Philadelphia singer Shiv Katakam offers his signature blend of downtempo alt-R&B and experimental hip-hop sounds on “Innocent,” with an infusion of stunning soul music standing out. Built on gentle piano strains and Katakam’s hair-raising vocals, the timeless yet nostalgic production unfolds with emotive lyrics about the careless joy of childhood.
With influences of Frank Ocean peeking through, the melodic number reveals Katakam’s ability to fuse various genres together with penchant for penning verses reflecting on youthful experiences while he lived through them.
Raised in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and now based in Philadelphia, the 20-year-old rising talent’s love for music extends to a much younger age, dating back long before he started sharing singles with the world.
Growing older, music formed a touchstone for what Shiv wanted to do with his life. As he became serious about it, he began working as a sound engineer with a range of respected producers, engineers, and fellow artists including Koen Heldens, Timothy Day,andMichael Peroli.
Having dabbled in various genres from freestyle rap to indie, folk, R&B, and pop, the promising act also secured his first placement for vocal mixing on the song "Too Bizarre" by Swae Lee, Skrillex, andSiiickbrain, slowly and steadily building a space for himself in the industry.
An act worth keeping your eyes onShiv Katakam is set to make a major impact with his stunning musicality.
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