The last Songwriter Wednesday session for the year will feature Nikhil D’Souza, the guitarist, singer-songwriter from Mumbai. The musician has played with bands such as Black Strat Blues and Agnee as well as collaborated with music composers such as Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and Vishal–Shekhar. Next Wednesday, he is set to enthrall Punekaris with his flawless singing accompanied by Zohran Miranda on the guitar.
“I will play some of my newer songs that I have written with Jess Cohen. These songs were appreciated by people in other parts of the world and I hope that they are appreciated by the audiences in Pune as well,” says D’Souza.
D’Souza’s genre can be loosely defined as eclectic acoustic guitar-based Pop. His sound has a full melodic quality to it, mainly due to the use of alternative tunings, favoured by artistes such as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley.
D’Souza started out playing the guitar at the age of 12. “I remember that I started playing because there was no one else to play while I sang. So it’s been 13 years of being in bands as a guitarist mainly, rarely sometimes doing what I like doing best: singing. Good music is made from a lot of genuine feeling, and if you have the gift to make your audience feel what you’re feeling, then you’re nearly there. I’d like to believe I have that ability,” he adds.
His favourite musicians are Sting and Jeff Buckley, but for the Pune audience, he will be playing mostly original songs.