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Meet Arunachal Pradesh’s Upcoming Indie Musician — Taba Chake

“Just a small town boy who took the midnight train going anywhere” — these lines from an old rock song seem like an apt description for our featured artist today, Taba Chake. A hidden gem among the myriad of artists in India, Taba is an indie singer and songwriter based in Mumbai. Being from Arunachal Pradesh, he not only makes music in Hindi and English but also in Nyishi, his mother tongue.  His music is refreshing, carefully crafted and somehow addictive. While on his tour, Taba was able to sit down to chat with us about life and what motivates him to keep creating music.  Read on! Hello Taba, please introduce yourself to our readers! Hello readers, I’m Taba Chake and I’m 26-years-old. I’m an average guy from a small town called Doimukh in Arunachal Pradesh. I’m someone who believes in hard work and God’s will. Currently based in Mumbai, I have been traveling, stayed in many places — all in search of music within. What sparked your interest in music? I think this all …

‘I Live To Sing and Perform’ — L’nee Golay, a 19-years-old Singer-Songwriter From Bangalore

L’nee Golay is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Bangalore. She picked up the guitar at the age of 9 and fell in love instantly. With her soulful voice, she’s on her way to make a mark in the music industry. Her music has soul-pop personality, and she defines it as ‘calm and cool but intense and emotional’.  We were excited to sit down and have a conversation with her about her life and the launch of her EP in the coming months. L’nee, we are pleased to have you here! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m L’nee Golay, a 19-years-old singer-songwriter/artist. I was born in Nepal but have spent most of my life here in India in a couple of different places. My family currently live in Bangalore, where I lived for the past 8 years. I’ve studied music at Leeds College of Music. In Leeds, I’ve been busy making music, meeting so many amazing musicians from all walks of life and collaborating with them. I’ve released two songs in the past year, and …

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Discover The Refreshing Indie Music Of Atuzo and Kuotsho, Two 21-Year-Old Musicians From Nagaland

Finding some amazing locally produced music isn’t always easy, but lucky for you, we have discovered the duo Atuzo and Kuotsho! These young promising Indie artists from Kohima are creating music that is rustic, contextual and hauntingly beautiful— the Folk and Indie Genre has spoken to them clearly and transcendentally. Staying true to the Indie genre, the duo has self written, produced and released their first single ‘Patterns’ on YouTube. Join us as we discuss with them life, their work and how it all came to be.  Hi Atuzo and Kuotsho! Please introduce yourself to our readers. Hello there, my name is Atuzo Theluo. I am  21 years old. I was born and brought up in Kohima. I am a passionate musician and presently I am pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Music in Nagaland College of Music and Fine Arts (NCMFA), Kohima. I am Kuotsho Koza and I am 21 years old as well. I was also born and brought up in Kohima and have recently completed my BA degree course from St. Edmund’s College, …

A Conversation With Iram, a Progressive Rock Band Based in Bangalore

Iram is a band formed by 5 talented musicians, and is based out of Bangalore. This progressive rock band released their first album Azal, which was loved by critics and music lovers alike. ‘We hope our music brings attention to the growing hostility and angst in the world. We want to create music that inspires people to build a world without hate’, says Neil, the founder and lead of the band.  A truly humble group, these 5 boys are as charming to chat as they are on stage! We spoke to them about how they came together, their journey so far and plans for the future. Introduce us to your members! Meet Neil Simon Abel “I’m Neil. I was born and raised in the Middle East. My family moved to Bangalore and I completed my graduation from here. We are originally from Gulbarga, which is in the northern part of Karnataka, but have been in Bangalore for close to 16 years now. So it’s safe to say that Bangalore is home. I am a qualified …

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Meet 23-Year-Old DJ Inavito From Nagaland aka ‘Jamie Shikhu’

As the saying goes by George Herbert, “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” Indeed! Today we have Inavito Achumi Shikhu, better known as, Jamie Shikhu, a young Music Producer & Disc Jockey from Nagaland, who is truly a testimony to the above statement!  Roots & Leisure had a chat with the 23-year-old DJ & music producer, Inavito Achumi Shikhu, from Nagaland  The young DJ started making music at the young age of 14. The journey began when he was presented with an iPad on his birthday on which he downloaded GarageBand (Apple’s Music Application). Like many already accomplished names in this business, this promising music icon-to-be had his humble beginnings. He started making Electro House music and the first thing he thought was that the music he was making ‘didn’t sound too bad at all’. Next thing, he downloaded FL Studio mobile version to make sure he …

