New Music: Nikhil Narendra

15 March 2016

We’ve known of Nikhil Narendra since his days with iconic (now unfortunately defunct) alternative rock band The Bicycle Days. He’s been laying low since the band parted ways in 2014, but recently emerged once again with a couple of quality electronic beat-based productions.

Narendra began tinkering with audio programs and teaching himself how to make music since he was 17 before he joined The Bicycle Days. Encouraged by friends and “scenesters” in Bangalore’s burgeoning underground scene, he finally made the decision to put out his solo work for the world to see.

“Until recently, I've always tried to mimic artists I was listening to when I was younger. I'm 27 now, and I'm trying to find my own means of expression through making music. I just play around with sound till something magical happens and I feel good about it. That's what I've been doing for years. I make music because I've always been into it. It keeps me grounded and makes me happy. It's just something I do everyday.”

‘Beat Collage’, as its title suggests is a collection of beats compiled into one 13-minute session that Narendra has been working on for the last couple of years. It’s a great little taste of the musicians sensibilities and we’re really keen to see what it translates to as a fully developed release. More recent tracks include another sample injected beat heavy ‘Blue Graden’ and ‘Fire’ with Rosina Kazi.

His solo compositions and the moods behind them are right on point, however, Narendra really takes things to the next level when collaborating with Shreyas Dipali on their still unnamed live act. They recently performed an incredible set at Bflat (watch the video embedded below) and we suggest you keep an eye on the duo in the future.

Check out Nikhil Narendra on SoundCloud for more.


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