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SONGS THAT SOOTHE with SAJJAN RAJ VAIDHYA

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Sajjan Raj Vaidya has been winning hearts since he entered the music industry. He has never failed to surprise his listeners with his ever so mesmerizing songs. This young artist, currently based in New York, claims that his family plays a vital role in his musical career as all his family members are somehow related to the musical fraternity. Each of his songs carry a certain message that has the power of captivating and soothing the listeners, which is why most of us have come to love him. This is our online interview we had with him.

WHY AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC? The answer to why I got into music is that I just identify with it. As to how, I got into it through my family. Each member of my family has played a vital role in my musical introduction and development. Little things such as my father’s music collection, my brother’s progressive taste, and my mother’s singing skills, all acted as brush strokes to paint my identity in music.

AS YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING ABROAD, HOW CHALLENGING IS IT FOR YOU TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR RELEASES?

Quite. Between having a separate 9 – 5 schedule and trying to learn and grow as an artist, hours seem to be few and far between. My desire and the longing for music, however, is forever unaffected.

IS THERE A SPECIFIC PROCESS ON HOW YOU WRITE SONGS?

I wouldn’t say so. I have stumbled upon my songs in various ways and through varying sources of inspiration. What process has worked for a song has not been the same process for the other and I think that is what gives the song its name. Some are drawn from personal stories, others are unfamiliar.

ADDING UP TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF SONGS?

For the sake of convenience, I would call my style independent. I say so because I enjoy listening to and trying to play songs from all styles and genres. Every bit of music is inspirational and hence, I would like to not depend on one style of music. I would, however, like to learn from every style I come across.

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THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING FROM YOUR WELL-WISHERS IS COMMENDABLE. HOW DO YOU LIKE THE RESPONSE?

It is incredible. The fact that people who do not know each other can connect to each other through songs is fascinating to me and when people add positivity and encouragement to that connection, it makes something quite special.

AS AN ARTIST, IT IS CERTAIN THAT YOU HAD SOME EXPECTATIONS WITH YOURSELF WHEN YOU INITIALLY ENTERED INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. HOW DO YOU FEEL ALL THIS WHILE?

As curious as ever. The support I have received from people is marvelous and that has driven me into staying curious and trying to learn. I do think I have grown as an artist and I would like to always keep growing as an artist.

DO YOU PLAN ON TRYING OUT DIFFERENT GENRES?

Absolutely yes! Each genre leaves a taste in your mouth that you never knew existed. For that reason, I will always be hungry for more.

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON HOW THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN NEPAL IS PROCESSING?

Honestly, I do not think there is a developed music “industry” in Nepal just yet. Most artists are independent artists and I believe there is a long way to go. However, the mindset towards creativity overall is changing. With that comes the hope that soon, pursuing a career of being a singer, writer, painter, photographer, chef, or anything else will be regarded just as highly and with as much validation as an engineer or an accountant. The celebrity culture has caught up with the times in Nepal but not the underlying element that deserves celebration. There is great promise, however, and that is incredibly inspiring. Hopefully, music along with every other form of art will see accelerated development soon.

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TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR NEXT RELEASE.

I have yet to decide on what our next release will be. I will be sure to keep everyone posted.

LASTLY, LET US TALK ABOUT THE MOST HYPED SONG AT THE MOMENT,”HATAARINDAI, BATAASINDAI”, YOUR LATEST RELEASE. WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU’RE TRYING TO CONVEY THROUGH THIS SONG?

The song and the video of ‘Hataarindai, Bataasindai’ share a common theme but different scenarios. The common theme of the two is love. The song speaks of love, perseverance and patience. The protagonist of the song is adamant on waiting for the right person who he or she knows is the love of his or her life. Hence, the protagonist is speaking to the love of his or her life, who is yet to be discovered, telling him or her that the wait will be worth it. The video carries a message of love that is: love is love. The intention behind the video was to deliver every kind of love as exactly that, love. Just as valid, just as real, just as significant, just as fulfilling and just as just. The two stories of love are parallel, moving towards the same direction, or purpose if you will, as one. And that is how we believe love should be: Unquestioned and unbothered.

Interviewed by Anushka Shrestha

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