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What made you decide to start a band / become an artist?
Honestly, It was a happy accident – sort of like the discovery of penicillin! My background is in Science but I was very unhappy in the field. Creating music started as an escape and as time went on I felt I found a whole new world in music production where I not only belonged, but where I found purpose.
Since then, there’s been no looking back!
So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?
I like to say I like animals more than people so literally anything nature based and I’m game. We lived in South Africa for quite some time growing up and it’s without a doubt where I fell in love with the outdoors.
Animals aside, I’m a huge sports fan and I mean football, cricket, f1, racquet sports, the lot! I believe that sport, like music in many ways, has an unprecedented power to break boundaries and bring people and cultures together.
How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit during lock down in Pune?
For those who don’t know, Pune, my hometown, is a popularly growing city just outside Mumbai, India. As proud as I am of my country, I have always been open and blunt about my views regarding our Government. I do not believe that they have handled the situation well and have provided insufficient support to families in need – forget just the live gig scene! I have definitely noticed and am following an increase in independent third party groups formed by locals giving independent musicians the chance to perform at socially distanced events which is definitely a positive.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
None to be fair. This is only my second interview so maybe in a few years if all goes well I’ll be able to answer that better!
What is the unsigned scene in Pune like at the minute?
Challenging, to say the least.
What good bands are coming out of Pune at the minute?
In Pune, Ceekay Music is someone I’ve had my eye out for lately, and we hopefully have a collaboration comingsoon (fingers crossed)!
Internationally, Zenybeats, Trigonbeats and Rory Godson are producers and artists I enjoy to follow.
Check out their content – you won’t be disappointed!
What’s your favourite song right now from another band?
Control by Zoe Wees
What support is out there for new artists in Pune ?
Government funded support within the industry will probably be very difficult to come by. As I said, I’ve been following a few third party groups such as PLAYACE formed by locals that continue to step up and impress by supporting independent musicians and singers.
Who is inspiring you at the minute?
Avicii will always be my biggest inspiration.
What useless talent do you have/party trick?
Being my quirky self, I guess. If you say happy birthday, I’ll more than likely respond with thanks, you too! Yes, I’m that weirdo. I’ve also noticed talking about animals and birds at a party, more often than not, makes the room go silent haha!
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Performing my original music at ScorcherFest Perth 2018.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I wouldn’t say it was the worst but at the start I was ‘nail-biting’ anxious for my first ever performance at ScorcherFest. It ended up being a great night!
Who would you like to duet with?
I can’t sing to save my life so I think I’d say instead of a duet it would be a dream come true to collaborate with Sia.
What goes into your favourite sandwich?
Just the classic cheese and tomato.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
This may sound cliché at first but hear me out. You’ve already probably heard enough advise about being yourself and not allowing opinions of others (especially negative) affect you or your work. “Be confident and believe in yourself” – it’s all easier said than done that’s for sure.
My best advice is to chase excellence, not success. Give your sweat and tears to your craft, commit to your ideas and have faith in yourself yes but remember there is always something to learn, practise and perfect every day. Let your projects do the talking and don’t forget smile to your haters!
What advise would you give your younger self
Chase excellence, success will follow.
What makes you stand out as a band?
With my background in Science, I took a sharp turn pursuing music for a career – especially being self-taught. I believe this not only makes me stand out, but I like to think if you pour your heart out into your dreams, the impossible becomes possible and I hope my story can inspire others to never lose faith in themselves.
Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Cantsay the virus 🙂
Trying to answer this question 😛 As a daily exercise I try not to let things faze me. There’s a quote I’d like to share:
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono.
Whats your favourite song to play live?
Tell me about your new single and how it came about?
Inspired by my dog Nala’s many escapades, the projectaims to encapsulate a love for adventure and act as a soundtrack for unforgettable experiences amongst picturesque backgrounds across the world. The lyrics pay homage to my time in South Africa and to the family, friends and memories made along the way.
Avicii’s song ‘The Days’ was a song I studied carefully for this project to understand how to capture thisfeeling/energy.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Looking for a collaboration? Let’s work, hit me up!
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