1. What are your artistic inspirations/influences, specifically regarding how you approach your songwriting?
There is always a trigger point, an inspiration from within that usually drives me to write or compose. When an artist shares his or her idea, there are many times when people disagree, which is absolutely fine. That is their take on it, because they do not see it the way the artist does, they do not intend to add to the idea and only critique. Though I believe if one really feels connected to about what one writes, if one gets inspired from what they write, if it gets them nostalgic thinking about the moment they have written it, one can expect others to connect or relate to it. Reliability or understandability is something which I consider as one of the most important factors when it comes to writing lyrics. Though I do not want to tag or limitmyself within a particular genre of writing, I usually feel inspired to write about social causes, which are plentiful and I find the inspiration from everyday life events. My current favorite Singer/songwriters are Mr. Piyush Mishra and Mr. Ankur Tewari.
2. What was the best gig you had till date?
I was under the impression that the size of the audience makes a gig memorable but in real it is the quality of response you get from the audience that ultimately leaves an ever lasting impression.
So I have performed at numerous venues in multiple cities, across India and abroad. And be it the music festivals in Bombay and Kolkata, to the never ending club gigs all across the country, the place where I have felt most connected to the audience was when I played a gig was at Dylan’s Café in Shillong in 2019 accompanied by a bunch of very talented artists from Shillong. The gig was organized by a group called “Make Some Smile” which works on making our society a better place to live for everybody.
3. If you could go open a show for any artist from present or the past who would it be?
Dream Theater without a second thought, but only if this was the year 2015, when I had a band. Jokes apart and coming back to the present, I would like to open for Mr. Ankur Tewari and I am eagerly waiting for that opportunity.
4. We knowing your vocal and artistic prowess in studio and live sessions, what will be the most useless talent that you have on a lighter note?
Since I have quit my job recently to pursue music, the most useless talent that I possess right now is my corporate sales and client relation skills!
5. If you could share one suggestion in which our independent music scene can be made more solid / if there was one thing you could change about the Indian music scene, what would it be?
That is a very good and relevant question for me right now. I, along with some good, honest and visionary people are working on building a platform for artists to re-structure, with an aim to organise the freelance art and culture scene in India. My only suggestion is that, independent artist really need to come together as a community, as an “industry”, now more than ever and work with and for each other, support each other. Then only can we establish the independent art industry, including music and set a rhythm for future generation of artists in India where Bollywood has predominantly controlled the major business of the market.
6. What message do you have for your fans during these days of the lockdown?
To all the people who are reading this, it is the time to learn new things and unlearn old habits. This pandemic has taught us humans how we can live with less and still be thankful for being alive and the age old saying that “Less is More” could not have been more true. Let us not take this life for granted anymore and cherish the smallest of moments.
7. What’s next for you?
Well right now there are two things that I am focusing on, firstly my EP project “Sharif” which has already released one of its tracks and we shall be releasing the rest of the tracks very soon. And secondly a project, as stated earlier, which is to build a platform for independent artists to bring about a change in the Indian Art scene, including the music scene.
Latest release: Yeh kya ho gaya (Sidhant Deb ft Sharif)