Dhruv Viswanath a percussive guitarist,is a student of Geography honours from Delhi University, he admires the dynamics of nature and it’s astute beauty and that’s what inspires him to study more and more about it, a travel enthusiast,been places,lived his childhood all over the world, He has now set his foot down in the Delhi music circle with quite a bang.
His claim to fame? Nothing but himself and his guitar and well a few magical tricks around the same.
You’re just twenty! How long has it been since you were first introduced to the “sound of music”?
I was about thirteen years old when I first held the guitar. I clearly remember the date too (laughs). It was the 21st of December 7 years back.
Is that when you started training/practicing or did it happen for you later in life?
I was always inclined towards music, humming, trying out different techniques, though I finally took piano lessons in 2003 when I was in Hong Kong from a Chinese teacher, She was pretty mean to me. And yes, I have travelled quite a bit in my childhood with the family.
Which instruments do you play to go with your magical vocals?
I play the Drums, the Bass, Guitar, and the Piano.
Did you also take professional training in all the aforementioned instruments?
Nope, not really. I used to pester my friends and family by constantly ringing the chords of my guitar, continuously playing one chord for that was all I knew back then, but I’ve been practicing since, sitting with one of my friends I started playing “G” chord for weeks together. Slowly and steadily got the hang of it, saw some tutorials, and heard some great people play.
What’s the secret behind all this hard work, what inspires you to keep on trying?
Whatever comes to my mind inspires me, events around me-be it good or bad, I choose to compose music out of that.
Do you see yourself taking up music as a career?
I am not the number cruncher sorts, nor the types who can go to a regular office. For all you know I might just be the cause of the next recession.
Music as a career is something I wouldn’t want to rule out. Performing gives me immense amount of pleasure and getting paid to perform as a respected artist just adds value to the whole ordeal. It’s been only a year or two since I started doing performances for the public, and it’s been a great experience which I would definitely want to continue.
5 years down the line shall I be seeing you in a huge amphitheater with a thousand hundred people waiting for you to sing?
If the world doesn’t end, I really wish to be playing internationally. Another aspect of music that attracts me are background scores in movies, perhaps something of that sort.
How many tracks have you composed? Which is your favourite out of those?
I have done over 50 tracks, I keep recording, noting down anything that I feel is close to an invention and speak emotionally to the listener.
“Falling angels” is closest to my heart and so is “Father” since I wrote it after his demise in his memory, it’s something no one can ever take from me.
If you could define your music in one word or sentence, what would it be?
There is no specific genre I would try to fit myself into; I think my music is “universal” in terms of its approach. Anybody from the age of 18 to 80 years wouldn’t mind listening to some soulful, cheerful songs I believe, yet again it’s a genre that cannot be forced on anyone, they might like it, they might not.
With so many upcoming and young bands and artists in the circuit do you feel the competition levels are rising?
If I talk for myself, I do not consider this as competition, It’s nothing but a medium of lowering your creativity. One needs to be present in the circuit with an open mind,
Be unique in your own way.
Can you name some of the bands in the Indian circuit that inspire you?
Indian ocean, Them clones and Parikrama.
What are your views on Emaho?
I think Emaho is doing a great job with the number of interviews and articles being published.It covers a wide spectrum of art including music, photography, travel etc.
It’s also a huge achievement for the magazine to have reached such a level in the initial stages of its commencement. It gives a brilliant platform to young artists to display their work and also as an opportunity for young writers to experiment and realize their potential.