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  1. New Project for Rishi Rich

    • Bobby Friction
    • 27 Apr 07, 02:57 PM

    This HAS to be the biggest British-Asian music story of 2007. BBC Asian Network decided to get in contact with Rishi Rich after recent rumours concerning his departure from Record Label and Management company 2 Point 9. Rishi issued a first statement exclusively to us.

    Why is this such a big story? Rishi Rich and 2 Point 9 have been responsible for most of the major highlights in our scene over the past few years, so it will be interesting to see how both of them move on from this. Will we now see a completely new direction from Rishi, and how do you think 2 Point 9 will move forward and push the major talents that they still have signed to their label? Will we start to see Rishi making bigger steps into the Indian music industry or will he turn his attentions towards the States as rumoured? These two parties reinvented the game.

    I'm sure we will now see moves from both camps over the next few months, but I want to know what YOU - the bloggers, blogoids and blogdesi's - really think about this situation. Maybe it will just be business as usual, or whether this will spark a frenzy of musical activity and inject some added creativity into British-Asian music over this summer.

    Read the Rishi Rich statement in full, and post your views:

    EXCLUSIVE: Rishi Rich announces departure from record label 2 Point 9 and the next chapter in his musical career.
    Rishi Rich has exclusively revealed to BBC Asian Network that he has parted ways from his Record Label and Management company Two Point Nine. Rishi Rich states:

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    "This might come as a surprise to some people, but one thing that I want to stress is that this is an amicable parting from Two Point Nine and all about the next stage in my progression as a Producer. It's not a decision that I have taken lightly, obviously the label and the Artists on that label have been a huge part of my life over the past few years and we have all learned a great deal.

    It's not going to be the end of my relationship with Billy and Rob (of 2 Point 9) but it's a necessary step for me to take in order to grow and realise some long-held ambitions. I will be setting up my own production company and the process of recording with new Artists and sourcing new talent has already begun. I won't be setting up a Record Label, though I'm currently looking at different offers both in the UK and Internationally and probably won't be tied to one Label.

    Will I still be producing tracks for Jay Sean, Juggy D and other artists on the Two Point Nine record label? Perhaps. We'll see what happens, obviously I have been a key part in shaping their musical sound from the very beginning. I can confirm that I certainly will be working with Mentor Kolektiv and Veronica, but that's just a progression of my relationship with them as Artists for more than a decade.

    But I really don't want people to perceive that there's any drama or politics involved here. This happens all the time in the Music Industry.. things have to constantly keep moving forward and I want everyone to concentrate on the positives. This is the next move in the careers of both parties, Rishi Rich and 2 Point 9." - Rishi Rich

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  1. 1.

    shocking news.....but which label is he going to run to now?

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    • At 04:30 PM on 27 Apr 2007,
    • Dipti Crawley Flava wrote:

    Good luck to Rishi with his new career. I think it will be good for Rishi, Jay Sean and Juggy D.

    But I can't imagine Jay Sean without the music of Rishi Rich.

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    • At 04:54 PM on 27 Apr 2007,
    • Baljit V wrote:

    Good luck to Rishi. He will succeed whichever direction he goes in!!!!

    But who will be producing the music for Juggy D and Jay Sean now.

    Maybe Mentor

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    • At 05:42 PM on 27 Apr 2007,
    • sanjit auora wrote:

    I think rishi has really fallen off. Im not sure if leaving 2point9 will be a development in his career. They seem to be the only label that has there foot in both the mainstream and asian scene.

    I think it has more to do with the lack of creativity that rishi has been producing. apparently rishi rich the project album was ment to show rishi's most creative side. Insted what it showed was the lack of creativity, Prehistoric beats and further more a absolutly degrading video to the main track push it up

    Maybe 2point9 just didnt want the dead weight of rishi holding down the real money...,Jay and juggy.

    I wish rishi the best of luck anyway

    sanjit
    auora digital

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    • At 06:21 PM on 27 Apr 2007,
    • Dhokakhead Dave wrote:

    Rishi's finest moments were with 2 Point 9 lets not forget the amazing Craid David Remixes that he did. And Mary J Blige.

    Dho Point Nau will still be big with or without Rishi Rich but they will need to sign some new Producers, or maybe they already have.

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    • At 11:02 AM on 28 Apr 2007,
    • George wrote:

    I don't understand why this is "THE music story of 2007".

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    • At 04:55 PM on 28 Apr 2007,
    • Rani wrote:

    I think this is a great move. In any type of business whether its music, finance, legal etc progression is healthy and natural. Being an artist it is important to mould your own sound be it vocally or production wise.

    Most producers are behind the scenes. You'll very rarely see a well known producer unless they are the artist themselves or until you've read or heard who produced the track. If the artist is successful so is the producer - Financially! It's like Babyface who wrote and produced - I'll make love to you. The first name that would come to mind was the group - Boys II Men. Same as Toni Braxton, Whitney.

    With any type of record label there is always pressure to do well and also follow what is 'in'. Being independent allows room to be your own person and live a career which you feel happy with, because you work at your own pace.

    Reading some of the comments above about 2point9 being successful well maybe with the Asian artists in the Asian industry. Two hits does not equal success, its an achievement, success would be keeping artists in the mainstream charts, but that comes down to marketing of artists as well. Veronica wasn't even marketed mainstream or was she? (correct me if i'm wrong.) These guys had the opportunity to establish a market for not only them but other artists who are talented and Asian. I'm not sure who 2point9 are working with now in terms of new artists, but i wish them the best too.

    This is my own opinion it could be longer lol.

    Goodluck to Rishi in progressing with his career.

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    • At 12:02 PM on 29 Apr 2007,
    • Maran SL wrote:

    Rishi needed to spread his Producer wings.

    How many successful Producers these days are tied to just working with one record label and one set of artists from within that label?

    It's not Motown that we're talking about here.

    He's hit 30 years old. That's not much in Producer years (ask Timbaland) but if Rishi is going to make his name outside of the UK then the next few years are the ones that will count.

    Progress baby.

    And 2 Point 9 need to sign some new Artists to add to their existing roster if they want to stay in the game. 3 releases a year doesn't pay for anything.

    Jay Sean needs reinventing, but Juggy still has flava.

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    My best wishes to Rishi Rish.

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    • At 10:26 AM on 01 May 2007,
    • rahul wrote:

    Rishi Rich is my ambtion influence and who i look up to and i want to become he has done a lot for the asian music industry too push the sounds of asian indian etc out there so people know that are culture music has a sound to be in!!!!""""

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    waw , this comes as a shock to me. but, RR can't stay in school for long. its time he move to university or sole practice. 2point9 was a great place to establish , grow and learn. It is probably time that he moves on and starts his own biz. paying attention in economics class, it will allow him flexibility, allow to expand his imagination and do soo many things he may have been unable to do being in 2point9. i'm not saying its a good or bad move, but definitely a challenge. there is no doubt in my mind that RR is a successful producer. no matter which label he joins or creates, if his music is good, he will excel. (note: i think his label should be named Double R records or Rishi Rich Records RRR)
    and regarding JS, JD, V .. they are a UNIT! they can't break up. im sure they will be in contact and continue their scintillating music !
    eh Rishi! Show em what you got!
    take it easy bruff

    Ayan

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    I think he's had his up's and down's, he's done well for himself in the past though i think?

    Well, all the best to him i guess!

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    Rishi is just the best... so talented, no1 can beat his music/production...

    Best of luck for the future Rish... I know ur gonna smash it and you always will!
    God Bless ya

    Dal

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