Established since 2009, The 515 Crew is primarily a team of 5 of the finest musicians and a widely recognised brand within the British Asian Music Industry. The 515 Crew are the leaders in Live Bollywood and alternative British Asian Music. With extensive experience in corporate and private events, this act has gone from strength to strength year after year gaining the trust and respect of Artistes such as Shama Artiste, Chirag Rao, Sonia Panesar, Shin (DCS), Channi Singh (Alaap), Sardara Gill, Taz (Stereo Nation), Navin Kundra, Mangal Singh, San2, Amarjit Sidhu, Jaz Dhami and Sona Walia.
Led by Hinal Pattani as Director, since 2009 the band have performed major concerts, melas, private and corporate functions worldwide alongside household names such as UB40, Billy Ocean, Kool & The Gang, Labyrinth and The Specials. As well as being a significant player on the Live circuit, The 515 are also a production team and have had various releases since 2009 earning them recognition for creating a unique, and very sophisticated 'Brit Bollywood' sound.
The 515 are multi genre and between its 5 core members and the host of vocalists they collaborate with, there is very little that they do not cater for.
Having toured extensively now individually and together, The 515 will bring an unmatchable sound to your event and the personal touch it takes to make your event that much more special.
Hinal Pattani – Musical Director
Instrument(s): Keyboards, Piano & Bass
Hinal Pattani is first and foremost a pianist and lead keyboardist and has been performing on stage since the age of 15, and been producing material for world music acts since 2000. Hinal has acted as MD for several acts in the British Asian Music Circuit such as The 515 Crew, Shama Artiste, Chirag Rao, Sonia Panesar, Taz Stereo Nation, Shin DCS, Navin Kundra, Alaap, Najma Akhtar, Mangal Singh and Silinder Pardesi to name a few. Having travelled the world extensively and played across several genre's covering Jazz, Blues, Funk, Reggae, Soul, Bollywood, Bhangra, Indian and Western Classical, Indian and Western folk styles, it's difficult to place him in one particular box. In June of 2012 he debuted as Musical Director with The Royal Shakespeare Company on Iqbal Khan's production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' featuring Meera Syal and Kulvinder Ghir of 'Goodness Gracious Me', where he directed music produced by Niraj Chag over a theatre run that lasted 4 months, performing in Stratford at The RSC and The Noel Coward in Leicester Square, London. His session works also have an impressive clientelle with names such as Arijit Singh at SSE Wembley Arena in June 2015, Kumar Sanu, Himesh Reshamiya, Gurdas Maan, Asha Bhosle, Nitin Mukesh, Anup Jalota to name a few.
Instrument(s): Lead Guitar
Bindi Bhumbra has been a fully-fledged member of The 515 Crew for the past 3 years.
Born in Glasgow, Bindi started his musical career in the 80’s as founder member of the Scottish Bhangra band, Bombay Talkie. During this time he co-composed much of the band’s music, and wrote the hit Chargiye, which was the opening track of the band’s no 1 album Judgement Day. In the 90’s, Bindi moved to London and became part of the London music scene, performing major stints as guitarist for Holle Holle, and then more recently, Alaap.
When asked about his musical influences Bindi said “I started playing guitar because of Elvis, and then became obsessed by the Beatles – their talent for melody and arrangement was amazing. And Jimi, who was the greatest showman guitarist of all time. However I grew up watching Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh movies in the La Scala cinema in Sauchiehall St, and so the songs of Kishore and the compositions of R.D. Burman are a large part of my musical DNA. I am really enjoying my time now with the 515 Crew, I’m exposed to a huge range of genres and musical styles. I love the challenge, and the fact that therefore I’m always developing as a musician.”
Instrument(s): Bass Guitar
Ragen was born in Kenya into a musical family and influenced from the start by his father J K Brahmbhatt, who was a self taught classical singer and one of a handful of ‘Dilruba’ players in Kenya at the time and then the UK. Guided by his father, Ragen’s first instrument was tabla when he started training with Pandit Manikrao Popatkar for a short time. Guitar and bass lessons soon followed when an opportunity arose to join a local band, playing R and B, soul and blues. Ragen joined his older brother’s Bollywood band and has been performing in the UK music circuit ever since.
During the Bhangra explosion mid 80’s, Ragen started playing with the hugely popular bhangra band, Holle Holle as part of the original set up as well as freelancing with other bhangra bands on the scene at the time including Premi and Shava Shava, whilst still maintaining his connection with the Bollywood circuit. In the 90’s Ragen left the bhangra scene to join a new bollywood band, Sound Machine. Having freelanced with several bands, Ragen has now been with The 515 Crew since it first started in 2009.
Instrument: Dholak, Tabla, Congos, Drums
Vikaash has been studying the art of Tabla and other Indian percussion since the age of Two. Playing professionally from the age of Eleven, he is a significant player within the music industry. He undertook formal training from his father Chandrakant Sankadecha and Amritpal Singh (disciple of Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain). From a young age, Vikaash became interested in Western and Latin Drums. Through working with world class drummers and being around great mentors, he managed to acquire skills in playing drums and various other percussion.Through constant learning and development, Vikaash became proficient in a range of musical styles and has collaborated with established international artists such as Shakira | M.I.A | Nitin Sawhney. He has played on stages and festivals such as The Big Chill | Womad | The Alchemy Festival | The Commonwealth Games (2014) | Jools Holland with acts including Asian Dub Foundation | Susheela Raman | Niraj Chag both in the UK and worldwide. Vikaash has worked on theatre productions including Britain's Got Bhangra (Rifco Arts) | Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company) | The Junglebook (West Yorkshire Playhouse) | Dara (The National Theatre) | Laila (Rifco arts). He has recorded for various artists and for Bollywood films such as Bluffmaster. Vikaash is the first Tabla player to be endorsed by Protection Racket, and Roland.
Instrument(s): Tabla, Dholak, Congos
Dhaivat is a versatile percussionist born and bought up in the UK who has performed with leading bollywood, bhangra and folk artists.He has learnt classical tabla and indian percussion under the guidance of his father and tabla teachers both here in the UK and in India, where Dhaivat spent 6 months learning from the great Pt Bhavani Shankar.
Dhaivat performed in the West End musical Bend it Like Beckham and has also contributed to various music albums produced in the UK and Mumbai as well as featuring in music videos released by top UK artists.