Arvind Kywalya - It Is Very Hard to Establish Yourself as a Singer


Music was definitely something I grew to love over time. My interest in music peaked only when I was 16, which was when me and some of my mates started writing original music. The fact that I could express myself through music was always something I loved. 


1.Tell us more about your background and journey.

I am 20 years old and I’m in my 3rd year of university in the UK. I was born in Chennai and raised in the middle east before coming to England for uni. My mum got me and my sister enrolled into Indian classical vocal lessons when I was about 6. To be completely honest I absolutely hated it at the start. 

Music was definitely something I grew to love over time. My interest in music peaked only when I was 16, which was when me and some of my mates started writing original music. The fact that I could express myself through music was always something I loved. 

Putting myself out on social media and getting to know that what I did could potentially have a small positive impact on someone played a massive role in bolstering my passion to pursue music.


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

I don’t think I ever made a conscious decision to particularly pursue music . It has always been something that I’ve done and loved to do. I hope to graduate and then potentially take on music as a full time career. At the moment I’m focused on my degree and hope to put out covers along with some original music as well just as I have over the past couple of years.


3. Who is your favourite artist and why?

I look up to various different artists and don’t think I could single out one favourite. Some of my biggest inspirations include AR Rahman, Sid Sriram, Arijit Singh and Justin bieber. Apart from each of their musical abilities I admire their dedication, versatility and work culture. I hope to grow to become the best musician and person that I can be.


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

From personal experience I can say that it is very hard to establish yourself as a singer. It is quite difficult to initially get significant opportunities. The only thing I have learnt and can say is that as you keep persisting you will get noticed and get many more opportunities. At the moment I’m looking to carefully take on additional opportunities such as collaborations, paid promotions, gigs etc as I need to balance them out with work and uni.


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

As I mentioned earlier I did take vocal lessons as a kid for about 8-10 years. While I have definitely benefited immensely from these lessons, I strongly believe that they aren’t necessary. 

They definitely help in fine tuning your skills but in my opinion the only things that you absolutely need are passion, dedication and hard-work. When you’re determined to become better at something that you love and are willing to put in the effort that it requires then you will definitely see the results in time.


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

There aren’t many things that I would say in particular as advice to aspiring artists. Something that I've told myself over the years is to always try and improve by keeping at what I do. 

I also try to remind myself about why I do music which is because of my love and passion for it. This helps me stay unaffected by how well/bad a particular cover/song of mine does which is very important.


7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I'm not a very avid reader but as a kid I loved the Diary of a wimpy kid series. 



- Interviewed by - Pratika Dahal 

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  1. ✨My man going to reach up to skies right outta Uni!! The best!

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  2. You are truly an inspiration! I don't know you personally but I'm proud of you! 💕

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