Music! Music! Music! ....and Singers and Musicians

#1 Jun 2nd, 2011, 16:33
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Hi

I'm British, I've just arrived in Mumbai. I'm mad about making music and desperate to meet other musicians, but I don't know where to start.

I write, programme and produce pop/R&B and I've got my own studio. I love the Indian pop music that I hear on the radio, and I can see obvious cross-overs between what I'm hearing and what I already do myself.

Would love to meet other musicians and producers - and since I don't sing myself, I especially want to meet singers - both in the American and Indian pop styles.

Also I'm learning about Indian music scene. I'm told, that most successful pop music here has a movie connection. (In which case should I rename this thread "How do I get into Bollywood?" ?

Where should I start? Where should I go? Where should I surf?

Would appreciate advice.

Cheers

Marcus
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#2 Jun 9th, 2011, 20:25
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funnily enuff off late i ahve been meeting a lot of british musician and producers here
anyhow what exactly do u want to do ?

as in theres too much music in bombay
from commercial bollywood to 200 genres of heavy metal to a active underground elctronica scene to ..... etc etc etc !
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Sorry Coolwater I didn't see your reply because I messed up my thread subscriptions (again!)

I do RnB/pop music. Here in Mumbai, I'm hearing some really great loop-based computer-sequenced music on the radio.

Clearly I'm not going to break into Bollywood on my own, or any time soon. But maybe I can find a collaborator with whom I can pool skills and resources - or maybe as a starting point, there's a singer who's looking for a demo or something.

In the meantime, do you know any R&B singers? There are some songs I've written that I need to demo.

Marcus
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There is a relatively small Indie music scene in India (check out performances at Blue Frog), you will have to figure if you want to be part of that and collaborate with Indian bands or if you want to go mainstream into Bollywood. Indipop doesn't exist anymore, bollywood music is all that breaks amongst the masses and that's what you've been hearing on the radio. For more info about the Indian music industry you can check out sites like radioandmusic.com, businessofcinema.com and bollywoodhungama.com.
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Thanks for all that info.

I want to go mainstream into Bollywood if I can - It's the kind of rhythm-loop based music that I know how to make - even if the exact genre's new to me. I need to find a collaborator, or at least a singer. I'm hearing lots of R&B influenced Bollywood music on the radio. So if I could team-up with some people here, I would have something to offer them in terms of my technical skills and my musical influences.

I checked out the Blue Frog anyway, and I'm definitely going back. And I might try Not Just Jazz tonight too.
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Hey Marcus,

Are you interested in Indian classical music at all? I know you specifically mentioned pop/R&B, but the "concert season" is just starting here, so its a good time to attend classical music concerts and meet the musicians

cheers,

..m
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To check out the cultural scene there, my usual advice would be to pick up a copy of TimeOut Mumbai on the ground http://www.timeoutmumbai.net/. I've found the sites not very good, the magazines are excellent (there's a Delhi and a Bangalore edition as well).

Then just take it from there. It's readily available with newspaper sellers on the ground, and covers just about any range of interests. It's really quite good.

Have a peek also at http://mumbai.burrp.com/, but I think you'll find the TimeOut magazine really a lot more comprehensive.
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Thanks Abcdmm. I enjoy a wide range of music to listen to - for pleasure. And only two months into our new life in India, I want to be open to a wide range of things. So I think I'll accept your suggestion.

Would that be at the NCPA? Where else would you suggest?

Marcus
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Thanks Machadinha. I did try Time Out, but that issue didn't have many gigs listed. I 'll give it another try.

M
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Aha. It will depend of course yes, whatever's going on and time of year and so.

I guess if there's nothing going on, it might still pay to just rock up at some of these venues & see if you can make some contacts. Won't all be terribly easy, I imagine. But just try, it might be a fun little project in itself.

Good luck with it

ps Re: Bollywood, word has it they're always looking for (white/foreign) extras. I'm quite sure Lonely Planet would tell you how to go about this. Or maybe down Colaba, if you ask at e.g. Cafe Mondegar's or Leopold's Cafe (both on Colaba Causeway, the main road there. They're popular backpacker hangouts),* they can probably tell you how this works. I think you get picked up in the morning, then it's a long day ahead.

Don't expect yourself to be starting a career there this way now, mind. But it could make for a fun day. To really get into that scene would no doubt be quite a different ballgame, yet. --> Check also Bollywood movie extra, film tour, how to thread, but keep an eye on posting dates.

* If you're into bars btw and looking for a more authentic as well as more affordable experience minus all the tourists -- there'll be a few of course and it can be a good place to hook up with people, but they don't dominate the place, and you might as well be hooking up with Indians here for that matter. Or African immigrant workers, or whatever --, look up Gokul's bar in one of the parallel side streets behind it, towards the Taj hotel. They do decent food, too. After 6 PM or so and till midnight or later, the streetside eatery of Bade Miya's sets up outside of it. Great food for no money at all, and it's massively popular with locals. The latter is a Muslim joint and so quite heavy on the meat, but they have some vegetarian options.

Ah and then by day, the Olympia Coffee House on Colaba Causeway again, somewhat opposite Leopold's I reckon, probably a little to the left here, just can't be beaten. It's a long-standing local institution. No alcohol here, mind you. Ah... Mumbai, beam me over there Speaking of by day btw, I guess Gokul's itself opens at 10-11 AM or so. Goes on till around 1 AM or so, which I guess is pretty much the curfew here anyway, save for night clubs and discos and the likes.
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Classical music

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Originally Posted by MarcusH View Post Thanks Abcdmm. I enjoy a wide range of music to listen to - for pleasure. And only two months into our new life in India, I want to be open to a wide range of things. So I think I'll accept your suggestion.

Would that be at the NCPA? Where else would you suggest?

Marcus
Yeah, the most well-known venues would be the NCPA (though they focus more on Western classical music these days) and Nehru Centre, Worli (there's a monsoon festival, Megh Malhar, on at Nehru from the 22nd-24th at I think 6.30pm with free passes. I'm looking forward to Pt. Kartick Kumar on the 24th!).

Also:
- Bhavan's Cultural Centre, Andheri (and Chowpatty, where they teach music & have an auditorium).
- Karnatak Sangh at Mahim has very nice concerts too (usually free), used to have them every Sunday morning.
- Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi has 'em too. Also a super-early Sunday morning concert, every week!
- NGMA near Regal, Colaba used to have nice concerts.
- oh and Kishor Merchant (musiciansguild2004@gmail.com) has a monthly email-newsletter listing all concerts/venues/timings/ticket details/etc in a given month. He charges about Rs. 200 or so for the whole year.

I usually keep an eye on the movie ads section of Mumbai Mirror & Bombay Times/other dailies because they some times slip concert ads in.

Artists are usually very open to meeting people, so you may also try that, if anyone impresses you.

Sorry for the overload of info you never wanted haha

cheers,

..m


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