Pune: In the last couple of years, indie music has emerged as a major genre in the country. Most of the music production has been acquired by Bollywood, with digital platform emerging and independent music producers coming in the scene has changed the game.
Often mainstream music is focused on Hindi in India, the English music audience has to rely on the outsource. It is an also an advantage of the independent artist to flourish and keep themselves away from electronic manipulation which often happens with musicians.
And now that there is the internet, online platforms like Soundcloud, it is easier for an independent artist to reach out to the audience and release content. It is a platform youngster are using to chase their dream in Music.
Here is the some independent artist you should be listening to:
Dualist Inquiry is a solo electronic dance project of Sahej Bakshi. He is a producer, guitarist, and composer from New Delhi and formed the project in 2010. He releases hit debut EP Doppelganger in March 2013 on Dualism Records. He is also known for the names of his songs, which is unique like ‘Qualia’,’Blitzkreig’, Soleil, and ‘Anathema’. He has played in The Great Escape Festival, Eristoff Invasion Festival, NH7 Weekender and , Sunburn Festival and more.
Sandunes aka Sanaya Ardeshir returned to Mumbai after completing a course in music production at Point Blank Music College in London in 2012. Her music is more of mid-tempo electronica that often crosses over into glitch, IDM, and downtempo territory. She with a live set, incorporating a range of controllers and instruments has been performed in cities across India and in Sri Lanka and Germany.
Sohrab Nicholson raised in Pune and made his debut at the NCPA Experimental Theatre in Mumbai alongside Sandunes, at his first gig under his new moniker. The live band comprised of three more members, who are Rohan Ramanna, J.J., and Stuart D’Costa from the Dirty Jays. He gained the interest of the music community and has since released his debut EP ‘For What’ as a free download on Bandcamp.
She is the success story which took his turn on YouTube channel. She started posting Bollywood plus Western pop mashups on her YouTube channel, the songs gained popularity quickly and she has over 20 million views now on the here channel. One of the most popular of her mashups has been ‘Lean On/Jind Mahi’ for which she collaborated with several other musicians, including Ricky Jatt, Raashi Kulkarni, and Roginder ‘Violinder’ Mom. She has performed around the world, including the White House, NCPA and Webster Hall.
She has performed around the world, including the White House, NCPA and Webster Hall. Vidya also has performed at numerous festivals including the Festivals Des Artes in Reunion Island, MERU in Netherlands, & INK Women.
Prateek Kuhad, a Delhi-based multi-lingual singer-songwriter. He released his EP, Raat Raazi, in 2013, which is written completely in Hindi, Raat Raazi released to critical acclaim and featured complex and nuanced guitar work. He also released his much-awaited EP, In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015. He has performed at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Ziro Festival, and also at VH1 Emerge where he opened the set for Alt J.
He was also the sole Indian participant selected for the Converse Rubber Tracks global music program, where he and his band flew to Rio de Janeiro to record at the renowned Toca Do Bandido studio.You got to listen to Oh Love by sung by him.