Kedaar Kumar, aka Kedaar, The Me, Kingfisher, aka 1/3 of Heist, started producing electronic music about 6 or 7 years while enrolled at BerkleeCollege of Music. Although straight ahead jazz and some classical were his primary interests, the sounds of big bass, heavy jungle rhythms, and glitchy weirdness completely enthralled him and sent him in the direction of pursuing Music Synthesis as a course of undergraduate study. Within the realms of electronic music, Kedaar especially took a liking to dnb/jungle drum playing and producing and programming synths for ALL genres. Ain’t no discrimination in these parts.
I started with piano at a young age and then moved on to guitar, which became my principle instrument at Berklee. However, I studied many instruments pretty seriously on my own time including, afro-cuban rhythms (conga), drum kit, tabla, bass, and fado (still shedding). I’ve played in various bands and experimental groups around Houston (hometown) and Boston. Most notably were Lifted (keys for 10-piece hip hop outfit), Heist (main songwriter, producer, performer, arranger), and Mookomor/Twitch Collective (laptop/improv electronic dance music). With these groups and also playing solo, I’ve played plenty of venues in Boston, Houston, Austin (SXSW), New York, and New Hampshire (White Mountains Unity Festival).
Currently, I am involved in multiple artistic projects including an interactive installation piece involving pressure sensitive tiles, really pretty lights and colors, and some serious coding. The first showing will be in the summer of ‘09. I am also currently working on a solo EP, which will be due before the end of the year.
At HMX, I am on the vocal team. Our team deals with all things vocal in Rock Band. We create the patterns that a player will see on the screen while playing the game in vocal mode (no, we’re not all amazing singers). Previously to working at Harmonix, I interned at Turbine Entertainment Software as a Sound Designer and created custom voices and sounds for Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.
I have always been a fan of collaboration and stimulation of a “community”. What better way to do it then through art? This seemed like the perfect way to get a bunch of people together who normally don’t communicate with each other all that often and nurture their talent and get it all laid on one medium for all to critique, enjoy and just be proud of. It’s not an easy feat to put together compilations or things similar and execute them without many hitches. I love working with other artists and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Overall, I loved the mix of the album and I think it flows well despite the fact that there are so many different types of music on the comp. It’s really reassuring to know that there are enough people at Harmonix who are not just interested in Rock Band or rock music, but in all kinds of music from RnB to DnB to hiphop to jungle to spoken word/poetry to 8bit madness. I applaud you all for the variety and flavors that came in this package.