Samarth Goyal

Samarth Goyal

Samarth Goyal writes on Hollywood and music, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Samarth Goyal
Revenue from streaming platforms is equivalent to a cup of coffee.
Revenue from streaming platforms is equivalent to a cup of coffee.

Musicians wary about non-lucrative streaming platforms

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 11:37 AM IST
As clouds of uncertainty loom large over the concept of live shows, musicians talk about adapting to the change and finding new avenues to sustain themselves, since they feel there’s little or no money made from streaming platforms
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Although musicians have embraced the concept of virtual gigs, they insist nothing can replace the experience of a live concert.
Although musicians have embraced the concept of virtual gigs, they insist nothing can replace the experience of a live concert.

Will virtual concerts replace live gigs?

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:21 PM IST
2020 saw the rise in popularity of virtual concerts, which at one point during the year was the only way musicians could perform Live. Yet, as the popularity for virtual concerts grows, musicians discuss missing the energy and the crazy rush of a performance in front of a live audience.
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2020: The year indie music made it to the mainstream

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:02 PM IST
With over a thousand song releases, independent musicians look back at how 2020 was the biggest year for them and hope that the popularity continues to grow in 2021......
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Rapper-composer Ikka released his first album, I, this year.
Rapper-composer Ikka released his first album, I, this year.

Ikka: Music is all about vibes

UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 12:58 PM IST
Creating music is all about vibes and being in the moment for Ankit Singh Patyal aka Ikka, who hopes to become popular by inspiring people through his songs.
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Raftaar’s latest single Tu Phir Se Aana also features rapper Karma and singer-composer Salim Merchant.
Raftaar’s latest single Tu Phir Se Aana also features rapper Karma and singer-composer Salim Merchant.

Hip-hop is writing about your emotions: Raftaar

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 01:05 PM IST
Rapper-composer Raftaar through his latest single, Tu Phir Se Aana, wants remind people about the hardships faced by migrant workers, who were forced to go back to to their homes when the Lockdown was implemented.
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Amaal Mallik tries to “sweat it out” twice in a day.
Amaal Mallik tries to “sweat it out” twice in a day.

Good health is the best way to feel successful: Amaal Mallik

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 12:32 PM IST
Music composer Amaal Mallik talks about the initial struggle he overcame of being consistent with his fitness and how it has helped him become a healthier person.
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Sona Mohapatra has released 11 songs in less than a year.
Sona Mohapatra has released 11 songs in less than a year.

Sona Mohapatra: Hoping we take more pride in growing an independent ‘music industry’

UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:01 PM IST
Singer-songwriter Sona Mohapatra feels she was able to release 11 songs during the pandemic, since she is an independent musician who does not have to depend on any music label.
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Priya Darshini is an Indian musician based in Brooklyn, New York.([YOUR NAME]/BFA.com)
Priya Darshini is an Indian musician based in Brooklyn, New York.([YOUR NAME]/BFA.com)

Priya Darshini on her first ever Grammy nomination: It means that I am doing something right

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:09 PM IST
Singer-songwriter Priya Darshini talks about her first ever Grammy nomination in the Best New Age Album category
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Indie music space gives queer musicians a space where they can choose to talk about their experiences which are influenced by their orientation and identity, but at the same time not be singled out or made to be felt different because of that.
Indie music space gives queer musicians a space where they can choose to talk about their experiences which are influenced by their orientation and identity, but at the same time not be singled out or made to be felt different because of that.

Creative liberty with no boundaries: Why the indie music space spells comfort for queer musicians

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:23 PM IST
Queer musicians from India discuss why the indie music space is being embraced by musicians, especially those from the LGBTQ+ community, which allows them to express themselves without being judged for their gender identity and sexual orientation.
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Canadian actor of Indian origin Rizwan Manji is also known for his roles in American Desi and Outsourced, apart from Schitt’s Creek.(Photo: Sergio Garcia)
Canadian actor of Indian origin Rizwan Manji is also known for his roles in American Desi and Outsourced, apart from Schitt’s Creek.(Photo: Sergio Garcia)

Rizwan Manji: It wasn’t a surprise that people loved Schitt’s Creek. It was a surprise that it took so long for people to find it!

UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Canadian actor of Indian origin Rizwan Manji, who played the character of Ray Bhutani in Schitt’s Creek, talks to us about being a proud cast member of the Emmy award winning show and how streaming platforms have changed things for the better for actors like him.
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Nucleya collaborated with Major Lazer for his latest track Jadi Buti
Nucleya collaborated with Major Lazer for his latest track Jadi Buti

Nucleya: I like making music, not because I need to make a post on social media

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 07:52 PM IST
Electronic musician Udyan Sagar, talks about his decision to not sign with a big record company which helped him control his own music and how that has helped him in staying “honest” about his music, which he says he makes for himself and no one else.
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Singer-composer Amaal Mallik talks about his recent social media rant on the music industry
Singer-composer Amaal Mallik talks about his recent social media rant on the music industry

Amaal Mallik: Musicians are being forced to make substandard songs

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 04:03 PM IST
Composer Amaal Mallik says musicians are forced to sign ‘illegal contracts’ and singers are asked to sing scratches for free, thanks to increased corporate involvement
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From angry reactions to funny memes, the Indian twitter was quick to express their discontent for the recipe.(Twitter)
From angry reactions to funny memes, the Indian twitter was quick to express their discontent for the recipe.(Twitter)

Unity for tea, as ‘chai latte’ gets a big no!

