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Life & Work with Saahas Patil

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saahas Patil.

Hi Saahas, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in Bangalore, India. I grew up singing in choirs through my childhood and listened to a lot of music. When I was 15, music and word really opened their arms to me and I followed unquestioningly. I didn’t know anything about playing music or instruments, just that I wanted to sing as much as I could. So I would sing the songs that I’d written and learnt how to play, hoping that someone or others would like them as much as I did. I was quite happy in my musical bubble, but it was inherently frustrating when my bandmates didn’t share my enthusiasm for the songs. I soon started playing music professionally with a band called Allegro Fudge and got to explore and indulge all my creative needs. We released an album, played a lot of gigs and it was an authentically freeing experience to be myself with no inhibition. To me, creating and writing is my biggest high – to hear something created out of nothing – that’s the reward in itself. I sang and wrote with Allegro Fudge for a while and then decided to move to Los Angeles to write and perform my own music. I was offered a couple of scholarships at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood and decided to study there, after which I began working as a songwriter and recording artist. It’s been a wild ride moving across the world with two suitcases, a guitar and a dream, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been tough. Music isn’t an easy profession to start with. You really have to be sure of what you feel about it before you step out onto this road. Moving to LA from India isn’t easy either – I don’t believe people understand the pressure that comes with a decision like that. It can definitely affect your mental health, and it did with mine. You leave family, friends and relationships behind. You have to get used to your closest circle carrying on their lives without you, and Zoom and Facetime just doesn’t cut it. Then there’s Covid. Sometimes I ask myself if it’s all worth it. (Still trying to figure that one out) Younger me would have loved to say that the road has been hard and that I’m looking forward to a happy ending. Older and more mature me knows that the road is where you truly find yourself and your happiness. This road leads nowhere and everywhere and I’m okay with that. I’m satisfied with just being on it and realizing the value of the gift I get to pursue and share.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a singer-songwriter and a recording artist. I write songs that I believe uplift other people. I write and collaborate with other artists and producers and play live gigs when we’re not in a global pandemic. My debut EP ‘The Grays’ is out on March 22nd, and the first single off it ‘California’ was released on February 24th and is doing the rounds on streaming platforms! Once concerts are safe, I plan to tour the US & India with a new live show.

I’m most proud of being resilient through everything that I’ve been through and sticking the course and not letting the thorns on the road wear out the joy I receive in creating music. What sets me apart is that I will never quit and I will work my butt off to get to where I believe I can. I’m here to create and that’s what I will do.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t know much about luck. I know more about hard work. I’ve had “good” spells and “bad” spells. The good ones make me complacent and the bad ones make me stronger and more determined.

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