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Interview Transcript

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

The transcript from an unpublished interview. Some answers of the heart.

What is music to you? What does it give you?

Rahul Raghavan: Everything! An enthusiast and a futurist. Learning new things is imperative to me. I believe in the saying, "Beginning is enough to inspire effort and effort is enough to make a difference".

It has made me who I am. Everything in my title.

"A Music Composer, Educator, and Multi-Instrumentalist working on Movies/TV series and the creative arts. Also, a music performer and an academic adviser for performing arts. It's all about music in my life. Founded Arvi Music Pvt Ltd, a vision of what is to come in the revolution of Music." I told you, everything in my life!

What is your musical dream?

Rahul Raghavan: To learn as much as I can. I've collected over 1000 books to really learn the intricacies of music. I want to be able to finish them all. Star and Fame can come later. (Or not? I haven't decided that really)

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Rahul Raghavan: With making more music of course. Or enter politics. Both have an equal effect. A musician turned politician? Yup, sounds like something to look forward to.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Rahul Raghavan: Lullabies my dad used to sing. "Kanne Kalaimane".

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Rahul Raghavan: Just too many. From Classical composers to present-day average people. Wouldn't be fair to name a few.

What inspires you to make music?

Rahul Raghavan: The peace that it gives me. I'm happy music is providing me with everything I need mentally. Financially? Of course, no complaints.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Rahul Raghavan: There's really only one way to go about it. Listen to music to heal or stay sane and happy. That's really it. Don't overthink and overdramatize the effect it has on you. Be realistic. We know that these are temporal effects.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Rahul Raghavan: Nervous, frustrated and bored. That side of my life is mostly limited. I'm happier at my studio. As a mix engineer, we make sure that a recorded song is perfect. In live situations, I'm mostly let down, cause only the best in the world have access to the best.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Rahul Raghavan: There's more power. Music is now diversified into the hands of the average musician. You now also have to be a businessman. So I suggest, free MBA's to all musicians.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Rahul Raghavan: Inability to allocate more time to really learning every day. My life as a composer and educator takes time away from trying to be a learner.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Rahul Raghavan: Always catch up on shows of as many talented musicians here as possible. Also, I'm always engaged in the musical education of the community. I do organize and sponsor a few shows here and there across India to support the musicians of the yesteryears of Indian Music.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Rahul Raghavan: They have to do it from their heart and for themselves. They need to be Entrepreneurs and Businessmen if they wish to make it a career.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Rahul Raghavan: Here goes:-

Eivør Pálsdóttir, Jesper Kyd, Franco Vaz.

End of Transcript. Hoping there's some inspiration here and there for people to take away. You'll find my released works here in case you're wondering, "How is this guy qualified to talk about anything Music?" I mean, 6 years should amount to something, right?. Yet, a learner at large.

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