We had the good fortune of connecting with Akso Heart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Akso, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk was something I was always afraid of as a kid. I was continuously concerned about the negative consequences of my decisions. The fear of the unknown was at the heart of it, as it was for most people. Worrying about the worst-case scenario. And as I grew older, I realised that the worst-case scenario was only a subconscious defence mechanism to alleviate pain. However, I went through a mentally low point in my life a few years ago, I realised that while such things could happen, there may be something better on the other side of one single choice. And unbeknownst to me I was taking risks my entire life . From defying unsupportive teachers at school by studying my PhD in Chemistry, to beating the stigma of South Asians in the music industry and become an artist feature on big broadcast stations to being a creative in the pharmaceutical industry – I was taking a lot more risks than I ever knew. I maybe 30 years old and just now taking some of the biggest risks of my life, but I’m still proud of it. At the end of the day, we don’t pay enough attention to the present moment. The past is over, the future is unknown, but it is the now that will make life feel as lovely as it truly is.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart? Well it’s a great question, one that I’ve pondered as a school kid. I remember distinctly thinking, who do I inspire, who am I in the grand scheme of things and why am I important? And although I didn’t have the answers then, I began to realise my own strength growing up. It’s funny because I think those low times were moments of me storing energy that I was destined to share with others. If you don’t know me, I know that in someway we can connect and relate on a level. As an artist my passion is storytelling, whatever that maybe – stories that make you feel some type of way. At the core, I want you to understand what the song is saying, emotive in it’s performance, delivery and it’s lyrics. And I know every musician says that, but I know what I have to offer is me, who I am which no-one else has/or is.
I’m excited about my future as it’s evergreen. I’m not sure which direction it’s going to go and that in itself is exciting. I’ve been free flowing with this musical journey and it’s naturally been able to provide me some unimageable achievements in such a short amount of time. I just know this journey is going to be amazing and I can’t wait.
Now has it been easy? No I really can’t say it has, although my mindset has changed for the better today I can’t lie – I still have moments of self-doubt, I’m still very self-critical and I do second guess what I do all the time. The challenges forever has been confidence, and it’s been a painful journey. I overcame these challenges by doing. it’s no secret formula, Just doing what you’re so afraid of can change your outlook on it all.
I’d love the world to know, I’m trying my best. Trying my best like you. Trying to function and navigate through life and express myself in a way I’ve never been able to do before. I’d love the world to know that my brand is not perfection, it’s flaws-and-all but it’s evolution, it’s growth and it’s the search for happiness.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well if any of you come over to the other side of the pond, London has the most to offer! Especially if you’re able to forgive the weather, there are amazing places to explore!
I’d love to show you the quirkiness of Camden and Shoreditch. The art and the culture, the boldness of the people that live there. The incredible graffiti, the amazing markets.
Then off to Richmond Park and see London from a natural setting with beautiful trees and stags and deer’s roaming the park.
Finally to the riverside in Kingston, for an amazing dinner with and amazing view.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate and thank a few folks (sorry, I know I should save this for my grammy lol):
I’d like to thank Jess and Dove, the best duo, for their unwavering support in every endeavour and action I’ve undertaken. I knew I could count on these two when I needed support the most! I can’t express how much that means to me. Devya, our tiny homebase team, my sister from another mister, has helped me realise the ground-breaking achievements I’ve done and unleash the perspective of how far I’ve come. The Phat Phoenix crew, who although i’ve known for a short amount of time, have felt like kindred spirits.
Anna is known for her unspoken banter. She comes along with it and makes your day! Pooja, thank you for joining us on production and being so supportive! Finally, Geets, you’ve instilled in me the belief that I should never give up, even when I want to. Encouraged me to put my music out there, and made me want to make my dreams come true!