I was born from a south Indian father and jewish mother. They named me after Ravi Shankar. I learned guitar by playing along to Cure, R.E.M. and Smiths cassettes. I spent my high school years writing and recording terrible songs on a Yamaha four-track recorder. In college I started an indie-pop band called Charming. We made three records on a couple of great labels. Then I moved to NYC and started writing music for ads, films and video games. Millions heard my music but never saw my face, and rarely heard my voice or knew my name. I missed playing onstage so I formed a Smiths tribute band called The Sons & Heirs. I learned deep secrets from songs I loved and got better on guitar while playing pipe dream stages like the Bowery Ballroom and the Avalon. I also started teaching music composition at VCFA, where I even lectured once on songwriting. I've spent a lifetime telling other people's stories. Hybird is where I tell my stories. Some things that interest me lyrically: the space between technology and nature; truth in a post-truth world; mundane personal mythologies.