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Daily Inspiration: Meet Thebalaboys (Sriram and Ganesh)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thebalaboys (Sriram and Ganesh). They are stars in the making and if you don’t already, we highly recommend following their journey on instagram.

Hi Thebalaboys, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
We were surrounded by music from a very young age. Our father was a percussionist and we were exposed to various forms of music, ranging from Indian Classical music to hip hop and were always fascinated by performers and the energy they created with music. We took a particular liking to sing Indian Classical Music when we were around ten years old, and at the age of 14, we got the opportunity to perform with Grammy-Award winning Indian percussion (Ghatam) maestro, Sri Vikku Vinayakram at the most reputed concert venue in Singapore, the Esplanade Concert hall.

As we got to high school we started diving deeper into the art form with genuine passion, becoming Special Interest students of one of the most accomplished Indian Classical Musicians today, Abhishek Raghuram. After completing high school and the mandatory military service in Singapore, both of us got admitted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, with prestigious scholarships. Berklee was a great fit for us. The college is a melting pot of talented musicians from all over the world, encompassing various genres and inspired us to find our own unique eclectic sound, where classical vocals is infused with a distinctively modern sound. We have just graduated from college in Fall 2021 and are currently based in Los Angeles, California.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been a smooth road. Just like many other Musicians, the Covid Pandemic was a major curveball we had to counter, we missed out on several scheduled live shows. We also had to adapt to virtual college lessons, which is a less than ideal scenario especially for music students where so much learning and development happens during in-person collaborations. However, it also forced us to approach our music-making in a more self-reliant manner, we learnt to produce and mix our own music. That has definitely been a positive takeaway from this challenging period.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We are twins and we love to sing, we want the world to hear the ‘Thebalaboys’ sound, haha! We have had the privilege to work and collaborate with legends of Indian Classical Music, including Ganesh & Kumaresh and Grammy award-winning Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, We just recently started releasing our covers/interpretations of Indian songs on Instagram, in the reels format. We have seen tremendous growth in our following during the past month, we are grateful that our music is really connecting with the Indian Diaspora across the world. We are currently working on our original music, collaborating with several musicians in Los Angeles and worldwide. We plan on releasing our debut cross-genre album, with Indian and Western Influences, this Fall.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Do connect with us on Instagram, @thebalaboys

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