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The Thrill Of It All

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
By Parth Khatau

Multitalented music artist, Siddhant Bhosle speaks to Afternoon D.C. about his rise to stardom, the thrill of working in the country's vibrant music industry and says that whatever he has achieved to date is just the start.

Born into a family of musicians, Siddhant Bhosle had the art of playing and creating music come natural to him. With the launch of his first ever single, 'Tu Beautiful Hai', Siddhant is making great strides in his career, which was pretty much a no brainer for him.

The son of famous Bollywood playback singer, Sudesh Bhosle who is also known as Amitabh Bachchan's voice in the industry, Siddhant honed his skills to compose and produce music at Trinity School of London where he excelled in western vocals and guitar. Known for his versatility, Siddhant has performed songs across genres, ranging from Bollywood, Indian Classical to Rock and Pop. He has made his mark in the Bollywood playback industry by working with renowned artists like Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shamir Tandon, Hariharan and Sunidhi Chauhan. With his soulful rendition of Justin Bieber’s song “Sorry” going trending on youtube gathered him popularity on Youtube.

Speaking about his new single, Siddhant said,"The idea of ‘Tu Beautiful Hai’ originally started off as a guitar riff during one of my late night jams that I hastily recorded onto GarageBand, a music composition software. The song has evolved over time and I'm lucky to have been able to collaborate with some immensely talented musicians and creators to actualise the song." The track comes hand in hand with a peppy music video that perfectly fits the it’s vibe.

Looking back, Siddhant is not surrpised he ended up being a musician. "Everyone in my family is completely into music," he said. "I guess I was born into it. The first few memories I can recall are those with my grandmother (renowned Hindustani classical singer Suman Bhosle). Just listening to her practicing her vocals and trying to sing with her. My first live performance was at the age of 5 when I sang at Fiji islands at one of my father’s concerts," he added.

Adding, Siddhant said, "As a child I was lucky to have so much music, so many different kinds of music fall on my ears. Bollywood music has always played a very integral part in my family. There has always been songs of Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Manna dey playing and being sung at home by my father."

"My mom is a classically trained Pianist where I get the love for western music from. Growing up in a household surrounded by artists, singers, painters and musicians let me no choice but to work on my skills as a singer and musician. There was a balance of Indian classical music, Bollywood and western music in my learning days," he said.

Speaking about how he has grown out being Sudesh Bhosle's son to having his own identidty, Siddhant said," My father has been a true inspiration for me. I'm not saying this just because he's my dad (laughs) , but as a person, and as an artist I've always looked upto him. Being closely influenced by Bollywood music and watching his journey has been truly inspiring. Every time I watch him perform on stage, I'm in complete awe as to how a single person can have so much talent in him!"

Siddhant also takes all the pressure put on him in his stride. "Yes it does put immense pressure to succeed, being Sudesh Bhosle's son as people automatically expect something great from you. However, that is what keeps me moving forward and making me try to push my limits," said Siddhant.

Having performed in various bands throughout his school and college life, Siddhant is currently working on solo projects. However, he strongly beleives that it is never just his own effort that leads to success. "My current projects have infact  led me to San Francisco, where I'm currently working on a lot of new songs and collaborating with international musicians. It's never possible to be successful in a “solo” career. Your peers, team and fans are the ones that take you to the top," he said.

Known for his versatility as an artist and his ability to play a number of musical instruments such as the guitar, drums, piano while being excellent at vocals, Siddhant is influenced by both Indian classical to jazz to comtemporary pop to prog metal music. "We have all had phases in life where we listen to a certain type of music," he said.

"As a singer/ songwriter I'm hugely influenced by John Mayer. As a music producer, I love the intricacies and blend of electronic music and musicianship that Zedd puts forth in his tracks. I'm also completely in awe of the legends of Bollywood like Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle with the ease and perfection with which they have sung their songs," he added.

With all his music videos being uploaded on YouTube where they have gone on to be huge hits, Siddhant has a word of advice for those looking to kickstart a career in the online space. "I'd just like to tell aspiring singers and musicians to just believe in themselves. No matter what. I know, everyone must have heard this “Believe” stuff thousands of times. But that's what really matters," he said. "Oh and also, practice practice and practice. That's the only way," he added.

"Practice your craft and put it out there. As musicians and artists we tend to over think, procrastinate and just kill our own muse. The same applies for creators who want to start their Youtube channel. Practice, be honest with yourself and release your music!"

Siddhant wants to eventually sing for Bollywood films and contiue the family legacy and ultimately bridge the gap of Indian music and enter into the realm of international music. "This is only the start, however," he says with a smile. If his achievements to date are anything to go by, it would be fait to conclude that success only breeds success.

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