Hailing from Mumbai, India, singer-songwriter and versatile recording artist Ambarish releases a hopeful and optimistic single entitled "City Lights."
Influenced by a wide array of genres like blues, funk, alternative rock, and other similar sounds, Ambarish's main inspirations stem from acts like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, BB King, Indian classical veteran Shankar Mahadevan, and more. After discovering his passion for music during his time at university, Ambarish quickly became enamored by the energy and of his audiences and their passion for live music.
Recently releasing his refreshing and feel-good single "City Lights," Ambarish offers a sweet and heartfelt performance while allowing any listener to relate to his genuine lyricism. While swooning our speakers with his mid-tempo reggae/funk instrumentals, Ambarish leaves us motivated to be on the search for a better and brighter day.
Jumping into "City Lights," the song peacefully opens with a warm Afro-Caribbean drum arrangement and reggae-inspired guitar melodies that drift through our speakers like a warm embrace. As Ambarish makes his gentle and melodic vocal appearance, he sweetly serenades us with his beautiful stylings while basking in the city lights that get him through his dark and gloomy nights.
As we move into the hook, Ambarish opens his heart and explains how he craves love, freedom, sunshine, and better days while relying on the city lights to help steer him in the right direction. As the lush and soothing instrumentals lead us to the song's end, Ambarish leaves us with a bounty of hope for a better day.
Catch Ambarish's heartfelt and hopeful single "City Lights" on all digital streaming platforms.
Thank you for joining us at BuzzMusic Ambarish. What a heartfelt and genuine listening experience you've provided with your latest single, "City Lights." What inspired you to create a song about relying on the city lights to help get you through the night?
Thank you so much! The inspiration came from life. The song was initially co-written by one of my bandmates and me from my first band in India. But it was half done. Moving on a couple of years, I was in LA, working through some challenging times. During this time, I started going for long walks because it gave me time to heal.
During one of these evening walks, I had a moment where I realized how the people surrounded by the lights of the city, who were ending their day and seemed tired, were waiting to go home and rest. And it gave me an understanding of my situation at that time. I was taking time to heal because I was broken and tired. That was my resting phase. And just like the people on the streets were looking forward to the next day, I had some hope to see the light again. That moment reminded me of this song, and then I went ahead and finished the lyrics of the music and started bringing it to life.
What inspired the song's reggae instrumentals for "City Lights?" Why did you want to give the song this underlying groovy edge?
I wanted a chill vibe for the song as it is pretty straightforward. The song was originally composed as a Rock Ballad but I wanted to induce a sense of calm as well as a groove that people can move to. Reggae seemed to do justice to the vibe I was looking for.
Did you work with any producers or musicians when creating "City Lights?" Who helped bring your ideas to life?
Yes, I collaborated with a couple of musicians on the song. LA-based Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Chaise played the solo and lead guitar parts, while London-based Indian bassist Harry Mathew played bass. LA-based drummer Blair Shotts did a fantastic job on the drums and percussions, and Jeffrey Alan, based out of LA, played the keys. I did the rhythm guitars and vocals. The instruments were recorded in LA, the vocals in Mumbai.
What do you want your audience to feel and think after listening to "City Lights?" What emotions or thoughts do you want to evoke with this piece?
That's a great question! I want them to feel refreshed and hopeful after listening to the song. As far as the lyrics are concerned, I think I'll leave it up to them to interpret it in the way they can best relate to the song. I want to personally make the audience enjoy the music a lot. I hope it makes them happy and maybe a little curious to dig deeper into what the song is about if they haven't figured that out yet.
What's next for you?
I have my third single on the line for release by the end of this year. There's an element of surprise to it, which I'm excited for the people to hear. I've also been conceptualizing another project for a while now, which hopefully will be out by next year. All I can say about this project right now is that I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait for you to hear it.