Sameer Gadhia is here to give you something to believe in with his brand-new show on Alt Nation (Ch. 36). Starting Tuesday, August 18th, Gadhia — frontman for chart-topping rock band Young The Giant — is set to launch Point Of Origin, a spotlight feature highlighting hand-picked, culturally diverse musical discoveries in the alternative space.
Hosted and curated by Gadhia, Point Of Origin will focus on one artist over a two-week period by granting heavy on-air exposure to one song from the artist, accompanied by Gadhia’s own commentary. The first artist to be featured is Pennsylvania native and Pigeons & Planes New Artist to Watch in 2020, binki, who describes his sound as “packed with equal parts riotous funk and cavalier rap with a bratty-rock swagger.” After creating buzz across the blog circuit and touring with Benee and Still Woozy, binki’s “Sea Sick” will garner its first national radio airplay as the first featured song on Point of Origin. For more information, visit pointoforigin.world.
“By its very definition, alternative music is supposed to challenge boundaries by providing new and unheard possibilities. Though the sonic landscape is diverse, the limelight has cast a vastly monochromatic field. I am living proof that this is not so, and my aim is to illuminate artists who express the truest definition of what alternative is and should be by identifying what connects us all to our shared love of music. Through this platform, I want to create opportunities for artists of colour and help foster a divergent narrative for today and tomorrow’s alternative music scene,” Gadhia explains.
Called “one of the great contemporary rock voices” by The New York Times, Gadhia is the son of immigrants from Ahmadabad, India, who came to the United States in the ’80s shortly before he was born. Issues of culture and diversity have been something he’s ruminated on for most of his life, both consciously and subconsciously. Young the Giant’s 2016 album Home of the Strange deliberately honed in on the modern American immigrant story, a theme that was especially relevant to the quintet as they’re each from different ethnic backgrounds with most being immigrants themselves or first-generation Americans. Gadhia wrote about balancing the two very different worlds of his ethnicity and nationality in an editorial piece for Salon, and also had an in-depth conversation with NPR’s Ailsa Chang on the topic for Weekend Edition.
Young the Giant is currently writing and recording music for their next album, much of which was chronicled in the band’s “Song A Day” project which sees band members sharing music clips with each other over Instagram, culminating in a completed song each Saturday. Fans can watch the process in their Instagram highlights HERE.