Arun Chaturvedi (David Lewis)
Arun Chaturvedi is the musical and production spark behind a number of up and coming artists in Winnipeg. From James Struthers and Darrelyne Bickel to Little Hawk and Don Amero. He's a highly respected producer, musician and composer who's also started to make a name for himself as a contributing composer to major television shows and movies.
(One of his latest songs appears on Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Sunday, Aug. 21st)
SCENE sat down with Arun to ask him how he got his music onto prime time.
How did you get involved with writing music for Keeping Up with the Kardashians?
Last year I released a solo record, and did a showcase in L.A. for various music supervisors. One of the guys from the Kardashian show liked the songs and placed a few in last year's season...since then we've kept in touch and he asked me to send him some cues for the show.
What exactly are you providing for them?
Everything from instrumental versions of pop/rhythm & blues songs that I've written and produced, to custom made comedy cues to hip hop beats.
How do you go about writing for a show such as the Kardashians?
I started by watching a bunch of episodes...they have a particular style and sound they go for, so once I got that into my ears it wasn't too hard. I usually begin by making a beat, or maybe a piano part or guitar riff and then take it from there!
What other TV shows or films have you written for?
I've never really written anything specific for shows...but songs I've written or produced have been used in TV shows like Lipstick Jungle, Next Star, Being Erica, Pretty Little Liars, and a few movies like Casino Jack (starring Kevin Spacey), and my personal favourite, Grizzly Rage.
How do you feel when you're watching one of these shows and your music comes on?
It always feels great! Never gets old, and I always have a sense of gratitude. And I'm usually scrutinizing the mix, should I have cut a little more 400Hz from the Kick drum? Is the vocal loud enough? ... nerdy producer stuff.
If you could compose for any show you want, which would it be?
I'm a big Curb Your Enthusiasm fan so that would be fun. I'd arrange a little brass section...lots of tuba.
What's coming up for you as a composer?
I'm writing and producing a new record with R & B singer FLO, and I'm looking forward to getting back into the studio with my pal James Struthers, when he gets back from tour. I've been Skype writing with Heather Longstaffe in Nashville a lot lately, she's a huge talent and we have a great writing chemistry.
Listen to the song from Keeping Up With The Kardashians.