Expand Your Horizons to Reach Greater Heights - Shobhit Gupta

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

Hi. My name is Shobhit Gupta. I have been born and brought up in Allahabad. I attended the University of Delhi where I graduated from computer science honours. Currently, I’m exploring opportunities in the field of Data Science.

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

My music journey started way long back during my childhood. I remember it was my birthday and I got a kids piano as a gift. I used to try my hands on that and used to figure out tunes of different songs on my own. A few years later I joined the music club of my school and used to take part in inter-school competitions.

Later I got a good full-sized piano and started taking part in instrumental competitions. So I progressed my way up and this is how everything started.

3. Who is your favourite artist and why?

I wouldn’t say I have one favourite artist but I have an array of favourite artists according to the genre. Like in Bollywood, I truly respect Amit Trivedi because his music touches my soul and makes me feel mesmerized. Since I used to be in a band where we used to perform Western Rock music so I have my personal inclination towards that.

To name some, my favourite bands are Linkin Park, Metallica, ACDC. A western singer I appreciate the most is John Mayer for his exceptional talent.

4. Can you throw some light on opportunities one gets as a singer?

To be very honest, there are endless opportunities and fame but it all depends on the right time and the right place. This field in itself is full of struggle and hardships but even we know hard work never goes in vain. You need to be persistent and believe in yourself to excel.

Speaking of India, singers are always in demand in Bollywood but apart from that one could excel as a solo performer or form a band and could get decent gigs from corporate events to public events.

5. Is format training required or can one train themselves purely on the basis of talent?

This totally depends on yourself. Whenever someone asks me that how much time is needed to learn an instrument say for guitar, I just simply say that you can even learn in 3 weeks and not a single thing in 3 years. It totally depends on your potential and dedication.

But yes format training is good as one can know what next is there to follow and once they’ve perfected that, they can apply the same methodology for further learning as one never stops learning.

6. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring artists?

I would just say that you guys are blessed with a beautiful gift from god. Explore yourself and expand your horizon to reach greater heights. Always support your fellow musician to grow and eventually take this community forward. I would also like to quote this, ‘Where words fail, music speaks’.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I’m not much of a reader but yes I like reading when I’m travelling. I like this series of books named ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R. R. Martin which was the storyline for the great series Game of Thrones.

Interview by - Sonam

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