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Meet Gayathri Krishnan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gayathri Krishnan.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My journey in music began at four years old when I started lessons in Carnatic Music, the classical South Indian music system. I was encouraged to perform in front of crowds, which helped me develop stage presence and confidence. At the same time, I was learning Carnatic music, I joined choral music in middle school, this is what sparked my passion to explore contemporary Western music styles. As a freshman in high school, I wanted to participate in the advanced choral group. One of my teachers told me I was unlikely to be selected since I was so young and I couldn’t really read music, at the time I was learning mostly by ear. I took it as a challenge, used my resources, and practiced. The results came, and I was selected. This experience taught me to trust my own drive and determination over the doubts of others. It was in High school that I branched out from the choral music genre and wrote my first song, “Starry Night”, and I realized that I wanted to pursue music as a career.

During this time, I picked up the guitar and piano as well. My desire to pursue music at a professional level pushed me to apply to the Berklee College of Music, a place where I could expand my skills as a musician. Being at Berklee helped me find myself in many ways and I truly believe I am a completely different artist from when I started. During my freshman year at Berklee, I was trying to find my sound and wrote the songs “Illusion” and “Fools.” Through the process of creating these songs, I figured out my writing style and the direction in which I want to take my music. Even though my major is Music Therapy, I’ve found a way to develop my love for songwriting and create my own music in tandem. As of now, I am experimenting with my sound and trying to break the boundaries by exploring the space between Indian and Western music. I just released my first EP, Create to Express, which is a culmination of thoughts and sounds that reflect where I am in my life right now. I am excited to see where this leads me…

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I find that I get in the way of myself sometimes, that is my biggest challenge. Right now, I am going through a process of unlearning my own limiting beliefs about what I can achieve and who I can be. This has helped me try new things and make music that is authentic to who I am in the moment. I realize that this is possible through positive affirmations, patience for myself, confidence and self-love. As I get older, I realize more and more that growth is a constant process. My parents continue to be a great support system as they help me move past my struggles and pass down helpful wisdom. I have so much gratitude for them, and I know they always have my back when it comes to my music and creative endeavors. As a human being, as an artist, I am taking little steps every day that will help me achieve my personal and musical goals. I view myself as a student of music and try to expand my knowledge and understanding of the subject that never seems to stop giving. To me, there is always something to learn and that keeps me grounded and excited to keep growing.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I would say I specialize in creating a fusion between classical Indian Music and R&B. In my EP Create to Express that I released this year, I not only incorporated classical Indian rhythms and melismas but explored some Middle Eastern instruments and African rhythms in my song “After Hours.” I want to learn more about music from around the world and incorporate all these elements in my future projects. I enjoy exploring different sounds and I hope to create music that people from every corner of the world can enjoy. I am most proud of the message I stand by. I titled the EP Create to Express because to me art is an expression of who I am at a certain period of time. I express my thoughts on several topics such as self-love, confidence, and going after your dreams. These themes are especially found in my songs “Illusion”, “Aura”, and “444.” I feel that everyone should be able to see the beauty and power that they have within themselves. My music is moving, empowering, and soulful. I create all my songs with love and intention.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I grew up in a musical household; my dad enjoys singing and my brother plays the keyboard. When I was little, I loved performing, seeing people smile, and interacting with others. Other than music, I enjoy trying different cuisines, spending time outside soaking up the California sun, the beach, sunrises and sunsets, and skating around. I also love spending time with friends, and time with family is really important to me.

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