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GANGTOK,: Nepalese singer Neetesh Jung Kunwar enthralled Gangtokians with his performance at Theundel Food & Spirits, Sichey here last Saturday. The event was organised by Gangtok-based event management company KStars Entertainment.
This was his first performance, anywhere, post Covid-19 lockdown.
The 28-year-old played his hit singles ‘Gedai Jasto Jindagi’, ‘Hey Ashma’ and ‘Flirty Maya’ and his latest single ‘Rebirth’ among others.
In an interview with SIKKIM EXPRESS, Neetesh talked about his musical journey, his love for music and future plans.
How excited are you to be back in Gangtok?
NEETESH: I am back in Gangtok after almost three years. My first gig at Gangtok was at Café Live & Loud in 2018. A lot has changed since post-pandemic, but still looking at the people, their aura really excites me.
2020 was a bad year for many, but luckily things are fine for me and especially my parents are doing well. At a certain point I thought there would be no concerts and mass gatherings. I feared my friendship with music and stage would die, but time heals everything and we are here again. This was my first gig in a year and I am back in the game again.
What inspired you to get into music?
NEETESH: I am a passionate person. Either I don’t do things or I do things with passion and love. Music was always a part of our family and I wrote my first song when I was eight. The song was titled ‘Khaini’ and it wasn’t even a proper song. My father really inspired me to play the guitar. I was mostly alone in my bedroom writing poems and composing. I used to make my friends listen to them. I think that was what sparked my musical career.
Later on, I discovered awesome bands, artists and musical groups and their stories. That’s when I understood that all are normal human beings and you really need to be vulnerable about your emotions. Storytelling patterns of artists inspired me and sparked me.
The main reason I got into music was my love for entertainment. I want to entertain my fans all the time.
I sit in a dark room, plot things and write songs so that I can play those songs to other people and get their reactions. It’s basically sharing of emotions and that’s what motivates me.
If I wasn’t a musician, I would definitely be in a field where I could entertain people: an actor, perhaps, or a sportsperson. But I would still entertain my fans.
NEETESH: I take inspiration from everybody. If you were asking the 20-year-old me, there would be a list full of names. Earlier, I only thought about musicians and artists when someone asked about my musical influences. But in a matured perspective I think passionate people with aura and groove really inspire me.
What are your views on the present Nepali music scenario?
NEETESH: Nepali music industry is growing. I have always loved Nepali music when I was young. What I feel is Nepali musicians should take inspiration from every genre, but at the same time they are doing their best. The Nepali music industry is really good, although record label signing culture needs to be developed.
The internet has been a boon as many independent artists and awesome bands are being born and are blooming. Apart from the business side, the music is really blooming.
Among the Nepali bands, I prefer Underside Nepal and Albatross among others. Among the solo artistes, I pretty much like every artiste. Underground artistes are also really good. Bartika Eam Rai is a wonderful songwriter and doing wonders.
I collaborated with Uniq Poet this January in ‘Rebirth’, alongside Din Abin Bho and Producer Mr. Brownie.
I would definitely love to collaborate with Bartika, Sacar and Laure.
Best performance of your career
NEETESH: For me, every performance is the best performance because the sharing of emotions with the audience is always different and special. But till date, I have to say the Joon Festival because the energy is really great there. It’s a festival with lots of artistes and the energy is totally different. I have performed in the Joon Festival in 2018 and 2019.
On collaborating with Clean Bandit in ‘Khulera Dallai’
NEETESH: It felt good collaborating with Clean Bandit. When I met them, and actually started working and roamed around the city it felt like they are just like us. They too are artistes, just different countries, different fan bases and different music. At the end of the day, we are all the same. It was a good experience.
NEETESH: ‘Rebirth’ is my latest single that was released in January in collaboration with Uniq Poet, Din Abin Bho and Producer Mr. Brownie. I wanted to create a milestone as I don’t want to be associated with a specific genre. I just want to do music and entertain people.
‘Rebirth’ was my song after a long time. I started facing these ups-and-downs in life. My personal life went crazy and at a certain point it was hard for me to focus, I took some time out and collaborated with these wonderful artists. ‘Rebirth’ is basically my appeal to let people know there is no specific appeal for me. I want to strive, hustle and do new things. For me it was a rebirth.
Favourite among your songs
NEETESH: All songs are my babies as I have invested a lot of time and energy in them. I love my songs, but till date there is a song called ‘Frustu’. That’s going to be my new song, it hasn't been released yet. Frustu is gonna be awesome.
NEETESH: There are a lot of interesting things in the pipeline. We are trying to go international this year. With Rebirth we did, but now I want to do more and put my country on the map. I am really confident and that’s what I will do. Lots of new music coming up.
NEETESH: Sikkim is a beautiful place and I would definitely be coming back here again. This was my first show post-pandemic and it went well. It had been a long time since my last gig.
The first time I performed here, I was a young artiste and now I am more mature. The experience is really good in Sikkim. I have only been to Gangtok so far and it is beautiful city with wonderful people. I will be visiting Sikkim time and again.