Abhilash Choudhury is an Indian singer, songwriter, and music producer based out of Assam, India.
Here is Abhilash in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
I performed on stage for the first time when I was 9 years old in 1999 as a singer. I started playing guitar in 2007, started writing songs in 2012, and started producing music in 2014. It’s been different phases of music and musicality that started at different points in time.
2)Tell us more about the experience of expressing your thoughts and feelings through music.
Well, the process has changed over the years. I keep things very natural. Most of the time the songs come to me. I don’t really go about pushing myself too hard to write music. I would rather not write anything than write made-up shit in the disguise of grinding hard.
3) Which has been your first track?
I actually don’t remember the first song that I wrote. As a solo artist probably Shaamil is my first properly produced track which was released in July 2016. I also released a lot of stuff from 2014 to 2017 which is no longer available online.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
Every musician that I have come across has inspired me in a certain way. Be it musicians that I have grown up listening to; the musicians that I have performed with or those who are friends with me. I owe it to all of them. I listen to all kinds of music.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I don’t have any such pre-defined career plan. You might see me in the same place five years down the line or somewhere else. I can’t really predict it. And I would not care about it. Life does not work out the way you plan it. In terms of my personal desire, I definitely want to write more music and release more albums.
6) How would you describe your music?
It is a mix of a lot of things. Even I don’t think that I have arrived somewhere to classify it into any specific category. I believe in evolving and that’s what keeps me excited.
7) Which has been your most memorable song or project?
All of my music that is released to date is very special to me. I write a lot of stuff and do not necessarily release all of it. So, when I am putting something out; you know that I am proud of it.
8) What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
I would ask young musicians to practice their craft and try getting better day after day. The music industry is very competitive. It’s not easy to succeed and sustain. I would highly recommend everyone to try and understand more about the business aspect of it as it helps to have realistic expectations in terms of where you are going to land. The industry is also filled with unethical people who would try to exploit you. Be very careful about those people. Always have written contracts or official communications when you are signing up for a project or a show however small it may be. It is also very important to continuously upskill and take care of your mental health. Let your creativity flow.
9) Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
I started by making songs in my bedroom and I still make music in my bedroom. Things are pretty much the same. In between, if someone nominates you for an award or features your music somewhere or you play a big stage, you do feel good about it. I don’t think that I have achieved anything yet. Nor do I feel the need of achieving anything through music. My music is very personal. I do feel happy when people connect with it. I think that’s the only achievement that I feel proud about.
10) How’s life after the covid-19 pandemic.
I have stopped playing gigs. I am not sure when I am going to get back on stage. At the moment I am very happy with where I stand. I am thinking through a lot before making decisions. I am learning about new things every single day. I am calmer than before and life is good.
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