Debut albums usually happen for most artists in a significant life timeline, but for 12 year old Seattle-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Nikhil Bagga, he’s quite ahead of the curve. Deeply connected with music from his elementary school days, Bagga took up guitar at nine so he could learn to play along with his favorites: AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Ayron Jones, and Queen. His first public performance was busking in San Diego – on his 10th birthday. Only 12 years old, he is what some call a prodigy and what others refer to as future rock star.
Songwriting comes at the craft from a simpler place. “I was inspired to write my songs”, he explains, “because I have so much fun playing other people’s songs. I thought it would great write my own.”
Soon, playing covers wasn’t enough to satisfy his passion. Bagga started writing, documenting his daily
reality in song. After amassing a catalog of originals, he wanted to find a way to share his music with
others. Recorded at Seattle’s London Bridge Studios with producer Eric Lilavois (Macklemore, Death Cab
for Cutie), Bagga is poised to release his debut full length recording Leap of Faith in the spring of 2022.
The record features drummer Ben Smith (Heart) and bassist Jeff Rouse (Loaded) in addition to Bagga’s
vocals and guitar.
Glide is premiering the infectious hooks of Bagga’s “Hypnotized,” (bellow) that displays a tenacity for thick bleeding guitar tones and the 90’s punchy alt rock of Teenage Fanclub and Matthew Sweet.
“Hypnotized is a song that I wrote when my brother lied to me, and I was wondering if i could give him my trust. Hypnotized was a way to get all those feelings and emotions, out into a song of my own,” says Bagga.