Featured Musician: Shekhar Dhain

Shekhar Dhain is a multimedia artist – a writer, musician, producer, collaborator, shaper & consultant/think tank. We had the pleasure of asking him a few questions about his career/life as an artist!

TH: At what age did you know you wanted to start a career in music?
SD: From the age of 11; it was when I first laid eyes on a synthesizer, which was the ROLAND JX-3P. I can still remember it perched on a couple of school desks, all shiny and new, plugged into a small amp. I had spent two years prior to that, learning Tabla ( an Indian drum/percussion instrument), treble ( like a bigger version of the recorder), and some piano. My mum encouraged me, possibly as she comes from a very creative arts loving background.

TH: Which of your artistic achievements are you most proud of?
SD: I’m proud of everything I’m doing and have done, both past and present. From getting my stuff into music libraries for the first time many years ago, getting my stuff onto film and TV programs, being part of an art installation, working on newer projects, etc. It is all very satisfying.

TH: What inspires you?
SD: When I was younger, it was usually people who had already successfully used synthesizers and related technologies, on a more commercial basis. Later on, my tastes became more open to rock, ambient – it would be whatever I felt would move me on an emotional level. Nowadays, it’s usually whomever I end up working.

TH: What advice would you offer to someone else starting out in your field?
SD: Learn by DOING, as well as reading up on things. [rquote]It’s essential that you have passion, courage and determination, as well as tenacity and ambition.[/rquote] Take breaks and remember to unwind to recharge. It’s also imperative to try to network and be open to collaborations, as well as also being open to a change in the way you present yourself as a creative. The Internet, along with organizations like Talenthouse, helps to a great degree – it helps you find like-minded people who share your goals.

Follow your instincts and try and keep a sense of perspective and politeness along the way. People can sometimes remember when they’ve been treated badly, a lot longer than the good times, so keep your chin up, be courteous and soldier on with passion.

TH: What’s your favorite color?
SD: Right now, as im writing this, a red/orange colour comes to mind. Blue is equally as important.

Shekhar on the Web: Twitter | Talenthouse | Website