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The Unstarving Musician

The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features interviews with indie music artists an industry pros who share their experience and expertise on songwriting, recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s all intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.

Nov 3, 2017

Aki Kumar fell in love with the blues and blues harmonica, but Bollywood pop is part of his music memory. This memory is creating what's likely to become a bonafide genre–Bollywood Blues. You can hear this on his latest album Aki Goes to Bollywood.

Although Aki is of Indian decent, his bold move to mix the blues and Bollywood pop from his childhood started with his love of the Chicago blues sound. Although the final tracks of his first album Don’t Hold Back were perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come. In the early days of his love affair with the blues, Aki focused on learning to play harp and performing blues classics. His rapid rise to success is a testament to his talent as a performer, but may also be attributed some of his success to the people he’s surrounded himself with, including the likes of David Barrett, Kid Andersen and Jim Pugh. Even so, Aki is a fantastic performer/entertainer with a flair for style. He’s also a consummate professional who looks after the small details as much as he does the bigger picture. When I asked him about business and where he’s currently focusing his energy, he said without hesitation– live performances.

Show Notes

Poor House Bistro
Mark Hummel
David Barrett
School of the Blues
Kid Andersen, Greaseland Studios
Jim Pugh and Little Village Foundation
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
June Core
Charlie Musselwhite
Vance Ehlers
Aki on KQED Arts Radio
Bill Lonero & Guitarcore Originator
Aki on Facebook
Aki on Instagram