articles by Amit Gurbaxani

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As Indian indie musicians livestream gigs during lockdown, questions about right platforms, monetising remain

Many indie musicians performed more “shows” in the first couple of weeks of the lockdown than they do in a year, and went live every single day. Sadly, this set a precedent that online gigs, like the recorded music itself, are something fans can expect for free.

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Decoding Global Music Report 2019's findings on India — and what it could mean for record industry's future

India has maintained its rank as the world’s 15th biggest recorded music market, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s Global Music Report for 2019, which was released earlier this month.

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The Dua Lipa interview | In an exclusive chat, 'Don't Start Now' singer discusses new album Future Nostalgia, and that 'Quarantine Queen' label

In this exclusive interview, 'Don't Start Now' hitmaker Dua Lipa, who has cited such aughties singer-songwriters as P!nk, Nelly Furtado and Gwen Stefani, as her influences, spoke to us about the making of Future Nostalgia, her concert in Mumbai this past November, and her advice for fans on how to handle this prolonged lockdown.

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Gender disparity to genre diversity: Breaking down this year's Indian independent music scene so far

How diverse is the Indian independent music scene? And how concentrated is the scene in certain cities and which specific genres are generating the majority of the music?

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A master list of India's female indie and pop songwriters and composers: A guide for fans and festival programmers

This list is set to show the nation’s festival programmers – who frequently cite the scarcity of talent as the main reason for the paltry percentages of women in their line-ups – that there are far more female artists than perceived. Maybe they aren’t looking hard enough.

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Amid coronavirus outbreak, how indie musicians and fans can deal with impact of social distancing

Here are 10 ways both performers and patrons can make the best of a bad — and increasingly worsening — situation, amid the coronavirus pandemic

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Spotify’s first year in India: 365 days of legal disputes, listenership growth and lingering questions

The top five most streamed acts on Spotify since launch are all Bollywood biggies who occasionally or regularly dabble in pop: Arijit Singh, Tanishk Bagchi, Neha Kakkar, Badshah and Shreya Ghoshal.

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A social media challenge and revisiting favourite albums: An exercise in understanding the 'impact' of our music choices

The most interesting aspect of such challenges is that they celebrate peculiarities and give us insight into people’s personalities, and the most enjoyable part has been revisiting old records and choices

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Mahindra Blues Festival 2020 was filled with stellar performances, but it may be time to retire the all-star jam

It was heartening to see the proceedings being opened by The Homegrown Blues Collective, an ensemble put together to mark the tenth year of the Mahindra Blues Festival.

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On letting go of a treasured CD collection: Finding a balance between sentiment, archiving and sharing the music

I felt heartened by the thought that by giving my CDs to others who care about music as much as I do, they would spark joy for other people. Especially those who will use them to build music libraries

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Amid row over Billboard's list of top 10 rock songs of the decade, how genre is defined in 21st century merits a look

The top three spots on Billboard’s Top-10 Rock Songs list are dominated by one band: Imagine Dragons, who were perhaps to the 2010s what Nickelback were to the aughties

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2019 in music streaming: Luka Chuppi, Kabir Singh emerge as biggest Indian albums, Old Town Road dominates US, UK charts

For all the talk at conferences about non-film music staking its claim in the hearts of Indian listeners, the year-end streaming charts are dominated by Bollywood, and to some extent, English-language hits. Perhaps 'Duniyaa' is the default No. 1 song of the year, and its parent soundtrack Luka Chuppi the joint biggest album of 2019 along with the Kabir Singh OST.

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Looking back at a decade of Indian indie music: Hip-hop replaces rock as the biggest genre, Hindi acts rise to the top

Among the most significant developments in the Indian indie music scene over the last decade have been the growth of legit music festivals, and the democratisation of music distribution and marketing through digital platforms and social media. The artists riding the current wave are electronic music producers Nucleya and Ritviz, singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad and Hindi rock band The Local Train.

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Music award shows are inherently imperfect, as Halsey's Grammys snub, Lizzo's AMAs losses suggest

Even though fan-voted awards like the AMAs seem less subject to bias than those decided by industry suits, such as the Grammys, their results are strongly linked to an artist’s social media following – and how active those followers are – which can differ greatly from act to act. In other words, there’s no real winning at this game.

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Kodaline lead Stephen Garrigan on band's comparisons with Coldplay and upcoming India debut

For Kodaline frontman Stephen Garrigan, a coda is the end of song and a coda line is its last line, and that's the only meaning he knows of.

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Are phone-free gigs the future? Artists and audiences need to meet each other halfway to find a workable solution

There’s little denying that by blocking people’s line of sight with your phone, you risk spoiling gigs for them

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The future of the Indian music album: Pop industry increasingly abandons format, though indie artists continue to prefer it

The answer to the question 'Is the album becoming irrelevant?', especially in the context of the Indian music industry, is ‘It depends on what kind of artist you’re talking about’

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From Bollywood's domination to the most preferred languages: What the YouTube India charts reveal about the listenership in the country

How big is YouTube in India? A whopping 94 percent of the 3,000 internet users surveyed for trade body the Indian Music Industry’s recently-released Digital Music Study said they use YouTube or Vevo to consume music.

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All About Music 2019: A by-the-numbers picture of what data from Indian audio-streaming platforms reveals

Data of the kind that should be in the public domain is guarded like a trade secret in the music industry and among the rare instances it’s shared is at conferences like All About Music

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Jacob Collier on his diverse oeuvre: 'I wouldn’t say I’m a jazz musician; I aim to be a musician, full stop'

Genius, prodigy, autodidact, Grammy winner and YouTube phenomenon are just some of the adjectives regularly used to describe Jacob Collier, the 25-year-old London-based British musician, who shot to fame as a teenager when videos of him performing complex cover versions of classic tunes went viral online.