Siddharth Basrur

Siddharth Basrur is an Indian vocalist, composer and a playback singer. He entered the indie music scene with his first band, Kinky Ski Munky. He is the frontman of Mumbai's progressive metal band Goddess Gagged.[1] Basrur has contributed to Bollywood movies like Haunted 3D, Players[better source needed] and David.[2][3]

Siddharth Basrur
Siddharth Basrur is an Indian musician. This photo was taken at his gig at Blue Frog in 2013, during the release of his first album "Rain".
Siddharth Basrur is an Indian musician. This photo was taken at his gig at Blue Frog in 2013, during the release of his first album "Rain".
Background information
GenresIndie, Bollywood, Playback singing, Progressive metal, Alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Associated actsGoddess Gagged, Kinky Ski Munky

Early lifeEdit

Siddharth Basrur was born in 1981 and was interested in music since childhood. Basrur dropped out of his first year of college and started working in a music store, as it paid him more than his pocket money.[4] He grew up listening to everything from Alice Cooper to Kishore Kumar. He was influenced by his father and uncles, who listened to a lot of classic rock 'n’ roll. At the young age of 15, Alternative Rock became his favourite genre.[5]

CareerEdit

With a diploma in audio engineering, Basrur worked in the film industry doing audio post production for films. He quit his job as a sound engineer and took up content writing for Channel V in 2008, which he later quit in order to make music full-time.[4] In 2000, Basrur composed vocal melodies for the band Kinky Ski Munky. Chirantan, a friend of Basrur who made music for Haunted 3D, gave Basrur his first break in commercial music when he sang two songs for the movie.[6] In late 2016, he sang the Hindi version of the song "We Know the Way" for the Hindi-dubbed release of the Disney animated feature film Moana.

Performances and appearancesEdit

He was asked to open the show for late Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar's daughter, Norah Jones' performance at the 'A Summer's Day' music festival, held in Mumbai on 2 March 2013.[7] Basrur and Meiyang Chang performed a jam session at the JACK&JONES store in Mumbai, on 20 October 2013.[8] He has also performed live at IndiEarth at the Park, held in Chennai.[9]

Music style and impactEdit

Basrur's music ranges between a variety of genres like punk rock and indie rock, to metal music. In 2013, he released his solo album Chasing Rain in two chapters – Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Siddharth Basrur won the MTV VMAI in 2013, for Roots Song of the Year.[11] He has been nominated for the Radio City Freedom Awards in 2013,[12] and also for the Jack Daniels Rock awards in 2014 in the categories of song of the year and male artist of the year[13]

DiscographyEdit

Bollywood

Year Song Movie
2011 Mujhe De De Har Gham Tera Haunted – 3D
"Jaaniya"
2012 "Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hoon Main" Players
"Jis Jagah"
2013 "Theme song" (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu) David
2014 "Wind of Change" Paranthe Wali Gali
"Haseena Tu Kameena Mein" Happy Ending
2015 "Naach Meri Jaan" ABCD 2
"Neend Na Mujhko Aaye" Shaandaar
2016 "Get Ready to Fight" Baaghi
Paani Ka Raasta Raman Raghav 2.0
"Parwah Nahin" M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
2017 "Baat Ban Jaaye" A Gentleman
2018 "Get Ready to Fight Again" Baaghi 2
2019 "Jigra" Uri: The Surgical Strike
2020 "Bezuban Kab Se" Street Dancer 3D
"Get Ready To Fight -Reloaded" Baaghi 3

Sandalwood

Song Movie
Hulli Hulli Hebbuli
Shiva Shankara The Villain

|} IPL 2018

Song Music
Best vs BEST Dan Mace

Solo Career

Album Track list
Chasing Rain (Chapter 1) In Between feat. Devesh Dayal
Rain
Stay
Lifting The Veil
Battleships feat. Naina Kundu
Chasing Rain (Chapter 2) Light Up My Life
Sandwich Song
Come September ft.Vishal J.Singh
Singles
You Never Know
Logic Is Such A Liar
Make Me A Sandwich
Scuttle
Okakifreak – That's Right, Fool
Don't Release Me
Secrets[10]

Goddess Gagged

Album Track list
Resurfaces Modern Machines
Rosemary's Baby
Dreamer
Inspire
Visionary
Sink or Swim
Preliminary Stages of The Master Plan
Singles
Shades
Flow
Push Me To Solidarity
Fine Lines

ReferencesEdit