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Artist Imkong Imchen From Nagaland Talks About His Recent Single ‘2:00 AM AGAIN’

It is often said that our struggles shape us. Everything that happens has an ultimate role to play in writing the story of one’s life. Unlike most,  some take it as a source to move forward. With every new artist, there is a new lesson to learn. Today is no exception. Imchen from Longjang village is here to teach us that no matter what painful sorrows and hardship one faces, it all comes down to how well they use that event to his advantage. An exceptional guy with much talent, he paints, writes but, most importantly, he has released a new single ‘2:00 am again’. An honest chat with Imkong Imchen, artist from Nagaland to talk about his inspiration, hobbies and his recently song release! Hello Imkong, why don’t we get started by getting to know something more about you? Hi, my name is Imkong Imchen but people call me Pipo and I’m still trying to find the reason why. I represent the Ao community from Longjang village, Nagaland. I’m a 3rd year student, aspiring …

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In Conversation With Meyinungsang Longkumer, A Singer-Songwriter From Nagaland

The music scene in Nagaland has totally gone up a notch to deliver a tough competition to the rest of the world. Talk about raw talents, trained professionals, creative as well as hardworking musicians – we’ve got it all. Today, we have one such talented musician, Meyinungsang Longkumer from Nagaland, who is as great a singer as he is a song-writer. Read on to know more! In depth chat with Meyinungsang Longkumer to talk about his journey with music, his new song release, future plans and more! Hello there, please give us a little introduction about you. Hello, I am Meyinungsang Longkumer, I prefer to go by Meyu, which is also my stage name. But don’t be mistaken I love my real name; it means ‘Thousand Praises’. I am from Mokokchung, Nagaland and I currently live in New Delhi. Tell us what got you into music? Like most musicians from Nagaland, my first tryst with any kind of music was in the church. I think it is a good platform to start for any budding …

Introducing a Rising Singer, Temsukala Lemtur from Nagaland

They say, ‘a dream is a wish your heart makes’. And indeed, our dreams are often the voices of our hearts. Today, we have a really inspiring young lady, Temsukala, who followed the voices in her head to create music. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that her music truly comes from her heart! Temsukala Lemtur, with her new single “Confessions of a bipolar mind”, is here with us today. Scroll down to know more about this enigmatic woman!  We had a chat with Temsukala Lemtur, artist from Nagaland. She sings, writes songs and shares details about her recent release, “Confessions of a Bipolar Mind” Hello there Temsu, please give us a little introduction of yourself! My name is Temsukala Lemtur from Nagaland. I usually introduce myself to people as Temsu. Unless they are like “Hey Clover!” Then I am like “Hey what’s up?”. That’s a reference to my IG handle, @clovertemsu. I recently graduated with a degree in agriculture from Dehradun and I plan to study further while focusing on my music as well. …

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Chat with Zaza, a Passionate Singer-Songwriter from Nagaland

A singer-songwriter from Dimapur, Nagaland, Zaza’s voice is nothing short of a gift. She grew up performing in churches and weddings, and kept practicing to hone her music skills. Zaza’s musical journey began when she started covering songs and sharing them on social media, which later inspired her to write her own music. Read on to know more about her music.  We had a quick chat with Zaza, singer-songwriter from Nagaland to talk about her music Hello! Introduce a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Zaza. I’m a singer and songwriter from Kohima, Nagaland but I’m currently residing in Dimapur. What initially sparked your interest in singing and making music? The time I released my first original “A Lil’ Taste” in 2015, I decided to take music as a career. How has your upbringing influenced your working style? When I was younger, I would listen to my dad sing and play the guitar, listen to Loggins and Messina (my family jam 😊). I use to sing in churches, weddings, etc. Maybe that’s how it all started. …

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In Conversation with June Neelu, a Software Engineer and a Passionate Musician from Manipur

A marketing executive residing in Bangalore, June Neelu began singing when she was young. While her days are spent working in an office, she continues to perform in gigs and events — making a name for herself and gathering a great fan-following. Her musical career began when she uploaded covers of various songs and soon, love for her voice began pouring in! She has made originals, a number of covers and sung for events and TV shows. Read our full interview with June to know her journey and also listen to her melodious voice! Read on to find out everything about June and her musical journey. We had a chat with June Neelu, a software engineer by profession and musician at heart. She talks about her passion to sing since her young age, her inspiration, her upcoming project and more. Hello June, good to have you here! Please tell us a little about yourself. Hello! I’m June Neelu from Imphal, Manipur. By profession, I’m a software engineer turned marketing executive but singing has always been …