Having started off as a guitarist very early on, Prateek began using his instrument of choice to compose and produce music. As a resident of Oman for 18 years, he eventually moved to India and began touring worldwide, organically giving himself a worldview of musical ideas that developed his versatility as a composer.
His passion for heavier music led him to compose and produce critically acclaimed death and progressive metal records, but his foray into the world of progressive rock, avant-garde and art rock eventually led him into the world of film composition. He soon realised that he had the strong ability to connect music with pictures and story-telling, and hence began composing for visual media.
After touring worldwide with his death-metal band, writing scores for ad films and dabbling with Bollywood music in India, he decided to further his musical interests by applying to top film-scoring programs, with his focus set on one primarily - USC's prestigious Screen Scoring program. He got into the program on his first attempt, and has since been mentored by Hollywood veterans such as Pete Anthony, Daniel Carlin, Laura Karpman, Garry Schyman and Patrick Kirst. Having recorded and conducted his music with A-list Hollywood players in studios like Warner Bros., Capitol and EastWest, Prateek gained rigorous training and experience writing for orchestras and more. That, alongside his previous experience composing for mixed media styles, equipped him to write in many genres with passion, for an ever-changing visual media environment.
Prateek is now a composer, producer and guitarist who has gracefully received accolades, recognition and awards as an artist, and has been featured on Red Bull Music, Rolling Stone, VICE, Prog Magazine, Rotosound, Metal Injection and a multitude of popular media for his accomplishments. Having collaborated with some of the brightest musical minds and having written and produced music across various genres, Prateek has developed a unique understanding of the distinctive ways to communicate through music. As a composer in LA, he hopes to meet and share a long-term, viable and gratifying relationship with every director, collaborator and story-teller.
“Who'd have thought that in addition to proving himself as the most skilful young axemen in the country right now, Prateek would also possess the keen ear and composer versatility that extends beyond the guitar fretboard? Pin between death metal, prog and film scores, Prateek seems to always find the right balance when it comes to intelligent melodies.”
— Anurag Tagat (GQ, Variety)
“In a world full of guitarists and writers, I am lucky enough to somehow work with a steady flow of really interesting and unique players. I am very happy to be involved with Prateek's new HOIA album, a solid collection of inspiring tracks across an ever-expanding deep sonic landscape. Lots of unexpected elements which fuse together really well, some great twists for the adventurous listener - top stuff!”
— Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree)
“With three pieces that clock in at about six minutes, the OST to A Mother’s Soliloquy by Rajagopal is murky and tunnels deep into ambient territory with hair raising electronic turns. It's reminiscent of something composer duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross would conjure, alongside the likes of electronic music producer Aphex Twin.”
— Rolling Stone
“..the video is done in one take. No cuts. No edits. Prateek has total control of the song, he barely moves anything but his arms for the whole thing. The man’s technique is pretty much as close to flawless as it gets. Just look at those fingers fly! This might be one of the most (if not definitely the most) impressive playthroughs I’ve seen. It’s so crisp and crystal clear, it makes you wonder what this guy had to do to be able to play like this; It’s stunning.”
— Gear Gods