New York, USA, November 28, 2009 ~ Indo-American Singer-Songwriter Flash Fontanelli, with his unique voice and exotic instrumentation, will officially release his debut album , FIRANGI, on November 30th, 2009.
Love him or hate him, Flash Fontanelli, the self-proclaimed Emperor of Chaos, is the most outrageous personality to ever hit the Asian music scene. Hailed by fans as being the new voice for Desi youth and denounced by critics as being a misrepresentation of Asian values, most would agree that Fontanelli is a musical mastermind. Guaranteed to take World Music to a new dimension, FIRANGI is an incredible collection of 18 innovative tracks filled with ethnic vigor, energy, and emotion. Songs include Shahrukh Khan, IRAQ, Laugh and Desire Wire to name a few.
Flash broke cultural and musical barriers, societal norms and stereotypes in a manner that was anything but traditional on his rise to fame. His music, often overshadowed by his loud personality, is unique to the point that it fits no existing genre. Flash sings in English but his music is distinctly ethnic. Combining Indian music with Hip Hop, Rock and Reggae, and using a wide array of instruments from places like Greece, Ireland, Jamaica and Egypt to name a few, Flash has created a new form of musical expression. The multi-talented Fontanelli is not only a singer, but also a composer, musician, songwriter and producer. His voice is raw, deep and husky. He has been compared to Elvis Presley and Jim Morrisson. His vocal ability is undeniably versatile. He can rap, he can sing low, high, soft, smooth or loud. And his musical formula is original. Most Flash Fontanelli songs have both a musical hook and a vocal hook.
Flash Fontanelli, born in India, migrated with his family to Liverpool, England at the age of 2. Four years later, they settled in the United States and he has since lived in New York, California, Connecticut, South Carolina, Illinois and Arizona. He was introduced to music at age 10 by skilled guitarist and family friend, Javid Hassan. By age 13, Flash had mastered the piano and was writing songs with ease. He was the songwriter and frontman for several Punk & Metal bands, including User Friendly and Skull Krusher, in his teenage years. At age 19, Flash went to his native India for what was supposed to be a one month vacation. Drawn to the culture, languages and music, he ended up staying for six months. It was in Mumbai that he met Indian Music Director & accomplished programmer Satya Narayan. Under Narayan’s tutiledge, Flash came back with a strong understanding and passion for Indian Music. After his return to the States, Fontanelli was working two jobs while singing and playing keyboard for the Bhangra influenced Reggae-Ska band, Coconut Swing. But frustrated by the politics and close-minded nature of the music industry, Flash gave up music for three years. On the insistence of his friends and family, Flash decided to give it one more go in 2008. It was then that he met Jon Weil, lead guitarist of Busticles and a professional Sound Engineer at Fuzzywallz Recording Studio in Tempe,AZ. Flash started recording with Jon at Fuzzywallz Studio and it didn’t take long for Fontanelli to grow a strong internet following, much to the credit of Akash Suresh, a professional DJ and Indian party promoter. The response from the younger generation of Desi’s living in the United States and United Kingdom was overwhelming. Fontanelli was playing shows again from California to London. The big break came in February 2009 when film director Fredy Polania heard the song Shahrukh Khan and wanted to shoot a Music Video for it. The video was launched on May 28, 2009 and became an instant hit on You Tube. This led to radio play and increased exposure, making Shahrukh Khan the ethnic party anthem of the Summer.
Flash Fontanelli has been busy the past few months, completing a 3 continent tour that saw him perform in New York, London and Mumbai to name a few places. Then Blue Mango Records came calling, in conjunction with Indian label Leit Motif Records, and offered him a recording contract. He accepted, citing creative control as the primary reason, and recorded his debut album. Firangi features work from Jon Weil, talented Indian producer Manik Satya, Bollywood playback singer Tarannum Mallik, guitar prodigy Nitesh Dean and Sound Engineer Alex Patole. The album was mastered by engineer Jerome Schmitt from Air Mastering in London, UK.
In addition to release of his music album, there is also a treat for the eyes for Flash Fontanelli fans as they get to see him in flesh. His second music video for the track “IRAQ”, directed by Thomas Jacob, was released on November 10, 2009. This video will be offered to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs license, so that the people around the world can legally copy, distribute, and share the clip.
In a recent interview, Flash Fontanelli said: Some kids grow up wanting to be Lil Wayne. Some grow up wanting to be Jay Sean or Ozzy Osbourne. Me? I just wanted to be Flash Fontanelli. My goal is to make the most flavorful music possible in a way that no one else has ever done before. I want to introduce the world to Desi Music. And I want to introduce my Desi’s to World Music. My music may have a new sound but it relates to YOUR life. Some songs will make you happy, some will make you bounce up and down and party with your homies. Some will make you remember someone that you have lost. But in the end, If it invoked some sort of emotion in you, then I succeeded. I don’t believe in following rules. Rules are false boundaries that society created with the intention of killing innovation and progress. So f*** the rules
Music critic Chris Mark —a respected name in World Music—states, This artist is going to revolutionize music the way it’s seen and heard in the UK and USA. It’s modern World Fusion mixed with catchy hooks, witty lyrics and that signature Flash Fontanelli style. FIRANGI is an eclectic blend of powerful Bhangra beats, exotic instrumentation, Rock, Reggae and Indian Hip Hop. The only regret with this amazing journey is that it ends, leaving us wanting for more musical enchantment. This is one POWERFULL new voice
To listen to or download MP3’s or to watch music videos from Flash Fontanelli, check out his website at: