Sanyanth Naroth – ATKT O.G. Judge Showcase
Sanyanth Naroth is one of the founding members of Easy Wanderlings, a Pune based soul-pop band that has made waves across the music scene in India as they gear up to play the NH7 Weekender again this year. And after gaining international recognition on some of their tracks, they’re slated to perform at the SXSW festival in Austin early next year as well.
On the 18th of November at Viman Nagar Social, ATKT O.G. will set out to find some of the finest original music thats authentic and genuine and there’s no one better that embodies this vibe more than Sanyanth. Ahead of judging the Pune tryouts, we spoke to him to find out more about what his take on the scene is now.
“The entire culture of writing original music didn’t exist in 2007 when I was in college. It was mostly covers. But it’s great to see the rise in the music scene and people start taking original music a lot more seriously. There’s really no excuse in this day and age when there are so many ways to get your music out there. For our first album we literally pushed two couches together to create a recording studio and recorded late into the night when the traffic died down and the dogs stopped barking.”
One of the tracks on that album, “Enjoy it While it Lasts” went on to win the IRAA National Award for best independent sound recording last year. Listen to the track here:
“What I’m looking for from the contestants at ATKT O.G. is a genuine, honest approach to their songwriting and performance. I’m really excited about the event and I can’t wait to see what it has in store.”
The singer-songwriters stand the chance to win a cash prize of INR 10,000 and have their track recorded professionally as well as the chance to feature on a compilation album curated by ATKT.
In the search for young musicians that can write, sing and perform, Sanyanth proclaimed the need for approaching the craft from a much bigger perspective.
“The music scene right now is growing and starting to take shape. And what streaming platforms have shown us is that people are really listening to indie music from all over. There’s now an audience that exists around the world and young musicians should see themselves as world musicians rather than as a local act”