Nikhil D’Souza shares taster track ‘Still In Love’, taken from his forthcoming album released in early 2018 on East West Records.
Recorded in London with producer Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, James Blunt), ‘Still In Love’ highlights a singer who can convey a maelstrom of emotions – passion, yearning, love, loss and sorrow – and who also possesses the power and the purity to articulately express himself in songs which are immediately relatable. ‘Still In Love’ is a song about the realisation that he was “completely head over heels in love” with someone he thought he’d moved on from.
Some musicians gravitate immediately to their calling, while for others a defining moment – perhaps a tragedy or a realisation that it’s now or never – sets them on their path. For Nikhil D’Souza, that rude awakening came with a chance meeting with an old friend in Mumbai while he was working as a geologist.
“I told him about the job and that it paid well and that they were thinking of promoting me,” D’Souza recalls, almost wincing at the memory. “He just looked at me and said ‘I want to slap you right now!’”
His friend reminisced about their time growing up, when D’Souza would be found carrying his guitar around town and playing music in people’s houses just for the sheer fun of it. That old pal concluded that the real Nikhil D’Souza wouldn’t have been content working as geologist for a living. This virtual slap-in-the-face set D’Souza on a new journey, which necessitated taking a huge risk – he quit his job, headed back to his home city of Mumbai and then hustled to get any break in music that he could find.
Outside of ‘Still In Love’, D’Souza has an ever-growing collection of songs that are waiting to be discovered. As well as Jeff Cohen and Martin Terefe, D’Souza has also been working with Jamie Hartman.
5th – London, Servant Jazz Club (headline show)
9th – Cornbury Festival
11th – London, Hospital Club (with KT Tunstall)
27th – Cambridge Folk Festival