“Hi, my name is Brian Lee and I also go by Kid Kuza.”
Senior Brian Lee has been creating music since 10th grade. While he started out uploading saxophone covers to his YouTube channel, he transitioned to producing hip hop music in 11th grade. With almost 2,000 subscribers on YouTube, he has established a presence among students and is frequently invited to perform at events including MVHS Marquesas’ dance showcases and MVHS Saturday Night Live.
Lee continues to work on producing music, and is set to release a new EP before the school year ends. In the future, he hopes to pursue his hip hop career and is considering moving to Los Angeles to further his musical ambitions.
At a time when many of us may have struggled to tie our shoelaces or been bamboozled over PEMDAS, as a 4-year-old, junior Shravanti Shankar had already discovered her passion for music. Her older sister, in elementary school, often participated in musical plays, and made sure Shankar learned the songs and script too. As they grew older, Shankar and her sister would often divide her sister’s choir music, with one singing the alto line and the other the soprano line. Gradually, Shankar began to veer off into her own musical journey, straying away from Indian classical music. She now has a love for pop music, frequently posts covers on Instagram and arranges her own music.
Junior Madhav Danturthi has been singing traditional Indian music since he was 5 years old and competing since he was 10. He first sang Carnatic songs, an older and more riff-based style of Indian music native to the Southern region of India. After seven years, he started singing more modern songs such as those in Bollywood and Tollywood films.
Of the numerous competitions and shows Danturthi has attended, he has earned an assortment of prestigious awards — and even had the chance to sing with famous singer Shripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, more commonly known as S.P. Subramanyam, who has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 different Indian languages.
After competing in the midst of S.P. Subramanyam, Danturthi and the 17 other contestants in the show started a nonprofit organization called Swaravedika, which uses the profits earned from singing shows to buy school supplies for underprivileged children in India.
Through all this, Danturthi sees his organization progressing quickly in the future. As for himself, although he may not necessarily want to pursue music as a career, he knows it is something he will continue as a hobby and treasure for the rest of his life.