Fresh on the heels of "The Bee," a film Vikas Kohli worked on with filmmaker Vikram Dasgupta, winning both an award and a special honourable mention by Deepa Mehta at this weeks TUFF (Toronto Underground Film Festival), composer and music producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs has another full calendar this October.
Kohli will have a song he produced screening as a music video and appear on a film panel at the 11th annual FILMI Toronto's South Asian film festival (sponsored in part by Rogers), as well as release a collaboration with international recording artist Apache Indian.
"FILMI is one of those great gems of a festival that has been amazing to me by screening films and music videos I've composed for over the years. When a co-founder like Dinesh Sachdev asks you to speak, you just can't refuse." commented composer and music producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs.
Known for scoring both Bollywood feature films as well as North American films, Kohli is scheduled to appear on a special "Composing For Film" panel in association with TorontoFilmmakers.com at 725 King St W on Sun Oct 3 at 2:30PM. South Asian rock artist jsin will also have his new single "Inside", a song produced/co-written by Vikas Kohli, directed by M.A.G., and programmed to screen at FILMI by Deejay Ra as a tie in to the Sundance selected feature film on Islamic Punk music, "Taqwacore" on Sat Oct 2 at Revue Cinema. FILMI screenings run from Thur Sept 30 to Sun Oct 3 at Jackman Hall, Revue Cinema (2 nights) and Bloor Cinema, respectively.
Kohli also produced and co-wrote "Indian Boy" by South Asian Pop artist Rebecca Nazz, which features UK legend Apache Indian. The House-infused pop song will be released (and available on iTunes) Sep 25 as the debut single off of Rebecca's latest CD. "I was totally inspired when I heard the production coming out of the FatLabs camp! Totally fresh and in a class of its own!" stated Apache, who is best known for his string of 90s Reggae/Bhangra fusion hits, including "Boom Shack-A-Lak" and "Arranged Marriage". He further added, "I will be fully supporting this campaign in the UK and across the world...It's all about supporting real talent and this is as real as it gets!"
About Vikas Kohli
Now a sought-after music producer, Kohli is known internationally for his expertize at fusing genres as varied as punk, hip-hop and Bollywood pop together. Kohli has been profiled on CBC, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Hindustan Times, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, and Zee News. Selected Film Scores: "Apun Ke Saath" for Bollywood film Mission Istaanbul (performed live at the IIFA awards); "Tere Pyar Mein" for Bollywood film "Tom, Dick and Harry Rock Again"; CFC film "Shanti Baba Ram and the Dancers of Hope" (awarded a Bronze Remi at the Worldfest Houston Film Festival & broadcast on CBC); About Time Productions film "I Do. Do I?" (awarded a Gold Remi at the Worldfest Houston Film Festival). Selected Discography: Several projects with platinum-selling Bhangra artist Mika Singh; "The FatLabs Sessions" & "Class*Action*Suit" by The Responsibles (Top 20 album across Canada on !earshot charts & nominated Punk Recording of the Year HMAs); "Did You Think" by Jennifer Abadesso (#1 in Paris, France on Radioalpha); collaborations with Cappadonna (Wu-Tang Clan), Moka Only, and Justin Nozuka.
Born in Nepean (Ottawa), Kohli began playing guitar and painting at fine arts school before receiving 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.