HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH AJAY SRIVASTAV
Who is Ajay Srivastav?
I'm a singer songwriter from North London currently working on my debut album. I've also composed for theater and toured with some very cool bands.
If you had to describe your sound using just five words, what would they be?
Uplifting, spiritual, bluesy, Indian, raw
Who are your biggest influences musically?
The Beatles, Muddy Waters, Bruce Springsteen and Amjad Ali Khan
What’s your songwriting process?
Inspiration, meditation and wine. Not necessarily in that order.
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
Revolver by The Beatles
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
I've performed on stage with the Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan (Google him!)
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Robert Plant because he has a deep love of the Blues as well as a great understanding of indigenous music from around the world.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
It's a musical trip from the Mississippi Delta to the Varanasi Ganges.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Vocal warm ups
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
A time machine
If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Probably one of my own earlier demos!
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you
I have a big thing for 80's pop!
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
My website is up to date with gig dates and videos www.ajayhq.com
Finally, What does the future hold for you as an artist?
I'm releasing my album towards the end of this year an din the meantime gigging here and there ;)
Spice Of Life,18 August
HOXTON SQ BAR & KITCHEN,30 August
The Borderline,01 September
The Old Queens Head,06 September
The Underbelly,20 September
The Borderline,17 November
The Camden Assembly,24 November