"Don’t Fear Judgment" - Samuel Berlie

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1. Tell us about your background and journey?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had music playing at home, my first introduction to music was by my parents who played cassettes of The Everly Brothers, The Carpenters, The Bee Gees, Cliff Richards & The Shadows, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. this list goes on.

But I have to credit my school music / choir teacher, Mr. Sunny Rodrigues who helped me discover my undying love and passion for music and singing.

2. When did you first decide, you wanted to pursue music and how did you start?

It was in 2003-2004. I first started jamming regularly with some of my buddies and we landed ourselves a gig at Bombay's then most happening & iconic live music venue, “Jazz By The Bay” on Marine Drive. 

That was the beginning of “The Other People” Being so young and inexperienced but still managing to grow popular on the live music scene was a clear indication of my growth and so I decided to pursue music professionally and fulltime.

3. Is formal training required or one can train oneself purely based on talent?

Formal training is so not required. You’ve just got to be thirsty to learn and grow. Practice and Experience makes you a better talent.

4. What are the various opportunities available for an aspiring musician? 

I think social media is the best opportunity and platform any aspiring musician can start with. Opportunities will present themselves when your content starts getting consumed by a growing audience.

5. What piece of advice you would like to give to future and aspiring artist?

First plan and have a vision/goal for yourself along a definite timeline, then work day and night to achieve it. Collaborate with other artists. Don’t fear judgment. Respect and appreciate all types of music. Be Humble. Never stay in your comfort zone. Be Kind and lose your inhibitions.

6. Who is your favourite artist and why? 

So I’ve had many different favourite artists through the years of my musical journey. Some of the long standing ones are Bono, Jon Bon Jovi, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Bryan Adams.

But Chris Martin of Coldplay has got to be my current favourite, only because he’s a songwriter/artist who’s been able to create hit albums one after another, and while staying relevant, also growing and evolving musically. 

He’s also the only current musician, I think, who doesn’t have to follow music trends to stay on the charts. He just makes brilliant music and everyone connects with his unique and evergreen songwriting, I can confidently say, he’s not only mine but most people’s favourite too.

- Samuel Berlie, Musician

- Interviewed by Kedar Lalwani
- Edited by Shilpy Sharan

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