Since parting ways with Manila Killa, Aseem Mangaokar of Hotel Garuda, has not slowed down. Instead, the enthusiastic producer has effortlessly stepped outside of his comfort zone and debuted his very own vocals in his latest single "Head In The Trees"—a song that is truly representative of his individual sound for the first time in his career.
"This is my most personal song to date. I've made a name for myself making dance music and I want to show a side of me that hasn’t been shown before," the producer shares. "Writing, producing and singing on this track was a challenge that I took on nervously, as I wasn't sure if people would take me seriously as an artist until I made something that was entirely mine. "Head In The Trees" is a love song that marks an important change in my life that happened about two years ago, and only now do I feel comfortable with baring this part of me to everyone else."
His most personal song to date, Mangaokar explores a vastly different sound from what fans are accustomed to hearing from the Hotel Garuda project. "Head In The Trees" is an indie-electronica dream; a medley of soothing instrumentals with a light-hearted tempo, Mangaokar's languid vocals are highlighted, reinforcing the relaxed and groovy disposition of the track. Truly, it's a track that is a testament to his versatility and his monumental to his discography.
Born in Mumbai, and a graduate of Occidental college in America, Aseem Mangaokar of Hotel Garuda has epitomized the DIY culture of modern dance music. Scaling the online tastemaker world with an array of remixes and remakes, his versatile sound has continued to beckon attention far beyond the music forums. Since his inception, he has been solicited for official remixes from the likes of Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Kaskade, Galantis, BANKS and more.
Hotel Garuda will be joining Jai Wolf as a special guest on The Cure to Loneliness Tour later this month.
APR 26 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
APR 27 The Loft at Skyway Theatre Minneapolis, MN
MAY 1 The Truman Kansas City, MO
MAY 2 – 3 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO (SOLD OUT)
MAY 4 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
MAY 5 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
MAY 6 The Wilma Missoula, MT
MAY 9 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
MAY 10 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
MAY 11 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
MAY 31 The Shrine Los Angeles, CA
Buy/stream "Head In The Trees" here.
Photo credit: Jordan Douglas