Fusion Beats: How ‘Ridi Oswal’ Crafts Music That Bridges Cultures and Genres – Top Hitz Interview

What inspired you to pursue a career in singing, and how did you discover your passion for music?

Music has always been like a special language for me. I grew up in a house filled with tunes from different parts of the world. In those early years, as I played around with sounds and rhythms, I realised that music wasn’t just a fun thing for me – it was what I was meant to do. Once I understood this, there was no turning back. My musical journey became about more than just singing; it was about connecting with my roots and discovering new possibilities.

As I was growing up, I used to feel a bit embarrassed about who I was and where I came from. Being Indian sometimes felt like a silly stereotype to my classmates as they’d make jokes about the smells and traditions, and it made me want to hide a part of myself. But over time, I learned to appreciate the rich and diverse colours of my identity, and I want my music to reflect that. I hope to showcase the richness of our heritage and how much we have to offer through my music.

Your songs showcase a unique blend of global and desi sounds. Can you tell us more about what inspired you to merge classical Indian instruments like the Tabla and Dholaks with contemporary beats?

Blending my Indian roots with contemporary sounds is like creating a musical mosaic, where each piece adds depth and richness to the overall picture. Drawing inspiration from classical Indian instruments like the tabla and dholak, I infuse these traditional elements with modern beats and melodies, creating a unique fusion that resonates with audiences worldwide. It’s about honouring my heritage while embracing the ever-evolving landscape of music, bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. Whether through rhythmic patterns or melodic motifs, my goal is to create a seamless blend that celebrates the diversity of our musical heritage while pushing the boundaries of creativity.

Can you share more about the concept and the process behind creating the visual narrative for the song ‘Guilty Feet’, since it has been trending in India for quite some time now?

The visual narrative of ‘Guilty Feet’ was designed to be as vibrant and expressive as the song itself. We wanted to create a visual story that resonated with the song’s fusion of sounds. The process was a collaborative effort, bringing together creative minds to ensure that every frame captured the essence of the song – a blend of tradition and modernity, a celebration of self-expression.

Which artists have influenced your music, and what do you find most inspiring about their work?

My music has been influenced by a spectrum of artists, from classical Indian maestros to contemporary pop icons. Each of them inspires me in different ways, whether it’s the depth of their lyrics or the innovation in their melodies. Regarding autotunes, I see it as a tool for creativity. While nothing can replace the raw emotion of a voice, autotunes can add a unique dimension when used judiciously.

You are from a generation of musicians who get to experiment with ever-evolving technology in music. How do you see the evolution in music from the yesteryears to now?

It’s a remarkable journey of music, from classical to the digital era. As a modern musician, technology offers unprecedented freedom for experimentation and innovation. However, the rise of social media brings challenges, urging caution in our online presence. Despite this, the fusion of traditional melodies with modern technology is captivating for me, allowing me to expand my horizons that can be both novel and reminiscent.

How do you see the role of independent artists evolving in the music industry, especially with the rise of digital platforms?

The rise of digital platforms has transformed the role of independent artists in the music industry. Social media allows me to share my music and connect with a global audience directly, which is incredibly empowering. However, the pressure to constantly create content can feel overwhelming and inauthentic. I strive to balance promoting my music and staying true to myself. At the end of the day, I’m a musician, not a content creator, and I want my music to speak for itself. Navigating this landscape is challenging, but staying authentic is my priority.

Are there any upcoming projects or collaborations you’re particularly excited about?

Looking ahead, I’m excited about what’s on the horizon. One particularly exciting milestone is signing a contract with Universal Studios – it’s truly a dream come true for any artist. With this incredible opportunity, a whole world of creativity is waiting to be explored, and I’m ready to dive right in. From fresh singles to exciting collaborations, and who knows, maybe even an album down the line – there’s so much music waiting to be made.

But it’s not just about the tunes; I’m equally fired up about making a difference. Whether through my music, lending my voice to important causes, or giving back to the community, I’m all about using my platform for good. And hey, the journey doesn’t stop there. I’m itching to shake things up, explore new genres, and keep pushing the boundaries of my artistry. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about spreading positivity, connecting with others, and making a meaningful impact in this ever-evolving world.