In a world of X-factor, covers and comebacks it’s rare to find real innovation in music. Ajay Srivastav delivers a double helping by seamlessly fusing two disparate musical cultures of Delta Blues and Indian folk into a sonic whole to create ‘Karmic Blues’. Think Ben Harper having a late-night jam with George Harrison just after he came back from a sitar lesson with Ravi Shankar.
As a musician Ajay has worked with a diverse variety of acts such as Jamiroquai, Gregory Isaacs, Zakir Hussain, Sister India and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan. His song-writing skills have been touted by British music legend Jah Wobble who has produced two of his forthcoming tracks. Ajay’s passion for music and a global philosophy has taken him on a journey that has seen him work as a touring guitarist, compose for film and musical theatre, write Top 10 hits in India and garner success on the World Music scene with his band Botown. However, something was missing and while taking a break from touring he travelled to his father’s hometown of Varanasi ‘the holy city of India’ in search of his truth and came back with Karmic Blues.
In his own words Ajay says “I was really struggling with the way the world was going and my place in it. I started to write about how I felt and whilst I haven’t found the answers, I feel like I’m at the beginning of something.”
A seasoned live performer, Ajay’s introspective, laid-back style transcends traditional musical borders and is winning him audiences up and down the country.
28 March 2019 – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell
10 April 2019 – Ealing Road Library, Wembley
6 May 2019- Chesterfield May Day Festival
17 May 2019– The Old Court, Windsor
16 June 2019 – Great Massingham Social Club, Great Massingham
20 July 2019 – Upton Blues Festival
18 Aug 2019 – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
The album ‘Karmic Blues’ features the singles ‘Namaste’, ‘Between the Cracks’ and the latest single ‘Six Arm Goddess’ is out now. The album was recorded and produced by Ajay Srivastav and Michael Smith at RYP Recording Studio, London.
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