The Beautiful Losers
|Raj Ramayya(left) and Brett Boyd
One of Tokyos preferred and most durable acts
on the foreign pub-rock circuit are about to achieve the impossible: With their signing to
Victor Entertainment, The Beautiful Losers are stepping up to the majors.
But the big break didnt come overnight. We gigged four, five nights a week for
years, said Canadian singer-songwriter Raj Ramayya, a day before he was to fly to
India for a few weeks to study classical Indian vocal styles. Weve been
working on this for quite a while, and its finally happening. This is the best year
I have ever had for music, he enthused.
A successful year it has been indeed. Not only for Ramayya, who saw an album he worked on
with Japanese big beat artist Captain Funk, Song of the Siren-for which he co-wrote eight
songs-be named one of Billboards Top 5 Asian albums of the year. But also for
Ramayyas partner in The Beautiful Losers, guitarist Brett Boyd, who penned the
lyrics for Japanese melocore kings Hi-Standards latest, 700,000-selling album.
For the album now in the works for Victor-slated for recording this winter-Ramayya plans
to enhance the Indian influences in his introspective brand of electro acoustic east
Indian country folk rock, already evident in The Beautiful Losers debut EP of
two years ago. To that end, the Losers are talking with UK-born, Indian keyboard guru
Nitin Sawheny, who was just in town at the Blue Note, to act as producer.
Ramayya, who traces his roots to the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, plans to sing
more in his ancestral tongue Telegu, a language he describes as one of the Indian
languages of music, thought to be very beautiful and flowing.
Finally, the inevitable question: How tough is it trying to be taken seriously as a
foreign musician in Japan? At first being a foreigner was a liability, and we were
labeled pub musicians, says Ramayya. But it has become the opposite now.
The Beautiful Losers play Blue on Sep 13. See
listings for details.