Aditya Balani, a multifaceted musician wears many hats as a composer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, music producer and educator. Always looking to break new ground he inevitably and frequently finds himself in uncharted waters, seeking to mould his creative expressions.
Currently working on his fourth studio album he talks about the direction he is taking. “I have been working with instrumental music for a long time now. Even while growing up I was more inclined to instrumental music, Hindustani music and towards artists who use sound and textures, instead of words and lyrics. Over the past year or so, there has been a shift though. Initially it surprised me when these new ideas started flowing through me, but before I knew it a few songs had been born and it felt like an exciting new direction for me to take. Not that I haven’t written songs before, but lately that has been my mode of musical expression.”
Aditya started his musical career in 2002 as a guitarist and songwriter with bands like Incognito, Advaita, Artistes Unlimited, Crimson and Think Floyd. In 2010 he graduated (summa cum laude) from Berklee College of Music (USA), where he received the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, won the Kenwood Dennard artist competition and performed at various celebrated events like the International Folk Music Festival and Guitar Night Showcase. After moving back to India, Aditya has been performing extensively across the country and abroad in festivals like the Delhi International Arts Festival, NH7 Weekender, Jazz Utsav, Congo Square Jazz Festival, Shisha Jazz Fest, TEDx, Aquajam Festival, TaBlu Jaipur and Literary Fest.
Aditya’s debut album Answers released in 2013 to public and critical acclaim, features his fretless guitar work, cinematic compositions intertwined with jazz and world music influences. His song Quicksand featured on Jazz Revelation Records, was nominated for best song (Jazz/Blues) at the BIG STAR Indian Music Academy awards 2010.
Aditya is very passionate about music education. He co-founded Global Music Institute with his brother Tarun Balani in 2011. GMI has in a short span of time become one of the leading music schools in India bringing in a global approach to music education in the country. 2014 saw Aditya collaborating with Sudeep Sen, an Internationally acclaimed poet from India for the album Kargil – A Triptych. This was followed by the much awaited record Culture Code Landscape for his duo project Adi & Suhail with vocalist/sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan. A collaboration with Shilpa Rao on Abr e Karam for the movie Bhopal : A Prayer for Rain was followed by a Hard Rock Cafe Tour across India.
Aditya’s musical direction with his upcoming EP Constants and Variables is definitely a bold step. Organic songwriting with all his musical influences creeping in on both recent musings and tunes he has been writing over the years. The EP is set to be released in September 2015.