Music in India has seen a dramatic change in all these years. Transitioning from the classical beats to techno and EDM while also making room for fusion, there is a variety of genres to choose from for a music lover. Independent music artists are a wonderful by-product of this evolution. Bringing to the table for you therefore, is a list of the top five Indian music bands that have been stealing the show:
1. Parikrama :
Parikrama is a rock and roll band from New Delhi, India. It rarely records its music in a studio and has mostly given live performances. Their first song, ‘Xerox’ was called the face of Indian Rock. The band often fuses Indian classical instruments like mridangam, tabla and flute with contemporary ones like guitar, drums and keyboards. Their music is available online for free downloading from their official website.
2. Parvaaz :
Parvaaz is a Bangalore based rock band. Its music is a perfect blend of progressive/psychedelic rock and classic Indian tones. What stands out about this band is the beautiful lyrics that are mostly penned in Kashmiri or Urdu, reflecting their diversity. The band has so far released an EP title ‘Behosh’ in 2012, a critically acclaimed album ‘Baran’ in 2014 and a live DVD titled ‘Transitions’ in 2016.
3. Agnee :
Remember the song ‘Aahatein’? You have this band to thank. Influenced by classic rock bands like Sting, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, Agnee is an Indian rock band based in Pune, India. Their compositions incorporate elements of Funk, Jazz and Carnatic music. They have several singles to their credit, and have also freely distributed their music online. They also are one of the rare Indian rock bands to have signed with a record label, Sony BMG.
4. Ankur and the Ghalat Family :
Ankur and the Ghalat Family is the Hindi rock project of singer-songwriter Ankur Tewari. Formed in Mumbai, India, their music is easily digestible pop rock and the band has performed in various festivals. They also have an album ‘Jannat’ that was independently released and contributed music to the movie ‘Raat Gayi Baat Gayi’ as well.
5. Pentagram :
Pentagram is a four-piece Indian rock/electronica band started in Mumbai, India. It is often regarded as one of the pioneers of Indian independent music. They acquired fame post winning major rock competitions of which Livewire band competition of Mood Indigo fetched them a record deal. They have several albums like ‘We Are Not Listening’, ‘Up’, ‘It’s OK, It’s all Good’ and ‘Bloodywood’ to their credit. They also became the first band to play at the Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK. What is interesting to note is that all of them have been actively involved in Bollywood!
When one thinks Indian bands, these names come naturally to mind as warmth to sun. Experience the tranquility of Independent music by downloading the songs of these bands right away!
Music like fashion has great influence on the mind of oneself and of others. Ancient India had the rich tradition of music, arts, and fashion that was reflected in the then lifestyle of Indian people. Moving away from a new trend in fashion for men in India and hairstyles for men in India, we take a look at the 3 greatest Indian classical singers of all-time.
1.Mian Tansen (1506-1589):
Father of Indian classical music, born as Ramatanu who later popularly known as Tanna is believed to be born as deaf and dumb. It is widely believed in India that due to the blessings of the Sufi Saint, he developed speaking and listening abilities. This young boy was later trained by Swami Haridas that started his musical journey. Tansen is credited to have established many ragas, with sounds that lead to the origin of distinct styled “Senia Gharana”. Although Mian Tansen was primarily a vocalist, the Senia Gharana inspired instrumentalists including the legendary Ustad Maseet Sen, the sitar maestro.
2.Kumar Gandharva (1924-1992) :
One of the best known classical singer in India who opposed his association with any gharana. His melodious and unique voice sung about Hindu traditions and mythology. He received second and third highest civilian awards in India, Padma Bhushan in 1977 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1990. This fabled singer’s voice and singing style always had the impact of his illness, when one of his lungs became useless, he accustomed himself to sing with a single lung.
3.Bhimsen Joshi (1922 – 2011):
The fabulous singer of Hindustani classical style, who not only received Bharat Ratna but was also offered a fellowship from Sangeet Natak Academy in 1998. A child prodigy who held his first public performance at an age of 19 was trained by maestros in music including Channappa of Kurtakoti, Pandit Shyamacharya Joshi and Sawai Gandharva amongst others.
The latest fashion for men is hugely inspired by the popular music and the rock bands, we take a look at the 3 most influential rock bands of all time that have influenced new fashion trends for men.
