Today, I am sharing my fourth post – Rohit Nigam has been a Child Prodigy. Singer Rohit Nigam began his musical journey as a student of the 5th grade. His first solo, Vajah…, was a pouring out of his feelings post heartbreak. Then, there was no looking back.
How were you attracted to music?
Can’t think of a single moment that got me attracted to music but my parents tell me that I’ve been singing since I was a little kid. What got me into performing was my first stage performance in the 5th grade. I loved the feeling of being on stage and there was no looking back, after that.
How do you manage a corporate life along with a music career?
Luckily, I am in a job that provides flexibility for me to make and do music. But it does get tough at times. Having a goal that I need to make a name in music is what keeps me going.
When was the first time you felt you know I want to be a singer and what did your parents say when you made that crucial decision?
Since childhood I have wanted to make a name for myself. I have wanted people outside of my inner circle to know me and my work. I know music was the way to achieve that. My parents have been very supportive of it. I don’t remember having a talk with them that music is the thing I want to do. It just happened naturally. I started making music and performing professionally after I got a job so they knew I had a regular job as well and will be able to support myself.
The field of music is not reliable as far as monetary benefits are concerned. Your take on it.
Yup, every job/field has its own challenges. This is music’s challenge. Everybody who gets into it, kinda knows it. We do it for the love of it. Yes, money is very important so if you have responsibilities, getting a job on the side can really help.
Also, I can say from my experience that when you’ve been doing music for some time, either doing live shows or making original songs, if you are good the money follows.
What was your inspiration for your first solo Vajah…?
You know how they say Toote hue dil se hi sangeet nikalta hai – that was my inspiration. I mean I can’t point to a single experience or inspiration but having experienced a heartbreak helped me write it. It was very early in my song writing journey. I was playing some chords on my guitar and the lyrics came naturally.
Tell us about your song Parinda.
Parinda… is a song about having loved and lost someone. I wrote it the same way I wrote Vajah…. Just me playing some chords and singing whatever came to mind. Fortunately, it turned out well and Selekt picked it. We shot a music video for it as well, directed by Poonam Bisht. The entire team incuding her have done a great job. I would request anybody reading this, to please go watch it and support us.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am planning to release another song soon. We are currently figuring out the production for it. We haven’t started recording yet but soon we will. That’s all I can share about it right now.
Your message for people who are juggling between their corporate life and a music career?
It is going to be difficult but if you have made up your mind about it, don’t worry you’ll get through it. Also, please focus on creating original music or your spin on the covers. That’s how you create your identity in such a competitive industry.