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Watch out for: Niteesh Kondiparthi

You are known to be a brilliant stage performer. Which according to you has been your best till date and why?

I’ve played my fair deal of live shows and I’ve learnt a lot from them. Having said that, not every show is your best. There are days when you’re downright exhausted, but you turn up and get on stage just because you love what you do.

However, there are some special performances that you put your heart and soul into. My best live performance ever was my EP launch gig. It was perfect! My old band, the people who helped me record my music were there to support me on stage and the crowd was a perfect blend of familiar faces and new people who had no clue who I was. I’ve had the chance to perform with some of my closest friends on stage and needless to say, it was a very dear experience. A lot of people who’ve been following my journey told me that I was at my best that night.

Tell us a little bit about your song writing process

Inspiration has always struck me when I wasn’t looking for it. And the worst part is, you’re never in the same headspace twice. As such, songs just happen to me. For me, there’s no one particular approach to writing music. The end objective is to tap into and reproduce the sound I hear inside my head. This can be particularly hard, especially if you’re having a tough time listening. But the good news is, the boundaries you draw for yourself are imaginary.

Do you have any dream artists/ musicians you would like to work with? Who would it be and why?

John Mayer. Period. The first ever John Mayer song I picked up was “Why Georgia” and I remember thinking to myself, all those years ago, if or not this man was actually human. Everytime I’m having a particularly bad case of writer’s block, I find myself going back to his Berklee Clinic. As such, working with him would absolutely blow my mind away, because I’ve looked up to his abilities of expression and improvisation for a long while now and it would be an incredible experience.

How did you begin your journey as a musician?

I picked up the guitar when I was 15 years old and there’s been no looking back ever since. I was hooked to it right from the start and was quite ambitious about getting better at it. I started jamming with a bunch of other musicians who were just starting off as well and we started working together. Well, one thing led to another and here we are!

Do you have a dream stage to perform on?

I don’t really have a dream stage as such. But I do have a lot of venues that I want to perform at and take my music to. So I’m really intrigued as to see which one of these places I’ll hit first.

Any upcoming projects in the pipeline?

As of now, I’ve made the big move to Mumbai and I’ve been trying to find my ground. After my EP release in May, I’ve pretty much been back to the lab, trying to reinvent my sound and approach. I believe that there’s a lot more left for me to say and I want to strike a balance / Hit a sweet spot with my songwriting.

The big challenge in front of me right now is to venture into the unknown. I’m the new kid on the block who is trying to find his place in one of the most decorated music environments of the country while balancing a very hectic college schedule, and so far, it’s been damn fun!

This interview was featured in our September 2018 issue:


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