articles by R Prashanth Vidyasagar

Arts & Culture

How writer Gregory David Roberts' foray into music with album Love & Faith kept him going in the pandemic

The album is an easy listen, with the songs centred around love in its many forms — fulfilled, unrequited, forlorn and ecstatic — and faith in the self, in others, and in the divine


Slipknot's Jim Root thinks out loud about surviving in the metal industry, finding magnificence in chaos

What is it like to be in the metal game for two decades? Slipknot's Jim Root says work gets easier, but not writing


Music on her brain: Deepti Navaratna on how she brings together her love for classical music and neuroscience

Growing up in south Bengaluru, Deepti Navaratna was encouraged to pursue music from a very young age, gaining a certain mastery over the classical art form. Even when she became a neuroscientist and a faculty member at the prestigious Harvard Medical School, music remained Navaratna's love throughout


Madame Gandhi on gender equality, 'free-bleeding' and playing with M.I.A. while studying at Harvard

Kiran Gandhi aka Madame Gandhi, popularly known as the free-bleeding runner, talks about the actual reason for doing it, learning about gender quality from the likes of Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair, touring with MIA whilst pursuing an MBA from Harvard and elevating and celebrating the female voice through her music.


Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie on writing lyrics, how #MeToo inspired one of the band's songs

In this exclusive interview, Dream Theater's vocalist James LaBrie talks about how the band isolated themselves to record their latest album, Distance Over Time


Singer-songwriter Snatam Kaur on her Grammy nomination, surprising Oprah for her birthday, and her Indian influences

Snatam Kaur's latest album Beloved being nominated for the 61st Grammy in the Best New Age Album category.


Swarathma frontman Vasu Dixit on the power of folk music, wanting to collaborate with Lamb of God

Vasu Dixit talks about his upcoming projects and his earliest musical memory


Noah Cyrus on her creative process, her love for Arctic Monkeys and playing music with her parents

Noah Cyrus talks about working with XXXTentacion and why she wants Calvin Harris to remix her music


Indie rapper Brodha V on ridiculous demands made by organisers, wanting to rap for a Rajinikanth film

Brodha V talks about the difficulties of making music videos as an indie artist, and how he would like to create a fragrance that smells like biryani


Fedde Le Grand on how success is measured in the EDM industry, and why he envies Batman

In an interview to Firstpost, Fedde Le Grande reveals that the song he has listened to the most number of times is Michael Jackson’s 'Billie Jean' | #FirstCulture


Showtek's Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen on working together as siblings, their EDM influences and Skrillex's skills

Showtek's brother-duo Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen talk about their love for Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' and the stupidest thing they did in 2017 — fly to a venue despite a typhoon warning | #FirstCulture


DJ duo act Nervo's Miriam and Olivia talk about being twins, what Britney Spears is like offstage

Miriam and Olivia Nervo are the world's highest paid female DJs. In this conversation, they talk about music, their favourite desserts and where they'd like to play in outer space | #FirstCulture


Ricky Kej on winning a Grammy, performing at the Vidhana Soudha and meeting Hans Zimmer

After his Grammy trophy, Ricky Kej's most prized possession is the computer he makes music on


Blasterjaxx's Thom Jongkind on Chester Bennington, producing music, and his backstage routine

Thom Jongkind of Blasterjaxx recently performed in Bengaluru and in an exclusive interview with Firstpost, answered these questions as part of our new series 'Brain Freeze'