articles by Amit Gurbaxani

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T-Series’ 'Lut Gaye' campaign is explicit evidence of the meaninglessness of the term non-film music

Ultimately, there’s very little difference between film and “non-film” music — including how it’s marketed.

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Indie music insiders on their one big takeaway from COVID-19 crisis' impact on the live performance scene

Here’s some pithy (and pertinent) advice shared by artists, managers and other industry folk.

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The Groovebox Jukebox: From Semwal's Elephant In The Room to Anthropocene by Rafoo, music for the new year

Semwal's Elephant in The Room has a warmth that is ideal for winter, while Rafoo's musical output is informed by her career in sustainability and policy research.

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Multilingualism and the indie musician: Is singing in Hindi or a regional language essential to turn an artist into a brand?

Over the last few years, there’s been an exponential increase in the number of acts who started their careers performing in English, subsequently began releasing material in Hindi and now seamlessly switch between the two.

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The Groovebox Jukebox: From Kiara Chettri's 4AM to Maahi by Rahi, new Indian indie music to check out

Here are eight of the most interesting Indian independent music releases of November and December — two albums, two EPs, two singles and two music video

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Between live streaming's limitations and live gigs' hazards, indie music scene could find promising middle ground

While there’s no doubt that online shows entertained and even comforted us during these trying past few months, there’s also no doubt that they’ll never match up to the experience of watching a concert in person. And sadly, they don’t seem to be matching up in terms of income for artists either.

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The Groovebox Jukebox: From Avora Records' latest to Arijit Singh's Rihaa, new Indian indie music to check out

In a monthly column, Amit Gurbaxani highlights four of the most interesting Indian independent music releases of the last few weeks — one album, one EP, one single and one music video | #TheGrooveboxJukebox

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Gauging the popularity of international music in India through YouTube, Shazam and Wynk charts

We seem to have a fondness for female pop stars, for we’re the No 2 nation for Camila Cabello, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld and Selena Gomez.

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The Groovebox Jukebox: From Lou Majaw's April Shower to Owl Vibration's EP, new Indian indie music to check out

In a new column, Amit Gurbaxani highlights four of the most interesting Indian independent music releases of the last few weeks — one album, one EP, one single and one music video | #TheGrooveboxJukebox

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From All About Music's virtual 2020 edition, key insights into eight aspects of Indian music industry

The three-day event was the biggest instalment yet, and as always, featured an impressive list of international speakers and an insightful if somewhat familiar selection of Indian ones.

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The Groovebox Jukebox: From Soulmate's Give Love to SlowCheeta's EP, new Indian indie music to check out

In a new column, Amit Gurbaxani highlights four of the most interesting Indian independent music releases of the last few weeks — one album, one EP, one single and one music video | #TheGrooveboxJukebox

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Indian Performing Rights Society responds to row over tariff plan, says working towards fixing revised licence fee rates

The new tariffs, which are slated to be published next week, have been determined in such a way that they are “not a burden on anyone but that the IPRS members’ interests are protected,” says IPRS CEO Rakesh Nigam

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As indie music acts turn to livestreams during coronavirus lockdown, these new ventures help monetise performances

Three months into our ever-increasing nationwide lockdown, the country’s indie music industry has been working hard to fix the many issues that surround the ability to make money from livestreams.

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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