WHEN CHAI MET TOAST
When Chai Met Toast balance their folk- pop roots with forays into indie rock and alternative rock. The band consists of vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar, guitarist Achyuth Jaigopal, keyboard player Palee Francis and drummer Pai Sailesh. Formed in 2016 with their debut EP ‘Joy of Little Things,’ the quartet swiftly gained attention for their unique multilingual lyrics, infectious sing-along choruses, and incorporation of acoustic folk instruments. Their 2018 breakout Khoj (Passing By) from ‘Believe’ garnered critical acclaim. Their first full-length album ‘When We Feel Young’ (2021) showcased a blend of electric guitars, synths, and a pop touch while preserving their folk-inspired essence. Some album tracks were reimagined as ‘Nature Tapes’ versions, featuring acoustic renditions amidst nature. Their latest release, the third EP ‘LYTS,’ propelled them as India’s most streamed English band, solidifying their status as genre pioneers. They have performed shows at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix 2022 and Expo 2020 – Dubai. Their US tour in 2023 was followed by their EP release India tour, where the band sold over 12000 tickets across 8 cities – the highest by any Indian English artist.