WE HAD A CHAT WITH CAN GURU?
What made you want to be an artist?
Well, I guess I was inspired by music and arts from a very early age thanks to my mother. She was a piano teacher and often taught students at home, so music was around me at most times. It was mainly classical music and also some jazz later on. My mother was also a history of arts teacher and very often took me with her to see concerts and go to exhibitions from an early age. I’ve got to admit that at the time, I didn’t use to enjoy going to all these classical concerts and galleries, but later on as I grew up, I realised how important all this was in my development as an artist. I am forever thankful for all she did for me in that sense.
What inspires your sounds?
The inspiration I got into developing my sounds come from listening to a lot of different genres of music. As I mentioned earlier on, classical music was my grounding then later on jazz but I listened to a lot of other genres of music in between. From metal to hip-hop, alternative dance to electro-pop, reggae, dub, folk, rock and afrobeat to name but a few!
I guess I am always interested in discovering new music no matter what style or genre it is. If it’s good, well so be it!
I think these days (mainly in western culture) we have the luxury to live in a global village where all cultures entertwine with each other and often these mixtures of genres create really interesting fresh new sounds. All that is very exciting!
With everything that is going on in our world, how is it to release music at this particular time?
I think these days, with music being mainly distributed digitally online, it hasn’t really changed much of my process with distributing new music. Throughout this global pandemic more people have been gravitating towards online streaming for new music. Regarding physical sales, I am thinking of producing a limited series of collectors vinyls to sell directly to my hardcore fans on tours but other than that, my music will always firstly be available to be streamed on most online distribution platforms.
Has the pandemic affected your music?
Yes, it has affected it a lot! Throughout the lockdowns, I’ve got to admit that my songwriting and lyrical content overall got a lot more darker sounding. By living these times of isolation and spending a lot of time on my own, I got to dive in deeper into my personal emotions and that was translated directly into my creative output flow.
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
I would hope that it could make them feel something special they can relate to and help them bring out their inner emotions, may they be sad or happy as well as questioning the meaning behind my lyrics. I get really excited about cool wordplay and poetry and admire artist wordsmiths such as Kate Tempest and more obvious ones such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
I like the idea of story-telling as well with lyrics and it is something I feel more inclined to do in my latest songs.
What are your goals?
I want to collaborate with other artists, rappers and music producers around the world and keep releasing new music regularly. I also want to expand my fanbase globally and tour the world so I can connect with my fans more closely.
Other than that, I plan to design my own streetwear using original artwork I have created.
Any tour coming soon with the reopening of venues?
I am definitely planning to tour as soon as possible. Right now, I am first concentrating on my next single releases and building-up momentum towards these releases. Once these are out, I will look into booking a tour. I can’t wait!
Anything you would like to tell our readers?
Yes. My journey into becoming an artist has been filled with constant hurdles and learning curves. It took me some time to find out who I really am as an artist and actually I am still learning a lot about who I am today to be honest!
From my very early days as an artist until now, there sure were moments when I thought of giving it all up, but I realised along the line that I was given a gift from a higher power above me to be an artist and my mission in this life is to create music and arts. There is nothing else that can fulfil me more than creating music or a piece of art and sharing it with the world as a gift.
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Interview by: Laury Verdoux
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