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Canadian Producer - Vikas Kohli, Gaining Momentum at Award Shows

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Composer & music producer Vikas Kohli is having another great month with three artists he's produced nominated in three different categories at this years Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA).  This is on the heels of two films he's composed for winning awards at the 43rd Houston International Film Festival and to celebrate, FatLabs is offering free downloads of songs from these artists. "It's amazing that such different artists I've worked with are all being recognized at an awards show like the TIMAs," says composer and music producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs.   He adds, "It says something about Toronto and Canada when these artists not only represent three distinct musical genres, but represent cultures from around the world.  What can I say?  Immigrants and Goths kick-ass!"

Man The Destroyer is nominated in the  Best Metal category.  Originally from LA, the band relocated to Toronto and consists of PJ who hails from Persia, Mick from Australia, Don from Mexico, Oleg from the Ukraine, and Matt from Scotland.  The band recorded their debut self-titled album with Vikas Kohli at FatLabs and is currently touring in support of the album.

The Scarlet Fever is a glam rock band nominated in the Best Indie Rock category.  With a sound  reminiscent of Roxy Music and David Bowie and a stage show reminiscent of Iggy Pop, the band  (Jay, Rob, Tyler, Brad and Chris) has recorded three CDs with Vikas Kohli at FatLabs.  Earlier this month, the band played the NXNE (North by Northeast) music festival.

Prita Chhabra is a South-Asian singer nominated in the Best Female-Fronted category.  She has opened up for #1 Billboard artist Jay Sean at the Hershey Centre in Toronto,  sung the national anthem at Parliament Hill for key Canadian dignitaries and recently collaborated on a remix of Kohli's Hindi pop song "Dil Yeh", which can be downloaded for free along with tracks by Man The Destroyer and The Scarlet Fever at FatLabs.com/download.

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Vikas originally produced "Dil Yeh" for the Canadian Film Centre film "Shanti Baba Ram & The Dancers Of Hope," which recently won a Bronze Remi at the 43rd Worldfest Houston International Film Festival in 2010.  Vikas also scored the music for the About Time Productions film "I Do. Do I?", which won a Gold Remi at the 43rd Worldfest Houston International Film Festival in 2010.

About TIMA

Founded by Daniela Oliva, the 5th annual Toronto Independent Music Awards take place Friday, July 23rd at The Phoenix Concert Theatre.  With 20 categories and 100 artists nominated, the award show also features over a dozen live performances.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door.

About Vikas Kohli

Now a sought-after music producer, Kohli is well versed in music across a variety of genres from punk, jazz, and hip-hop, to country, metal, and Bollywood pop. Kohli has been profiled on CBC, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Hindustan Times, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, Zee News and is known internationally for his extensive repertoire, and his expertise at fusing musical genres. His accolades include: Producing multi-million album selling Bhangra artist Mika Singh; Producing The Responsibles' punk album The FatLabs Sessions, which charted in the top 20 across Canada (!earshot charts); Co-writing and producing the song "Did You Think" by Jennifer Abadesso, which charted in Luxembourg, Portugal and hit #1 in Paris, France. and collaborations with Cappadonna (Wu-Tang Clan), Moka Only, Justin Nozuka and Apache Indian.

Born in Nepean (Ottawa), Kohli started playing guitar and studying painting at fine arts school.  Kohli received his Honors Degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from the University of Toronto, his MBA from the Schulich School of Business and his CFA.  Kohli now lives in Mississauga, Canada where he runs FatLabs.

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