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 04:44 PM IST
Indian netizens, almost unanimously criticised a video posted by a Twitter account which gave people the recipe of making chai latte.
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The German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner has recreated the song Winds of Change to celebrate the German Unity Day.
The German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner has recreated the song Winds of Change to celebrate the German Unity Day.

Recreating history.....

By Samarth Goyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 11:06 AM IST
The German Ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, has recreated the iconic song Winds of Change, in collaboration with Indian musicians, to celebrate 30 years of the German Reunification.
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Jaz Dhami recently released his single Kasoor.
Jaz Dhami recently released his single Kasoor.

Jaz Dhami: There’s a lot of bi****ng in the industry going on right now

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 01:08 PM IST
British-Indian singer-songwriter Jaz Dhami credits his family for helping him become a successful musician that he is today — not by dissing his peers, but by focussing on releasing music independently.
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Aseem Trivedi has composed the soundtrack of the recently released series, JL50 starring Pankaj Kapur, Abhay Deol and Piyush Mishra.
Aseem Trivedi has composed the soundtrack of the recently released series, JL50 starring Pankaj Kapur, Abhay Deol and Piyush Mishra.

A journey through soundscapes and time

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 06:14 PM IST
Music composer Aseem Trivedi talks to us about his six-year-long journey as a musician, before bagging his first ever mainstream project, working alongside artistes such as Raftaar, Benny Dayal and Shreya Ghosal, and how those experiences helped him achieve his dream of becoming a composer.
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Anoushka Shankar released her EP, Love Letters in February this year.(Photo: Waseem Gashroo/ HT Photo)
Anoushka Shankar released her EP, Love Letters in February this year.(Photo: Waseem Gashroo/ HT Photo)

Anoushka Shankar: Many music festivals prefer popular or named artists

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 12:23 PM IST
Musician Anoushka Shankar understands the difficulties for unpopular musicians to make a mark for themselves in the industry, and also talks about how the lockdown helped her fit her artistry around her two kids instead of it being the other way around.
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With over 25 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Carry Minati is the most subscribed individual creator on YouTube India.
With over 25 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Carry Minati is the most subscribed individual creator on YouTube India.

Carry Minati: A volcano erupted in me

By Samarth Goyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Ajey Nagar aKa Carry Minati talks to us exclusively about breaking stereotypes through his comedy roast videos which often polarise the masses, dealing with critics and his “bold” decision to drop out of school which has seen him become the most subscribed individual creator on YouTube India.
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Sadasivan KM Nambisan aKa Sadu is a former member of the popular indie-pop act The Aryans.
Sadasivan KM Nambisan aKa Sadu is a former member of the popular indie-pop act The Aryans.

Sadu: Remixes were one of the many reasons behind the decline of pop music in the nineties

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 07:09 PM IST
Sadasivan KM Nambisan aKa Sadu, a former member of indie-pop group The Aryans, explains why his desire to express freely as a musician kept him away from the scene for a long time and how the Internet was instrumental in his comeback.
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Ankur Tewari is a member of the Music Composers Association of India
Ankur Tewari is a member of the Music Composers Association of India

Ankur Tewari: Saying that all hip hop sounds the same is like saying all Asians look the same

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 06:31 PM IST
Singer-songwriter Ankur Tewari, who is a member of Music Composer’s Association of India’s (MCAI), is appalled by the body’s recent statement that hip hop songs can be plagiarised since they sound similar.
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Delhi based band, Friends of Linger released their latest single, I am Who I am, on Tuesday.(Photo: YouTube)
Delhi based band, Friends of Linger released their latest single, I am Who I am, on Tuesday.(Photo: YouTube)

Hitting the right notes..

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Sharif Rangnekar, frontman of the Delhi based band, Friends of Lingers talks about the making, and the idea behind the band’s recently released single, I Am Who I Am.
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Keshav Dhar is the founding member of the Indian-American metal band, Skyharbor(Photo: Kunal Khullar)
Keshav Dhar is the founding member of the Indian-American metal band, Skyharbor(Photo: Kunal Khullar)

Sky is the limit....

