Ever since my childhood I have had a passion for music, be it dancing along or singing along to it. It is something I have always enjoyed the company of during different phases of my life. My journey with it started during my teens when I used to go to church with my parents. It used to amaze me to see someone play guitar and sing along with it. The moment was more than magical and it really inspired me. I made up my mind to learn how to play guitar and I started doing so after I came to Bangalore for college. Since then I have taught myself how to play guitar with help of friends and also from various YouTube guitar tutorials.
Independent music is still not considered a secure career in India, how did you deal with the conventional thought process?
Independent music is a big challenge in India, specially since we have Bollywood here. The music industry in India promotes and focuses more towards movies than the artists. But then there is internet. The virtual world gives a wonderful platform to all the artist to showcase their talent and for the people see it. I myself started off with uploading cover videos on YouTube and I was happy and encouraged to find that people appreciate my music. This time and this generation are all well aware of the internet. And that itself gives a better hope for all the artist out there. So its still not bad at all after all.
What is the inspiration behind your music?
The music I make are mostly about life and the experience I have witnessed or have seen the people around me going through. Life is full of surprises, ironies and amazing things to get inspired from. I am only trying to be a mere medium to express life through music.
Who are some of the artists who have inspired your style of music?
well if I have to start I would start with Coldplay, but there are others amazing artists like Kina Grannis, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Kodaline, Arctic Monkeys, Passenger, Angus and Julia Stones, Daughter and many other artists who inspires me everytime.
Which are some of the most memorable performances of yours so far?
Recently I had an acoustic night at a wonderful place called Urban Solace. I had an amazing time there. It was so overwhelming to have people come, listen and sing along with me. It was amazing. Other than that, in the beginning of this year I had played at Hills will fill event which I will always count as a memorable one because it was so overwhelming to have performed my first show back at my home town and I really enjoyed it.
What do you think about the changing scenario of Independent music in India?
Its encouraging to see a positive change in independent music in India. Its all heading in a good direction with all the exposure from the internet. Also the rise in various venues and places which encourage independent artist by holding event and open mic nights which gives them a platform. It is not assuring but at least encouraging which gives hopes for more improvement in the music movement in India.
What gives you more satisfaction as a musician- creating new music or performing or jamming?
Would I be selfish if I say all of them? well that's what being musician is all about. we create, jam and perform with all our feelings. And after doing so when the feelings are reciprocated by the people who heard it, its a total satisfaction!
What is your practice regime? How much do you practice on daily basis?
If I am not preoccupied by the day work, I practise every day for an hour minimum. Its more like jamming with myself, playing songs by other artists or just randomly playing guitar with a pen and a book, so that if I have an epiphany I can work on it right away.