“Practice Your Craft Every Single Day” Raashi Kulkarni

Raashi Kulkarni showing some love all the way from LA

Who is Raashi? 

I’m a pianist and film composer based in Los Angeles, working hard to fulfil my dreams! I’m also a coffee lover, movie enthusiast, and loyal friend.


What is your day job?

 I am a composer and Blake Neely’s writers assistant and work on the shows Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Blindspot, and two upcoming shows that will premiere on ABC this fall 🙂 


How did you get into playing the piano?

Music has always been a big part of my family’s life. When I was about five or six years old, I used to play a kid-sized synthesizer all the time. By the time I was seven, my mom asked me if I wanted to take piano lessons, and it stuck.


Who is your inspiration?

Personally, my family is my inspiration. My musical inspirations are Chopin, Rachmaninov, A.R. Rahman, and my colleagues in the film-scoring world.


Do you play any other instruments?

Yes! I’ve been playing the flute since I was nine. I also play the harmonium, and four-mallet instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone).


You collaborated with Vidya Vox, Raaginder and Ricky on Lean On Me, how did that come about?

I’ve collaborated with Vidya, Raaginder, and Ricky individually on different projects throughout the years. One day, I was driving and heard “Lean On” on the radio. I started singing “Jind Mahi” over the track and thought it seamlessly mashed up! I went home and recorded a rough idea of “Lean On” mashed with “Jind Mahi.” Afterwards, I reached out to Vidya, Raaginder, and Ricky to see if they would be interested in doing a collaboration, and the rest is history!


Who would you love to collaborate with if you had the chance?

A.R. Rahman, Bruno Mars, Hans Zimmer, Diplo, Pharrell, and Alicia Keys are just a few of the people I’d love to collaborate with one day.


Have you ever had any negative comments via social media in regards to you playing music?

Of course. Anyone who shares creative work is subject to both positive and negative comments. It’s how you react to them that makes all the difference. I choose to take everything with a grain of salt. I create music because I love it; because it is my passion. It’s my way of communicating emotion to the world. The hope is to share music that positively affects people, as it does for me. 


You are very creative in what you play, is that in your mind to be different in terms of the music and covers?

Thank you I don’t think it’s so much about being different. As an artist, the goal is to continually learn, grow, and find your voice. When I cover a song I am inspired by, I embellish the tune and experiment with it, while still paying homage to the original artist. My style has emerged from my training in western classical music and exposure to Indian classical music and jazz.


I’m a huge fan of your talents there are so many covers of yours I love, one is Tum Hi Ho (Aashqui 2) Earned it (The Weeknd) Elastic Heart (Sia) and Why this kolaveri di. My biggest favourite is Mirza with Raaginder and you playing blew me away!!! I’m a music lover at heart. Which is your favourite cover that you have played that sticks in your mind?

Wow, thank you so much. That truly means the world. (Our Mirza cover was actually released about five years ago! How time flies.) I do have a lot of favourites, but one cover I always enjoy playing is Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” 


Where is the best place you have played at?

That is a tough one! There are several memorable performances but one of the best places was at the legendary Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for Sony’s E3 Showcase this summer. I was fortunate to bring together a group of amazing musicians and open the show. There was a real waterfall behind us throughout the performance! I will never forget it!

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On your Instagram page, you have a lot of positive quotes. If someone wanted to get into your field of playing what advice would you give?

Focus on the work, not the rewards or accolades. Practice your craft every single day. Learn something new every day that will allow you to grow as an artist. Rejection is part of the game. When things get tough, use that energy and turn it into something positive. Remember that things take time. Surround yourself with positive energies, and rid yourself of negative ones. I say this mantra to myself every day: “Passion. Perseverance. Patience.”

Any words you would like to give to your fans out there and here in the UK?

I am blessed to know that music has connected us across the globe! Thank you for listening and supporting. When you share your music with others, you’re sharing a piece of your soul with them. It makes you vulnerable. It’s a gift to know that my music resonates with people.

I have been working on my debut EP for a very long time, and will be releasing it later this year. It consists of five original tracks, and I’ve poured my heart and soul into the album. I can’t wait to share it with you all. Sending lots of love!

I have a lot of love for Raashi, she is humble and passionate in what she does. Even though i bugged her with questions and photo’s i needed to make this blog. Raashi was so supportive! She showed me a lot of support all the way from LA. I hope i have a friend for life! Raashi’s music had connected me to her as i come from a background of musicians also. Her skills are incredible!

Please show her some love and check her YouTube Channel! Also on Facebook! She has amazing talent. 

Ceese xx

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