Saravana Gowtham on his latest single, ‘A Distant Wave’


The Bengaluru-based musician discusses his second single and divulges his ardour for instrumental tracks

When he moved to Bengaluru from Coimbatore 4 years in the past, there was just one factor on the thoughts of 26-year-old musician Saravana Gowtham: observe his dream of creating it within the indie music scene. “I chose [Bengaluru] as the music scene is vibrant here, and people are very supportive of independent voices,” he explains, over telephone from his residence in Bengaluru.

For a month now, Gowtham has been busy producing his second single, a post-rock instrumental observe known as A Distant Wave, which is out now on all main platforms together with Spotify, Apple Music and JioSaavn. The composer compares his observe to waves in an ocean and says, “Just like them, humans also have ups and downs in life. We should wait patiently for it to settle down to find the calmness that follows it.”

It took him three weeks to provide the observe. “I was clear about the mood that I wanted to convey. I went over different tunes until I found something that I liked,” he says, including, “I had my limitations but I made the most out of it. I composed the tune, played the guitar and programmed keyboard and drums in it. The only external help I received was from my friend Hreedish Kakoty who mixed and mastered the song.”

The musician, who identifies Nick Johnston, Blackstratblues and Devin Townsend as his influences, intends to alter widespread misconceptions about instrumental tracks. “I have always felt that instrumental music is whole by itself. People often associate this kind of music to background scores. I want to change that perception and show that just like words, musical instruments can also evoke emotions in people,” he says.

His first single, Lost Light, which he launched in April, too is an instrumental observe. “It is also a post-rock track influenced by my life experiences,” he says, including that the reception he obtained for his first instrumental observe was what gave him the boldness to provide one other single in the identical mould. “I was overjoyed when I got messages from strangers appreciating my work. I realised that there are people who enjoy instrumental music,” he says.

When he’s not producing music, Saravana jams with three Bengaluru-based bands: The Sahej Project, Prime Rage and Verses. “I am currently working on an EP record with four songs. I have a basic idea that needs to be deveoped. I hope to release it next year,” he provides.

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