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Mann Bipin - Marching to his own truly unique beat
When it comes to playing drums, Mann is definitely...the man. Mann Bipin is one of those drummers that come along once in a blue moon. The beat and rhythm seems to run through his blood and pour from his very soul, astounding audiences all around the world as they flock to hear him in sold out shows. Indeed, he marches to the beat of a different drum with originality, presence and passion that crowds can't seem to get enough of.

Audiences will probably know him best for his work as the drummer in The Artur Menezes Band, a popular California-based blues group led by Albert King Award winner Artur Menezes. The two hooked up in 2016 during a Musicians Institute competition, which they won, and they have been playing together ever since. From the very start the chemistry between them was clear. They've since remained steadily booked in popular Hollywood venues like The Hotel Cafe? and in affluent San Francisco spots like Biscuits & Blues. They have also graced the stage in Miami and many other hot destinations, and it is by no means rare for fans to fly in just to hear them play.

Artur is quick to recognize the energy and musicality Mann contributes to his band. He attributes the drummer's talent in part to the Indian heritage he brings to the table and also, his originality which he endearingly termed "his different flavor." All in all, Artur said Mann makes his band groovier.

Aside from playing with The Artur Menezes Band, Mann is also writing his EP, "Gemini-Inimeg" which is expected to debut in July. Mann's new single, "Aas Dharat" is due to be released in just days. "Aas Dharat" stems from Mann's ongoing collaboration with Nila Madhab Mahopatra, a prestigious Indian classical singer and the senior disciples of legendary classical singer Ustad Rashid Khan. Over the years Mann has been in led the arrangement and served as a supervisor on many of Mahoptra's personal projects.

"[Mann's] sincerity and dedication makes him a very good musician. And of course his musical sensibilities and creativity is really fresh and unique? he always comes with various new creative ideas," explains Mahoptra. "His great musicality and sense to fuse different genres is really remarkable, it really adds completely a unique taste to the music."

One of the things that sets Mann apart is definitely his uncanny ability to fuse different genres together, and that is exactly what he's done with "Aas Dharat." Mann actually heard the Indian classical, funk rock music 7 years back and could never get it out of his head. The two have now collaborated and it is finally coming full circle. A cultural collaboration of music that blends together elements of funk with classical Indian melodies set to lyrics sung in Hindi, Mann says the song's about "'[the] hope to see the person that I love."

Mann has never been a typical, run-of-the-mill kind of drummer. In fact, far from it, his unique style has earned him a top-notch status in the music industry. Rooted in Indian culture, his music is versatile and resilient and it is unmistakably...his own. Hailing from Mumbai, India, Mann has played the drums ever since he could remember.

"I was born in a musical family," says Mann. Among his earliest childhood memories are jamming with his mother while she cooked the evening meal. His very first toy-- a drumstick. His father was also a musician so Mann had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with great musicians from a very young age whilst touring with his father's band, The Beaterzz. It was while on tour that he realized his own passion for making the world happy through music. A fire within him was ignited. His destiny was beginning for form.

Mann knew right away that a drummer was what he longed to be.He would carefully listen to the percussion within the music he was exposed to and he found a hobby in reproducing the beats.

Determined to take his interest and talent to a new level, he asked his parents if he could enroll in formal training. His parents gave their blessing and their support. That's when the long, grueling hours began. It was hard work but Mann admits he loved every minute of it. Before long, his efforts were paying off.

Mann has a rich history of collaborating with other musicians. He has performed with top artists and notorious bands from around the globe like including Emmy award winner and Oscar nominated Lars Deutsch. He also played alongside the ultra-talented musician, Marcus Miller which he notes as one of his most memorable experiences ever.

He also joined with 2009 KPN Award Winner Phrimaphaa Khornrojjanachawin on stage in Thailand. Highly regarded for her incredible voice, Phrimaphaa won Best Singer in R&B genre in World Championship of Performing Arts 2016 and 2nd Prize in the International Festival White Night of Saint Petersburg.

Though Mann has travelled the world with drumsticks in hand, he's never forgotten where he came from. He has embraced the opportunity to help others by facilitating international Drum Clinics like the one held in 2017 at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

What does the future hold for Mann? Given the onstage electricity going on between Artur and himself, it is projected that he'll stick around to make more magic with the band. Not only is Mann a fascinating drummer, he is a skilled media professional and a reality show star too. Supporting the younger generation of artists is dear to his heart as well.

What is next for the drummer? "Hopefully soon a tour around USA [with The Artur Menezes Band]," he was quick to answer. Given his undeniable talent, his drive and determination and his ability to bring his dreams to life, it is highly likely that he will do exactly that. Mann is also in the process of making yet another dream become reality as he continues to setup his own band, the MB Projkt which already headlined a gig in last year at a Korean charity event at UBC Joyce Camalleri Hall.

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