Upcoming artists in the indie music scene in India

It’s a tricky business figuring out when you’ve made it when you belong to a place as niche as the Indian independent music scene. At least some of the acts on this list are going to accomplish these aforementioned career milestones. indie bands mean that a particular group is signed to an independent record label. Over time, indie music, and thus, the best indie bands, have come to be defined as a particular sound that strays from the mainstream and experiments with new sounds, melodies, and lyrics. Making some of the best indie songs of 2018, many of the top indie rock bands do remain loyal to the labels that took a chance on them when they were up-and-comers and stay on independent labels. Most good indie bands (and fans of the genre) are proud to say that they've eschewed the mainstream and have maintained their freedom as an indie artist. It's a great perk to have, and all of the best indie rock bands may not have the biggest album sales - but by retaining their indie cred, it allows them to become popular beyond the scope of indie music. Hence, ObserveNow here brings to you the names of 5 indie bands to listen and look forward to.




21-year-old Pune-based electronic music producer Ritviz Srivastava has already had his breakthrough moment. The video for ‘Udd Gaye’, the official “Bacardi house party anthem” that was released towards the end of last year via comedy collective All India Bakchod’s YouTube channel, has already garnered over four million views. But because he doesn’t appear in the video, Srivastava remains relatively anonymous. He calls it ‘Hindustani dance music’, a nod to his training in Indian classical, which he started learning at the age of seven from his mother, a khayal singer and teacher who he calls his biggest influence.



Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen makes moving country folk music that touches on themes of heartbreak, independence, and the whirlwind of feelings that can accompany falling in love. The artist, performing Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21, will leave you feeling emotional, but powerful with her vulnerable music.



Aditi Ramesh

Singer-songwriter Aditi Ramesh is not just another girl with a guitar. The 27-year-old former corporate lawyer with a keyboard composes tunes that seamlessly merge pop, jazz and Carnatic classical to forge a distinct sound. Part of her appeal comes from her ability to write about her life in a refreshingly candid way. ‘Marriageable Age’, for instance, is about parental pressure, and ‘Stuff On Our Minds’ an exposition on people’s need to get wasted. The songs are based on “daily experiences [that] I use as a lens to look at macro-level issues”, said Ramesh, who moved from Bangalore to Mumbai four years ago. 


The Local Train

This rock band from Delhi became a major sensation on YouTube and their videos on the site have more than a million collective views. They were ranked as India's No.1 rock band by Sennheiser in 2015. They don't restrict themselves to a particular genre, but being Indians, they say they best express themselves in Hindi.



Prateek Kuhad

His genre is indie folk and his music just speaks to your soul. Born and brought up in Jaipur, he studied maths and economics from New York but decided to pursue music. His lyrics are as soulful as his music.


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