City musician, Niteesh Kondiparthi is a guitarist, composerand singer-songwriter, who is influenced by a variety of genres but is not constrained by any of them because he thinks music
must be constantly evolving. progressive rock, funkfolk and jazz are reflected in English and Telugu
words he writes. He is one of the most famous musicians in the independent music scene in Hyderabad and has opened bands like The Raghu Dixit Project, When Chai Met Toast, Aswekeepsearching and Guitar Prasanna to name a few. “I’ve been writing and making independent music for about six years now. For me, it’s an organic alternative to mainstream film music,” he tells us.
Niteesh explains that his most recent single, Indrajaalam, is a song about growing up and the delicate passage of time. He is keen to emphasize that we shouldn’t take the present moment for granted because it won’t always be there. He explains how the song’s opening chords came about, saying they were done on the guitar earlier this year and somewhat forgotten. Over time, Niteesh came to understand that the majority of his friends and relatives had left the country or were about to leave. One day he picked up the guitar and ended up creating this song as a reminder of his youth when things were much simpler. The lyrics of this song were written with the help of his mother.
“One day I picked up the guitar and wrote this song as a memory from my childhood when things were much simpler. My mother helped me write the lyrics,” he adds. Niteesh started out, there weren’t many bands in town and only a few singers and songwriters who were producing creative, independent music, he says. Over the past two years, independent music has become more widely available, and knowledge of and interest in it is growing.
“When I’m composing for movies or writing music for commercial ventures, I use various instruments for different kinds of emotional connections. The only instruments he often uses for his compositions are guitar, bass and drums, as well as synth and vocals. Whenever necessary, he also uses samples. “I don’t have a favorite genre. I like to listen to different kinds of music to keep learning and developing my ear.” That said, some musicians who inspire me are Ilayaraja, John McLaughlin, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, The Cure, John Mayer, etc. he tells us about his inspirations.
Indrajaalam is streaming on all music platforms.
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