What is it about “good” music that strikes such a deep chord with us - no matter where it comes from? Is it the genre, the beat, the instruments, the notes, the voice or something else? Exploring answers to this question has been a rewarding 20+year journey for Karthick Iyer, culminating in the creation of his own unique style of music called IndoSoul.
An electric violin, a mridangam, an acoustic guitar, bass and drums along with vocals form the core of the band, Karthick Iyer Live. Often seen collaborating with diverse musicians, the band breaks down superficial barriers between genres, instruments, cultures, languages to bring out the deep commonalities that define Indosoul.
“The Indian civilization has stood the test of time, welcoming and absorbing numerous cultures along the way - reinventing itself with every addition, but never losing its depth. In a similar vein, IndoSoul goes beyond the confines of genre, seeks out and welcomes other musical influences - while retaining its core identity of Indianness” - Karthick Iyer.
The musical journey
Karthick Iyer has over 20 years of classical carnatic experience, starting from the age of 8, captivating audiences with his soulful voice and emotion-led violin pieces across 'sabhas' and other venues.
Seeking to broaden his horizons, he started playing in the Indian film industry, with AR Rahman, Imman, Devi Sri Prasad and other notable music directors. He composed a song for a Bollywood movie along the way, as well as jingles for multiple TV ads.
Karthick then spent a few years performing across the world, in stages like Glastonbury (UK), Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts (US), WOMAD (Spain), One Movement (Perth), BBC’s 'Later with Jools Holland' and MTV Coke Studio - collaborating with internationally renowned artists The Raghu Dixit Project, Susheela Raman and Indo-acoustic band - Emergence
The journey has brought him to IndoSoul, and led him to form his own band, Karthick Iyer Live. The band consists of musicians from diverse musical backgrounds - Vikram Vivekanand on the guitar, Naveen Napier on the bass, Ramkumar Kanakarajan on drums, Sumesh Narayanan on the mridangam and percussion, and Karthick Iyer on violin and vocals.
Karthick Iyer Live seeks to introduce IndoSoul to people around the world, and inspire them to appreciate music that they might not have sought out on their own.