Andy, the grandson of revered Nadaswaram player S.R.D. Vaidyanathan, developed his musicianship and production techniques through formal music studies and hearty helpings of YouTube tutorials. His artistic journey began in adolescence in the industrial city of Chennai, India, where he started taking private lessons in western classical piano and Carnatic singing lessons with his grandfather.
Andy crudely recorded his first few tracks with a desktop mic and used TV speakers for playback – got to start somewhere, right? He then began devouring the internet for information on DIY recording techniques and rapidly learned DAWs like Audacity and Cubase 5, which he used to record all the material on Scars & Wounds. Andy knew there was more to learn and room to grow, which prompted his momentous decision to study in the epicenter of entertainment: Los Angeles.
As for his stage name? Andy struggled to execute a guitar solo when recording “The Whammy Girl,” but a 1.5mm deus ex machina was all it took to unlock his guitar technique; his friend lent him a thicker pick emblazoned with the Dunlop alligator, which Andy mistook for a crocodile (It’s all about the snout shape, if you were curious about the difference). This revelation compelled him to adopt the reptile as his moniker. And like the crocodile, Andy is a cold-blooded composer, producer, and performer, ready to bring his unique blend of indie, rock, jazz, and folk music to the world.