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Interview With Dhruv Visvanath

By MTS Discover | 3rd June, 2015

As a solo percussive acoustic guitarist, Dhruv Visvanath has ushered in a new genre of music in to the Sub-Continent with his flamboyant style and is now one of the most talented artists in the music scene in India. With the ability to sing, play and drum all at once, being a one man band isn’t easy but rest assured, his playing style is unique and thus is a title well earned.

Dhruv is inspired by human emotions, and writes about how people feel and interact with each other, which brings in a new dynamic to his writing style. From being a solo performer and writing by himself, and for himself, he graduated to writing for more than one person and started creating ideas for which his hands couldn’t catch up. This led him to form Dhruv Visvanath and Trio (DVT) which has some of the most talented musicians this side of the planet, accompanying him are Amar Pandey (Bass), Ishaan Gandhi (Drums) and Ashwin Nayar (Electric Guitar) With many Pop and contemporary influences and pumped up riffs and melodies, you’ll be sure to enjoy the energy that they exude on stage

His efforts have recently been recognised by the prestigious Acoustic Guitar Magazine, where he has been mentioned in the ‘30 Great Guitarists under 30′, alongside names like Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling and Newton Faulkner, who is a personal favourite of Dhruv. While Indian artists take years to get recognised on the world stage, this magazine themselves approached this guitar prodigy.

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We got a chance to speak with Dhruv. Here’s what happened.

1) What would you say your biggest influences are? Tell us a bit about the beginning of your journey.

I’ve been playing music ever since I was 7 years old. I started off with the piano then slowly graduated to the guitar when I was 13. Probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I was heavily influenced by guitarists like Erik Mongrain, Antoine Dufour, Don Ross and Andy Mckee, when I was at the precipice of my acoustic guitar journey. I still love their style and their technique. I look up to them and hope to be as great as them one day.

2) What would you say your biggest achievement has been?

I think my biggest achievement so far is probably being mentioned on Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30. Being mentioned alongside artists like Sungha Jung, Newton Falkner and Ed Sheeran was a real honour. And being the only Indian on the list was definitely something I could not believe, considering the talent that lies here.

3) What are your own top 5 tracks, according to you?

My personal favorites are as follows:

  1. Rain
  2. Redemption
  3. Prisoner
  4. All I know
  5. Can’t

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4) Tell us your top 5 all-time favourite tracks

  1. Find The Real- Alter Bridge
  2. Late Night- Foals
  3. The Forgotten One- Times of grace
  4. Naane Daari – Swarathma (I love the Dualist Inquiry remix too!)
  5. Mars Hotel- The Mayfield Four

5) What is the biggest difficulty an independent artist/band in India faces today?

Maybe a more appreciative audience. It’s quite hard to pave a way to an audience that’s willing to listen to your music. So it’s very important that musicians stay determined and push their way through. And often times an audience finds its way to you!

6) Where do you think your music is headed in the near future?

I’m in the process of working on my album, and I’m really excited to get to tour with it both within and outside India, if the opportunity arrives! I’m also really really keen to work with other musicians and write some amazing collaborative pieces! I really want to be like Raghu Dixit, who’s done an amazing job of bringing India’s independent music scene to the fore both within and outside the country!

Here’s wishing Dhruv Visvanath lots of luck for the future. Do check out their music online. You could also catch them live on Thursday, 28th May 2015 at 9 pm, Summerhouse Café, Delhi. Entry to the event is FREE, get yourself added to the guest list by visiting the Facebook event page.

 

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