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

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Indie artist Vineet Singh Hukkmani on his record breaking spree: I am grateful

Delhi based musician Vineet Singh Hukkmani’s recent single, Dee Da Da Da, has become the number one song on DRT Independent 150 chartsm making him the only Indian/Asian artist to have the most played independent song on US radio channels.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2022 12:10 PM IST

Vishal Krishna: Where are the writers in Bollywood?

Actor Vishal Krishna, popular his roles in Tamil-language films such as Pandiya Naadu (2013), Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014) and Poojai (2014), feels that lack of writers and not the popularity of films produced down South, is the reason behind Bollywood’s recent slump at the box office

Vishal Krishna is currently shooting for the upcoming film Mark Antony
Published on Aug 17, 2022 06:23 PM IST

‘Even when I play ludo, I am extremely competitive’

In a candid interview, Indian cricketer Shubman Gill talks about his preparations for the upcoming tour in Zimbabwe, the perils of being a popular sportsperson in the country, how he deals with social media trolls and how his friends drive him to be more competitive.

Shubman Gill is excited about the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 04:59 PM IST

That Viral Girl!

Popular actor and content creator Apoorva Arora talks about tackling fame after being part of successful YouTube shows such as Every School Romance and Filtercopy, how Internet made her popular than she ever was before and how she has to thank her family for keeping her feet on the ground.

Apoorva Arora is popular for her roles in shows such as Every School Romance and Filtercopy.
Published on Aug 13, 2022 09:28 PM IST

Camila Cabello, Pearl Jam to headline Lollapalooza amid ticket mess

The first India edition of Lollapalooza is off to a rocky start with music lovers facing ticketing troubles

If sources are to be believed, some of the most popular musicians bands are set to headline the first ever edition of Lollapalooza India including PEarl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons and Camila Cabello
Published on Aug 05, 2022 04:22 PM IST

Falling In Love, Again! Courtesy: When Chai Met Toast

Members of folk-rock band When Chai Met Toast talk about their fast-growing popularity, their upcoming tracks as they record in the UK and secret behind writing music with an empathetic take on life and relationships.

When Chai Met Toast are currently in the UK
Published on Jul 27, 2022 05:13 PM IST

YouTuber Gaurav Taneja Says Getting Arrested Was A ‘Traumatic Experience’

Youtuber Gaurav Taneja opens up about his “traumatic experience” after he was arrested by the UP Police, earlier this month, and talks about how he pleaded the police to not put his photos on the Internet.

Gaurav Taneja was arrested by the UP Police, earlier this month.
Published on Jul 24, 2022 05:46 PM IST

Agnee’s Mohan Kannan ‘Didnt Know Kahani Was Part Of Laal Singh Chaddha’

Singer-songwriter Mohan Kannan, who is also the frontman of Agnee talks about his recent single for Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, completing 15 years with the band and the gap between independent and film music.

Singer-songwriter Mohan Kannan has sung Kahani for Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 12:17 PM IST

I Am Still Shocked, says Jasbir Jassi on Sidhu Moose Wala’s death

Singer Jasbir Jassi says he is still processing the news of Sidhu Moose Wala’s death and says he one of the very few musicians who knew how a song should “sound like”.

Singer Jasbir Jassi saidSidhu Moose Wala was extremely passionate about his music.
Published on May 30, 2022 12:53 PM IST

Ashok Mastie Says ‘Punjab State Govt And Police Responsible’ For Sidhu Moose Wala’s Death

Singer songwriter Ashok Mastie says that the state government has to be blamed for the “murder of Sidhu Moose Wala”, a day after Bhagwant Mann had revoked security of 434 local politicians in Punjab

Ashok MAstie said he was extremely sad after hearing the news about Sidhu Moose Wala’s death
Published on May 30, 2022 12:50 PM IST

Common audience is telling us something and we must listen: Jackky Bhagnani

In a candid conversation with HT City, filmmaker Jackky Bhagnani discusses his upcoming slate of movies and his penchant for making massy entertainers

Filmmaker Jackky Bhagnani
Published on May 10, 2022 07:55 PM IST

Lucky and I experiment a lot: Mikey McCleary

New Zealand based composer-singer, Mikey McCleary, talks about his relationship with Lucky Ali and talks about how the two like to experiment a lot

Mikey MCCleary and Lucky Ali have released their track Intezaar last week.
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 03:34 PM IST

Raman Negi on quitting The Local Train: Time for me to move on

On Tuesday, Delhi-based band The Local Train formally announced that Raman Negi, the band’s founding member, has moved on, ending months of speculation about their future.

The Local Train was formed in Chandigarh in 2008, but the band shifted their base to Delhi in 2015.
Published on Apr 19, 2022 02:49 PM IST

Ranbir Alia Wedding Exclusive: Actors make singer Prateek Kuhad sign Non-Disclosure Agreement

Singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad performed a slew of hits including ‘Fighter’, which is bride-to-be Alia Bhatt’s favourite song, at the mehendi ceremony on Wednesday night.

Singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad performed a slew of hits including Kasoor’ and ‘Tere Hi Hum’ at the mehendi ceremony on Wednesday night.
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 03:06 PM IST

Disruption is the key for singer-songwriter Vineet Singh Hukmani

Delhi based singer-songwriter Vineet Singh Hukmani talks about the idea behind his latest release Nine, a multimedia concept book that features a new self-titled single, along with rest of his chart-topping tracks.

Vineet Singh Hukmani became the first-ever artiste in the world to have nine of his singles reach number one position in 2021 .
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 01:11 PM IST

Retirement on Lucky Ali’s mind? ‘I have been thinking about it’

The 63-year-old feels that live performances have taken a toll on his physical and mental well-being, and Ali is contemplating if it’s high time that he takes a back seat as a live performer.

Lucy Ali will be releasing his first single Intezaar on April 6 (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT PHoto)
Updated on Mar 31, 2022 12:38 PM IST

Remembering Shane Warne: He made everything look so simple, says Suresh Raina

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina says the way late Shane Warne conducted himself on the field — so cool and different, always wanting to win — that desire to win and entertain, was something that always stuck with me.

Cricketer Suresh Raina remembers legendary spinner Shane Warne.
Updated on Mar 06, 2022 12:09 PM IST

Musicians wary about non-lucrative streaming platforms

As clouds of uncertainty loom large over the concept of live shows, musicians talk about adapting to the change and finding new avenues to sustain themselves, since they feel there’s little or no money made from streaming platforms

Revenue from streaming platforms is equivalent to a cup of coffee.
Updated on Dec 30, 2020 11:37 AM IST
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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

Priya Darshini is an Indian musician based in Brooklyn, New York.([YOUR NAME]/BFA.com)
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
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