music. Every song on PARA makes use of a Lexicon PCM 90 and Eventide H3000 that RAJA modified himself to get the effects he was hearing in his head. On his latest offering, the Amadeus EP, we find RAJA on a quest to find out what a daydream sounds like. The result is a more danceable affair than previous offerings while still in line with his knack for hip-hop and left-field productions.
Lord RAJA has been quoted saying "I wanted to make songs that sound like visuals. Help take people somewhere bigger than their standard headspace." His mix for Muzak is no different as it offers a selection of tunes enticing the listener to drift from what starts as a jazzy atmospherical trip and winds up in straight-up rap bangers.
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