Interview | Niraj Chag

Back in 2007, I discovered one of my favourite musician/composers at home, whom has quickly become my grandparents' and parents' go-to music.  Come ten years later, can you succumb how surreal it feels to be granted the opportunity to interview an individual you have looked up to, that has not only produced incredible work but inspired you in the arts such as the realm of dance and performance? I can't.  This is such a blessing.

Niraj Chag is a London based composer and musician, despite having been born in Southhampton.  What attracted me most to his work was the fusion of classical and modern beats.  Initially working with Outcaste Record Label, he has created his own named Buzz-erk Label.  His three self produced albums are: Along the Dusty Road (2006, and also my personal favourite), The Lost Souls (2009), and Mud Doll (2015).  Not only that, he has composed music for the West End musical Wah! Wah! Girls and Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Therefore, Niraj Chag is reaching a global audience through film scores, threatre, live performances, and albums just to name a few. It's pretty safe to say he's incredible at what he does.

What motivated you to go into making music?
From an early age I was always fascinated by two things: Music and technology. This fascination inspired me to learn about music technology so I was able to fuse my two areas of interest into one.

What inspires your pieces?
Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Recently Meditation has been a big inspiration for me. I tend to meditate before I start work in the studio and this keeps me incredibly ‘sharp’ and alert.

What is your proudest moment?
Everyday for me has a moment of pride. To be doing what you love is a gift. Everyday I create something new and it nourishes my soul.

What are you looking forward to in the future?
My birthday is in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to eating cake. I love cake!

What is something that you wish more people knew about you?
Im a neurotic introvert who washes his hands at least 40 times a day. If people knew this about me then perhaps they would understand me more.

Fun fact about you?
I own 47 pairs of trainers. Its not healthy - i know!

What advice would you give youngsters trying to achieve their dreams?
Do it for the love not for the money. People who do it for the money don’t ever last too long. Find your own unique voice within your art form and nurture it until you become the master of it. If it still doesn’t work - start again!

What is one lesson you learnt whilst pursuing your dreams?
That the most important skill in life is the ability to listen.

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