Ghostly Signs Lord RAJA + FREE EP

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Artwork by Michael Cina

Artwork by Michael Cina

Fact Magazine just announced Ghostly is giving away a free EP from their new signing Lord RAJA. Below is a bio of the young man from upstate New York.

My name is Chester Raj Anand. I’m from Upstate NY. I’m 20. I grew up in a small town called Red Hook. My brother got me into production at a very young age. By second grade I was used to experimenting on computer programs like Acid and Fruity Loops. I remember telling my 2nd grade teacher that Aphex Twin was my favorite.

It got to a point where I would lock myself in the basement everyday after school and make like 5 or 6 beats a day on my PC computer on fruityloops everyday until college. I’d mess with Indian tapes and records and keyboards. I never really knew about a beat scene at all. I didn’t even think that other people were doing the same thing or that this would become somewhat of a culture. I discovered people like Dilla & Dabrye and Madlib and it all blew my mind.

I decided to make my music public on my 17th birthday. I released an experimental beat tape called “17 Years” which got the attention of people at Asthmatic Kitty and Astro Nautico. And then I did some releases for them and changed my name from InfinitiRock to Lord RAJA.

Music has always been the biggest part of my life. I have always loved experimental and electronic music. I think I liked the idea of communicating with sounds rather than lyrics since a young age because when I would hear Indian music in the car I couldn’t understand the words. I just focused on the instrumental loops and saw that as a new form of expression or reflection. I was obsessed with records and all that. I like to mess with film also. I like to mess with everything.

via FactMag

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Sean says:

April 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

Lord Raja is a prodigy. Reading his bio, I imagined him toiling away in his basement, like some kind of made scientist in a lab. Though only 20 years-old, his productions have the complexity and aesthetic of an artist twice his age. Loved the album from start to finish.


Cory says:

April 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I’m very happy for him. His trilogy of RED/COLOR/WITCH a few years back was damn good, and I still find myself listening to it over and over.


Maynard says:

April 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Really excited about this. Is this the same RAJA that did the REMIXES album last year?


Nathan says:

April 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

I agree with Jon (first comment)… this has a Flying Lotus vibe. That’s a good thing as this is a phenomenal recording.