Samarth Goyal writes on Hollywood and music, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT City.
Articles by Samarth Goyal
2020 saw the rise in popularity of virtual concerts, which at one point during the year was the only way musicians could perform Live. Yet, as the popularity for virtual concerts grows, musicians discuss missing the energy and the crazy rush of a performance in front of a live audience.
With over a thousand song releases, independent musicians look back at how 2020 was the biggest year for them and hope that the popularity continues to grow in 2021......
Creating music is all about vibes and being in the moment for Ankit Singh Patyal aka Ikka, who hopes to become popular by inspiring people through his songs.
Rapper-composer Raftaar through his latest single, Tu Phir Se Aana, wants remind people about the hardships faced by migrant workers, who were forced to go back to to their homes when the Lockdown was implemented.
Music composer Amaal Mallik talks about the initial struggle he overcame of being consistent with his fitness and how it has helped him become a healthier person.
Singer-songwriter Sona Mohapatra feels she was able to release 11 songs during the pandemic, since she is an independent musician who does not have to depend on any music label.
Singer-songwriter Priya Darshini talks about her first ever Grammy nomination in the Best New Age Album category
Queer musicians from India discuss why the indie music space is being embraced by musicians, especially those from the LGBTQ+ community, which allows them to express themselves without being judged for their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Rizwan Manji: It wasn’t a surprise that people loved Schitt’s Creek. It was a surprise that it took so long for people to find it!
Canadian actor of Indian origin Rizwan Manji, who played the character of Ray Bhutani in Schitt’s Creek, talks to us about being a proud cast member of the Emmy award winning show and how streaming platforms have changed things for the better for actors like him.
Electronic musician Udyan Sagar, talks about his decision to not sign with a big record company which helped him control his own music and how that has helped him in staying “honest” about his music, which he says he makes for himself and no one else.
Composer Amaal Mallik says musicians are forced to sign ‘illegal contracts’ and singers are asked to sing scratches for free, thanks to increased corporate involvement
Indian netizens, almost unanimously criticised a video posted by a Twitter account which gave people the recipe of making chai latte.
The German Ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, has recreated the iconic song Winds of Change, in collaboration with Indian musicians, to celebrate 30 years of the German Reunification.
British-Indian singer-songwriter Jaz Dhami credits his family for helping him become a successful musician that he is today — not by dissing his peers, but by focussing on releasing music independently.
Music composer Aseem Trivedi talks to us about his six-year-long journey as a musician, before bagging his first ever mainstream project, working alongside artistes such as Raftaar, Benny Dayal and Shreya Ghosal, and how those experiences helped him achieve his dream of becoming a composer.
Musician Anoushka Shankar understands the difficulties for unpopular musicians to make a mark for themselves in the industry, and also talks about how the lockdown helped her fit her artistry around her two kids instead of it being the other way around.
Ajey Nagar aKa Carry Minati talks to us exclusively about breaking stereotypes through his comedy roast videos which often polarise the masses, dealing with critics and his “bold” decision to drop out of school which has seen him become the most subscribed individual creator on YouTube India.
Sadasivan KM Nambisan aKa Sadu, a former member of indie-pop group The Aryans, explains why his desire to express freely as a musician kept him away from the scene for a long time and how the Internet was instrumental in his comeback.
Singer-songwriter Ankur Tewari, who is a member of Music Composer’s Association of India’s (MCAI), is appalled by the body’s recent statement that hip hop songs can be plagiarised since they sound similar.
Sharif Rangnekar, frontman of the Delhi based band, Friends of Lingers talks about the making, and the idea behind the band’s recently released single, I Am Who I Am.
For guitar player Keshav Dhar, whose hunger to experiment with different soundscapes helped him make remarkable strides in the Hindi music industry after making a name for himself in the world of metal music.
Raftaar: If I take the dhun out of any popular Bollywood song, and make a rap song, will that not be a copy?
Rapper Raftaar questions the reasoning behind MCAI’s recent explanation, absolving the makers of the IPL 2020 anthem of any copyright violations
MCAI’s committee members Lalit Pandit and Ravi, confirm issuing an ‘expert opinion’ to composer Pranav Ajayrao Malpe, which according to the association absolves Malpe of copyright violations, levelled against him by Delhi-based rapper Kr$na.
Ahead of Teachers Day, here are a few mentors, experiences and anecdotes that helped these chefs become such a popular name in the country
Vishal Dadlani, Penn Masala and lyricist Poojan Sahil have collaborated together on a song, which aims to raise money for migrant workers who have been affected because of the ongoing crisis.
Sandesh Jhingan on winning the Arjuna Award: When I told my parents that I have won the award, I could see the pride in their eyes
Footballer Sandesh Jhingan, a 6’2 tall centre back for India talks about being awarded the Arjuna Award, the 27th footballer from the country to receive the recognition.
Anuradha Doddaballapur shares a unique tag with Lasith Malinga and Rashid Khan.
Singer Neha Bhasin has decided to file a complain with Mumbai Police’s Cyber Crime branch after she and her family received abuses and rape threats by the fans of Korean pop band BTS.
Singer songwriter Arjun Kanungo who, along with his girlfriend, Carla Dennis, were tested positive for Covid 19, talk to us about how psychologically he is at peace now and also talks about how he was more scared for his girlfriend Carla who had to be hospitalised because of breathing issues..