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Identity, Awareness & Representation: An AAPI Heritage Month Conversation With Young the Giant’s Sameer Gadhia

As one of the very few Indian-American singers in this space, Gadhia hopes to challenge the narrative of the genre belonging to white men. After seeing how diverse the crowds at his shows have been over the years, he strongly believes that “there’s more to this than just being white boy music.”   

In his latest project, Gadhia reshapes the traditional depiction of alt/indie artists in his new radio show Point of OriginIn a series of playlists and interviews, the singer spotlights various artists of color and delves into their backgrounds — ultimately showcasing how “there are so many more angles that can be drawn from this genre. A recent episode features Filipino-British indie darling Beabadoobee, as Gadhia guides listeners through the music that inspired her along with stories about her hometown.  

Below, the lead singer shares with Billboard his own origin story – from living the Asian-American dream of getting into Stanford to ultimately following his own dream of becoming a rockstar — while also revisiting where he grew up, and reflecting on how the city’s diversity served as a stark contrast to whiteness of the alt rock sphere.   

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