Sid Sriram’s “Sidharth” World Tour Coming to The Fine Line


Indian carnatic singer, music producer, and R&B singer Sid Sriram graces the stage at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis on March 2, 2024. 

For Sid Sriram, there is a quality inherent in the Carnatic music of South India that he describes as “universal truth.” The 32-year-old singer/songwriter has spent years imparting this truth to audiences in India and across the world; today, he ranks as one of the most popular Bollywood singers of the past decade. On his new English-language album Sidharth, however, he departs from the musical lineage of his family’s home country, where he has lived since 2015, and draws on the R&B, indie rock, and American pop styles he grew up with as an immigrant kid in Fremont, CA, in the ’90s and 2000s. Through doing so, he hoped to find a way to communicate “truth” in music through deeper personal exploration.

“For maybe the first time, I was able to make music where all these different elements that feel like part of my DNA breathed through the songs,” Sid explains. “I didn’t have to try and think about how to express these things. It started to come out on its own.”

Sidharth is a massive-sounding record: soulful, ethereal, and emotionally dense. Many of its 14 tracks sound like they are echoing down from a mountaintop. However, the album was recorded in an intimate context. In the summer of 2021, Sid took a leap of faith and hopped on a plane to Minneapolis, where he and producer Ryan Olson (Poliça, Gayngs, Bon Iver), who had previously only met on Instagram, spent an intensive week in the studio. Most of the songs were tracked live by a small team of Olson associates, including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, of whom Sid was a longtime fan. “There was no ego,” Sid remembers. “Everyone was just really happy to be back in a room making music with each other. Granted, I didn’t know any of them at the time. But it felt really quickly like a family.”

Though its songs often look resolutely towards an open-ended future, Sidharth also represents a homecoming of sorts for Sid, re-embracing American culture after spending years absorbed in the musical traditions of his ancestral homeland. This return to his roots is reflected in the album title, which relates to a moment of childhood self-actualization. “When we first moved to the Bay, in second grade, I decided to change my name to Sid since so many people fucked it up,” he says. “Sidharth, in a way, is me reclaiming the name and everything that comes with it, not just culturally, but for me personally.” It is a fitting title for a record across which Sid seems to be—as he puts it—“excavating” his life experiences in search of clues that can help him on an uncertain and exciting journey ahead.

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