Sammy Chand is a music man with a career that spans over two decades. He guides some of the biggest artists and musicians in the world and was recently recognized by a leading lifestyle blog as one of the 10 most influential South Asians in America. Noted by the New York Times for his pioneering cultural work in the United States, his work has been featured in over 60 different film and television shows including shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Most Wanted, David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, So You Think You Can Dance, just to name a few. However, Sammy’s most noted work has been his work with his record label Rukus Avenue, the first of its kind in North America, Rukus Avenue has released 22 albums since 1996, and has helped shape the business terrain of Indian music around the world. He is also noted for pioneering the South Asian hip hop movement.
Sammy has worked with President Barack Obama, President Jimmy Carter, The United Nations, A.R.Rahman, The White House, Sonu Nigam, Satinder Sartaaj, Wu-Tang Clan, Michael Franti, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Joss Stone, Vanessa Carlton, and so many many more amazing artists. He was the Composer and Music Supervisor of the film Sold, with Executive Producer Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning Director Jeffrey D. Brown, and producer Jane Charles. The film is a very serious depiction of the typical story of the plight of human trafficking and it stars Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, and Priyanka Bose and more. He also produced the soundtrack to the film The Black Prince, featuring Talib Kweli, Nelly Furtado, and Tisha Campbell-Martin, a film starring Satinder Sartaaj as was called "the Sikh Film of the Century". Sammy is also a past recipient of the Los Angeles city Citizen of the Year award, and is widely noted for pioneering the Indian hip hop movement worldwide.
January 15th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 32 mins
change, children, culture, hip hop, humanity, india, karmacy, music, obama, politics, rap, society, trump, wu tang
Live from DASH Radio studio in Los Angeles, Anuj Rastogi sits down with Sammy Chand. Sammy is the founder of Rukus Avenue Radio, a rapper, producer, record label exec, entrepreneur and man of the people. In this conversation, Anuj and Sammy explore the impact of Hip Hop, the genesis of Indian Hip Hop and its ties back to Sammy's group KARMACY. The two discuss identity, the evolution of music, fatherhood, the current political climate in the US and what we can do to shape the world for better.