Mahesh

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About Mahesh

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    Songstuff Crew
  • Birthday 04/17/1992

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    India
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    Music, Philosophy, Art, Life, Mindfulness, Vlog

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    Mahesh
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    Songwriter, composer, musician, performer, producer
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    John Mayer, Damien Rice, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles, BB King, The Reign of Kindo, The Civil Wars, Otis Redding, Jason Mraz,

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  1. Here's something of a tribute to John and Songstuff who've helped me in becoming the musician I am today. The other day, I was having those routine meetings with John that's been going on for 6 years ( besides the fact that every one of them feel like so lol ) talking about my career, the upcoming gigs, EP plans and of course the Songstuff stuff as well. And I realised how normal it has become for me that a Scottish man who I've never even met has become a super important part of my every day life. So I thought it'd be something interesting to talk about in a vlog.
  2. lol of "quotes" there Mike Personally, I've not let the audience or my need to present something in a certain way "externally" define what I should write about. It's always been with me and myself in the room when I'm writing it. That's not just physically. lol I believe musicians don't necessarily need to figure out what "lots of people can identify with" (unless they want to as a business strategy and make some money, whatever music pays at least lol) and should rather work on figuring out what they identify with themselves. The world is a small place and I'm sure there will always be some common grounds where people will relate. And that is a good seg way to what Tim is talking about. A lot of people do not identify with sadness even when they deal with things associated with it all the time. Their minds keep avoiding it like it's a disease to even accept it and understand that it's a part of life. Which is something that really messes with people's heads. I know it did to me and lord knows I know people who do it to this day. I was talking about this on Jenn's topic regarding confidence. Acceptance is the greatest friend. You will never be able to get out of it unless you see where you stand. And that needs acceptance. Regarding your description about HSP, yup. That sounds like me alright lol
  3. It's absolutely beautiful. Bangalore is one of the biggest IT hubs in the world. The traffic is intense throughout the day, we have record high temperatures for what was once proudly called The Garden City of India and the pollution, disgusting. So it was really a welcoming surprise when I found out about this forest reserve protected by the State. It's a wonderful detox opportunity especially when I live such an erratic life being a musician. I love it!
  4. Jenn, Leo is true about acceptance. As soon as the awareness and understanding lands on the fact that at the point of the performance, what you've got is what the people will get, the nervousness wouldn't even matter anymore! I'm not saying that it's easy. Even to this day, I get nervous too until the first step I take on that stage. Then I just go into a state of mind where it goes "this is it, there's no point worrying about it now, I might as well have a good time while I'm at it." I find a sense of freedom being on stage. To say what I want, express what I want and for that very same "spiritual" point you made, I realize that what people will say doesn't matter anymore. And what I SAY and express does. Whether it sounds good or not. It doesn't come by telling yourself that. It comes by UNDERSTANDING & REALIZING IT enough to not be bothered by anything else. I'm not saying it's easy or difficult, but it's something you can build on by setting up that state of mind before every gig and then learning from the experience.
  5. Proper breathing techniques and breathing application really is pretty much the corner stone when it comes to good singing. You can have the best "vocal" technique (as in the way you use your vocal cords) but that'll never come close to how much better it'll be with proper breathing. Some call it diaphragmatic breathing, singing from your stomach or gut - they mean the same thing. When you breathe in, the diaphragm contracts and "pushes itself down" so as to create more cavity/space in your lungs for that healthy dosage of air to fill in so that you can use it well in your singing. In short, when you breathe in, your tummy bulges itself out. When you breathe out, the diaphragm expands and helps in pushing the air out of your lungs. So while exhaling, your tummy goes back in. Now if your breathing exercises and practice sessions have been on the right path, you can actually build control over this mechanism to smartly utilize the air while singing and thus helping in consistency. This is so paramount when you have to sing for long periods of time. Of course it's not all breathing. Paired with good breathing technique, if your vocal technique is good in terms of how well you use your chest, mixed and head voice and how you control your tone, your singing is just going to be a much more enjoyable experience. John and I have been discussing over a fresh new batch of video content for our community to use and benefit. I'll be sure to look into getting some breathing exercises and more vocal related videos into it.
