Music Satisfies My Soul – Vee Kapoor

1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I, Vikas Kapoor aka Vee Kapoor, is known for soulful devotional songs like ‘Giridhari’ and ‘Saavaro’ which have been released by prominent music labels like Times Music. Since the last one year, I based in London, have been very active as a singer. Apart from releasing singles under labels of international repute, I have been doing cover versions of popular Bollywood numbers and uploading them on my YouTube channel.

On the work front, I have recorded a bunch of songs during the lockdown which will be released one after another soon. One of my upcoming projects include a single that I have collaborated with renowned lyricist Prashant Ingole (‘Purani Jeans’, ‘Mary Kom’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’)

I work hard to keep and maintain the Indian touch to his compositions. My newest single, Giridhari, is dedicated to Lord Krishna, which was jointly composed by Shammi Pithia and Vee Kapoor. I, fondly remembers working with Shammi Pithia for my composition Saavaro.

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

In 2012, I was so mesmerized seeing my Guru singing at a public event. I wanted to learn from him. I asked him for the same and luckily he agreed to teach me. After that, I moved to India solely to get trained from him.

3. Who is your favourite artist and why?

I like different artists in different genres and due to different reasons. If I’d to talk separately then, in classical music, I love Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Kaushiki Chakraborty and Gulam Ali. Talking about Bollywood, my favourite artists are Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, and Rekha Bhardwaj.

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

There are numerous opportunities a singer can avail starting from the performances to singing on collaborations. Furthermore, a singer can sing and compose his personal songs and work with record labels as well to create music.

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

I believe that learning music takes lifetime efforts, so in this life, you need to pick up where you left off. However, training only enhances everything even if you’re a natural artist.

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

I would advise them to not worry about the results, outcomes or the questions like where you will end up. Rather enjoy the journey without stressing over the fallouts and let the music take the front seat to guide you.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I love the Mahabharata, a holy book. It covers numerous aspects of our reality through examples that are fascinating to read. I have learnt a lot of stuff including, everyone suffers from pride, anger, greed and ego. It further gives a great spiritual perspective on how to overcome the above-mentioned things and progress being a better person and spiritual being.  

Interview by - Himanshi

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