1. The Beatles:
From the haircut to the collar-less suits, this most popular band in the rock history transformed the fashion for men across the world. The “Beatlemania” that started in 60s by the three young musicians from Liverpool — John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison — with their first single “Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You,” was followed by chart-toppers including “Please Please Me,” “From Me to You,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love”. The Beatles are credited with radiating joy, happiness, and exuberance that touched millions of hearts around the world. Their iconic tight-fitting, ankle-length Chelsea boots and unisex fashion blurred the gender boundaries as they wore velvet jackets and paisley scarves. The signature round-thin-rimmed glasses are still adored by the hip and the trendy men worldwide.
2. The Ramones and other “punk” bands:
One of the first rock bands that defined the “punk rock band”, Although they had limited commercial success but was very influential in US and UK. The punk rock songs are shorter and typically has two electric guitars, an electric bass, and a drum kit, along with vocals. Played with “breakneck” tempos The Ramones had traditional rock ‘n’ roll verse-chorus form that was most influential in fashion. Other punk bands such as the Slits, the Dammed, the Clash, and the Banshees, the Sex promoted the launch of T-shirts printed with pin-up girls, shirts with a Nazi swastika, and even T-shirts of the Queen of England’s face corrupted with a safety pin through her nose! The fashion of wearing ripped clothes originated from their idea of wearing torn, fetish and sometimes even with simulated bloodstained clothes.
This band can be labeled as the “Best Grunge Band ever” although, most of the grunge bands faded from the stage by late 1990s. Grunge rock had a huge influence on fashion industry especially after the releases such as Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten, Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger, Alice in Chains’ Dirt and Stone Temple Pilots’ Core. They popularized the “grunge movement in fashion” where they advocated lackluster and care-free approach in dressing for men epitomizing Jonny Depp with long hair and the laid-back approach to dressing characterized by leather jackets, flannel shirts, and fingerless gloves!
The music industry is expanding each day and now people aren’t just interesting in consuming and listening to music, they also want to produce and perform. If you have an interest in becoming a dance music DJ then there some things that you need to know before you start out. From looking the part by dressing in the latest trends in menswear, to having the skill set to be a DJ, here are the things you need to know.
1. You Can Be a DJ Without Producing Music:
Producing music and being a DJ are two different things; you don’t need to do one to do the other. A Disc Jockey is anyone who plays pre-recorded music in front of a live audience. Producing on the other hand means creating original music.
You must have seen DJ’s with big tables full of equipment in front of them. Well, you’ll need to do some research and figure out what all you’ll need to buy. The all-in-one controller is preferred for newer DJ’s but you can also go all out and turntables, mixers, and more.
To learn all the pre-required skills, to make your DJ set, to buy all the equipment you’ll need, all requires investment of time and money. Even after you do these things, it will be a struggle to score gigs and make a big name for yourself so you need to put in a lot of work!
Becoming a DJ is not as complicated as it looks, but on the other hand, it’s not as simple as plugging in your pen drive, following the latest fashion styles, and waving your hands in the air. Time, Effort, Money, is all required to become a successful DJ and with all that, you still need a little bit of luck!
Electronic dance music or EDM is one of the most popular music genres amongst the youth. Between the whipping beats, the dazzling lights and music that gets people on the dance floor, this type of music is an all time favourite and these phenomenal artists are indeed legends.
Have a look at some all time favourite EDM artists:
1. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike:
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are a Greek/Belgian electronic DJ duo, living in Belgium, composed of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios. They currently hold the 2nd spot on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll. In 2010 they appeared as Tomorrowland Hosts for the first time and were allowed to make the anthem of the festival.
Tijs Michiel Verwest better known by his stage name Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ and record producer. Tiesto is one of the most popular EDM artists and is recognized worldwide. He has released a number of albums right from ‘In My Memory’ in 2001 to ‘Club life’ which was his recent album.
3. David Guetta:
Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ and producer of electro music. During the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, ‘Just a Little More Love’, in 2002. Later, he released Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007).Guetta achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album ‘One Love’ which included the hit singles ‘When Love Takes Over’, ‘Gettin’ Over You’, and ‘Sexy Bitch’.
Robbert van de Corput better known by his stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch big room house and electro house DJ and music producer. He was voted the world’s #1 DJ on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJ’s poll in 2013 and then again in 2014. Hardwell is widely known for his live sets at major music festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival.
5. Calvin Harris:
Adam Richard Wiles, better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, record producer and DJ. He owns the vanity label Fly Eye Records. His gold-selling debut album, ‘I Created Disco’, was released in 2007 and contained the top-ten singles, ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and ‘The Girls’.
Hope you enjoyed reading about your favourite artists, don’t forget to tell us who is your favourite artist is!