We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashwin Sriram and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashwin, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Mountainview, California but spent the last 15 years living in Bangalore, India. My parents both worked in a corporate setting, shitfing between different tech jobs, my older brother was fascinated by math and I was super into various art forms. What we all had in common, however, was our appreciation for music. During the weekends we would spend our time playing songs by Pink Floyd together and even writing originals. I also got the opportunity to learn Hindustani music for several years which really taught me what dedication means as a musician. Apart from the obvious complexity in the music, there was a lot of humility in the art form and it was solely about the music itself. My family was always supportive of my journey as a musician and encouraged me to take this up more seriously by attending the Berklee College of Music. As I ventured deeper into music, I always remembered that this career takes tremendous discipline and perseverance to make it last.
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.
I’ve always been proud of my approach to music. I work extremely hard because I really love what I do. For me, making music has been something that not only gives me a high but also an outlet for anything that goes on in my life. I remember when I was in High School, a lot of people used to say, ‘I’m not really a fan of EDM, but I love your music’. This really made me feel like I got something going with my sound and that the music I made had an identity of its own.
What sets me apart is that I enjoy the process more than anything else and I take the time to perfect each and every sound. Beyond the technical nuances, I always compose and play with feel. I think over the years people have gone, ‘Ah, that’s such an ASHWYN song’ and to me, that’s something I’m quite proud of as an artist.
One of the key lessons I’ve learned is to prepare for the lows. It’s important to stay grounded and remember how things can change very quickly. You need to be headstrong, say no every now and then, and have a strong set of values. I have definitely made mistakes in the past but I try my best to push past them and be authentic to who I am as a person.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bangalore is full of exciting things to do and has a really unique vibe as a city. To anyone visiting, I’d make sure they get a taste of the best Dosas in the city to start the day. Either a visit to MTR or Vidyarthi Bhavan will be my personal choice for this. Next, we would go food hopping in Indiranagar where there’s a bunch of amazing restaurants of various cuisines, where we would stuff ourselves for the next few hours. We’d spend the rest of the day just enjoying the beautiful weather and roam around the city just soaking in the lazy vibe. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am extremely grateful for having so many incredible people in my life who have supported me and helped me grow as a person and musician. For starters, both my parents have helped me grow as a person and also even written lyrics for many of my songs. I’m super grateful to one of my mentors, Zoro Rios, who has been helping me with my music remotely for five years now. It’s been really fun learning from him and having a second pair of ears for all my releases. I’m super thankful to my close friends (you know who you are if you’re reading this) for pushing me to work harder and get my name out there while also really being there for me during my low phases.