Singer-songwriter-guitarist Sahil Jagtiani has launched a YouTube series (on his channel SSJ Productions), made for music enthusiasts and upcoming guitar players, to help develop their passion by strengthening the foundations of their understanding and appreciation of the instrument. Sahil is doing this by posting reviews of a wide range of guitars, simple tips on maintaining & optimizing their guitar-related gear, as well as guitar modification projects, jam sessions & exclusive interviews. “There are so many guitar lessons accessible online, however, there is precious little online content on gauging guitar quality, especially from the perspective of the Indian market, which is being flooded with cheap low-quality Chinese guitar products. If guitarists don’t enjoy the instruments they have bought, there is less likelihood of them nurturing their hobby into a passion, or even of them continuing to play,” says Sahil.
Through his videos, Sahil explores the finer details of the guitar’s craftsmanship in order for
viewers to understand the kind of effort that has gone into making the instrument. “My goal is to get viewers to appreciate the value of production. So many Indian music companies that make instruments have shut down because of the inflow of cheap, low-quality instruments. Also, at the moment, there is more International material in the marketplace. I am hoping that the show helps offer upcoming Indian manufacturers a platform to showcase the quality of their work.”
So far, Sahil has released 7 episodes & 3 Tech Tip videos in the series, including a review of Ehsan Noorani’s Signature Squier Stratocaster, a list of the best acoustic guitars in India under Rs.10,000, the SL Drive pedal demo & a comparison of the semi-acoustic guitars Kepma G1E & Taylor 314ce in collaboration with guitarist Shantanu Chakravorty. The series has so far had over 50,000 views and received several encouraging comments. “There will be a quarterly geargiveaway, starting at the end of June, which includes guitars, pedals, pickups, and other guitar related equipment. In the future we hope to conduct competitions to showcase upcoming talent, interview senior guitarists and host a FAQ show.”.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.