Born in Chennai, India, Sid Sriram's family immigrated to San Francisco when he was just one year old. He became obsessed with music at an early age and went to Berklee College of Music, and was discovered by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, among many other scores), and shot to fame for singing "Adiye" on Rahal's score for 2013's Kadal. Sid's been steadily releasing music over the decade but is only now releasing his debut album, Entropy, which is out February 6. The album combines South Indian Classical (Carnatic), R&B, pop and even spoken word. Sid tells us a little about how it all came together:

When I first started piecing together the Entropy LP, it was a cathartic exercise more than anything else. I was born in Chennai, India and raised in Fremont, California. I started training Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music at the age of 3 with my mother, and I fell in love with soul, R&B and hip hop music when I was around 9. Growing up, I very stubbornly clutched to the notion that these two aspects of my identity -- the "Indian" part and the "American" part -- had to be completely isolated from one another. As I evolved as an artist, and as a human, over the years, I gradually realized that fragmenting my identity was detrimental. The creative process for Entropy helped to crystalize this epiphany. It was an opportunity to surrender, allowing me to channel inspiration from a deeply subconscious place.

Through Entropy, I realized there is immense power and beauty in allowing all the different shades of one's identity to swim together freely, clashing against and feeding into each other, evolving as one. Entropy is me in my truest, most raw form. It is where pop, soul, Indian classical roots and ambient/lo-fi alternative music converge vibrantly. Each song is a deep dive into some of the most profound moments of my life. This is an album that's allowed me to understand, embrace and celebrate my identity, with all of its dimension and complexity.

A stream of Entropy premieres in this post -- listen to the whole album below.

Sid will also be on tour in March, including stops in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Toronto, Brooklyn, Montreal and Boston. The Brooklyn show happens March 21 at National Sawdust and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.


03.03 - Fox Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
03.07 - The Sunset - Seattle, WA *SOLD OUT*
03.08 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
03.09 - Masonic Lounge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery - Los Angeles, CA
03.10 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
03.19 - Sleeping Village - Chicago, IL
03.20 - Opera House - Toronto, ON *SOLD OUT*
03.21 - National Sawdust - Brooklyn, NY
03.23 - Le Ministère - Montreal, QC
03.24 - Cafe 939 - Boston, MA *SOLD OUT*

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