THE ELEMENT is a Los Angeles based songwriting & production team that spans the globe in experience, talent, musicianship, drive, work ethic and excellence. Made up of esteemed songwriters, musicians and engineers such as Nikhil Korula (frontman for the Nikhil Korula Band), Dimitri Cerny (Tuff Gong World Wide), & Brian Vibberts (recording engineer for Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Elton John, etc), to name a few, these established artists decided it was time to collaborate to create pop music for the biggest stars in music by writing, recording and creating production recordings of well crafted, accessible, pop songs. Within months of THE ELEMENT’s inception, due to the power and strength of the music as well as the speed of the output, this songwriting team achieved their first Grammy certificate by penning the opening track, “Start It Up,” for Ziggy Marley’s Grammy winning self titled Best Reggae Album. Without a doubt, The Element has been ascending through the ranks after initially being managed by Tuff Gong Worldwide for the first 2 years, but now the sky is the limit and the search for what lies ahead continues. All of this was started by a chance encounter and conversation between Dr Luke (Katie Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson) & Nikhil Korula, which gave him the idea to put together a songwriting team that could compete with the best because it is made up of the most accomplished musical forces around. THE ELEMENT, named for it’s definition, ‘a cause that contributes to a result,’ is a team collaboration from the inception of a song to the final produced recording that will surely astound any listener with it’s mass appeal, clever arrangements and beautiful melodies & lyrics. With their seasoned amounts of experience in the studio, writing and performing, THE ELEMENT is dedicated to becoming the next big entity in worldwide pop music success.

NK SoloNikhil Korula

Classically trained in voice from the age of 5, Nikhil Korula first lent his dulcet tones to sing with the likes of opera giants such as Placido Domingo and pop stars Barry Manilow and the late Luther Vandross. As a boy soprano, Korula performed at Carnegie Hall by the age of 10 and also sang for one of Danny Elfman’s first film scores. In 1990, Nikhil Korula performed at the 32nd Annual Grammy® Awards with Mike and the Mechanics, sharing the stage on that fateful night with legends, Ray Charles, Miles Davis & Don Henley to name a few. However, after graduating from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Operatic Vocal Performance, his creative talents drew him to the intense world of songwriting, jazz and improvisation which led to his playing many acoustic sets throughout Los Angeles. This experience in turn helped him to collaborate with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians to form the Nikhil Korula Band (NK Band). Due to its ever-increasing fan following, this vibrant musical act has traveled all over the globe playing festivals such as BONNAROO (2008 & 2009), PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL (2011), SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (2013-2016) & SUMMERFEST (2007-2016), gathering worldwide attention one fan at a time. Blending the sounds of calypso, rock, reggae, African and Latin grooves, this unique sextet infuses extraordinary musicianship with irresistible dance jams, a combination that has led the NIKHL KORULA BAND to open for such esteemed artists as Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Gavin Degraw, Ray Lamontagne and countless others while also headlining venues like the House of Blues and performing at the Apollo Theater. With dedicated fans, exceptional live shows, and consistently strong songwriting, the Nikhil Korula Band continues to have a remarkable effect and amazing impact on audiences globally. Please visit www.nkband.com for more information!

Brian Vibberts HeadshotBrian Vibberts

Brian Vibberts is a 5-time Grammy Award winner, and has participated in the making of albums that have resulted in a total of 266 Grammy Nominations and 75 Grammy Awards Winners! Technically and creatively, he has recorded or mixed many multi-platinum artists in many genres, including Michael Jackson,
Aerosmith, The Pussycat Dolls, Bon Jovi, Natasha Bedingfield, Green Day, Trace Adkins, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Ice Cube, Boyz II Men, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Brad Paisley, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, and many more. Due to his patience with the artists, professionalism in the studio, and perfection of each and every project, he has established a fantastic reputation in the music industry. Working professionally since 1991, after receiving a degree from Berklee College of Music, Brian has experience with all of the major record labels; he was even a staff engineer for Sony Entertainment for five years. With an infamous collection of over 9500 CDs, he brings the knowledge of a myriad of music to his writing and productions.

IMG_0175Dimitri Cerny

Born and raised in Bern, Switzerland, Dimitri Cerny received his diploma in Recording Arts from Columbia Academy Recording and Sound Design in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009. After engineering and producing for various artists of the Canadian and Swiss hip hop scene, Dimitri moved to Pasadena, California where he received his associates degree in Vocal Performance from Los Angeles Music College in 2014. Dimitri was mentored by Warner Chappell writer William Gray (Co-writer – Do You Remember – Blake Sheldon), Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson – Vocal Director – This Is It), and Tierney Sutton (Five time Grammy nominee for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”). He has worked for Ziggy Marley’s record label “Tuff Gong World Wide”, and has been a singer for Disney while working with Rick Garcia and William V. Malpede. Currently, Dimitri is heavily involved with building THE ELEMENT catalog with beats, melodies, production and writing songs.

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