ABHI THE NOMAD: American Alien Tour with Harrison Sands

Ever since he was born, Abhi has had to pack up and move against his will, necessitating “The Nomad” modifier that adorns his name. Because of his dad’s job, his family moved 8 different times in 18 years before he finally achieved enough autonomy during his college years to settle down in Thousand Oaks, California. A list of the places Abhi’s lived reads like a travel blog’s wet dream: Madras, India to Beijing to Hong Kong to New Delhi back to Beijing back to New Delhi to the Fiji Islands to New Delhi again before arriving in Thousand Oaks, California. Throughout all his travels, he kept a certain set of songs with him, becoming the skeleton for his soon-to-be-released “Marbled”.

Thanks to a Student Visa at Cal Lutheran University, Abhi finally felt like he had a place to call home. He met his now-girlfriend (Sarah) there, lived an hour out from the entertainment capital of the world in LA, and even got a job at a recording studio to hold him down while he was building his online following as an artist with popular songs like “Floors” and “Underdog”. He continued adding songs to “Marbled”, incessantly tweaking and fine tuning his existing selection.

Yet Abhi was reminded of how much we lack true agency over our lives when, despite all that Abhi had built in Thousand Oaks, he was forced out of the country because of immigration laws. The way the Student Visa worked, it was stipulated that to stay in the country, Abhi needed to graduate Cal Lutheran, find a job in his field of study (which he did), and only then would he be able to enter a lottery that would determine whether he could stay in the U.S. Unfortunately, he lost the lottery, and was abruptly shipped to India.

By this time, Abhi was buzzing enough on Spotify to make enough to live in Lille, France. It was here that he signed to iconic record label Tommy Boy Entertainment (Ghostface Killah and Method Man) and started gearing up for his first ever album release. After a co-sign from Ebro Darden on Beats 1 Radio, as well as a spot on one of Tyler Oakley’s playlists, his music life was thriving.

This set of songs is more than just a debut album. Marbled is the culmination of a long road spanning more than 10 cities, 8 states, and 4 countries. It’s the only person, place, or thing he could rely on, the only friend he had with him at every stop. And it represents his best chance to achieve the elusive stability he’s been longing for – that we all long for – ever since he was kid from Madras, India.

Harrison Sands

Harrison Sands makes good sounds.


Duo from Berkeley, CA

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