We caught up with Parasu to find out more about his music journey. Exclusive Interview with Parasu for LaysaLaysa.com Readers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I come from a regular middle class family from Chennai, India. I’m the last of the 3 children for my parents. My elder sister and elder brother are living in Chennai. I came to Singapore in 2008 and currently work as a Services Director for a MNC company. I live with my wife and two boys here in Singapore.
Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?
Ilayaraja, SPB, KJ Yesudas, Kishore Kumar, Mohamed Rafi. And later got inspired by Hariharan & Shankar Mahadevan
What made you realise that music was your path?
I’ve been singing from the age of 6-7. And have been on stages in school, college days. As I grew up, I started spending more time with music. I realized music gives back whatever you give it. More importantly, when I realize my singing touches people deep within – be it film songs, devotional music, my fans are able to relate to the music. And I started realizing that I’m just a medium to get this flow through. That’s when I started thinking I should do this as much as I can.
Do you have a favorite quote or a saying that is always on your mind?
Perseverance Pays’, Take each step as if its your first step….
Do you have a secret talent that has not been explored yet?
Haha.. No I guess.
Do you compose music? Which instruments do you play?
I compose music. Not much into instruments I would say.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
My first step would be to ensure I recover quickly before the audience could realize. More importantly, I recollect the mistakes and try working on them during my practice sessions.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, children, job?
Balancing family, job and music is a big challenge for me. I don’t have regular entertainment / friends for chit-chat / TV etc. As I keep saying to people who ask this question, I guess I don’t have any spare time and have been utilizing my time as much as possible. Given that I can’t compromise on my job, my family time gets hit usually. I owe all my little success to my family. I can’t imagine pursuing my music without their support.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Practice and patience are the two key piece of advice I would give to beginners. All professionals started as a beginner in whichever career path they choose. The more we practice and get experience, we will come out of the nervousness eventually. Having said that, I get nervous when I get on every stage even today. Though this nervousness is more with the responsibility to give the best and connect with the audience.
Are you into any charity work or awareness program?
Yes, I’ve lent my voice for various awareness / charity related projects. I also have performed in fund-raising events for noble causes.