Interview

Interview With The Man Himself

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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 I 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 their personal careers. And also at that time, there wasn’t much scope of music so they decided to choose the other career. So I had to start 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 and I am very much inspired by him.

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

  • “Oh Amira” was one of your first hit song. Did you write for your wife? What was her reaction?
    • Yes, I wrote that song for my wife. We were not married at that time. She was extremely happy that I wrote the song for her and that song was hit in the market too.

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

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

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

  • What’s your thought on Nepali music and industry? How do you intend to save it and take it to the next level?
    • The Nepali music industry is growing speedily. Nowadays there are more concerts and corporate houses supporting the 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 the Nepali music industry. I have opened the Royal Tone Academy where we train musicians.

  • You have been in major advertisement /media in Nepal? How has that affected your music?
    • Yes, I have been in major advertisements and media in Nepal. I have been chosen as a 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 which I can again invest in music.

  • 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.  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.

  • 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 with 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. But without hard work, we get nothing and also the audience’s support encourages us to perform well. Let us hope in the future, things will get better.

  • Now that you are coming to the USA? What is your expectation? What have you heard from other artists who have performed in the USA?
    • I am trying to promote both my music and traditional 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 feel proud as we perform. Nepalese there, co-operate with the Artists and make it easy to 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 a music organization. The organization that promotes traditional Nepali music and also inspire many artists to give continuity to traditional instruments. I have a dream that through me, many underrated artists and musicians get a chance to build up a career in the Music Industry.

  • If I m a fresh artist and would like to get into recording music and enter into music scene–what would you suggest to me?
    • First of all, 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 be regretful later. If your foundation is strong and you have good knowledge about music then you will never have to face failure. This applies not only in music but also in every sector. Knowledge and education are very essential.

  • Anything you would want to add ?
    • As an Artist we should do something for the betterment of our nation. Even the whole industry should try to contribute to 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 some way. 
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