Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist based in San Francisco, California.
His claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. Raj sang the opening credits song “Ask DNA” and wrote the lyrics for “Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)” from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for “Strangers” from the anime series Wolf’s Rain. Most recently, he co-wrote and performed “Underground River” from the summer 2017 anime Made in Abyss with Australian composer Kevin Penkin. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom, as well as wrote the theme song “Escape the Machine” for the Steam video game THE INITIAL, and composed the soundtrack for its sequel INITIAL II: NEW STAGE.
Raj has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from talented composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to gifted lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Ron Sexsmith, and everyone in-between. His work has won him multiple awards and critical acclaim from around the world.
Among his other projects are the electronic Indian fusion music project “Bhang Lassi”, the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band “The Beautiful Losers”, the anime cover rock band “Raj and the Zen Masters”, and session singing for products ranging from Asahi Beer and KFC, to Toyota and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with three different Japanese electronic music groups; Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with SA’s song “Strawberry Rainbow” (which Raj both sang and wrote lyrics for) hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts!
He is currently working on a varied assortment of new music for anime, video games, film, and other media, and looks forward to sharing the songs with everyone!
If you’d like to keep up w/ Raj, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @rajramayya. Also check out both him and his band The Beautiful Losers on ReverbNation.