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The Gigs Come To You: Livestreams for Your Quarantine

From the big brands to the adept sound engineers and everyone in between, here are the video broadcasts you can tune in to in the coming weeks for information, education and entertainment

(Clockwise from top) Artists Vishal Dadlani, Ankur Tewari, DJ Russel and Vasuda Sharma.

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If you’ve been missing the live music experience during this national and global lockdown, fret not as there has been a steady stream (pun intended) of properties curating some stellar artists to perform and also musicians independently being regular at livestreaming. 

This way you can satisfy your music cravings and enjoy some fun sets from the comfort and safety of your home. 

If Vishal Dadlani Had a Talk Show (We’d Totally Watch it) 

Amongst Indian film music’s biggest names and an indie scene diehard in many ways, singer-composer Vishal Dadlani also often draws in a crowd for his livestreams when he talks about serious, current-day socio-political issues. Over at his Instagram, he often brings up real talk over India’s battle against flattening the curve but also calls in guests to chat over a two-way livestream. It’s kind of like running his own talk show and we recommend that you don’t miss tuning in to his live chat when you get a notification. 

Vasuda Sharma Livens Up Quarantimes 

Mumbai singer-songwriter and pop artist Vasuda Sharma has been at it with live looping and quirky videos for many years now, so it comes as no surprise that she has a strong livestream flex. In the last week, the singer and composer has planned duets at home, a hilarious filter-friendly and sanskaari “Go Corona Aarti” and singing over newer material like “Jazbaa.” If there’s one thing you can trust her with during these lockdown times, it’s lifting everyone’s spirits. 

Venues, Event Hosts and Festivals

In the past week, we’ve seen the Social chain launch their Facebook livestream #SOCIALindoors which has included artists such as singer-songwriters Raghav Meattle, Aditi Ramesh, Ankur Tewari and Tejas. Similarly, gig series House Concert introduced Community Transmission and have programmed musicians Suraj Mani, Mahesh Raghunandan and Meera Desai among others for their Instagram livestream.

Bacardi NH7 Weekender took things a step further by putting together a three-day music festival they titled #HappyFromHome this past weekend. The lineup included heavy hitters such as American guitarist Marty Friedman and Grammy Award-winning drummer Chris Adler as well as multi-instrumentalist French Kiwi Juice (FKJ), desi bass artist Nucleya, hip-hopper Raja Kumari and more. Other platforms to keep an out for livestreams are Bookmyshow’s Live From HQ and Hungama Artist Aloud’s upcoming #StayAtHome #StayEntertained, which kicks off on April 1st.

Ayan De’s Studio Run-through

Mumbai-based producer and engineer Ayan De has regularly taken to Instagram live since the lockdown. De has shown viewers the studio setup at his home, the rig he uses and also offered insightful tips and tricks for up-and-coming producers. Apart from that, he’s answered questions that he’s received from those tuned in and even featured on other people’s livestreams as a guest (like Bollywood arranger-producer Aditya N.) to talk about the music scene, production and more.

DJ Russel Keeps Retro Alive 

If you’ve ever attended a set by Mumbai’s DJ Russel, there’s one thing you can’t deny, the guy makes you want to shake a leg with his classic retro selections. The tastemaker has been curating some sweet and nostalgic sets via his Facebook profile with a quirky backdrop at his home and a board even reading “Fun Factory!” to spread the cheer. DJ Russel has even been putting out his creatives with what he plans on playing every night such as “Golden Oldies” and “One-Hit Wonders.” So if you feel like jumping in on the fun and jiving, grooving or just letting loose tune in to DJ Russel. 

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