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Sumit is an Indian American artist adding refreshing nuance to the South Asian American sound. His music’s infectiously high energy is reflected in his music videos and stage presence; he’s garnered co-signs from Rico Nasty and Mozzy, and has opened for Dominic Fike, Weston Estate, Dro Kenji, and more. His recent song and video collaboration with Abhi The Nomad, “Like Me”, has the diaspora’s ears perked up—Sumit is ready and eager to give them more.

Photographer: Julian Perry (@Julian.sp)

Ethnicity: Indian
Location: Los Angeles (CA), USA


GET TO KNOW - completed June 2024
3 words to describe you:
Energetic, Vibrant, Playful

3 words to describe your music:
Bouncy, Dynamic, Lively

Describe the moment you knew that you wanted to pursue music:
In middle school, I memorized the 3rd verse of Eminem's Rap God. For a week on the bus to school, I would 'perform' for everyone--and the joy that brought me sparked a desire for performance. 

Years later, in freshman year of college, my friend showed me 'MOSHPIT' by Baby Keem. I fell in love, keeping the namesake for my own first song, produced by that same friend. Now I had my own art to perform. 

How does your heritage impact your art?
I constantly look to my South Asian American peers and influences for inspiration. India (and the entire diaspora) have such a vibrant culture that's underrepresented in America, and I know that my peers and I have the unique opportunity to help define what it means to be Indian American, or South Asian American. I keep that with me in everything that I do.

What moment are you most proud of in your music journey so far?
In the Spring of 2022, I opened for Dominic Fike at USC's Springfest. I incorporated skits, stage design, and group choreography to bring the show alive, and it all landed perfectly. Seeing people reference that, to this day, brings a smile every time.

Your next career/music goal:
I want to tour, opening for artists like Abhi The Nomad, Rico Nasty, etc.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who and why?
Baby Keem--I'm in awe of his production and writing ability, and think he has one of the most unique sounds I've heard. Furthermore, I think he has a uniquely high energy that I draw a lot of inspiration from. 

Top 3 go to songs/artists:
STATS - Baby Keem
Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye - A$AP Rocky
And then I got revenge - jev.

Words you live by:
It's not about making the right decision, It's about making the decision right. 

Anything else you'd like to share:
I just released a music video for my Song with Abhi The Nomad.