Ellenhall’s Vidorra is making waves in the music business

Chanakya Kathuria a.k.a Vidorra
Chanakya Kathuria a.k.a Vidorra

A 15-year-old music maker has created a catalogue of tracks and is now targeting a place in the Official UK top 40 chart.

Chanakya Kathuria – who performs as Vidorra – hopes to rise to prominence after releasing his new original track ‘Love I Recognise’, featuring Samantha Lloyd, this month on iTunes, Spotify and other internet sites.

The Stafford Grammar School student from Ellenhall has been making waves in the music business with his blend of electronic dance music, house and hip hop.  In his first year of remixing and bootlegging he attracted over 10,000 hits on the internet, while his singles have also been aired on the regional BBC Introducing radio programme.  The young new talent is keen to reach out to a bigger audience with his latest work, which was influenced by artists such as Clean Bandit and Oliver Heldens, and includes original vocals by Stoke-on-Trent singer Samantha Lloyd.

“The new track is more in the house genre but it incorporates real instruments, like violins.  I’m not sure how big it will be.  It depends if it gets onto Radio 1, because that could open it up to the whole of Britain,”

said Chanakya.

He plays the drums and saxophone but turned his hand to creating EDM two years ago at his home, using a basic software programme on his laptop computer.  Eager to develop his new skill, Chanakya took the name Vidorra from the Spanish word meaning ‘life that is free from worries’ and teamed up with Leek sound engineer, Matthew Ball, to fine tune his work.

He has produced nearly a dozen tracks and is experimenting with genres, but initially took his inspiration from the trio Swedish House Mafia after watching their video.

“It was a defining moment.  I still remember the day in 2013 when I saw them perform and I decided that was the way I wanted to go,”

said the Ellenhall teenager, who successfully manages to juggle his GCSE studies alongside hours spent in a music studio each weekend.

“I certainly have a busy schedule.  I just want to keep on producing music and progressing as far as I can. I’m looking to do an album over the summer and maybe even some gigging at small festivals, but apart from that I’m enjoying what I’m doing now and I’m not looking too far ahead,”

he added.