Born: July 18, 1994, Kathmandu
Death: December 26, 2021, Kathmandu
Kshitiz Shrestha, better known as Roller X, has established himself on the Nepalese hip-hop scene as one of the best beat producers.
Growing up around music, even as a child, Shrestha was admired for her melodious voice. He had won first prize in a singing competition when he was in his fourth grade, and music has become a part of him ever since. He also learned to play the piano when he was young.
At 16, Shrestha finds herself totally immersed in music. In 2013, and at only 19 years old, Shrestha, his producer and rapper friends set up a home studio in Kathmandu. At first he contributed to photography and videography, but quickly learned to create rhythms. He also started his association with FL studio.
He used to spend hours in the studio, watching the work of other artists and learning from them. At the same time, he learns on his own to play with sound mixing software like Logic and to experiment with beats. In 2014, the 20-year-old, with his circle of producers and rappers, opened his own label “CassX Presentation”. Together, they worked to bridge the gap between emerging artists and the market. Flaunting her vocals while learning rhythms, Shrestha then worked as a full-time producer at ClassX Presentation.
Over time, his stage name “Roller X” became popular among Nepalese hip-hop artists. Shrestha started uploading her designs to YouTube in 2017, with hip-hop artist Mahesh Dong known as “Don Pablo” making his debut with his beats.
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Since then, Shrestha has uploaded her beats, covers and collaborations with other artists on her YouTube channel “Roller X”. He quickly became a household name among Nepalese hip-hop enthusiasts. Over the years he has produced a number of songs for hip hop artists like Manas Ghale, Mahesh Dong, 5:55, and many more.
He started out with hip-hop and gradually moved on to producing R&B songs. He loved rhythms and was fascinated by the art of creating them, of putting them in rhythm. As a beat producer he fell in love with the sounds of every instrument he used.
Shrestha started working in ClassX Presentation part time and gradually built her associations with other record companies. He has also helped produce songs for the Nepalese-born American singer and songwriter Arthur Gunn.
Additionally, Shrestha had created a group called Working Mafia in early 2014, and recently relaunched it as a platform for young artists. Most recently, Shrestha was working on setting up her own recording studio “Xitiz Studio” and releasing her debut album “Ghattekulo Blood”.
Shrestha breathed his last at Tribhuvan University Hospital in Kathmandu on December 26, 2021. He was 27 years old. The reason for his death was not clear at the time of this writing. Roller X’s passing represents a “heartbreaking moment for the Nepalese hip-hop community,” hiphopzone.net wrote on its website.