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Meet Adrian D’Souza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrian D’Souza.

Hi Adrian, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
The very first time I took music lessons as a kid I was seven years old. I was hooked on keyboard instruments, but by the age of eleven, I told my father the electric guitar is the coolest instrument I’ve ever heard and is the one I wish to learn to dedicate myself to mastering. It was at that stage in my life I knew the electric guitar would be my instrument of choice of mastery. You see a piano sounds just like a piano. A flute sounds just like a flute. But the electric guitar can be made to sound like virtually any instrument. It is capable of so many different sounds and textures.

Studies say what you learn as a child, you pick up much faster, even years later as an adult. It is no coincidence my passion for music is never-ending. Music is at the heart of my being. It is a life force. Not a hobby or a career, but something I feel I simply have to do.

I’m sure it wasn’t obstacle-free, but would you say the journey has been fairly smooth so far?
There’s always struggles when you’re trying to make it as a musician. I personally believe I’m still the same person I’ve always been, and when it comes to money and success, those things reveal a person’s true nature.

There was a guy who I worked with many years ago, we were talking about success and money and all those things, and he told me this one thing, he said, “You know money doesn’t really change anybody. Money reveals them. Same thing with success.” And I tend to believe that wholeheartedly.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
During the early part of my life, I took traditional music lessons, but over the past thirteen years, I’ve been primarily a self-taught guitarist. Not only do I like to learn for myself through any means I can, but I also like to take total control of the music process. From creating cover music to original content to producing my albums, to running my own online music store, to creating my own music website, to running all the administrative tasks involved in the processes at hand. It can be very challenging to do it all on your own but it’s also very rewarding.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Guitar playing never came easy to me. It’s something I had to work harder on than most musicians. For me to get the same results as those who were learning at ten times the speed I was, I simply had to take ten times the risks to be on the same competitive ground. To me, life is all about risk-taking. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re not living at all.

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