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Artist SHRI’S mu­sic is an in­ter­est­ing new blend of the IN­DIAN and the IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

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rec­om­mends you tune into the mu­sic of Uk-based folk­tron­ica artist Shri, whose in­cred­i­ble sound in­cor­po­rates the lilts of his sig­na­ture fret­less bass and bow, fil­tered through the en­ergy of drums and bass, elec­tron­ica rhythm, and In­dian ra­gas with cy­clonic jazz im­pro­vi­sa­tions. In­tensely lyri­cal yet with a tra­di­tional twinge, the sounds are bound to have you sway­ing.

A trained tabla player with strong roots in clas­si­cal In­dian mu­sic, Shri (born Shrikanth Sri­ram) has been a pro­lific mem­ber of the Asian dub scene and has re­cently scored the mu­sic for a Google short film on Tan­jore Art. “Study­ing and be­ing im­mersed in In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic in In­dia has given me re­ally strong roots. Also, I am find­ing my­self un­con­sciously re­gur­gi­tat­ing pieces of mu­sic my fa­ther played on the sitar or my mother and sis­ter played on the Car­natic vi­o­lin. These are find­ing their way into my ex­pres­sion, and it’s all very ex­cit­ing with­out try­ing too hard.”

Call­ing his style of mu­sic Or­ganic Elec­tron­ica, Shri’s core strength is per­haps his fret­less bass and bow, which he crafted him­self. “I could not af­ford the bass I wanted to play, and I wanted some­thing which was de­signed for my par­tic­u­lar style of play­ing, with a bit of hands-on crafts­man­ship. I did not re­alise at the time what an amaz­ing con­nec­tion I would forge with it (the in­stru­ment) and also the unique­ness it would lend to my play­ing! Now we are one and the same—the only thing is that some­times it is more fa­mous than me.”

Shri’s col­lab­o­ra­tions have so far ranged from an al­bum with an­other dub artist, DJ Bad­marsh, to work­ing on the mu­si­cal trav­el­ogue show

The De­warists with elec­tron­ica artiste Mon­ica Do­gra of Shaa’ir+func. “It’s high time in­de­pen­dent mu­sic started to be­come a scene and not just a spat­ter­ing of mu­si­cians ap­ing the West,” says Shri. In­dia is a huge coun­try with a hell of a lot of tal­ent—it’s just that peo­ple need to be­lieve in them­selves a bit more, to be them­selves and be strong in their own ex­pres­sion, in­stead of fol­low­ing the path of the least com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor.” As he cur­rently works to­wards his de­but al­bum Shrilek­tric and also a new Bad­marsh&shri com­pi­la­tion, one can look for­ward to more of this artiste as he gets set to per­form live gigs in the coun­try.

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