At 23 years old, singer-songwriter, producer and great mind Sid Sriram is finally taking off on his musical quest. Started making Youtube videos, Now he is currently touring in New York. I was able to catch a brief interview with Sid. We talk his rich indian heritage, touring and how he would love to work with Kanye West. Our conversation will make you feel some type of way.
If you are in New York, catch Sid Sriram performing at SOB’s October 16th at 7:30pm.
What made you want to pursue a music career knowing how difficult and how much great talent is out there?
Since I was a three, music has been an integral part of my life. It never occurred to me how difficult pursuing this career would be, it just always made the most natural sense.
If you could have any artist out right now, in the studio with you for inspiration, who would it be and why?
You’re from Bay Area. Although the bay and Los Angeles aren’t too far from each other, what differences have you found since moving to LA?
Bay area was home, and I always feel a sense of calm there. LA is a place where I'm immediately in work mode, always thinking about moves to make and constantly in the studio working on new music. I love both places, although right now I'm in NY performing a few shows and loving it here as well!
How are you using social media to get your music to as many people in the world as possible?
I first started releasing music via Youtube 3 years ago, and have slowly built my following to where it is now by using Social Networks. I think Social Networks, and the internet in general have enabled me to make a career our of music. An Indian dude singing R&B/Soul music isn't something you come across everyday, and a lot of people within the industry probably wouldn't have warmed up to it at first, in fact they didn't at first! But with the great equalizer of the internet, I've been able to build my own fanbase organically and create this movement independently!
What was it like attending the Berklee School of Music?
Amazing, I was surrounded by other individuals who were creatively energized. I listened to so much new music, and soaked up a lot. The curriculum also got my mind engaged in an art-form that was previously just a purely intuitive process. I learned how to produce, engineer and mix my own material and really become self-reliant.
What is your favorite album that has come out this year 2013?
West Coast Night Fall Part 1 is a dope project with motivating sounds and lyrics around every corner. Explain in your own words the message you are trying to get across with both this album and your upcoming Part 2 project?
Both WCNF pt I and II are just really me asking myself questions by way of music. Whether it be about my love life, my spiritual journey, my career. Pt. I was interesting because it was the first step into allowing my fans and potential fans into my head. Pt. II is going to be crazy in that it'll take all the questions, thought processes I have a step further, and really allow listeners into my world.
I saw you a couple weeks ago at the House Of Blues, Hollywood, are you planning on continuing the tour?
As of now, I'm just doing spot shows, I'm currently in NYC doing a few shows and then I'll be back in LA to continue work on my album.
Where is one venue that you would be honored to perform at?
I really want to do a dope set at Carnegie Hall, with a full orchestra, multiple sample triggers and just some really cool stuff. Hopefully that'll happen within the next year or so!
What is the best movie you have seen recently?
Saw this movie on my flight back from India called "Before Midnight", it was amazing. Just some really raw conversation type shit, but all woven together in a beautiful aesthetic.
I read that you have trained in classical Indian Music. When did that begin and how do you incorporate it with your music today?
I started learning and singing Indian classical music when I was three from my mother and it's always been a huge part of my life. I go to India twice a year to perform and perform around the US. It really took me a while to figure out how to seamlessly incorporate it into my original music, but I think it just organically found its way. R&B/Soul and Indian Classical music are my two homebases and they feed into one another amazingly!
At the end of the day, what makes you happy?
Being around people I love, respect and enjoy and creating music that communicates my thoughts in a way that resonates with millions of people.
Look for Sid Sriram coming to a city near you and his next project WestCoast Nightfall pt. II coming soon...