Ones To Watch: Abhi The Nomad

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Ones To Watch: Abhi The Nomad

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019

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All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2019. Hosted by Jody Denberg/produced by Art Levy. Hear an audio version of this at the bottom of the page.

Abhi Sridharan Vaidehi is the son of an Indian diplomat, which meant that as a kid, Abhi moved to a new country with his family every few years. Making music became something of a necessity.

“That’s the way I’d keep my memories, personally,” Abhi told Fresh and Confucious of The Breaks last year in Studio 1A. “I got to put them into writing, and it’s kind of the only thing that’s consistent because everything changes.”

Now based in Austin, he performs under the name Abhi the Nomad. His 2018 album Marbled shows that there are positive aspects to his nomadic life. Abhi raps about moving past faults to move forward, all set to some forward-thinking production.