Music is popular than ever in India with innumerable genres. Over the years, many musicians in India have captivated everyone’s attention from all over the world. Being true to the craft, V Play Music has built a reputation as one of the eminent personalities in the music industry.
Born by the name Virender Kumar are a well-known guitar player, lyricist, music producer, and a member of the award-winning band Sankraman.
Beginning his career with cover songs on YouTube, V Play Music became a cynosure to everyone’s eyes. He has performed with and alongside many established names from the music industry like Arijit Singh, Badshah, B Praak, Gurdas Maan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Hargun Kaur, Nikhita Gandhi, Aastha Gill, Arjun Kanungo, and Hardy Sandhu among other musical artists.
Moreover, the music sensation has performed in more than 15 countries including the USA, Australia, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, UAE, Thailand, Singapore, and Turkey.
Being the official guitar player for Badshah and Aastha Gill, the 26-year old guitarist has performed at major events across the globe. His exceptional stage performances include India’s Biggest Live Digital Concert By Amazon, MTV Unwind TV Show with Badshah, Aastha Gill & Reet Talwar, the USA Tour of 2018 with Badshah & Sunidhi Chauhan, and the Australia Tour With Badshah and Aastha Gill.
The versatile artist in an exclusive conversation with Influencive was at his candid best where he spoke about his musical career, his vision, forthcoming projects, and much more.
Here are the excerpts from his interview:
How do you describe the feeling of being on stage?
It is an emotion. Being on stage is the ultimate pleasure of life and my existence for me. It’s the connection I feel with myself without taking care of the standards that this society has made for people. When on stage, I am actually ‘myself’ with my guitar. The ones who know me personally are well-versed with the fact that I am a ball of energy while being on stage. That’s the compliment I get from people.
What does music mean to you?
For me, music is an escape from the chaotic world. With music, I get the courage of detaching all the strings attached to the societal norms. I feel fortunate to start with YouTube after which the band Sankraman happened. I consider music as my teacher and a cherishing experience of life. After all, it gives me peace of mind, boosts my self-esteem and gives me a reason to be happy and love my life a little more every day.
What is it like to be a top-notch musician?
Practice, practice, and immense practice. I couple it with honesty and dedication. Being a successful musician is my ultimate goal, and having said that, I ensure that the melodies and music I create is unique and not imitated. You have to be loyal to your work to be the best musician. I would say that this rule applies in every field of life.
What triggered you to become a musician and how did you get into this field?
There was something about music that I used to feel connected to. Music was always around me since when I was a kid maybe that bent me towards it. At 18, after completing high school, I joined the Delhi School of Music. I was always in awe of different kinds of musical instruments. With years of dedication and practice, I became a professional guitar player. That’s how I got into the industry after which I performed at various events globally.
What is your vision, and where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
My vision as a musical artist is to produce never-heard music through different instruments. I have always strived in creating an identity of my own. I am working towards being an artist who can write, produce, compose and play different musical instruments. And as I foresee the next five years, I want to explore different destinations of the world and make my music reach on a global scale.
Any tips for the budding artists in the music industry?
All I would want to say is to be true to your work. Do what you love and love what you do. If you follow someone, make sure to not imitate their style. Rather learn lessons from their personality, and work on your craft that would give you an identity of your own. Loving what you do will never make you feel bored, and that is perhaps pure bliss.
Lastly, what does the future hold for V Play Music?
V Play Music has a lot of new projects in the pipeline. I have new music albums which I am currently working on. Along with it, my focus is on the live setup which everyone will get to hear soon. Besides this, there are a few projects I cannot reveal or comment on for now. But I shall officially announce as and when things shape up. Stay tuned!
Published January 3rd, 2022