Hitesh Rikki Madan is a Delhi based singer, songwriter, multi award winning artist, composer, performer, music producer, music educator and the founder/frontman of EKA and his solo venture- HRM
Hitesh started his career in music at the age of 17 as lead guitarist for Euphoria, contributing significantly towards all their albums between 1998-2010 (Dhoom, Phir Dhoom, Gully, Mehfuz and Redhoom) and even engineered many recordings for Euphoria at his recording studio (previously known as Rikki’s Workstation). Over the 27+ years of his music career as a live performer, Hitesh has evolved from being a guitarist to becoming a frontman-singer-guitarist who can deliver a highly engaging, interactive, energetic and unique style of performance connecting with a wide audience instantly. As part of his bands (Euphoria 1996-2010, Eka 2010 till present day, HRM 2020 till present day), he has performed at over 1800 concerts in 17 countries. Among others, Hitesh has had the honor of performing at the Indo-Pak peace concert at the UN General Assembly Hall, New York, the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, the Great Wall of China, The Red Fort Festival - Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahoutsav, International Film Festival of India (Goa), Mountain Echoes Literary Festival (Bhutan) and NASSCOM Technology & Leadership Forum.
During the lockdown in March 2020, Hitesh performed with his sons, Arriv on the bass and Advy on the drums, starting with Balcony Concerts which were greatly appreciated and went viral too. The trio have performed at several virtual events for schools, corporates and NGOs and recently won the Rock Best Artist award at CMA2022 for Aao Naa.
It was in 2020 that Hitesh launched himself as a singer-songwriter-music producer-performer, releasing singles which won critical acclaim, evidenced by his sweep at The Clef Music Awards where three of his releases have won multiple awards; two from 2021 won at The Clef Music Awards 2021 - Gal Sunn Zara, for the Best Music Composer, Best Music Producer and Best Solo Performance in a Music Video and Break Ke Baad for the Best Song Video Director award. The following year, Aao Naa won two awards, Rock- Best Artist & Music Composer of the Year, at The Clef Music Awards 2022.
In releasing his original music as an independent solo artist, Hitesh sees the fruition of 27+ years of his dedication to music and his craft. He performs with his sons Arriv (bass and vocals) and Advy (drums and vocals). Their act and sound is unique, bringing out the synergies of this father-son trio who complement each other. His music is guitar-driven, a rock sound that is deeply a part of him, since guitar is his principal instrument and where it all started for him. His arrangements are a juxtaposition of complex and simple, with hooky guitar riffs, groovy basslines and punchy drums, to achieve a very “live” sound which he effectively achieves when performing his songs live too. All three of them have distinct voices and they use them astutely in three-part harmonies and vocal divisions that lifts their music and sets them apart.Arriv has over the years proved to be a musician par excellence. He has diligently worked on playing the bass and the acoustic guitar, besides honing his vocal prowess. He's equally comfortable with western and Indian vocals and has put himself out there, winning competitions and performing live at various events and opportunities. His presence on Instagram is impressive with reels making a mark and a loyal fan following. He has steered the course of putting out quality content for himself and the father-son trio, learning on the job how to shoot videos and video editing.
Advy is a natural in his craft. He started drumming at the age of 5, excelled in the Rockschool music exams taken in the past and is prepared to take the final Grade 8. A gifted musician with a soft baritone voice, Advay can effortlessly add vocal harmonies to any vocal melody. He is a flamboyant performer and brings a lot of energy and delight in his performances, winning himself accolades and admiration at various platforms. He is already playing with several bands, having featured in live performances across Delhi NCR, including those at Depot 48, Biker’s Cafe, Lost Lemons, Bailey’s Diner to name a few.