blessing our ears: the music of sushant kc
Sushant KC has been winning hearts everywhere with his soothing and melodious voice. He is a young singer and songwriter who has been giving super hit songs with all his new releases. The artist is currently doing his Bachelors in Business in Australia with singing being nothing more than a hobby. And over time, that mere pass time became his passion, with a promising prospect to become a career in the music industry itself.
Thus, to get a deeper insight into what really makes the man do what he loves, we grabbed the opportunity to sit down with him and his manager, Amar Neupane, when he was here in Kathmandu. The following is the conversation we had with him.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO MUSIC?
For me, music has always been a fantasy and an interest. As a child, I would always tell my mom to get a guitar for me as I was always very curious to know more about music. However, I never joined music classes as such, but I was always a “music topper” in my school; I always used to perform in school events.
Gradually I started listening to more Nepali songs, followed by Hindi and then English as well. Later, I discovered that I was mostly influenced by English music. After I was done with my SLC exams, I met a producer named Rahul Pradhan who had written 2-3 songs and those song were my very first recordings. That’s basically how I ventured into the music industry.
I always had my guitar with me. I used to play around with it and that gave me ideas on what kind of songs to compose. I also used to sit with my mom, play my guitar and sing songs. And one day, she told me that she should not be the only one listening to my songs. The world has to listen to it too. And do once again, I went to Rahul Pradhan and sang what I had composed in front of him. Liking it, he helped me with the composition and arrangements. That’s how I had some songs ready for my first album “Blue Figments”. The first song I composed and released was “Kaha Jaun” followed by “Aama”, among which the latter did really well. Unfortunately however, I could not continue with my releases right away because I have to fly to Australia for my further studies.
SO HOW DID YOU CONTINUE WITH YOUR RELEASES AFTER GOING TO AUSTRALIA?
After going to Australia, I took a year’s break from music. Then I composed another song named “Mayama” after which I came back to Nepal and released it’s video. The response of this release was so positive that it motivated me even more to compose more songs. That’s how I further continued with my release.
IS THERE ANY PROCESS ON HOW YOU WRITE SONGS?
I just play with my guitar after which I get ideas on the lyrics. Then I start singing to myself and think what to write the song on. After writing the whole song, I move on to the recording. Since 2018, I have been recording my songs at home itself.
A FOLLOW UP TO THAT, IS THERE A CERTAIN STYLE TO YOUR SONGS?
There is no style as such to be honest. The thing is that, I used to listen to only a few Nepali songs, and I eventually felt like youngsters like me should listen to more Nepali songs. Therefore, I wanted my songs to be the reason they start listening to more Nepali songs. However, I do draw most of my inspirations from Western music. In this regard, I try to give both Nepali and Western vibes through my songs.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RESPONSE YOUR MUSIC IS GETTING?
I am actually enjoying it. The response is so positive that it motivates me to do better. There are hardly any negative comments on my work’s regards.
“I BELIEVED THAT I HAD TO BUILD MY CAREER THROUGH MY STUDIES, BUT MY FANS AND SUPPORTERS HAVE PROVED ME WRONG ON THIS.”
DID YOU EVER EXPECT THAT YOU COULD GET SUCH POSITIVE RESPONSES FOR YOUR SONGS?
Honestly speaking, I had no expectations even after the release of “Mayama”. I never thought I could make a career in the music industry. I believed that I had to build my career through my studies, but my fans and supporters have proved me wrong on this.
YOUR SONGS MOSTLY SEEM TO BE LIMITED TO ROMANTIC GENRE. ARE YOU STICKING TO THE SAME KIND OF SONGS IN FUTURE?
Definitely not. I want to try and explore more genres in the coming days.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE NEPALESE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
I’d say that the industry here in Nepal is doing great. We have some wonderful artists like Neetesh Jung Kunwar and Sajjan Raj Vaidya. It is a place where I’m enjoying working at. It is fun to listen to the amazing songs and to be listened to.
ANY NEW RELEASES ANYTIME SOON?
I’ll be coming up with a new song this December in which I have collaborated with a Sydney based artist named Little Rock. This song will be more towards the R&B side of things. And I must add that I’m really excited for this.
YOU’RE HERE FOR A SHORT TIME. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS BEFORE YOU FLY OFF AGAIN?
I have shows planned in various places of Nepal. I’ll try to perform in as many gigs as possible.
INTERVIEWED BY ANUSHKA SHRESTHA | PHOTOS BY GAURAV XHOMPATE SUNUWAR