We Need to Talk

Two new shows on TV highlight Indian and international indie talent.

Written by Kevin Lobo | Updated: July 31, 2014 10:11:02 am
Rohit Pereria with Uday Benegal Rohit Pereria with Uday Benegal

After a successful run of shows that mixed travel with indie music — read: Dewarists, Sound Trippin and Sound Trek — there is finally some new content to look forward to. Early this month, two talk shows were aired that are about the indie scene, by scenesters.

VH1 Music Diaries, a weekly show, which started on July 13, is being hosted by a familiar face, Rohit P-Man Pereria. The ViceVersa frontman has produced two successful online shows — The P-Man Show and P-Man Music Files — and his TV showcase is an extension of those concepts. The 30-minute show has an interview with a personality from the indie music scene, a review of a gig, a listing of future gigs, and also a short performance by a new indie talent. The show features Indian and international music icons and rising stars. If the debut episode, which featured Indus Creed’s Uday Benegal as the guest is anything to go by, the show promises to be a laugh riot.

But, The Ride on MTV Indies that started on July 19, is more serious. It is hosted by Rishu Singh, founder of event management agency ennui.BOMB, which has been promoting new talent for almost half-a-decade. Singh says, “The show is about giving someone sitting in a B- or C-town hope and inspiration. There are so many who don’t know where to start, especially if you want to stay indie. This show fills that gap.”
During the chat with Benegal, Pereira mentions watching Indus Creed’s Top of the Rock as a child, and how seeing an Indian band play rock music on television inspired him to learn the guitar.

Singh says, “It’s about time that all this talent from India is acknowledged and everyone hears their stories.”

kevin.lobo@expressindia.com

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