Sunday, June 19, 2016

Personality of June - Aatharan Seveal


Hey guys!

It's time to introduce to you the personality of June - Aatharan Seveal. I came across his instagram videos and was instantly amazed by his talent. There's a lot of singers out there but his voice is one of my personal favourites. As well as that he is musically talented in many ways.. He doesn't even consider himself as singer! He composes music and just loves making music. "Singing, playing the piano, violin and flute are just the assets that come with it." I wish I had those assets!
He is from London and studies Applied Sound Engineering at university. As a child he was quite naughty at home so his parents decided to take him to violin and vocal lessons at the age of 8. This is when his hidden talent for music was discovered. It all started from there. Since then he hasn't really taken it too seriously but he started now because he realised people enjoy hearing his music and he loves the fact that he can touch people in that way. I must agree that this is a real skill, wish I could do that! Maybe I can touch you guys with my beautiful writing skills haha? Maybe not.
He has been asked to and performed at university shows such as Kings of Gaana (2015) as an exhibition act and BLAS Elegance 2016 as one of the music choreos.


Who or what motivated you to start singing? 

Haha, I wasn't motivated, it was something that just happened. When I was 8 years old my mum took me to Carnatic vocal lessons under the tutelage of Kalaimani Suganthi Srinesa. It was my first ever exposure to any type of music. I wasn't into music before then. As people around me started to appreciate this skilI, I guess that's what pushed me to carry on singing. I had a phase where I completely stopped singing Tamil for 2 years as I just simply didn't like it. I was into English music and would only sing English before reverting back to Tamil during A-levels. Now it feels weird to sing English songs.. 



I saw that you made a YouTube video about a year ago. Are you planning on making any more in the future or would you like to stay on Instagram for now? 


I'm definitely planning on releasing more material on YouTube, but I tend to be very disorganized and lazy and can't deal with handling multiple things at once. I'm not going to say as to when exactly I plan to release my next video because knowing myself I'll just jinx it. 


When did you start playing the instruments you play. Are you self taught or did you go for lessons?

I'm predominantly self taught in everything I play. 

I learnt Violin under the tutelage of the same teacher who taught me vocal. After grade 3 onwards I became more independent with the violin. My guru gave me the freedom to explore the violin myself and teach myself things. She became more of a guide. Somewhere along the way I just felt like playing piano so I'd just experiment with it and make stuff up on it. I then bought myself a guitar, experimented with it, changed the way it's tuned so that I don't sound like everyone else and that's that. Then around 2 years ago I picked up the flute. I really liked the feel of the flute..  And how soul stirring it can sound when mastered.. which I haven't done yet lol. I don't consider myself a flautist, pianist nor a singer. These are all things that will aid me in composing music. They're just simply assets #itaintthatdeep .. 

What are your aims for the future? Would you like to possibly pursue a career as a singer or is it something you just enjoy doing in your free time? 

I don't mind singing, however it's not something I'm passionate about. I'm more into making music so if I need my voice in a song then I'll use it. I aim to be a Music Director in the near future hence why I've taken on sound engineering as my uni course. 

Who is your inspiration? Is there anyone you look up to? 

I don't know if movie characters are valid but I look up to the Godfather (not the Tamil film one lol). I like the values he has regarding men and how family should be no 1 priority.. And plus he's a don - who doesn't want to be a don (I secretly want to work for the mafia obvs)

Music wise I don't allow myself to get inspired too much as it affects the originality of my work. Many may think I listen to music all the time but I'm more so the opposite. I'm not the average music fan who downloads music on to their phone- puts their headphones in and listens while on a typical journey to school or the gym . Having said that, once there is a song I really like.. It'll be on repeat when I go to sleep. I listen to the most music during the night - mostly my own music- but then forget to sleep because I'm too busy focusing on things that can be improved 

Music directors whose works that I appreciate are AR Rahman and Santhosh Narayanan. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your aims? 

I see myself as a fully qualified sound engineer with in 5 years. 

I'd also love to be in a position where I'm making music for Tamil movies. I'm looking forward to the day I get to go to the cinema and experience the thrill of listening to my music with visuals. It's a different kick to just simply listening to music on it own. My perception of a song can change when I associate it with visuals. I might not like a song when I just hear it but the same song will grow on me when I listen to it knowing the story behind it. 



                                                                                                         
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