Marquee Memories: Prateek Kuhad

We know you spend a lot of time on reliving the magic of some of your best music memories - and in turn those artists and bands have their most cherished concert moments as part of their rich personal and professional history. In this episode of Marquee Memories (our first of 2022!) singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad walks us through three standout moments in his show-going history. Hear about his very first festival experience, how a simple stage setup influenced his approach and what running song he was dying to hear live in 2014. Take a look:

Ben Howard at Bowery Ballroom

"I saw Ben Howard at Bowery Ballroom. I think it was 2014. [Ed. Note: It was 2012] Firstly, I love Bowery Ballroom as a venue. It's a little smaller. I think it's like 500, 600 people. And seeing Ben Howard there was amazing. He played with a very small set up on that stage, as far as I can remember, like, it was just him, his drummer, and a cellist. So it was super intimate, but at the same time, it sounded incredible, like really big. And I remember being really impressed with that. The drummer was also kinda playing the bass at the same time while playing drums, which was really super cool. That kinda influenced my approach to live sets as well. I would always try to find musicians who could do multiple things."
Ben Howard setlist
"It was the end of the concert, everybody was applauding really hard, and I remember him just looking and smiling, almost very shyly, and it just came across really humble in that moment. It felt like he was almost surprised at how the audience was reacting, and I just remember being like, "That's so cool." That was a very memorable moment for me."

Tame Impala at Rock En Seine

Tame Impala, from 2015, at this music festival in Paris called Rock en Seine. I went there with a bunch of my friends from school, there were four of us. That was my first festival experience. I saw a lot of acts, but Tame Impala is one I was most excited for. They just put out that album called "Currents" that year. There was a song called "Eventually," which I was just obsessed with at the time. We got there, it was crowded, full of energy. They played the song "Eventually." (laughs).
Tame Impala setlist
"They had a massive-sounding band. He always plays with a lot of cool musicians. I just remember the setup being really intense, and that also comes with its own energy. And I feel like I'm always trying to bring that energy on stage as well."

Young The Giant at Hammerstein Ballroom

"This was back in 2013 or 2014 at Hammerstein Ballroom, which is again, one of my favorite venues in New York. It's a much bigger venue. The sound is very interesting, it's super spacious. I went for Young the Giant. Amazing set. I remember being really obsessed with this song called "My Body." It's like this really high energy, pumped-up song, and it used to be my running song. I also just remember waiting for that song, "My body," till the end, and they didn't actually play it till the encore. Kept telling my girlfriend at the time that like, "Man, what's going on? When are they gonna play that song?" Then they went off stage and I was like, "What the hell just happened?" And then they came back and played it, so that was great."
Young the Giant setlist
"Fast forward five, six years later, and Sameer from Young the Giant is a really good friend of mine now. Weird heard how it kinda came full circle like that."

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