Mumbai born singer-songwriter Nikhil has return with the release of his new single, ‘Blind’,through eastwest/Warner Music. Produced by Jonathan Quarmby (Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now) at London’s Rak Studios, ‘Blind’ follows two Radio 2 play-listed singles which have amassed over 1 million streams online, including A-list for the recent ‘Silver & Gold’. The track’s instrumentation nods towards Nikhil’s heritage, whilst the song’s joyful melody contrasts with the melancholy lyric about an ill-fated and secret relationship. Live, Nikhil has already played extensively in 2018, including this year’s The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Radio 2’s Biggest Weekend, alongside support for Lissie and his own sold-out headline show in May at London’s Waiting Room. He is also due to support American duo ‘Striking Matches’ on their six date UK tour over the summer. Watch here
There’s putting in the miles and the hours, and digging deep in pursuit of your music. And there’s the graft put in by Nikhil. From Mumbai via offshore gas rigs working as a young geologist (two, one in Japan’s Sea of Okhotsk, the other in the Indian Ocean), Nikhil chose to walk away from the successful career his Goan parents had chosen for him. Returning to his hometown, the clear versatility of his voice landed him a gig singing a widely-heard advertising song. That led to work as a ‘playback singer’ in Bollywood’s multi-billion-rupee industry, voicing the musical numbers for a wide range of major Bollywood films such as Anjaana Anjaani and Queen. Bollywood enabled him to make a living, and from there – via song-writing stints in Nashville – he came to the UK, and a you-had-to-be-there showcase in the basement of a central London Italian restaurant, before signing to eastwest.