Interview With The Singer

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  • How did your musical journey start?
    • My first concert was in 2046 B.S., My first song was “Chodi Gayo Priye” and released my first album in 2047 B.S. with my band Lituluns.

  • What happened to your old group?
    • My band members could not sustain due to financial problem and their personal career. That time there was no scope of music so they decided to choose the other tracks. So I started my solo career.

  • Looks like you have lots of influence from Gypsy Kings or similar style…Can you tell us more about that
    • I am a great fan of Gypsy King. I used to listen to his songs so I am influenced by him. I still listen to his songs and he is my favorite singer.

  • You play guitar also right? Any favorite players?
    • Ya, I play guitars. My favorite guitar player is Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits.

  • “Oh Amira” was one of your first hit song. You had written for your wife. Right? What was her reaction?
    • Yes I wrote that song for my wife (Girlfriend that time). She was extremely happy that I wrote the song for her and that song clicked in the market too.

  • You have been in this journey for sometime now. What changes have you noticed in Nepali Music besides the recording quality?
    • Lots of changes in Nepali music industry then and now. That time it was very hard but now we have lots of scope in music. Now we are supported financially, we can make this field as an career. We have good public response; people give first priority to music and shows. Artist have started going for world tours and even corporate houses have started choosing artists as Brand Ambassadors. So I should say there is speedy growth in Nepali music industry.

  • What has been your most inspiring moment and the most discourage moment in your musical life?
    • My most inspiring moment was when my song was first time aired in Radio Nepal. I was so happy that time I can’t forget that moment and discouraging moment? I have not had till now.

  • What has been the difficult part in being an artist?
    • It’s bit difficult being an artist in our society. We cannot live normal life with real profile. We have to maintain certain standard so that people won’t laugh at us. Besides that non others.

  • What’s your thought on Nepali music and industry? How do you intend to save it and take it to the next level?
    • Nepali music industry is growing speedily. Now a days there are more concerts and corporate houses supporting music field. Its good to see all these coming, at least artists can survive. We are getting financial returns. It’s good to see that. I too am working to save Nepali music industry. I have opened Royal Tone Academy. There we are training musicians.

  • You have been in major advertisement /media in Nepal? How has that affected in your music?
    • Yes I have been in major advertisement/media in Nepal. I have been chosen as brand ambassador for Bagpiper Whiskey, Kodak Film, Samsung Electronics, World link Communication and Anna Lifan Motorcycle. But this has not affected my music career instead it has been an encouragement for me. It is helping me to make money and my career too.

  • Last time I met you –it was at your studio Royaltone…Are you still managing the studio? How do you manage to do that along with your music?
    • Yes I am managing Royaltone and I will continue operating it. I have done management course and I am managing time for both. After all its also part of my music career; being Artist, Music Arranger, Singer, Performer. So I am taking both simultaneously.

  • Even though you have your own studio, most of your recording seems to be at other studios? Am I right?
    • My most of the songs are recorded at my own studio. But individual tracks are only recorded at other studios. Like for others album I will have to record at the studios they wish to work with, and I can’t take that share of other studios business.

  • What can you share about your concert experiences in other countries? Was it hard to travel and perform?
    • It is really good to perform in other countries. Nepalese abroad really appreciate to see Nepali artists performing at their place and they co-operate fully to Nepali artists. But it’s hard to travel and perform. First of all we have to prepare a lot for the show and also we will be tired after the journey too. In addition, due to organizers weakness and lack of organizing team it’s hard. So definitely it’s hard to travel and perform. But without hard work we get nothing and also the audience’s support encourages us to perform well. Lets hope in future things will improve; Hope for the best.

  • Now that you are coming to US? What is your expectation? What have you heard from other artists who have performed in US?
    • I am trying to promote both my music and Nepali music. I have to prove that there is scope in Nepali Music to my parents and to all those parents who are stopping their children from entering this field. And I have heard that Nepalese there feel proud to perform and see the artists performing. The Nepalese there co-operate the Artists and easily travel to various cities to see the concerts and appreciate the show and artists.

  • What’s ahead of your career?
    • I am planning to establish music organization. That organization will promote Nepali music Industry. There, being a Chairperson, I will contribute to Nepali Music until I die.

  • If I m a fresh artist, and would like to get into recording music and enter into music scene–what would you suggest me?
    • First you have to make your foundation strong. You have to do all the necessary preparation and then only come to this field so that you won’t fell regretful later. If your foundation is strong then you will never have to go backward. Music is a one way track.

  • Anything you would want to add…or anything you might have said ?
    • As an Artist we should do something for the betterment of our nation. Even whole industry should try to contribute for the nation. I am engaged in social works too. Being associated with Kodak we are donating Rs 100000.00 (One Lakh) every month to Cancer relief society and personally, I am contributing Rs. 1/- per copy of my album to Cancer Relief Society. Similarly all the Artists should contribute something, no matter less or more, so that it will help the nation in someway.