Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Nottingham singer Jinda Biant to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Born and raised in Nottingham, but my family are indian heritage. I first got into music by playing classical indian drums called the Tabla at the age of 9. This then grew into me playing guitar at 16.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My main influence to pick up the guitar was my Dad's best friend Carl Axon who was the guitarist for a band called Dr & the Medics. I grew up in the britpop/grunge era so my main influences were Oasis and Nirvana. That being said I also had indian/eastern influences like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the whole Bhangra scene too.
My influences now are the same as when I was growing up as that never changes. Jack White has been a big influence on my music but also the old greats such as Lead Belly, Howlin Wolf, Son House, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and of course Elvis Presley.
How would you describe your sound?
It is my version of the blues mixed with my indian influences, I strive to keep things vintage and I love songs that tell a story and this comes through in my sound.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My debut album is called "Restless" it has blues influences throughout but is also quite nostalgic touching on family stories and even brave tales from WW2 that have inspired me.
What’s your local music scene like?
It's a lovely scene with a lot of talent and platforms for new artists to progress.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next festival I am playing is Hockley Hustle Nottingham.
I have a lot of hard work ahead, promoting my album, doing several blues festivals next year. Also planning on another tour around Europe and USA.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Too many to mention...
Jack White, David Grohl, Gary Clark Jr. to name a few. I am also excited to be working with Clarke Camilleri and Hamish Dickinson in the future.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I supported Jack Broadbent in January it was a great show I really felt like I connected with the crowd. After the show several people approached my brother mistaking him for me saying things like "great show buddy could I get you to sign this CD" and "can I get you a beer?" My brother just rolled with it and enjoyed being me as I just sat back and laughed.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I am passionate about making new music, I love inspiring others to start playing an instrument. I would like readers to check out my album "Restless" and come out to shows and please come and say hello.