Stamford music producer recalls his work with ‘The Voice’

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Back in August, when Stamford resident Agran Ukperaj was working with a singer and a couple of rap artists, all from New York City, on a new single for his then six-month-old record label, he had no way of knowing how serendipitous the timing might be.

“Spotlight,” the fourth release of Hestia Records, features Jermaine Paul, Alicia Keys former background singer and the newly minted winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” (See video above.)

“Ever since he got on the show, it’s really started to make a buzz,” said Ukperaj, who is also known as DJ Narga.

The song, which features Narga’s original beats, also features veteran rapper Peter Gunz “Déjà vu (Uptown Baby)” — the father of Young Money artist Cory Gunz, and the fellow rap artist known as “Cover.”

Launched in February 2011, Hestia Records is a collaboration between Narga and his uncle, and partner, Brahim “Bryski” Gjidija, who lives in the Bronx, N.Y., and also is a DJ (pictured right). For the past several years, the two have been running Red Sound Studio in the Bronx.

“We both have the biggest passion for music,” said Narga, who got his start at 15. He has built up a following in and around Stamford, and will be starting a residency at Intermezzo in New York City this month.

So far, the record company has produced four releases, including an EP of Narga and Bryski music.

“It’s a lot of work, but at the end of the day it is all worth it,” Narga said.

Christina Hennessy

2 Responses

  1. MeisYOU says:

    Very interesting. Great to see what comes out of our city these days. Good luck to these two who are following a true passion.

  2. john(no kidding) says:

    No sour grapes here but the genre one sings within will usually prevail even if the talent isn’t as sharp, in my personal opinion the best voice didn’t win because the music it sang didn’t have the larger audience,good news is there are no losers in the finale, they all have gotten tremendous exposure,the young lady who was eliminated last week was performing on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction show doing a Laura Niro cover.It,s all good.