by Mihir Joshi on Sunday, March 10, 2013
- Performing Arts and Music
- Session type
- Technical level
To share my thoughts on the change in the music scene as seen from the perspective of someone who has been a radio jockey and a singer.
I also want to share the importance of radio in the current music scene and how it can really help out independent musicians in the years to come!
I've been a radio jockey and a musician myself for about 9 years now. Since the very start of my career in radio I knew that I wanted to support independent musicians and bands on radio. I knew that if a scene had to grow, it could only happen in mainstream radio started supporting bands and singers. Since no one was doing that back then (2004), I thought I'd start it myself.
When I started out...there were quite a few bands...but nowhere near the number we see these days. Recording wasn't always easy for the new bands and quality of the work done was seldom exceptional. When I suggested the concept to FM Rainbow back in 2004, there was a lot of pessimism about it. They didn't know if it would work...and they gave me no real support on how to go about getting the bands and the music. It was difficult but I went about finding the bands, their contacts, spoke with them from home, got them to send me their music and that's how it all began. With One Mumbai One Music, my show on Radio One, things got a lot easier. Bands approached me and the station also really supported the show. I think more shows like that are the need of the day.
So yes, over the years I've seen that change but we're still a long way from where we need to be. That being said, I can't stress how important it is for a band to get their music on radio...to come and talk to radio stations and just reach audiences they never knew they could have through radio. I've proved that to many bands...and I've also proved it to my listeners who were never into Indian bands and music...that we've got some absolutely incredible music out there.
Now with technology being what it is...bands are making even better sounding music. Radio stations just need to figure out how to get out of their regular patterns and support the scene.
What I'd like to talk about is...my experiences...as a radio jockey, the changes I've seen and maybe give some advice to young bands and musicians on how to get themselves out to radio stations and get their music out to the world.
A computer, speakers, a screen and projector.
Mihir Joshi is a Mumbai-based performer. He has been a singer, a radio jockey, an anchor & an actor.
He has two active bands right now...the Mihir Joshi Band - a blues rock band that's playing his originals and a few covers and the Bombay Rock Project - a band that plays old Bollywood songs in a modern rock-jazz-blues style.
You can soon see him anchoring Maruti Suzuki: Colors Of Youth on MTV. He is also currently singing with various other composers and is hoping to make a move into singing for Bollywood.
He has been a radio jockey in Mumbai for over 8 years now and most recently he anchored a special show on 94.3 Radio One on which he talked to singers and bands from all over. It was one of the only shows promoting independent musicians and bands. The show was called One Mumbai One Music!
He's continuing his passion for sharing music in the format of an online music show on his blog: http://musicmanmihir.blogspot.in/
You can also follow him on twitter. The twitter handle is @musicmanmihir and the link is http://twitter.com/musicmanmihir