  6. I recently started a Youtube Vlog series called Mahesh Music Diaries to simply express all the things that goes on in my day to day life as a singer songwriter. I thought it'd be a great thing for the humble audience I am fortunate to have back home. But also, it is a great exercise to see yourself from third person and be able to mould yourself into a better and wiser person. And also, it's fun! This is one question that has been asked way too many times in my short career than I can remember. It seems fair that the first reaction to a singer-songwriter with mostly sad music is to think that he’s pretty much a sad sod with nothing else to talk about. But is it really accurate? I wanted to answer this question on my vlog and that’s what I wanted to share with you here today. P.S I use profanity. P.P.S It's meant to be a light-hearted and casual account of my every day life. P.P.P.S If you subscribe, I'll show you India like you've never seen before. Okay, I admit the last one was a sly attempt. Never mind
  7. I recently started a Youtube Vlog series called Mahesh Music Diaries to simply express all the things that goes on in my day to day life as a singer songwriter. I thought it'd be a great thing for the humble audience I am fortunate to have back home. But also, it is a great exercise to see yourself from third person and be able to mould yourself into a better and wiser person. And also, it's fun! This is one question that has been asked way too many times in my short career than I can remember. It seems fair that the first reaction to a singer-songwriter with mostly sad music is to think that he’s pretty much a sad sod with nothing else to talk about. But is it really accurate? I wanted to answer this question on my vlog and that’s what I wanted to share with you here today.
  8. Valhalla for life! <3 Been using it for years and have not come across another one which I like as much.
  9. Of course, these are my personal tops. Leonard Cohen Damien Rice John Mayer Bob Dylan Paul McCartney / John Lennon Bob Marley
  10. It's something annoying and weird that I face as well. When I'm up on stage, I can do a fair job of giving a good performance in terms of emotion and technique. But when I'm recording something at home, the very same song becomes a struggle to deliver the same way as the live performance. The mind is a weird and shitty thing lol As you mentioned, if I'm in the zone, the recording just gets done in a few takes at max. It feels like I'm put on a spot to get it perfectly right when I'm being recorded. Have a click track on and there I am crumbling into pieces. lol In the case of a live performance, I'm not so bothered about getting it exactly right but instead am focused on the emotion. I think it's an important and under rated skill to have to be able to direct the right thoughts and state of mind whether you're on the stage or in the studio.
  11. Hi Richard, Loving the 80s vibe bud. A great starting point indeed. I'm interested to see how the arrangement will evolve with the song itself. Variation of the drums has been mentioned already and I agree. I'm sure you're on it. I'd look at experimenting with synth based sounds accompanying the drum track and its variations here and there to add to the dynamics. In terms of feedback, I'd suggest playing around with different melodic and rhythmic phrasings. With a nice and strong rhythm being expressed in the arrangement, the vocals have quite some freedom to play around without which there is a risk of the whole song being rigid or stale. The vocal harmonies can be worked on in the same way. The idea is still fresh and on its way to becoming a solid piece. I look forward to further evolutions Thanks, Mahesh
  12. Rudi, Excellent selection of images and the piece was beautiful as well! Some of those storm clouds were massive. I liked how the images picked up the intensity along with the piece itself and then how they subsided together into light. The last image sort of made me feel like there's was another rain storm on its way. Great imagery. Enjoyed it bud.
  13. I would resonate with others who've mentioned about music evoking a particular emotion when listening. I look for the same thing, intentionally or subconsciously. That's what drew me to music in the first place and still to this day glues me to it. Here's a documentary I recently watched called The Art of Listening which coincidentally borders on this very same discussion we are having here.
  14. Welcome aboard Verna. I'm happy to see the self motivation being so strong. Make yourself at home! Regards, Mahesh
  15. Welcome aboard Jack. Most of us are on the same boat as you are trying to get better at one area or the other to make our music better. Stick around and make yourself at home. Mahesh