Interview with Vaibhav Gupta (@soundofaroma)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Well, it all started when I started learning the guitar at a very young age. I was 6 years old when I first picked up a musical instrument and now I’m 25.

Honestly, I have always been very introverted about my feelings. Only selected and very close people know me well.In fact, I’m still trying to find myself.

I feel music is a form of expression for me. I can really express my feelings and thoughts clear and loud with the help of my sound. That is why I decided to choose this as my career path initially & now it has become my entire life. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Before producing under the alias of ARÕMA which was around 1 year back, I played as KIN3TIC for almost 5-6 years. Initially, I was more of a DJ who played pure EDM sounds(Bigroom, Trap, Future House) around my local city at clubs and events. 

I have opened for big names like R3HAB,Timo Hendriks,22 Bullets etc. at Privee,The Shangri La.

I slowly started realising that the market in New Delhi was saturating and there was very little scope of success as just a DJ.So I decided to change my artist name to something that defined me better as a producer and an individual. 

‘ARÕMA’ is my spiritual self and defines my connection to my deep, introvert & mysterious side. It is my connection with the universe. Once I started exploring more with Downtempo, Organic & Deep House Music I finally found myself working with the biggest names in the underground industry like Jack Essek, Jose Solano, Bliz Nochi, Aleceo, and many more. Before I knew I was releasing music on labels like Kosa Records(Pune), Ohxala Records(Portugal), Deep Bali Records, Cosmo Vision Records(Canada), and many more. 

My music started reaching all parts of the world through social media and radio stations. I have been getting support from some major names like Armando Letico, Nomagik/Akizzbeatz, Goldcap, etc ever since. One of my tracks was also played by Armando Letico in his set for 3000 grads at the Fusion Music Festival 2019 in Germany. I am now friends with a lot of the artists who were my inspiration when I started producing. Last year I played my first international gig for Shambala Chillout Dance in Ubud, Bali. This was organised by Aleceo himself.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Well, the first and the last tip will be to be true to your work and keep working hard. 

Focus on your skill and work on perfecting it till you achieve what you wish for. 

I also think constructive criticism and open-mindedness is very Important. It really helps us learn and improve. Also, stay updated with the market around you and keep trying out new ideas. Stepping out of your comfort zone every now and then can be a great idea. 

Try and express your feelings, thoughts, ideas in your art and the result will be beautiful. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Of course, I totally agree. 

For me, it will be my gurus, my teachers who have always believed in me throughout my journey even as a young kid. 

I still remember when I first decided to learn the guitar my teacher ‘Mr.Rahul Harit’ told my mom I was too young to learn. I was just 6 years old back then. After continuous insisting and cribbing he agreed to teach me and was impressed by my pickup power and speed. He said he had never seen a kid that young play an instrument that well. 

Well, he is still my inspiration for a lot of reasons and is the same teacher who taught me how to mix and master after 19 years. 

I would also like to thank my mentor ‘Mr.Sushein Goklaney aka DJ Sue’ & ‘Mr.Mukul Kashyap aka Muke’ for teaching me the art of Djing and for always being supportive and for believing in me. These two have really helped me feel confident and helped me grow as a DJ too.

Tarun Jhakodia aka Kosa from Pune is another great artist and I am absolutely really lucky for his existence in my life. Honestly, he was the one who first invested full faith in my music and gave me a release on his label Kosa Records. The journey for me started there. He has been really motivating and we are good friends now. We have worked together for a lot of projects in the past and hopefully, some new ones are on their way.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I would love to do more of that although all my releases with Deep Bali Records are for a good cause. They donate the proceeds from the releases to help underprivileged children in Bali. The Bali Children’s Foundation is the name of the NGO.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Keep Believing and Never Give Up is one of my favourite Quotes.

Honestly, my family did not support me much with my career initially due to the uncertainty that came with this career path. Moreover in India, things work differently. It is another long story in itself. Will narrate that sometime in the future. 

Although, I never stopped believing in myself and kept working hard for my dreams. I still keep at it and now they are proud of my decision and support me completely. 

A lot of times I have felt broken and stressed but I have still decided to keep going and everything I am today is because of my continuous hard work and patience. So I am happy.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

https://www.soundcloud.com/soundofaroma/ 

https://www.instagram.com/soundofaroma/

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