“Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession”- Luv Mahtani
“My future plans are bit hazy. I think a lot of things that have happened in my life have not been entirely planned. I am only hoping that I get to continue my career in music in whatever way and hopefully more ways than this as well.”
My parents had one of the biggest collection of cassettes I had ever seen. A lot of it was devotional music, bhajans, Bollywood, etc, I wasn’t very expose to the kind of music I do now the kind of western music I listen to all the time. I am one of those disney kids who loved everything from Suite life of Zack and Cody to High School Musical. It just spurred into me wanting to learn that kind of music myself.
I wasn’t considered as one of the cool kid in school and I thought playing an instrument would make me cooler. This is how my interest in Music started and since then the music is always a big part of life. I was about 12 or 13 I guess when the whole VH1, Disney revolution came.
About ten years ago I kept pestering my mom that I want to learn a guitar. I wanted to learn an instrument can I please do that. She thought about it and just randomly found a flier in our letterbox of a guitar class that was in our area just a kilometer away. I was part of the class for almost 2 years. Where about last 6-8 months of my class I was handling beginners batches myself.
5 years ago when I saw a video on youtube by a legendary ukulele player called Jake Shimabukuro. It was the cover of “The Beetle” song “While my guitar gently weeps” and I was more and more interested in the idea of using this instrument in Pop music, the kind of music I was interested in and actively started to seek where can I find a ukulele.
Having guitar experience for good 4-5 years before I picked up the ukulele really helped me in transition to ukulele very easily because the music theory is the same just way you play it, the way you approach it is different. It took me a year or two to feel, yes I play well enough to perform.
About a year ago when I had graduated and I was working in a Digital Marketing Company,in those 5 months is where the epiphany stuck me that I don’t wanna be doing this job that I was doing I quit that and started pursuing music full time.
Over the year or two since I bought my ukulele a lot of my other friends were interested in buying that and learning how to play it themselves. I taught a few friends there first basic chords informally. I always had an act for teaching ever since I used to teach guitar in my own class for a while. So I thought, I have enough beginners experience to teach someone else. So I went from one to seven in 2 months. Then that just kept growing. I have about a dozen students now.
“Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession”.