When Arjun Nair isn’t lending his voice as the vocal bassist and voice artist to India’s first all-vocal a capella band Voctronica, he can be found on stage, playing guitars and singing, with his ‘Hindie’ band Rang. When we meet him, he’s busy behind his computer screen, producing and arranging music for an upcoming web series. That’s how versatile a musician Arjun Nair is. It led us to imagine that he could have been in the music scene for at least a decade if not more, but Arjun is quick to tell us that less than five years ago he was an IT professional who managed domain names at Directi. In the few years since he quit his well-paying job, the young musician has more than just dabbled in various aspects of the Indian music industry — from singing, songwriting and composing to producing and arranging music, right up to gaining acclaim for his unique take on the vocal bass.
Arjun’s passion for music didn’t develop overnight. He remembers being drawn to music as a child. It was a passion that continued well into adulthood, even when he put in those long hours at Directi. Somewhere down the line, he realised that music could indeed make for a lucrative career, one that was possible only if he dedicated more time to it. And so he quit his job to dive headlong into the world of music. Besides performing with his band Rang and recording and touring with Voctronica, he produces music for ads and films through Aur Maango Productions, a company that he co-founded. Earlier this year he worked with Niladri Kumar on an NGO project to empower young orphans through music. And, in case you didn’t realise, he was the voice artist for All India Bakchod’s hilarious “Every Party Song” that featured actor Irrfan Khan. If his popularity is anything to go by, Arjun’s story is proof that you can pursue your passion and make a living out of it.
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Interviewed by Beverly Pereira