Last few years have been great for independent music in India. The artitsts who pushed the case for indie music are now riding high on their success. Meet the best four.
2. Dualist Inquiry
Sahej Bakshi aka Dualist Inquiry’s music has put India on the global music charts. He has headlined some of the biggest music festivals in India and abroad. This multi-instrumentalist, producer and now foraying into videography, he self-made video animation and production for his latest release You & Me and is trying to reinvent himself one project at a time. Having sent fans fans swooning in a tizzy of electronic, rock and groove, his music is different than other DJ’s because unlike other EDM artists he actually plays live and that makes it unique since it is performance driven.
Why we recommend: Freshly squeezed sounds enough to uplift your mood, transporting you to a fluffy space. His hypnotic guitar riffs are killer.
Riding high on the success of winning one of the very popular shows on Television ‘The Remix’ that aired on Amazon Prime, Suhrid Manchanda aka Su-Real is an energy bomb. Having credited to upstart the underground music culture from his days as a DJ (he organised the Disco 31 nights) at
the TLR café in Hauz Khas. He has come a long way since then. Popular culture in India is evolving rapidly, and Su-Real is at the forefront of that movement. He considers himself fortunate to have opened for some of the biggest names in EDM such as Skrillex, Jason Derulo, Major Lazer and Nucleya to name few and of course featuring in the lineup of some of the best music festivals in India. His music can be described as an eclectic mix of Western dance music with Eastern motifs and melodies accompanied by lyrics in English and Hindi. From heavy bass to hip-hop to dance to club his album has merged it all into one big booty banging collaboration so get ready to bust a move.
Why we recommend: From heavy bass to hip-hop to dance to club his album has merged it all into one big booty banging collaboration so get ready to bust a move.
4. Peter Cat Recording (PCRC)
PCRC’s music is for all seasons. They are a group that has metamorphosed over time, shedding members and accumulating more and evolving musically with each album. With a diverse genre that they cater from gypsy jazz to psychedelic cabaret, ballroom waltz to epic space disco. Frontman Suryakant’s crooning is eerily reminiscent of a hipster 50’s Sinatra but it is more his intention to imitate Bollywood legends the likes of Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and especially Hemant Kumar. They draw a chunk of their music by replicating the blues/jazz that can remind you of classics by Sam Cooke, Etta James and even Tom Waits. They are currently working on their third album set to release later this year. The album they claim is more of a memory box filled with freakish dream sequences stitched together and will feature collaborations from Dhruv Bhola of Run it’s the kid fame on bass and Rohit Gupt for duties on trumpet and keys.
Why we recommend: A cinematic mélange of moods that is guaranteed to take you back in time.
Fresh out of New Delhi, these three men are out there trying to create a niche for themselves in the sonic layer. Having earned a lot of critical acclaim for their content and creations, they are soon to launch their much awaited debut EP and a music video. With a name as quirky as them FOPCHU is an amalgamation of unfiltered lyrics, glitchy and sometimes flossy tunes catered to you live through an animated performance. It is refreshing to see them fuse analog and digital sound with original lyrics for a lively session at spaces next door. Their music is a blend of live instruments and electronic music that tip-toes across various genres like Jazz/Hip-Hop/Blues/Pop. As they say rightly their sounds impute the spirit of one’s inborn farm animal, and redirects productive thought into orgiastic profound gooforia.
Why we recommend: They are a juggernaut of all things goofy but musical.