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Meet Siddzartha

Today we’d like to introduce you to Siddzartha, a SoCal born and raised r&b artist with a drive to impact and inspire through more than just the studio and stage.

Siddzartha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From my childhood to now, I’ve always been the underdog: the “loser”; the “dork”, “wears the same clothes every day”; a “nerd” on some days, “slow” and not smart or good enough on others. Luckily, I found magic in music, film, books, and writing. These things saved me, and I embraced them, writing stories and creating music from an early age. Not that I was very good at first, but I gradually began to see that I wasn’t bad and had something to say with my work if only I could be heard. I quickly realized that I was put in this position and given the gifts I have because my purpose in life is to uplift and inspire those who’ve suffered being on the bottom in one way or another like me. So that’s what I do. I fight the battle on two fronts: by day I’m a Special Education teacher, and by night (and on weekends) I’m an r&b artist sharing heartfelt musical stories about heartbreak and mental health challenges.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For every struggle and challenge that I’ve had, I’ve come to see that (even if in retrospect) each was a valuable opportunity to learn and improve. I continue to face many of these challenges day, but I keep moving forward. I have big aspirations.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As an artist, I’m Siddzartha, which comes from part of my name, “Sidd”, and combines it with the Sanskrit word “artha”, which means purpose, so Siddzartha is really just an alternative spelling of Sidd’s artha. I’m a spiritual person, and Siddhartha Gautama, as well as the classic work of fiction, “Siddhartha”, by Hermann Hesse, have always intrigued me, so it’s also a play on that. I try to do only two things with my music: paint a vivid picture of a story that provides a temporary escape from the hardships of reality and evoke a powerful, real emotion. My music is heavily influenced by what my generation of millennial Bollywood fans recognize as classic Bollywood films (SRK, need I say more?). I believe these films had the power to evoke emotions like few films in history have been able, and they were the formative works of art responsible for creating a strong sense of empathy in me as a human being, which is reflected in my work.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Other than being blessed with a wonderful family and couple of amazing family-like friends, it has been all bad luck. But hard work overcomes that, and that’s what I’m doing.

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