ON THE BEAT WITH…

Every time I come to Chennai, I leave having met and known more people than I did the previous time. The city feels smaller every time as I get to meet so many new people. Chennaiites are far more welcoming, than most people in other cities I have been to. As an artiste, I feel it’s great to have an audience that will listen to you till the end and that’s more than anything an artiste can ask for,“ begins Delhi-based Dhruv Visvanath, multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter and the only Indian to be mentioned in a US magazine’s `30 Great Guitarists Under 30′. He recently performed in the city as a part of his all-India crowdfunding campaign launch for his forthcoming album that he plans to release in the first quarter of next year, The Lost Cause. We stopped by during his practice session and an excited Dhruv told us, “This is my second performance in Chennai and this is the city where I have had the best ice cream in the country .“
In 2015, Dhruv signed on Vishal Dadlani’s record label, and shortly thereafter, he released his debut album Orion that got critical acclaim.

Dhruv is a soloist and he says, “People like me do not need a team to release an album, but they do only to record it. One just needs a little bit of idea about composing, lyrics, etc.“

MY LYRICS ARE STORY OF MY LIFE14_10_2017_118_034_008.jpg

“We musicians work differently and we are all unique in our own ways. I have been making music alone for a very long time and I find a lot of joy in doing that. Every time I write a new song, it just becomes slightly better than what I wrote before. I am not much of a writer, but I really enjoy writing lyrical tales about my childhood and the darkest experiences of my life. Writing lyrics makes me feel closer to the songs, where I can express the emotions that I already went through back then: and I relive that moment all over again. So, it feels very holistic. I would love and I do try to perform on stage what I compose just the way I record it. I want the audience to also get the emotion behind each song that I have composed and sung. Every time I get that `perfect composition’, I have this stupid grin on my face like the one we have looking at our crush.“

ARTISTS DO HAVE THE RIGHT PLATFORM THESE DAYS

He says, “I think I am lucky and am very grateful for the chance I have got. The right platform is always there for the talented. If that were not so, how would I have ever been discovered? I was lucky enough that my music found its way to somebody’s ears.“

INDIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY IS COLLABORATIVE NOT COMPETITIVE…

Indian music industry is not very competitive, but it’s very collaborative and I also think there are far better guitarists in the country, who are more talented than I am, and younger, too. There is no sense of competition. We only need to look out for each other and I think that’s a very important thing.”

Dhruv also lets it drop that he is open to working in the film industry. He says, “Film music is a different ball game altogether, and it comes with a different set of ethics and codes. However, I would really love to be a part of the industry and I am hoping that opportunity comes knocking soon. Working in films will change my outlook and the way I make music at the moment and I really wish that would happen soon.”

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About Runaway Lassie

Life is a box of chocolates. Sometimes it brings sugary sweetness and sometimes bitter, in the raw form of cocoa. Life takes different turns. Those turns and curves turnout to be the important turnovers of our lives. They form the foundation of major decision we take every day. Sometimes I worry too much about the 'what if' situation and over think what I do. But, most of the days I let go of those pointless 'what if' thoughts and talk to myself, "Listen! Being right or wrong doesn't really matter. So, just chill and be happy! Do and say everything you think you cannot say nor do it. Just let it out." It is easy for us to bottle our emotions up and hide it from the world. Years pass by and we earn the degree with a specialisation in the area of 'Pretention'. But, the real degree would be the 'Real Courage' of letting things out of the bottle. Let yourself be expressed in however way you find it is possible. Choose your medium; it could be art or writing. It is the best way you can get someone to understand you. Lassie was born in a small town in the North-Eastern corner of the foothills of Himalayas. People often mistake it by assuming it belongs to another state and Lassie never gets tired or irritated in repeating the same script to throw some light on her small heritage town that has player an important part in the history of Indian Independence. This blog is an effort to let myself open and share my thoughts out of the bottle. Most of the events and incidents recorded here are derived from real life experiences. Sometimes I vent out using the poetry tool when I ran out of long paragraphs.
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