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With over a billion of us, India is home to a lot of talent. If you are tired of listening to the same mainstream acts over and over again, maybe it is time to discover some new music that will leave you craving more. That is the thing about indie acts, they rarely get mainstream popularity, but what they do get is a loyal band of fans that will follow them to the end of the earth, and the freedom to experiment to their hearts content. You won’t usually see them on TV, you have to work to find these acts, but once you do, there is no turning back. Vitasta Singh picks out a few for you.

Dualist Inquiry
Beyonce has Sasha Fierce, Lady Gaga has Jo Calderone, and Sahej Bakshi has his alter ego Dualist Inquiry. The journey unknowingly started at school, where he would play any instrument that he could get his hands on. He eventually moved to L.A where a course called “Introduction to Music Technology” called out to him while choosing a college major. In his words, “it felt like learning a new language.” Things were never the same from there.

The man who usually loves sticking to the guitar, snagged his first gig by following the good old approach of recording his demo cd and asking his family and friends to spread the word, and like with every artist destined for greatness, it worked. His tracks are heavily music based with rarely any lyrics. He hasn’t looked back ever since. He is a growing artist, and today he is a prominent name at every music fest in the country.

The Family Cheese
This trio is as weird and unique as the name they chose to represent them. Apurv Isaac, Yohan Marshal and Homi Rustumji formed the band when they met at a music school in Chennai, and they have never looked back. These three individuals rarely agree on anything apart from one main thing: they try and capture as much of their own selves and their personalities in the music they create. The band’s version of success is “still being together after years of sleeping on cold floors, traveling for days without rest and doing three hour sound checks, is success on its own.”

The band that has relocated to Mumbai to further enhance their career hasn’t let hardships lessen their love for what they do best- music. This south Indian band has easily proved that this particular part of the country has a lot more to offer than just dosa and sambar. Today, they are easily one of the grooviest and popular bands in the country.


Sanddunes

A person must be really blind to not recognize this girl’s natural talent for creating funky beats. A producer, composer, and synth player, Sanaya Ardeshir has built a name for herself in the cutthroat music industry with her ambitious music project- Sanddunes. The St. Xavier’s alumni that has a degree in Economics knew it had to be music or nothing in her final round of job interviews, and decided to take the plunge into a whole new crazy world.

After completing a course in music production at the Point Blank Music College in London, she booked her first big gig, and opened for Dualist Inquiry. (It is a small world.) She continues to blend organic elements with a unique South Asian feel, making a sound that cannot help but stand out.

Madboy/Mink

A toxic yet addicting combination of funk-nu disco, this duo is a mix of Madboy, Imaad Shah and Mink, Saba Azad. Labeled as the terror twins of funk and swing, with scintillating live gigs at major festivals and soulful performances at underground parties, the duo present a pure and unpretentious love of music in their post-mod electro cabaret experience collection. Their debut EP- All Ball, did end up setting the ball rolling for them

Like many true indie acts, they prefer not to stick to a particular genre, the only thing that remains same in their every act is their never-dying energy and enthusiasm. They have the potential to shoot off the charts; and his young act is one that everyone should be on a lookout for. At this rate, we can’t wait to see where they go from here.

Nucleya

He is one of the most popular names in the music territory of India. It has been a long musical journey for him that he commenced towards the end of the 1990’s when he co-founded the Bandish Projekt. There was no turning back after that. Udyan Sagar, who goes by the name Nucleya, gained mainstream success after the release of his two albums in two consecutive years, something that isn’t unheard of at the indie scene. First was Bass Rani, that made him a star overnight, second being Raja Baja, that surpassed all the expectations placed on its shoulders

Nucleya’s motto for surviving in this industry is simple, “I’ve always believed in being absolutely honest with people who like my brand of music. People will always respect you for your honesty and it helps you maintain a positive relationship.” From being someone who almost quit music, to becoming a household name in this industry, Nucleya has come a long way. He has performed at numerous music festivals around the world, alongside artists like Diplo and Modeselektor.


Vitasta Singh

Student Reporter
November-2016