Vikas Kohli

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Vikas Kohli
Vikas Kohli of FatLabs Headshots (3).jpg
Background information
Origin Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country, Pop, Bhangra, Hip-Hop, Rock
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts The Responsibles, Tef & Don, jsin, Man The Destroyer, GQnumberOne, scribblepen

Vikas Kohli is an Indian musician, 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. He is known internationally for his extensive repertoire, his expertise with song arrangements, A-list session musicians and his one-on-one artist development[1] and producer best known for founding Fatlabs.[2]

Fatlabs (Music Studio)[edit]

Fatlabs is home recording studio in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, founded in 2003.[3] Kohli is best known for his ability to work with multiple genres. Vikas has produced punk, jazz, hip-hop, soul, country, pop, R&B, classical, metal, rock and bhangra albums. He has also contributed songs to Bollywood films.[4]

The song he produced for Bollywood film "Mission Istaanbul" was performed live at the International Indian Film Academy Awards. He composed a song for the Canadian Film Centre's "Shanti Baba Ram & The Dancers of Hope", which aired on Canwest Global. He also composed the song "I Do. Do I?". He's produced two albums with The Responsibles,[5] which were nominated for Punk Recording of the Year and charted nationally; co-wrote Jennifer Abadesso's song "Did You Think", which hit #1 in Paris;[6] produced multi-million album selling Bhangra artist Mika Singh and collaborated on projects with Cappadonna (Wu-Tang Clan), Justin Nozuka, Moka Only and Apache Indian. Vikas has been profiled by CBC, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Rogers TV, OMNI TV, Hindustan Times, MSN, AOL, Yahoo and Zee News.

Discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Notes
Anokhi Compilasian
Bec Out of the Dark
Bordeen Spotlight
Hallowed Be Calculating Madness
Chi Pants On Fire (Single)
Eve of Exile A Godsend
Flow 93.5 Radio Urban Flowcase Vol 6 & Urban Flowcase vol 7
GQ number one Around the world (Single)
Iain Buckingham Heart (Single)
Indian Electronica Indian Electronica Vol 1
Insomniacs Dream An Ode to the lonely
John white Java babies
Jennifer Abadesso Expose song "Did You Think" successfully charted #1 in Paris
Jeska Dig in (Single)
Joe Sbricchi Dream them up write them down
Jsin Born
K Notty Age of Majority
Kiss da Girlz Get it (Single)
Kuni & Nori
Kome Manu Papa
Lomaticc Nice and Slow (Single)
Man The Destroyer Man The Destroyer
Matt Gerber 91 (Single)
Midnight Prophet New Directions
Mika Singh Party Special
Mission Istanbul Apun Ke Saath (Single)
Noman Siddiqui Aether
Ophelias Mirror Ophelias Mirror
Pass the hat Pass the hat
Polyester Heart Sweet Dreams, Panic
Priya Broken Heart(Single)
Ramneek Singh Kaal Nicket Hai
Rebecca Nazz Indian Boy
Redman Live Here in the Country
Rekha Her Dream
Safe Bet Demotivated
Satsb Desi Urban Compilation 2009
Scribblepen Scribblepen
Sean Pinchin Sean Pinchin
Shovgi Silence (Single)
Superfat Manzilla
Suspicious Reverends Suspicious Reverends
Spec Nasty The Red Carpet effect
St. Peters Erindale My Soul there is a Country
St. Peters Erindale Carols from St. Peters Erindale
Sweet & Sour Dock Of The Bay
Tamara Miller Tamara Miller
Tea Tea Vol 1 Toronto Experimental artists
Tef & Don Don't (Single)
Tash Let Me Show You
Thane St Andrew Anybody Seen My Angel (Single)
The Antics To Rex's and a sexist
The Brown Ties Walking Down The Street
The DD Jug band Crying time
The Gunsmith And Mohit Conquest
Toronto Independent Music Awards Toronto Independent Music Awards
Toronto Independent Music Awards Toronto Independent Music Awards 2007
The Responsibles The Fatlabs Sessions Nominated for Punk Recording of the Year and charted nationally
The Responsibles Class Action Suit Nominated for Punk Recording of the Year and charted nationally
The Responsibles Out all Night
The Scarlet Fever This is Tomorrow
The Scarlet Fever The Scarlet Fever
Untasted Honey Untasted Honey
Valerie Beaulieu Pas Comme Ca
Victor Gordon Strong Enough
Zameer From under the Bleachers
Zara Reasons for Seasons

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Genre Notes
2010 The Bee ' Best Environmental Film at The Toronto Urban Film Festival
2010 The Party '
2012 MallaMall '
2012 Wild Goose Chase Daddy '
2010 My Father, the Terrorist? '
Tom, Dick & Harry Rock Again '
2009 Bouma '
Understanding The Early Years '
2008 Mission Istaanbul ' Performed live at the IIFA's in Bangkok, Thailand
2009 Shanti Baba Ram and the Dancers of Hope '
2009 I Do. Do I? '

Awards[edit]

Vikas Kohli has won numerous awards from many years of producing,composing for various films.

ReelWorld Trailblazer - ReelWorld Film Festival.

Voice Achievers - Weekly Voice

Marty - Mississauga Arts Council


Education[edit]

Vikas Kohli went to the University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and received an honours degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. He received his MBA from the Schulich School of Business,[7] and also holds a CFA charter.

Events[edit]

International Indian Film Academy

Vikas Kohli has produced an event with the International Film Academy awards in Toronto which drew over 15,000 people

Bollywood Monster Mashup

Vikas Kohli has produced an event from the city of Mississauga entitled "Bollywood Monster Mashup" which features over 50 singers, dancers and musicians singing, playing popular songs that expand over the black & white era of Indian Cinema to the modern hits of Bollywood.

Professional associations[edit]

Vikas Kohli is a member of the advisory board of the Blackwood Art Gallery, actively involved in the arts scene and has spoken at UNESCO, NXNE, SAC, CMW, MasalaMehndiMasti, Nashville Songwriters Association, Hamilton Music Awards, Toronto Independent Music Awards, FILMI, Toronto FIlmmakers Club, Mississauga Independent Film Festival, Undercurrents, JyaFest Arts Collective, Canada Career Arts, Tin Pan North, Trebas Institute, Durham College, Toronto City Summit Alliance and the City of Mississauga's Culture Division. He is a jury member for FACTOR, a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and sits on the Arts and Culture Grant Assessment Committee for the City of Mississauga. In 2011, Kohli produced an original live concert for the IIFAs at Mississauga's Celebration Square, which featured over 50 musicians and dancers, including Bollywood singer Monali Thakur, a string ensemble, several Indian classical musicians, a rock band and was attended by over 15,000 people. As the architect behind FatLabs, Kohli personally brings his industry knowledge and creativity to each client.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.yorkregion.com/article/78239
  2. ^ http://www.zeenews.com/news459930.html
  3. ^ http://www.mississauga.com/article/9058
  4. ^ http://www.mississauga.com/article/21734
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Vikas Kohli page Archived June 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Fatlabs.com, Retrieved July 1, 2010