The name Arjun Ivatury name may not immediately ring a bell but you’ve most likely heard one of the songs that he has either composed or written. And some of them are good enough to warrant a Grammy nomination.
The Indian American, more popular as 6ix, is a record producer mostly known for his work with Maryland rapper Logic. And their hip-hop collaboration with an inspirational message, “1-800-273-8255,” is among this year’s 60th Grammy Awards ‘Song of The Year’ category nominees.
“1-800-273-8255,” titled after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, sheds light on mental health by creating an emotional dialogue between a suicidal caller and a crisis worker who helps the caller find a glimmer of hope by song’s end. The song also features Alessia Cara and Khalid.
Ivatury, Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II and Khalid Robinson, who co-wrote this song on Logic’s new album, “Everybody,” share the nomination. The song has also earned the distinction of being the highest-charting phone number song in Billboard chart history.
The song’s video is also up for ‘Best Music Video’ award.
The Prince George’s County, Maryland, native, who is steadily forging a career in music, is a medical school dropout.
The 26-year-old told XXL magazine that he was always a fan of music and knew that he was either going to be a doctor or a hip-hop producer. The first-generation Indian American chose the latter and dropped out of the University of Maryland in 2013 where he majored in neurobiology and physiology. A career in music did not seem like a viable option for him until he met Logic in 2010.
“We actually really met on Twitter when he tweeted me and asked to meet up because he remembered me from a beat battle and asked me to send him a batch of beats. The first batch of beats, he didn’t like any of them. So, I was like, ‘Forget this dude. He’s kind of an ass****.’ I pretty much sent him all my best beats at the time and he didn’t like any of them. I kept sending him more beats and he liked this one beat in particular that went on his first project and ever since then, we’ve become homies,” Ivatury told the magazine.
The two have collaborated on Logic’s three part “Young Sinatra” mixtape series and both of his albums, “Under Pressure” and his LP, “The Incredible True Story.”
Ivatury, who is currently associated with independent record label Visionary Music Group, has produced for other artists such as Dizzy Wright and Michael Christmas.