DTU Times interviewed Siddhant Gupta, Instrumental Category Winner of Cadence ’17. He is a first year MCE student who enthralled the audience with his performance on the song ‘Technical Difficulties’ by Paul Gilbert.
How was your performance at Cadence different from your performances in school?
In school, most of the audience knew me whereas here, everyone from the judges to the other performers were strangers. It feels great when a friend compliments on your performance but when a stranger approaches and appreciates you, it feels too good to be true. And that’s exactly what happened. Both Mayank (President, Madhurima) and Kanika (Secretary, Madhurima) came and patted on my back and that’s when I realised that my performance had gone very well.
Why did you choose to play the guitar and not any other instrument?
I find the guitar as a great songwriting instrument. I can really express myself with those six strings. I am also a diploma level keyboard player but still chose the guitar for my performance because of the aforementioned reason. Moreover, I’m a metal head and metal songs have a huge inclination towards guitar riffs and solos. So that’s where the love comes from!
How did you master all the advanced techniques like sweep picking and shredding? What were the challenges you faced?
One word. PRACTICE! I remember when I was in the 8th grade, I heard ‘Nothing else Matters’ by Metallica for the first time. I couldn’t even shift chords properly back then. So I sat down from 2 in the noon till midnight and all I could manage was shift 3 chords. And look where I’ve reached now! Challenges did come my way, for instance, my high E string hasn’t enjoyed a life of more than a week before breaking *chuckles* but all you need is a little motivation and patience. And yes, always practice with a Metronome. It took me a year to master sweep picking, practising everyday with a Metronome, gradually increasing the BPM. So try it once. I’m sure it’ll help.
Name some of the bands and songs that are on the top of your playlist.
The bands and songs that I relate to the most, are the old ones. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and The Beatles are my all time favourites. Master of Puppets is one of my favourite songs. Apart from that, I’m a huge fan of Micheal Jackson. I can dance on Billie Jean and Thriller anywhere anytime *laughs*.
How do you plan on expanding and improving your skills? Are there any future projects on your mind?
Me and Yatish (Indian Music Head) have decided to collaborate on a Sufi Rock fusion project. Our preparations will commence soon. I also have a few original tracks but I haven’t released any of them. I want to re-record and launch them soon. Also, my long term goal is to set up a studio and start working with different artists in different genres. I also plan to be an active member of Madhurima and participate in the upcoming events and fests.