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Jen chats to Prateek Kuhad to get to know him before Bigsound.

With the release of his debut album, In Tokens & Charms in 2015, Delhi-based singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music scene, and has been quickly building buzz across the globe with spotlight performances at festivals like SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and more. Kuhad will make his Australian debut this September with an official showcase at BIGSOUND in addition to dates in Sydney and Melbourne.

In Tokens & Charms and the live shows have been receiving rave reviews; the album was picked as the “Indian Indie Album of the Year” by iTunes in 2015 and most recently was featured as part of NPR Music’s “The Austin 100: What to Listen to at SXSW”.

Kuhad, with his unique blend of minimal folk arrangements and pop-rock melodies, effortlessly captures life’s complexities in his songs. Having toured across India, he has also performed in Austin, Toronto, New York, and LA, playing festivals such as SXSW (2016), CMW (2016), MUSEXPO (2016), Bacardi NH7 Weekender (2012, 2013, 2015), Ziro Festival (2014, 2015), VH1 Emerge – the opening act for Alt-J’s India Tour in 2015, and more. Full Australian tour details below.

Hi Prateek,

Australia is so looking forward to you coming down here this month for BIGSOUND and your Sydney/Melbourne shows. You have such a unique sound yet fit into the Indie scene so well. Have you always played the guitar?

Yes always been primarily a guitar player. Recently, in the past year or so, I’ve started writing a little bit on the piano as well 🙂

Were you influenced by your parents to become an artist?

Not really. My mother introduced me to a lot of music as a child, so indirectly I guess, but my father is a lawyer, so are both my sisters, so actually I think everyone expected me to be one as well. Decided not to though (thank god!)

 Yes! Thank God! You have been taking the world by storm, can you choose one of the shows and tell us about your experiences?

So many shows have been nice! The last really great show I played was at High Spirits in Pune, India. A really big bunch of people showed up and just good vibes over all 🙂

Playing at Australia’s Bigsound next weekend is going to be pretty cool. I have looked at all the artists and there are only a few from overseas, and you are certainly the only one from India. Do you feel proud that you represent your country in this music scene? I certainly have not interviewed anyone from India!

Of course! It’s really cool I’m the only one from there, but at the same time it’s a bit daunting to be all the way here. Hope the shows go well.

I have been going through your YouTube channel and enjoying the many songs that you have done. I really like your song ‘Tonight’ I got lost in it while listening to it. I read some many positive comments on your page. How important is it to you to have this positive reinforcement that you make great, connectable music?

I guess it always helps to get good feedback, although you tend to get both so at the end of the day you just have to believe in yourself and your art.

Are you still going through your graphic novel stage? Can you suggest a good read for our readers?

I just finished Patience and its great. I also started reading a meoir called The Arab of the Future, by Riad Sattouf, which is very engaging as well.

With your new music are you going to release some more tees? I like the ones on your website. Aussies love their band tees.

No concrete plans as of now, but we are always looking for new merch ideas! So yes, I’m sure in the future we will have more tees!

You should! Are you going to have any time in Australia to explore our sites? I know that you head to Singapore not long after you playing here.

I’m free in Melbourne and Sydney for a few days. Planning to visit Bondi beach for sure lol. I’m travelling with my manager and his girlfriend, who is Australian and in fact from Sydney, so I’m sure I’ll end up seeing some cool stuff.

That is great, yes Bondi is a great place to visit. Melbourne is better though haha. 

What is next for you after Singapore?

Just a bunch of shows planned when I’m back in India.

I wish you all the best, Enjoy visiting our country and come back again soon!

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

September 4, 8.00pm, Wesley Anne, Melbourne (250 High St, Northcote)

Tickets available at www.wesleyanne.com.au/events

September 7, 11.20pm, BIGSOUND Official Showcase, Empire Hotel, Brisbane (339 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley) More Info at www.bigsound.org.au

September 9, 8.00pm, Opening for Felix Riebl, Newtown Social Club, Sydney (387 King St, Newtown)

Tickets available at www.newtownsocialclub.com/gigs/

THE BUZZ

“Plainspoken folk-pop buoyed immeasurably by the singer’s clear, kind voice.” – NPR Music

“…This is definitely one of the most impressive debuts we’ve heard lately.” – Rolling Stone India (Print), February 2015 Issue

LINKS:

www.prateekkuhad.com  

www.facebook.com/prateekkuhadmusic

www.twitter.com/prateekkuhad

www.soundcloud.com/prateekkuhad

www.youtube.com/user/prateekkuhadmusic

www.instagram.com/prateekkuhad

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