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Five at 5 – Vol. 192 – Dhruv Visvanath’s Picks

Delhi songwriter Dhruv Visvanath picks his top five tunes ahead of the upcoming Bacardi NH7 Weekenders in Bangalore and Delhi NCR. Tune in.

5 Nov, 2013


Indiecision Staff

Dhruv Visvanath is a fingerstyle acoustic guitar player and songwriter based in Delhi who has been making music for years, influenced by the different parts of the world he’s lived in. His style on the six-string is reminiscent of the percussive techniques used by YouTube sensation Andy McKee and his songwriting borrows a touch from John Mayer’s too. He’ll be playing the MTS Other Stage at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi NCR (lineup) from November 30 – December 1 (buy tickets here). Today, he’s the guest DJ on the Indiecision Five at 5 spinning five of his favourites.

1. Alter Bridge – ‘Find The Real’
I know I’m an acoustic guitarist but MAN! This is one of my all time favourites, i know how to play this song backwards, and I honestly can’t get bored of it. Mark Tremonti’s solo on this song and his work on the entire One Day Remains record is some of the best I’ve ever heard from any guitarist. This was the first song i could play from top to bottom, and it’ll always be one of my favourites!

2. The Reign Of Kindo – ‘Nightingale’
I love this band, and believe me I had a hard time picking a song that I really loved. I guess this one stood out the most! Steve Padin is one of the most underrated drummers of all time, and this piece epitomises everything about him and more. This song just allows me to sit back and absorb my surroundings and feel like a better human being.

3. Bonobo – ‘Silver’
So I kinda jumped on to the Bonobo bandwagon rather late. I wonder what kind of person I would be had i found his music earlier, because honestly it’s amazing! What really gets me is that the layers he adds continues to grow to the ever expanding space that he fills up in his songs! By that I mean the guy is beast, without the roar. This song took my breath away the first time i heard it, it’ll take yours away too.

4. Phil Collins – ‘Another Day In Paradise’
I love ’80s pop, and Phil Collins is one of my absolute favourites. I love this song because it reminds me of my parents, especially my dad. He loved this song, and he used to sing it every now and then. Leaves me a little speechless everytime I hear it.

5. Andy Mckee – ‘Ebon Coast’
It’s on standard tuning! That’s why I love it! It’s the second song I learnt on the acoustic guitar, and I play it almost every day, habitually, in fact i use this piece as a practice exercise, to warm up. It’s the complete piece, and whenever i listen to it, i feel like the song is on a journey of its own and it just so happens to take you along and then drop you off at the end, no introductions, maybe n awkward silence or two, but it makes you feel like the witness to another person’s journey and I find that fascinating!

Check out previous editions of the Indiecision Five at 5 here. And stay tuned for more Five at 5 playlists from artists playing the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2013.

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