It was a house party at my friend’s place, we were sitting in the small balcony drinking beer. Although I don’t know how we all fit into that small balcony, we were discussing Indie music. That’s when we started searching for underrated Indian music artists and the artists we discovered were magnificent. So, we listed some artists which we found amazing, added in our playlist and started listening to them in a loop and we wondered why we didn’t find these gems before?
Bollywood songs or so-called remixes may have hugely dominated India’s music space, but there are so many underrated talented bands and artists from India who are extremely creative with their music genres. Not only Bollywood, but we can also keep aside usual International singers for a while and lend our ears to homegrown wonderful Indian artists who can give a tough fight to popular International bands and artists. Whether you’re in the mood for a soothing tune or classical or mosh pit, India’s Independent artists have got you covered. If you still feel there’s no escape from bombarding mainstream music, you can simply add original songs by Independent artists in your playlist for your escape. Trust me, I’m not kidding!
Here are some homegrown Indie musicians that you should add in your playlist already!
The Kochi-based upbeat quartet is a ‘happy’ addition to your playlist. ‘Happy’ because the band calls their music happy and you can check it out why. The four-member boy band makes heartwarming, inspirational, soothing music that will instantly put a smile on your face early morning or I can say anytime.
Check out When Chai Met Toast playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/c/WhenChaiMetToastmusic/playlists
2. Taba Chake
Taba Chake is an incredible finger-style guitar player, songwriter, performer, unique vocalist from small-town Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh. His music is inspired by nature, birds and folklore. He seamlessly integrates his songs in his native language Nyishi, Hindi and English.
Check out Taba Chake’s playlist here:
The soul-pop band based in Pune, Easy Wanderlings are well-known for story-centric, soulful and melodious songs. Their songs have calmness which directly touches your heart. The music gives a new feeling of escape!
Check out Easy Wanderlings’s playlist here:
My one of the most favourite songwriters and Indie artist Prateek Kuhad is a perfect getaway to enjoy rainy days. This Delhi-based artist’s acoustic music speaks directly to your soul. His music has already entered Bollywood and the international music space.
Check out Prateek Kuhad’s playlist here:
India’s homegrown rock band, The Local Train has become a major sensation among music lovers. They never restrict themselves from any genres, their music is very inspirational and expresses themselves in Hindi.
Check out The Local Train’s playlist here:
This Bangalore-based rock band has been blending Kashmiri, Urdu and Hindi since 2010. If you listen to them, your definition of catchy lyrics would change. Their songs are simply refreshing and bound to make you play it on a loop.
Check out Parvaaz’s playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PARVAAZMUSIC/playlists
The coolest electronic duo from Mumbai brings out songs that incorporate broken beats, dreamy synths and vocal melodies. Their genre is a blend of Beat music, hip-hop, neo-soul and dream pop. Nothing Anonymous songs will guarantee you to hook with your chill vibes.
Check out Nothing Anonymous playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw0lycQVadk1FiDMIOdRJJw/playlists
8. The F16s
The Electro-rockers band from Chennai gives you major 80-90s groovy vibes that will blow your mind. Their music is nothing less than global standards. They have played in major music festivals in India from NH7 Weekender to ZimaFest.
Check out The F16s playlist here:
You’ll find Dhruv Visvanath in 30 great guitarists under 30 list alongside big names such as Ed Sheeran. He is well-known for magical guitar solos and Indie music. This guitarist is good enough to keep you on the hook with your happy times.
Check out Dhruv Visvanath’s playlist here:
Delhi based Indie band, who create variety from different music from Gypsy to Jazz to Ballroom to Pop the list goes on and on. They have a crazy fan following to date and have always evolved musically with each album.
Check out Peter Cat Recording & Co. playlist here:
Mumbai based electronic music by Sanaya Ardeshir is a one-woman army behind Sandunes’s music production. Composer and synth player. Her music is refreshing, influenced by Blue and Jazz and has organic electronic elements that will surely make you play it on a loop.
Check out Sandunes’s. playlist here:
There are many other bands and artists such as Meera Shenoy, Raghav Meattle, Arunaja, Minute of Decay, Prabh Deep, Tanya Nambiar, The Koniac Net, Kanchan Daniel & The Beards and many more who are getting recognized by Indie music lovers like us. However, they are yet to get the spotlight. Indie artists are storytellers, you’ll see how soulfully yet subtly they describe life, heartbreaks, desires, regrets, love, fun, excitement and stories.
These insanely talented bunch of Independent Indie bands and artists need opportunities and support they deserve because they chose music to share themselves with everyone.
Add them in your playlist, listen to them and thank us later!
These curated lists of artists and bands are my personal favourite. If you know any more homegrown Indie artists which I haven’t added in the list, let us know in the comments below.
Also, do tell us your favourite ones.