Samarth Goyal

Samarth Goyal writes on Hollywood and music, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Samarth Goyal

Will virtual concerts replace live gigs?

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.

Although musicians have embraced the concept of virtual gigs, they insist nothing can replace the experience of a live concert.
Updated on Dec 24, 2020 07:21 PM IST
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2020: The year indie music made it to the mainstream

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......

Updated on Dec 23, 2020 04:02 PM IST
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Ikka: Music is all about vibes

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 Ikka released his first album, I, this year.
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 12:58 PM IST

Hip-hop is writing about your emotions: Raftaar

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.

Raftaar’s latest single Tu Phir Se Aana also features rapper Karma and singer-composer Salim Merchant.
Published on Dec 11, 2020 01:05 PM IST
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Good health is the best way to feel successful: Amaal Mallik

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.

Amaal Mallik tries to “sweat it out” twice in a day.
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 12:32 PM IST
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Sona Mohapatra: Hoping we take more pride in growing an independent ‘music industry’

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.

Sona Mohapatra has released 11 songs in less than a year.
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 11:01 PM IST

Priya Darshini on her first ever Grammy nomination: It means that I am doing something right

Singer-songwriter Priya Darshini talks about her first ever Grammy nomination in the Best New Age Album category

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Updated on Nov 29, 2020 11:09 PM IST
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Creative liberty with no boundaries: Why the indie music space spells comfort for queer musicians

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.

Indie music space gives queer musicians a space where they can choose to talk about their experiences which are influenced by their orientation and identity, but at the same time not be singled out or made to be felt different because of that.
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 11:23 PM IST
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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.

Canadian actor of Indian origin Rizwan Manji is also known for his roles in American Desi and Outsourced, apart from Schitt’s Creek.(Photo: Sergio Garcia)
Updated on Nov 21, 2020 12:45 PM IST

Nucleya: I like making music, not because I need to make a post on social media

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.

Nucleya collaborated with Major Lazer for his latest track Jadi Buti
Updated on Nov 06, 2020 07:52 PM IST
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Amaal Mallik: Musicians are being forced to make substandard songs

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

Singer-composer Amaal Mallik talks about his recent social media rant on the music industry
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 04:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Unity for tea, as ‘chai latte’ gets a big no!

Indian netizens, almost unanimously criticised a video posted by a Twitter account which gave people the recipe of making chai latte.

From angry reactions to funny memes, the Indian twitter was quick to express their discontent for the recipe.(Twitter)
Published on Oct 04, 2020 04:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Recreating history.....

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.

The German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner has recreated the song Winds of Change to celebrate the German Unity Day.
Updated on Oct 03, 2020 11:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Jaz Dhami: There’s a lot of bi****ng in the industry going on right now

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.

Jaz Dhami recently released his single Kasoor.
Updated on Sep 28, 2020 01:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A journey through soundscapes and time

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.

Aseem Trivedi has composed the soundtrack of the recently released series, JL50 starring Pankaj Kapur, Abhay Deol and Piyush Mishra.
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 06:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Anoushka Shankar: Many music festivals prefer popular or named artists

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.

Anoushka Shankar released her EP, Love Letters in February this year.(Photo: Waseem Gashroo/ HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 12:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Carry Minati: A volcano erupted in me

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.

With over 25 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Carry Minati is the most subscribed individual creator on YouTube India.
Updated on Sep 19, 2020 07:11 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Sadu: Remixes were one of the many reasons behind the decline of pop music in the nineties

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.

Sadasivan KM Nambisan aKa Sadu is a former member of the popular indie-pop act The Aryans.
Updated on Sep 17, 2020 07:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ankur Tewari: Saying that all hip hop sounds the same is like saying all Asians look the same

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.

Ankur Tewari is a member of the Music Composers Association of India
Updated on Sep 16, 2020 06:31 PM IST
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Hitting the right notes..

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.

Delhi based band, Friends of Linger released their latest single, I am Who I am, on Tuesday.(Photo: YouTube)
Updated on Sep 16, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sky is the limit....

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.

Keshav Dhar is the founding member of the Indian-American metal band, Skyharbor(Photo: Kunal Khullar)
Updated on Sep 16, 2020 06:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

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

Rapper Raftaar says he has sent a text to the maker of the IPL 2020 anthem, Aayenge Hum Wapas, asking him to accept that he has copied the song from Kr$na’s 2017 hit, Dekh Kaun Aaya Wapas.(Photo: Shivam Saxena/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2020 01:16 PM IST
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MCAI defends opinion confirming IPL song not plagiarised version of Kr$na’s song

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.

Mumbai, April 06, 2016 : lalit Pandit attended the GiMA Awards in Mumbai. (Freelance photo by Yogen Shah)(Yogen Shah)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 01:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The secret ingredients in the making of a famous chef are...

Ahead of Teachers Day, here are a few mentors, experiences and anecdotes that helped these chefs become such a popular name in the country

Chefs Ranveer Brar, Manish Mehrotra, Sarah Todd, Sabyasachi Gorai (Saby) and Pankaj Bhadouria, ahead of Teachers Day, talk about people, experiences and incidents, that taught them the ‘art of cooking’ and helped them become big chefs.
Updated on Sep 17, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A great collab for a great cause

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.

The song has alreadu achieved their target of raising <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 lakh. They have now raised the target to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25 lakh.(Photo:YouTube)
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 08:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

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.

Sandesh Jhingan is the twenty seventh Indian footballer to win the Arjuna Award.(Instagram:Sandesh21Jhingan)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Meet Anuradha Doddaballapur: Cardiovascular scientist, holder of cricket records too

Anuradha Doddaballapur shares a unique tag with Lasith Malinga and Rashid Khan.

On August 14 Anuradha Doddaballapur became the first woman to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in an International cricket match, during the recently concluded bilateral T20 series between Germany and Austria. Germany won the series 5-0.(Instagram)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BTS fans’ rape threats force Neha Bhasin to file police complaint

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 Neha Bhasin filed a complaint with Mumbai Police yesterday.
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 12:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Arjun Kanungo: Life does not change after you have Covid-19

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..

Singer-songwriter Arjun Kanungo says he started started showing symptoms last month.
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 01:02 PM IST
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Invoking divine flavours

We ask chefs to share some of their food memories, as well as recipes, associated with the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi

As ‘Ganpati bappa morya’ echoes in the streets, a number of sweets made from coconut, milk and jaggery, along with a host of other delectable food items are offered to Ganesh, and consumed as prasad by many.(Photo: Ranveer Brar)
Updated on Aug 22, 2020 12:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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