Sid Sriram holds a deeply seated belief that the Carnatic music of South India, through its intricate melodic “ragas” and rhythmic “talas" holds a “universal truth,” one that Sriram tests on a global scale by bridging these musical traditions from South India with Western influences. His latest and first full English-language album, Sidharth, is a departure from his Bollywood fame, drawing inspiration from R&B, Indie Rock, and the American Pop styles that surrounded him growing up in California. “For maybe the first time, I was able to make music where all these different elements that feel like part of my DNA breathed through the songs,” Sid explains. “I didn’t have to try and think about how to express these things. It started to come out on its own.”
Recorded in Minneapolis with producer Ryan Olson and enlisting Justin Vernon, the album blends anthemic Pop with electronic experiments reflecting a harmonious union of Sriram’s diverse musical background. The first undulating harmonies of “Most High,” are a profound fusion of musical modes, and ”Dear Sahana" seamlessly blends R&B, Gospel, and Indian classical elements.
The album represents a homecoming for Sid, re-embracing American culture after years immersed in Indian musical traditions, and it encapsulates Sid's journey of self-exploration through music, a testament to the universal language of music that transcends borders. The album's title, "Sidharth," signifies a personal reclamation, echoing a moment from his childhood when he simplified his name. “When we first moved to the [SF] Bay [Area], in second grade, I decided to change my name to Sid since so many people fucked it up,” he says. “Sidharth, in a way, is me reclaiming the name and everything that comes with it, not just culturally, but for me personally.”
Sid Sriram's musical odyssey including first single “Do The Dance” is spinning for listeners of Radio Milwaukee, KMTN, The Colorado Sound, WZEW, WAPS, and many more.