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 06:33 PM IST
For guitar player Keshav Dhar, whose hunger to experiment with different soundscapes helped him make remarkable strides in the Hindi music industry after making a name for himself in the world of metal music.
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Rapper Raftaar says he has sent a text to the maker of the IPL 2020 anthem, Aayenge Hum Wapas, asking him to accept that he has copied the song from Kr$na’s 2017 hit, Dekh Kaun Aaya Wapas.(Photo: Shivam Saxena/HT Photo)
Rapper Raftaar says he has sent a text to the maker of the IPL 2020 anthem, Aayenge Hum Wapas, asking him to accept that he has copied the song from Kr$na’s 2017 hit, Dekh Kaun Aaya Wapas.(Photo: Shivam Saxena/HT Photo)

Raftaar: If I take the dhun out of any popular Bollywood song, and make a rap song, will that not be a copy?

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 01:16 PM IST
Rapper Raftaar questions the reasoning behind MCAI’s recent explanation, absolving the makers of the IPL 2020 anthem of any copyright violations
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Mumbai, April 06, 2016 : lalit Pandit attended the GiMA Awards in Mumbai. (Freelance photo by Yogen Shah)(Yogen Shah)
Mumbai, April 06, 2016 : lalit Pandit attended the GiMA Awards in Mumbai. (Freelance photo by Yogen Shah)(Yogen Shah)

MCAI defends opinion confirming IPL song not plagiarised version of Kr$na’s song

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 01:29 PM IST
MCAI’s committee members Lalit Pandit and Ravi, confirm issuing an ‘expert opinion’ to composer Pranav Ajayrao Malpe, which according to the association absolves Malpe of copyright violations, levelled against him by Delhi-based rapper Kr$na.
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Chefs Ranveer Brar, Manish Mehrotra, Sarah Todd, Sabyasachi Gorai (Saby) and Pankaj Bhadouria, ahead of Teachers Day, talk about people, experiences and incidents, that taught them the ‘art of cooking’ and helped them become big chefs.
Chefs Ranveer Brar, Manish Mehrotra, Sarah Todd, Sabyasachi Gorai (Saby) and Pankaj Bhadouria, ahead of Teachers Day, talk about people, experiences and incidents, that taught them the ‘art of cooking’ and helped them become big chefs.

The secret ingredients in the making of a famous chef are...

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Ahead of Teachers Day, here are a few mentors, experiences and anecdotes that helped these chefs become such a popular name in the country
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The song has alreadu achieved their target of raising Rs 20 lakh. They have now raised the target to Rs 25 lakh.(Photo:YouTube)
The song has alreadu achieved their target of raising Rs 20 lakh. They have now raised the target to Rs 25 lakh.(Photo:YouTube)

A great collab for a great cause

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 08:49 PM IST
Vishal Dadlani, Penn Masala and lyricist Poojan Sahil have collaborated together on a song, which aims to raise money for migrant workers who have been affected because of the ongoing crisis.
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Sandesh Jhingan is the twenty seventh Indian footballer to win the Arjuna Award.(Instagram:Sandesh21Jhingan)
Sandesh Jhingan is the twenty seventh Indian footballer to win the Arjuna Award.(Instagram:Sandesh21Jhingan)

Sandesh Jhingan on winning the Arjuna Award: When I told my parents that I have won the award, I could see the pride in their eyes

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 01:51 PM IST
Footballer Sandesh Jhingan, a 6’2 tall centre back for India talks about being awarded the Arjuna Award, the 27th footballer from the country to receive the recognition.
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On August 14 Anuradha Doddaballapur became the first woman to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in an International cricket match, during the recently concluded bilateral T20 series between Germany and Austria. Germany won the series 5-0.(Instagram)
On August 14 Anuradha Doddaballapur became the first woman to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in an International cricket match, during the recently concluded bilateral T20 series between Germany and Austria. Germany won the series 5-0.(Instagram)

Meet Anuradha Doddaballapur: Cardiovascular scientist, holder of cricket records too

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Anuradha Doddaballapur shares a unique tag with Lasith Malinga and Rashid Khan.
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Singer Neha Bhasin filed a complaint with Mumbai Police yesterday.
Singer Neha Bhasin filed a complaint with Mumbai Police yesterday.

BTS fans’ rape threats force Neha Bhasin to file police complaint

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 12:11 PM IST
Singer Neha Bhasin has decided to file a complain with Mumbai Police’s Cyber Crime branch after she and her family received abuses and rape threats by the fans of Korean pop band BTS.
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Singer-songwriter Arjun Kanungo says he started started showing symptoms last month.
Singer-songwriter Arjun Kanungo says he started started showing symptoms last month.

Arjun Kanungo: Life does not change after you have Covid-19

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Singer songwriter Arjun Kanungo who, along with his girlfriend, Carla Dennis, were tested positive for Covid 19, talk to us about how psychologically he is at peace now and also talks about how he was more scared for his girlfriend Carla who had to be hospitalised because of breathing issues..
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