#TTAstories - @heyitsvithu - "For me, music has always been my backbone. It helped me discover who I am, just with all the experiences that came along with my journey in the industry. From getting rid of stage fear, to making friends that turned into family, realizing my passion, finding out people's true colours, all the way to figuring out how to work towards my goals; music taught me it all.
But I think the biggest struggle I faced was trying to block out the opinions of others. I was constantly worrying about what people would think of my every action. Especially in an industry where even though people say they support you, they're really trying to surpass you and fend for themselves. At a point, I was even willing to give up my passion just because I didn't want to deal with all the drama, problems, and lots of headaches that came along with such a competitive environment. I think realizing this, and finally understanding that the people around me were the ones who were really against me, pushed me to work on myself and what I really wanted to achieve.
I started breaking out of my shell, and opening up doors for myself. I initiated my own band with my group of friends, that ran successfully as The 8th Note. I started my own production company called Isai Empire Inc. along with my family, putting almost 100 artists from Canada on one stage together. It's hard being a full-time university student, trying to balance all my extra-curricular activities, have a social life, get sleep, and be a musician too. Sometimes, yes, I have to sacrifice things. But honestly, the people I've met and the things I've accomplished would not have happened without this passion that grew along with me. Now, I've performed in front of idols like AR Rahman, D Imman, and Anirudh. I've travelled around the world to sing, and shared stages with legends like SPB, Srinivas, and Unni Krishnan. So if there's one thing I'd tell my old self, it's to dream big. Stop doubting yourself, stay focused, work hard, surround yourself with good people, and just make it happen."