For me, music is something that makes life worth living. I only started living at the age of 13 when my music teacher, Mr. Yeashu Yuvraj, led me down a path that made me fall in love with music in a different way. Through him, I realized my calling. He believed in me and helped me build the foundation that has allowed me to sail through my journey so far. With his guidance, I went on to forming my own band, writing music, learning about music theory and harmony, reading music, learning the basics of some key instruments and I even met and got acquainted with some of the most well renowned musicians of this industry.
In 2009, at the age of 16, I joined the Delhi based group called Artistes Unlimited. The musicians I had the honour of working with, the things I learnt, gave me more confidence and helped me grow further. In 2010, 2011 & 2012 I gave my Trinity Rockschool Grade 5, Grade 8 and Level 4 Diploma in Music Performance for Voice, respectively. In 2011, I started my first job as the Voice Faculty at Performers Collective School of Music and I also started college at JMC where I was lucky enough to be a part of the Western Music Society, Echo. I still ask myself why I chose to study B.com from JMC when I knew I wanted to pursue music all along. I guess I thought I’d need a backup incase I don’t make it. But I spent more time with Echo than I ever spent in class, and it taught me so much of what I actually needed. We arranged and conducted acapella pieces and spent hours practicing every day. We met, competed and worked with musicians who went on to becoming the stars of the Delhi circuit. And every day spent with Echo, was always a day spent well.
Throughout these years, I actively participated in the curation and execution of the music festivals and competitions we held in school and in college and I always knew there was another side of me I hadn’t yet explored. In 2013, I joined OML as part of The Loudest Crew in Delhi where I worked on promotions, stage management, production assistance as well as artist hospitality for a number of shows including Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2013 (Delhi), Russell Peters Tour in India, Adidas Originals collision, Royal Turds, and The Coalition 2014. It was after this period that I realized my love for this industry was not just as a musician.
In the last three years I have worked, grown and learnt so much from this industry and the people that love it, respect it, build it, shape it, and even the people that exploit it and destroy it. I have spent time working with agencies like LiMN Entertainment and Ownage Entertainment while I have also spent time learning under musicians from around the world at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. I have watched artists, agencies, venues and festivals start from scratch and soar. And I’ve watched many crash and burn. So I ask myself everyday if I’m headed in the right direction, if I’m doing what I need to be doing, or if I even know what I want to achieve. The only thing I tell myself and would like to share with you is this:
The music industry is one that is ever changing and rapidly growing. Every day there’s a new challenge. Every day there’s a new opportunity. And every day you learn something new about yourself and about this industry. I’ve always been blessed to have the support of my family, friends and loved ones. And I’m blessed to be a part of a circuit that is so close knit, so versatile, and that has so much to offer. You never know whether you’re going to make it or not. But all you need to do is believe in yourself, work hard, and remind yourself that whether you’re an artist, a producer, an agent, a manager, an organizer, a promoter, or a venue, the learning curve is steep, filled with thorns and roses, and it never ever ends, but it sure is beautiful and totally worth it. So stay strong, keep your feet on the ground, and just push through it.