SAMARPS – SINGER, SONGWRITER, RAPPER, AND A DANCER
Samarps is a multi-instrumentalist, English Singer-Songwriter, Rapper, Dancer, and Producer hailing from Punjab. He is influenced and motivated by many artists who’ve made their way through the odds with consistent music legacy like Michael Jackson, Eminem, Coldplay. His music shares the vibes of Rap, Pop, Reggae, soul, and R&B.
In the meanwhile, he was nurturing the musician inside by performing kirtan in Gurudwaras with Western instruments inviting the unheard culture of divine music in the new era. To support himself and his music career, he worked with Amazon and simultaneously performed in several gigs. From past 2.5 years he’s working as a full time musician and releasing his first EP on all major music streaming platforms soon in 2021.
Here is Samarps in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
Music began with Dancing when I was 5 years old. I started playing Harmonium and Tabla when I was 6. I picked up my first guitar in 2016 and started writing songs; I professionally got into music as a singer-songwriter later in the year 2018.
2) Tell us more about the experience of performing kirtan in Gurudwaras.
Nobody appreciated me when I sang for the first time, therefore, I stopped singing kirtan thereafter. I only used to play tabla occasionally along with a partner who would recite prayers on Harmonium. In 2013, I performed negatively in my sophomore year in Engineering. That’s when one of my college seniors, Mr. Gurdev Singh advised me to invest some time reciting prayers with Harmonium. That was a restart for me learning kirtan mindfully. In 2016, the final year of my engineering, I witnessed Sikh people from Australia and United States performing Kirtan using a guitar. I simply fell in love with the sound and rhythm of every track they played. The sound of their kirtan in guitar moved me and inspired me to learn guitar so I could perform and recite kirtan in Gurudwaras myself.
3) Which has been your first track?
My first written track was “When I was Alive” which I wrote in November 2018. It will be released in my first EP soon.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration has always been life or people whose life is filled with odds but they kill it all, to rise above all. Chester Bennington, Michael Jackson, Eminem, Coldplay, Hozier, Bruno Mars –I love their music and the way in which they have overcome their fear of failure to pursue their dreams.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
With a couple of album releases, I see myself with my favorite old guitar playing in a gig or a concert. As long as people love and connect to my music, I will keep playing and performing.
6) How would you describe your music?
My music is based on real-time life experiences and stories. Every song is written because of something bad or something good happening/happened to someone somewhere. Sound-wise I go with Pop, Reggae, and Soulful music. I am looking forward to learning more genres. I have always been compassionate towards writing music. I have a few friends and fans who reach out to me sharing their life experiences and I have penned down the same into a beautiful song. I am looking forward to meeting new people in life and note their life and experience into a soulful melody.
7) Which has been your most memorable project or song?
It is one of the songs from my upcoming EP release. Keeping the name as a surprise, but I cried for days while writing that song. The EP is going to be an emotional run but holds on! Let’s wait for the release!
8) How was your work experience with Amazon?
My work experience in Amazon was amazing, I learned so much while I was working there. Amazon, as a teacher taught me procrastinating, does not make anything better, so I worked on myself. In short, Amazon oiled many locks for me, I will be forever grateful.
9) Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
Some of my achievements would include:
- Participation in Akhil Bhartiya Sangrah as a Dancer. I performed Michael Jackson and Bhangra mix style dance. This was a National Level Dancing completion held in Hyderabad, 2013.
- Playing music in live events across the country.
- Writing and sketching. They are my lost love, and have fetched me good enough certificates; and
- Finding someone who’s now my partner.
10) How was life in quarantine?
It was a blessing in disguise. I had ample time to work on numerous unfinished tasks and got enough time to upskill my music. I actually miss quarantine!
INSTAGRAM : @samarps
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