SRUJAN KULKARNI – SINGER AND A SONGWRITER
Srujan Kulkarni is an Indian singer-songwriter with passionate and melodious vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and an emotive delivery along with his amazing guitar skills. He writes his music from a very personal and honest perspective, crafting a unique melody while bringing the song to life.
Srujan started singing at the age of 13. He grew up in a musical family, listening to a lot of Ghazals-a very special form of Hindustani Semi-classical music. So, that brings in a unique flavor to his compositions and renditions. Breathing in the air of musical ambiance around and finding himself soaked in the melody craftwork within the family has offered him a smoother ride on his journey with the goal of becoming a successful musician.
Here is Srujan Kulkarni in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
I grew up in a musical environment so my interest in music was constant since childhood. And when I was 15, I discovered the guitar and that fascinated me even more! And so eventually, I started to sing cover songs, and soon that led me to the concept of “band.” So my real journey as a musician began when I was 17. That’s when I started playing live gigs.
2) Tell us more about your experience of being selected in a talent hunt by Ankit Tiwari for his U.S. tour.
My friend introduced me to this talent hunt that was happening in his college at that time and so I casually went for the auditions. I really didn’t know that this was going to change my life for good! So I cleared the first round and went to Mumbai where the rest of the rounds were held. It was a surreal experience and a challenge for me. And Ankit Tiwari loved my voice (he even posted my video of the first round on his Facebook page) and he selected me! And that’s when I knew that I’m going to do music for the rest of my life!
3) Which has been your first track?
My first ever track is called “SunRuby” which I composed when I was 17! This is one of those tunes where you start to appreciate the beauty of it to a whole new level every time you perform the song! It gets deeper and deeper.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
So my biggest inspirations, to name a few are – A.R. Rahman, Ajay-Atul, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more!
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I see myself touring with my own songs, playing them for thousands of people every night!
6) Tell us more about your song being featured in the Singles Roundup article by the Indian Music Diaries.
It feels very special when your song gets featured in such a place as an appreciation. It says a lot about you and your music. It reaches a new high.
7) Which has been your most memorable project or song?
Basically, all of my songs. But especially ‘SunRuby’ Because there are just too many emotional, sweet and unforgettable memories attached to the song. From recording in the studio to put the song out for everyone else. The whole process was magical!
8) Tell us about your latest track.
So, my latest track “Aahat” conveys the feeling of wanting to be loved again and recall the sweet memories of a relationship! This song has an Orchestral/Cinematic blend to it which makes it really interesting and special. I always wanted to make my song sound cinematic while staying in the “pop” genre! It’s so much fun to explore a new sound like this!
9) How was life in quarantine?
Quarantine surely taught a lot of things. Both on the work front and on a personal level. It led me to a creative mindscape and how we should appreciate the little things in life. At first, everything seemed so exciting and new and inspiring! But there were a few rough patches as well. Like less productive days and not much of an inspiration. But if you are dedicated and passionate enough about a certain thing, then you will find a way through it all! You just have to push yourself to your best version and just do what you got to do! This is the most important thing!
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