Dot., Banat Kaur Bagga, Kalyaani Sakkarwal.
THEY ARE BREAKING the internet, dominating playlists, singing their way into young hearts. Meet some of India’s most exciting young voices in indie music—Aditi Saigal who goes by the name Dot. and has become a social media favourite all with her phone-recorded videos; Banat Kaur Bagga, a lawyer -in-the-making who moonlights as a musician and will be out with an EP this year, and Kalyaani—a rising voice to watch out for, with her bluesy, gritty tunes.
On the internet, we are always seeking unheard voices and unexplored sounds. One such search led me to Dot. [aka Aditi], a student of music and creative writing at Bangor University in Wales. You May not have heard Everybody Dance to Techno by Dot. but those who have shared it across social media can’t seem to stop humming it. Dot. wrote this when she hadn’t pulled out her salsa heels and gone out dancing for ages. While she acknowledges the sudden spike in the views and shares of her videos online, the impending exams have always been a larger concern. ‘All the love is definitely overwhelming, but I have come to the decision that I will take things slowly as they come instead of chasing after attention. I want to do more small gigs around Bangor and Delhi, and take as much learning as I can out of every experience. I know it sounds very cheesy but yeah, I’m in no hurry and want to do well on my degree,’ she says.
Dot. has no qualms in admitting that she has no idea what her ‘sound’ really is, or that she doesn’t have a particular songwriting/creative process. She just has moments where she really just needs a piano. ‘These days my life consists of going to lectures, practising, and weekends in pubs. And of course there are the Tuesday open mics!’ She is unpredictable like that. ‘There are times when Peggy Lee can woo me with her smoothness and others when Kaleo’s lead singer belts out the most perfect imperfection and my knees go to jelly.’
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July - August 2017