Ajay Srivastav is a singer/songwriter and guitar player whose music flows from the banks of Delta Blues to the sacred rivers of Indian folk. Lyrically he mixes the personal with the spiritual, forever bouncing between doubt and faith. Ajay's music is raw, passionate and uplifting.
As a musician Ajay has worked with a diverse variety of acts such as Jamiroquai, Gregory Isaacs, Zakir Hussain, Sister India and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan. His song-writing skills have been touted by British music legend Jah Wobble who has produced two of his forthcoming tracks. Ajay’s passion for music and a global philosophy has taken him on a journey that has seen him work as a touring guitarist, compose for film and musical theatre, write Top 10 hits in India and garner success on the World Music scene with his band Botown. However, something was missing and while taking a break from touring he travelled to his father’s hometown of Varanasi ‘the holy city of India’ in search of his truth and came back with Karmic Blues. A sound that was stripped down to resonator guitar, slide, tabla and a hint of tanpura.
In his own words Ajay says “I was really struggling with the way the world was going and my place in it. I started to write about how I felt and whilst I haven’t found the answers, I feel like I’m at the beginning of something.”
A seasoned live performer, Ajay has gigged at legendary venues such as The jazz Café, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. His introspective, laid-back style and spiritual/meditative lyrics transcends traditional musical borders and is winning him audiences up and down the country.
— BBC Three Counties Radio
“As well as the beauty of the music, there is much topical punch about social issues to some of the lyrics and much spirituality. Astonishing and unique music.””
— SLAP Magazine
“An intrepid journey to the spaces between folk, blues, psychedelica, and traditional Indian music that hits all the right notes.”
— Adobe & Teardrops