Carnegie Hall interviews our Featured Member
Carnegie Hall: How did you start playing music?
Sneh: I was eight years old when my mother took me to learn Indian classical (vocal). When we had to move houses, I left playing the harmonium. When I joined the Assam Valley School, I never realized what I was getting into. My roommate was a guitarist and I was a singer which suited us just fine. I started playing when half the year had gone by. It was a "futile attempt” everyone said, but I persisted and it paid off. Though I don’t know everything on guitar as of now, but I have no doubts that soon I will.
Carnegie Hall: What are some things you love about music?
Sneh: Music lets me escape into a world of my own. It’s the best way I know to calm down if you’re mad at someone or vice-versa. I can write down my experiences as lyrics to a song. And it’s great for growing plants since plants tend to grow faster when you play music. :-)
Carnegie Hall: What is the best musical advice anyone has ever given you?
Sneh: The best musical advice ever given to me was by Mrs. Padma, my music teacher. I was only a beginner then in Indian classical music (vocal), and she always used to say "classical is the basis for all other forms of music. If you hurry through it then you are going to make a mistake." That was when music became my utmost passion.
Carnegie Hall: What are your favorite things to eat right now?
Sneh: I love chicken, lollipops, fried rice, chocolate cake and strawberries. That and everything my grandmother makes for me.
Carnegie Hall: Can you tell us about the most fun you ever had a musical event?
Sneh: In our school there’s a rock concert held every year. Last year our school invited a band from Shillong called "Native Rules." After watching them perform at my school, they totally changed my perspective. I was suddenly head-banging and screaming like a true rock fan with all my classmates. Needless to say, I couldn’t move my neck an inch the day after!
Carnegie Hall: What is the most important thing you have learned this past year?
Sneh: It doesn't really matter what people say about you, good or bad, because eventually your opinion about you matters the most. If you believe in yourself so will others. And blood is thicker than water.
Carnegie Hall: What is your motto (or favorite quote)?
Sneh: What goes around, comes around.
Carnegie Hall: What are you currently listening to on your iPod/radio/headphones?
Sneh: I mostly listen to what appeals to me. I like a variety of genres, pop and hip-hop especially. Right now, I’m listening to "So Goodbye" by Chester See. His voice is amazing.
Carnegie Hall: What do you want to ask the other members of Musical Exchange?
Sneh: I want to ask them for any tips or suggestions they might have so that I can improve my singing and playing. There is always room for improvement.
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