Catching up with: Sundara Karma; PRS Foundation Funded Artist

Sundara Karma are an English Indie rock band from Reading, Berkshire in England.

They formed as Sundara Karma in 2015. The band members are singer/guitarist Oscar Pollock, lead guitarist Ally Baty, bassist Dom Cordell and drummer Haydn Evans. Their debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect was released on the 6th January 2017.

As one of the 37 acts being sent to SXSW this year from PRS Foundation's International Showcase Fund, we took the opportunity to get to know them a little better.

What does it mean for you to be able to play SXSW?

We’ve wanted to play SXSW for so long! We are just so excited to experience it for the first time.

Are there any other artists that you’re looking forward to seeing in Texas?

If we get the chance we'd love to try and catch Let’s Eat Grandma, Wu-tang Clan, Modern English, The Lemon Twigs and our sisters Blaenavon.  We're sure there are loads more too.

What would you say your musical ‘style’ is like?

Family-friendly, squeaky-clean, satanic, pop, rock.

Who have you taken influence from in your career?

Lots and lots of stuff. Artists that we probably aren’t even aware of. The most standout artist is someone called Lama Marut, he was one of my biggest inspirations for the first record.

What else does 2017 have in store for you?

More shows and more tunes. We’re doing another American tour but we are teaming up with Alt-Nation this time. We are going to be going out to Asia later on in the year which we are so excited about. Fingers crossed for a European tour at the very end of the year too.

What new artists are you listening to this year?

I couldn’t recommend our friends Palm Honey and our childhood sweetheart Matt Maltese more highly. I’m very excited about a band called Happy Meal Ltd as well.

What has the journey been like to get to this point?

Long but delicious, slow but just the right pace. We’ve all grown up with each other so it’s basically been like one long very drawn out Christmas.

How important is funding from PRS Foundation to emerging artists?

It can be really tough for artists who want to answer people's wishes of playing in their home countries and a lot of the time no one is making anything substantial to even begin flirting with those sort of ideas. It’s a necessity I think but also a massive privilege to be given funding from PRS Foundation because it can get you to those dark and uncharted territories at the snap of a finger.

Are you headed to SXSW? Catch Sundara Karma here:

Sundara Karma at Stubb's
Mar 17, 2017, 7:30pm — 8:00pm

Sundara Karma at Buffalo Billiards
Mar 17, 2017, 11:40pm — 12:20am

Sundara Karma at Latitude 30
Mar 18, 2017, 12:00am — 12:40am

In November 2016, PPL pledged to invest £200k per year in new artists as part of the PRS for Music Foundation partnership. Find out more here.