Abhilash quit corporate career to follow music

Abhilash GuptaImage courtesy: Artist

A software engineer by profession, Abhilash Gupta switched a couple of careers before he realised that his heart lay in music. Abhilash is now a popular playback singer in the Kannada film industry and has carved a niche for himself in this segment. His last project, ‘Heegondu Dina’ was noticed for its unique tunes and gripping narrative. Abhilash talks to Metrolife about his journey so far.   

What prompted you to quit a high-paying job to pursue music?

I was a gold medallist in college and was always academically inclined. Towards the end of college, I realised that when it came to my career, I want to do something that I was passionate about. Throughout my life, I’ve always had an inclination towards music. I entered corporate life and understood that it was not for me. I would not be able to survive a nine to five job.

What do you think has shaped your career?

The turning point of my career was when I discovered that I could write music. I could convey my emotions in words and tune them too. Hindi is my forte when it comes to writing music. I grew up listening to Hindi film music and classical tunes. I can write and describe how I feel best in Hindi. Writing and composing music has given me a big break.

What are the different kinds of music that you enjoy? 

I love jazz. It inspires me to do something different. I also love listening to blues, Carnatic and Hindustani classical music.

Some of the artists I enjoy listening to are John Mayer, Bryan Adams, A R Rahman and Shankar Mahadevan. Different people have inspired me at different times.

Have you had any formal training?

I am a Carnatic classical junior and I have been learning classical Hindustani for the last five years. I was also a student of Manjula Gururaj and trained under her in playback singing.

bI think light-hearted themes are nice. Youthful stories are where my strength lies. 

What are your future plans?

My future projects include two untitled feature films and music videos. I have collaborated with Sunidhi Chauhan for one of them. 

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