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DHI HARMONY – Performer | Composer | Producer | Educator

DHI HARMONY – Performer | Composer | Producer | Educator

Dhi in his teenage days, he was always into different music like Hindustani classical music, Baul (Bengali folk), Bollywood Music, etc. The more he listened to, the more his heart wanted to hear. In his school days, he got introduced to western music, when his friends used to visit him, and shared new mp3 files via Bluetooth. It took a twisted turn in his head and totally changed his taste for music forever. He realized that there is a lot to this harmonious world. He continuously listened to Linkin Park, Boyz II Men, Enrique Iglesias, The Backstreet Boys, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Green Day, Jay Z, etc.

After finishing his school days, he persuaded his father’s will to get into Paramedics’ study. Although he didn’t stop his urge for more versatile music, and playing live music in college fests, and competitions. He finished his graduation at 22 and decided to sustain his dream which he kept holding back. He got into the most reputed music college which is well known as ‘The True School of Music ‘ in Mumbai.

Dhi is a young vocalist and music composer/producer from a small town called Ranaghat, West Bengal. He learned production and vocals as his main subject, with compulsory music subjects which are Music theory, Music History & Context, Ensemble & ear Training.

Here is Dhi Harmony in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.

1) When did your journey as a musician begin?

My grandfather was my first exposure to classical music. I was born in 1995, so there’s a combination of several factors that have influenced my learning. Contemporary music happened when I was first introduced to Bluetooth. My friends would come over and transfer songs from their phones to mine. But before that, I had an uncle who acquainted me with Boyz II Men and Daft Punk. One can clearly see in my music how I’ve reconciled my heavy family influences of classical music with everything else. I guess my first step as a musician began from those days.

2) Which was your first song?

In my music school, we had to showcase our skills through a song, and I made a 5 track EP called 2pi. Very rich in terms of theory, composition, and production. One day Shantanu Hudlikar Sir (Senior Sound Engineer at Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai) texted me on Whatsapp, asking who programmed, composed, did the mixing, and mastered it? I was like Wow !!

3) Which has been your most memorable live performance?

I spent most of my time at Ranaghat (A small town in West Bengal). I remember when I was in 12th Standard, We had a chance to perform on stage at our town’s annual fair. I made a band with my batchmates, we practised for 1 month and performed. The thing is the crowd didn’t like it and at the end of the performance they started booing us and also used slangs, And I didn’t know whether my parents were also present there or not. Being shattered we came down from the stage and broke into tears. Then suddenly my father came and told me “It was amazing indeed, it’s just the audience who’s wrong, Find the right audience. they are talking because of their own music taste which is good for them, you find your own.”

4) Who has been your inspiration?

Though I live in the town area I’ve spent most of my childhood in the village. There the entire community used to sing Baul music in their own style. It was the lyrical simplicity and assumptions, the art of story-telling that influenced me a lot. And while speaking about literary story-telling, Satyajit Ray and Tagore have a greater impact on me. From where do the synth and modern electronic sound evolved? It all comes from different artists I used to listen to from my friends. My father always says, “If you hold on to traditions, you will never be a revolutionary. If you want to be a revolutionary, then you have to welcome the future while thinking about the current situation. If you want to make a song in 2020, then you have to make it in a way that it sounds like 2025!” And I followed it, trying to gather information to make it true. An artist like AR Rahman Sir is 20 years ahead of his time. People are still marvelled at the modernity of Rahman’s twenty-five-year-old compositions.

5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

To be honest, I am building myself to be strong enough to be able to do want I want to do in the future, rather than what I want to be or see myself at a goal point. Obviously, I want to do music, but I do a lot of client works as well for my expenses and gears. It’s not like that I don’t like that but I want to invest more time to learn and make my own creations, which give me the ultimate joy. So if you ask me that question, I will say, I want to be independent enough to make money out of my own music, and sufficient enough to buy the gears I need, do experiments and travel anywhere for music and support my family and healthcare.

6) Which is your most preferred genre?

Pop! In one call, pop is my favourite genre, because it’s simple and there is a lot of difficult choices to make. Most of the time what happens is, you know a lot and can do a lot, but you forget how to make simple things because it’s tough to make sensible and smart decisions.

7) Tell us about your latest track.

The story of “Bechain” is based on the escapade of a woman from the evil practice of “Sati” that ended the lives of millions of women in the remote past. It tells of that time when their freedom of living, their dreams- all were restricted. “Bechain” pays tribute to the pioneers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, and Jyoti Rao Phule who dedicated their lives and fought for the establishment of women’s empowerment, to abolish these inhumane practices and rituals.

8) Tell us more about ‘Dhi Harmony’?

Dhi (Sanskrit: धी), this Sanskrit word describes a wide range of meanings, such as ‘understanding’, ‘reflection,’ ‘mind’, ‘design,’ ‘meditation,’ ‘imagination’. This word is directly connected with the word, Vāc (Sanskrit: वाच) meaning Speech, derived from Vac (Sanskrit: वच) meaning, ‘to speak’. On the other side, Harmony is a western word, which means “a state of agreement or peaceful existence together” as well as “a pleasing combination of musical notes, colours, art, etc”. It tells a lot about my personality and the Art I create.

9) what advice would you give to youngsters?

What I’d like to say to the youngsters is to focus on work but don’t miss out on the fun. You are here to create something, on a purpose. You gotta live it all. The achievements, heartbreaks, pain, loss, happiness, expectations, everything. At a certain point, life will let you know what you want to do and what you have to do. Then choose what you want to do and be brave enough to embrace the struggle. There is no shortcut if you want to be an achiever.

10) How was life in quarantine?

I feel blessed as I had a good time with my family since I moved to Mumbai for my music studies. They kept me pumped during the quarantine days. Gained new habits, did some extra online courses, did some paintings, read books, I mean, wow! It’s a lot actually! I did a huge amount of client works, talked with clients from all over the world, made a sample bank of my own, did and still do a lot of compositions that are yet to be released in 2021. My team participated in The India Film Project’s 50-hour music challenge and our “Dilon ke Mausam” won the Platinum track of the year. Sa Re Ga Ma India Label took my song this year as well. And yes! Gained a Lot of weight too, Haha.


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