Nikhil D'Souza

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Nikhil D'Souza
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Background information
Born (1981-11-21) 21 November 1981 (age 40)
OriginMumbai, India
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar
LabelsEast West Records

Nikhil D'Souza (born 21 November 1981) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Mumbai, India,[1] and is now signed to East West Records of Warner Music UK.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Nikhil D'Souza was born and brought up in Mumbai and majored in Geology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai but returned to his musical roots after an encounter with a friend.[4][5]


Nikhil's genre and musical style can be loosely defined as eclectic acoustic guitar-based pop. His songs have a full melodic quality to them due to his use of alternative tunings (favoured by such artists as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley). Nikhil's major musical influences are Sting and Jeff Buckley.[3] He was the South Asia Soloist Winner at SUTASI '09.[6]

Nikhil has released three songs with East West Records, a label owned by Warner Music UK. These include Silver and Gold and Beautiful Mind.[7][8]

Rolling Stone Music Magazine in India has favourably featured Nikhil's music several times: Neha Sharma from Rolling Stone said his "strength as a songwriter is well established in his numerous gripping compositions. Most of his songs shiver with this arresting melancholy as his falsetto glides over twangy guitar riffs”.[9] India Today also included Nikhil as part of their "Faces of the Future," and he has featured on MTV's COKE Studio series and Sofar Sounds.[citation needed]


Year Song Movie Composer C-Singer(s)
2010 Shaam Aisha Amit Trivedi Amit Trivedi, Neuman Pinto
Mere Bina Crook Pritam
Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani Anjaana Anjaani Vishal-Shekhar Monali Thakur
Main Jiyunga Break Ke Baad
2011 I'm The One Ishaan
Khwab (Rock) Kucch Luv Jaisaa Pritam
Khwab (Raghav's Confession)
Hello Hello Laila Dhada Devi Sri Prasad Neha Bhasin
You're So Beautiful Haunted Chirantan Bhatt
Lamha Lamha Ye Stupid Pyar Vipin Patwa
2012 Gubbare Gubbare Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Amit Trivedi
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai – Reprise Players Pritam Priyani Vani
"Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai - Remix" Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal
Jannatein Kahan (Power Ballad) Jannat 2
Sang Hoon Tere
Tera Naam Japdi Phiran Cocktail Javed Bashir, Shefali Alvares
Tera Naam Japdi Phiran - Remix
Anu Vidhaiththa Boomiyile (Tamil) Vishwaroop Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Kamal Haasan
Koi Kahin (Hindi)
Dooriyan Cigarette Ki Tarah
2013 Out of Control David Mikey McCleary Preeti Pillai
Bas Main Aur Tu Akaash Vani Hitesh Sonik Neeti Mohan
Jaata Hai Tujh Tak Murder 3 Anupam Amod
Jaata Hai Tujh Tak (Film Version)
Thu Hi Rey Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde Anoop Rubens Nithya Menen
Alvida D-Day Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Sukhvinder Singh, Shruti Hassan, Loy Mendonsa
Har Kisi Ko Boss Chirantan Bhatt
Ninne Ninne Chusthunte Adda
2014 O Gujariya Queen Amit Trivedi Shefali Alvares
Bebaak Filmistaan Arijit Datta
Waakeyi Amit Sahni Ki List Raghu Dixit Shruti Pathak
Bezubaan Life is beautiful! John Hunt
2015 Lip to Lip Katti Batti Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Ritu Pathak
Tu Mila Timepass 2 Vishal-Shekhar Shamali Kholgade
2016 You and Me Befikre Vishal-Shekhar Rachael Vergese
2017 Parinda (Search) Jab Harry Met Sejal Pritam Tochi Raina
Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate Golmaal Again Abhishek Arora Anushka Manchanda
2018 Phir Se Title Track Phir Se... Jeet Gannguli Shreya Ghoshal
Phir Se Title Track (Sad Version)
Phir Se Title Track (Remix)
2019 Vaaste Singles Tanishk Bagchi Dhvani Bhanushali
Dil Hi Toh Ha The Sky Is Pink Pritam Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra
2020 People[10] Single:EP - Nikhil Dsouza
Waqt[11] EP - Nikhil Dsouza
Aadatein Gaurav Dagaonkar
2021 Tu Hi Hai Meri Zindagi Jubair Muhammed Nikhil Dsouza


  1. "Party for the Telly Stars". The Times of India. 30 April 2009. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012.
  2. "HappySing: Nikhil D'Souza". Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "East West Records". East West Records. Archived from the original on 2 September 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. "Chosen 1 : Nikhil D'Souza". Indian Rock mp3. 15 June 2010.
  5. "Premiere: Nikhil D'Souza – 'Still In Love'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  6. "Nikhil D'Souza -". Rolling Stone India. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  7. "Article | Neon Music". | Neon Music. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. "Creating Music From Your Own Experiences Is Rewarding | Singer Nikhil D'Souza". News 18. 8 May 2018.
  9. "PlugUnplug featuring Nikhil D'Souza at Bonobo". Time Out. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  10. "People - 2 track EP".
  11. "Waqt EP".

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