Some musicians gravitate immediately to their calling, while for others a defining moment – perhaps a tragedy or a realisation that it’s now or never – sets them on their path. For Nikhil D’Souza, that rude awakening came with a chance meeting with an old friend while he was working as a geologist.
“I told him about the job and that it paid well and that they were thinking of promoting me,” D’Souza recalls, almost wincing at the memory. “He just looked at me and said ‘I want to slap you right now!’”
During early writing sessions I had a conversation about how relationships these days don’t seem to last. It’s like people get together then due to other options it becomes a matter of convenience. It’s so easy to end that relationship. But silver & gold signifies staying together and you have to really put an effort into it, It actually comes from the colour of hair. It also refers to the change of colour in your hair as you age and staying together through all of that.
His friend reminisced about their time growing up, when D’Souza would be found carrying his guitar around town, influenced by Jeff Buckley and playing music in people’s houses just for the sheer fun of it. The friend concluded that the real Nikhil D’Souza wouldn’t have been content working as geologist for a living. The remarks set D’Souza on a new journey, which necessitated quitting his job, heading back to his home city of Mumbai and then hustling to get any break in music that he could find.
D’Souza’s first opportunity – singing for an ad – in turn instigated a second in which he carved a niche for himself as a playback singer (in short, providing a vocal for an actor to mime along to) for a wide range of major Bollywood films such as Anjaana Anjaani and Queen. Bollywood enabled D’Souza to make a living and lead to him entering and winning the televised South-Asian talent contest SUTASI. From there everything escalated, subsequently playing the nation’s top festivals including the NH7 Weekender and The Times LitFest, while his sets at college events all around the country see him perform to anything from 2000 to 10,000 people.
Now signed to eastwest/Warner Music, ‘Silver And Gold’ captures D’Souza in his element, the song’s rich melody and orchestration suggesting further treasures await from his new found song-writing partnership with Quarmby and Cohen.
April 9th – Village Underground, London – supporting Lissie & Milk & Bone
May 5th – Live At Leeds
May 17/18th – The Great Escape
May 21st – The Waiting Room, London
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