Student Leader Interview - TYD ,The Young Drug (Music Band),K.M. Agarwal College

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1. Tell us more about your role & responsibilities at your college? 

We are a band and as artists with diverse musical backgrounds, we genuinely believe that the only responsibility we have is to make and put out good music for everyone to enjoy and go through according the student’s mood sometimes. 

2. How did you rise up to your position and how can a student aspiring the same, approach it? Tell us more about the journey. 

To be honest, when we started playing music, we had no intentions of forming a band or anything, we were just 4 individuals who had an affinity of making music and we had fun jamming together. A lot of factors were responsible for motivating us actually. Most of them are applause from the audience and positive feedback from friends and teachers. As for fellow students, it is not very difficult to balance both lives. You just need to be honest with whatever you are doing and things will happen. 

3. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do? 

The greatest challenge we feel is not making good music, but it's promotion. We want to show all of India what we are capable of and that is sort of our main goal and challenge at this point. Coming to the "learnings" part, we feel the biggest lesson for us is that we have to strike a balance between the type of music that we want to do and enjoy and the type of music that people enjoy. It's essential for us to groove and make the audience groove too! 

4. What did you do in your current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself? 

We came together almost 1.5 years ago and we wouldn't say we have made it yet, but we feel if our efforts are constant, then we will. In this journey of said 1.5 years we were featured on RedFm alongside Darshan Raval on his show "Indie hai hum" which was huge for us. We have won major competitions around Mumbai. Recently, 2 of our videos were posted by Lisa Mishra and Arjun Kanungo which is sort of a huge deal for us since we look upto these singers for inspiration. 

5. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences? 

Considering we are young ourselves, we'll tell fellow artists that if you want to pursue music, don't shy away from experimenting with newer things and to get on stage as much as you can. Also, focus on building and audience for yourselves and to engage with said audience continuously. And do attend conferences, they help you a lot to gain some extra knowledge. 

Interviewed by - Pranali Donekar



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