In this short compilation, we’ll look across styles and genres, not only at established acts which have thousands and millions of followers already, but also at those whose music promises to accost your attention now and tomorrow. So here - 10 Indian musicians and bands that you definitely must check out, whether on youtube or better still LIVE.
Even though Advaita are well-respected and known within the music scene, they were chosen to begin the list with them because it is surprising how so many people have no idea who they are.Their sound is a seamless fusion of Indian and Western elements, with the common thread of intense longing running through their sound and lyrics.You can hear their music on their Website
Blackstratblues is a solo project of Warren Mendonsa. They are fairly well-known by now and feature in prominent festivals like the Mahindra Blues Festival.As the name suggests, they play the blues, sometimes in an energetic blues-rock guise and at others, with an ethereal touch. Check out their AlbumNights in Shining Karma here.
Maati Baani is a duo formed by guitarist and composer Kartik Shah and singer Nirali Kartik.They regularly collaborate with brilliant musicians from across the globe and present groovy and melodious music inspired by Hindustani Classical music. They’ve caught a lot of people’s attention and it is well-deserved!Check out Lagan Lagi Re – the perfect example of their style here.
For all you post-rock lovers, aswekeepsearching is a refreshing outfit from Ahmedabad.Their sound is deep, experimental, ambient and peppered with some vocals (in Hindi!). If you like post-rock, you’ll love them! Check out their debut album Khwaab on their bandcamp page.
Viridian is the electronica, tech house and techno project of Vir Rattan Chowdhary (Psytrance project – Philostrate) and Siddhant Jain operating from Vancouver and Pune.They are up and coming still, but are gaining traction fast. They produce groovy mixtures of various genres of underground dance music, creating novel sounds and experiences. Check out their music here.
Ashish Dha is a composer, musician and sound designer based in New Delhi, India. His unique brand of experimental music draws from genres and traditions around the world, but remains rooted in his native Hindustani classical sensibility. He is also developing what he calls Hindustani 2.0, a reboot of our classical music tradition, including new raags, swars and compositional forms. Sample his 'Sapient music' at his website http://www.ashishdha.com/music.htm
Manan (also known as Max Godman) is one of those fingerstyle guitarists who make your jaw drop!Dear Mother by Manan – [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH66nlpZOMc]His arrangements are complex and melodious and make you wonder how someone can play the guitar like that!
This band was found in 2011 in Delhi and has been producing very interesting music ever since.Their sound is characterized by tight funk grooves, blues-rock guitar leads and a blanket of jazzy saxophone. In all they are refreshing to hear on the Indian music scene!Check out their album Hurry up here.