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The Feels Specific is touring India, bringing indie music to intimate areas

The Feels Specific is touring India, bringing indie music to intimate areas

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Why three solo musicians from three completely different locations determined to tour the nation collectively 

Why three solo musicians from three completely different locations determined to tour the nation collectively 

The journey from taking part in a tune to releasing it, after which to assembly somebody personally affected by that launch, is an emotional arc that every one musicians maintain pricey. Mahesh Raghunandan has been a singer-songwriter in Bengaluru for over a decade, however has by no means had an opportunity to carry out in close by Chennai. This Friday, he will probably be performing within the coastal metropolis for the very first time.

“It’s one in all many firsts for me this tour,” says Mahesh, who has teamed up with Chennai’s Alvin Presley and Hyderabad’s Sidharth Bendi for the Feels Specific tour, which is taking the three musicians to new (and a few good previous) phases in Kochi, Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Auroville, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. 

Having kicked off the tour on April 10, the three have already lined 5 of those locations. They’ve performed at nationally well-known venues like The Piano Man Jazz Membership in Delhi, and newer, extra intimate spots like Sheri in Pune. In all places — even in cities that they had by no means been to earlier than — they had been met with followers who drove throughout state traces to look at them carry out. 

“It gave me an entire new perspective on what I’m doing with my music,” gushes Alvin, underlining how taking a look at statistics about his music being heard in far-flung cities could be very completely different from the precise expertise of assembly these listeners in individual. His voice nonetheless holds a semblance of disbelief as he recollects: “There have been 4 or 5 travellers who travelled from Bengaluru to Goa to listen to me play, as a result of the Bengaluru date wasn’t working for them. Some individuals travelled to Kochi for the gig, as a result of they didn’t realise that it was a tour, and that I used to be coming to their place too.”

This connection was heightened, says Mahesh, by the character of their music. He explains, “All three of us are singer-songwriters. In contrast to rock bands or digital units which have lots of power, a singer-songwriter’s gig makes the viewers sit and lean in, and simply hearken to the music and lyrics.”

To help this intimacy (and for different, extra sensible causes), most of those occasions had been small ones. Regardless of being a multi-city tour panning weeks, each pitstop for Feels Specific was somewhat one, with an viewers of no more than 50 individuals, all of whom had been drawn to the venue by a neighborhood, trusted voice of the indie scene. “These native promoters helped us crack into the prevailing viewers in every metropolis,” explains Srikanth Natarajan of The Chennai Scene, who organised the tour together with tour supervisor Abdul Manaf. He provides, “These of us have repeatedly and constantly labored on constructing an curiosity in indie music of their respective cities, over time. They’ve been constructing native music communities, and gave us the boldness that wherever we go, there will probably be an viewers for us.” 

The Feels Specific will probably be coming to Off The File in Chennai on Could 13, and Dorian Home in Auroville on Could 14. Entry is free. Contact @thechennaiscene on Instagram to have your identify added to the visitor checklist.

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