We had the good fortune of connecting with Gayathri Krishnan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gayathri, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As a musician and a creative in general, I see the journey of realizing my dreams as a gradual progression, each day a step closer. Through making music, I have found that it’s the process that is the most fun. Whether it’s creating lyrics, exploring new melodies, and different genres, all of this makes me a better musician. Along the journey there might be times where things are not going as planned, I see this as a time for preparation for what is to come. I try not to fixate on the bigger goal that I have and focus on the individual checkpoints in order to set myself in the direction of the overarching goal. As long as you know your intention, and you’re having fun with it, keep going. You never know where you’ll end up, and it may be better than you ever thought it would be. Trust yourself and your vision, there is one you in this entire world. Create to Express.

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 am most excited about creating more music. After releasing my EP Create to Express in 2020, I have been challenging myself as an artist to explore my creativity and have fun with it. What sets me apart is my diverse repertoire and my open-mindedness to trying different styles of music. Being raised in a musical environment has helped me get where I am today. Whether it was learning about Carnatic music, choral music, or contemporary styles, I have incorporated knowledge from different facets of my life. I would say a challenge for me is practicing confidence and self-validation. Sometimes I find myself trying to please everyone else. Through self-reflection, I learned that the most reliable voice is my own if I listen closely. I want the world to know that if you can visualize your dreams, you can work towards creating them.

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?
I’m from Irvine, California and even though I love this city, I would take my best friend to Laguna Beach. If they were down for an eventful day, I would start off with a morning hike at Peters Canyon, or the Quail Hill trail. Then we would probably go to Blue Bowls for acai or In-n-out for lunch, or both because why not. After lunch, I would suggest going to Laguna Beach for a swim. I love the water, and the vibes of the beaches in Laguna are my favorite. We would walk around and window shop, and maybe grab some food at Urth Caffe. As you can tell I’m passionate about eating, so that would be a huge part of the trip. I like to stay in Laguna for sunsets, they are so beautiful. After sunset, we would get gelato at Dolce Gelato. This place is so good. On the way home, we would blast some music and enjoy the ride. There’s something about a night drive and music that just go hand in hand. Yea so if you’re ever in the area hit me up, I would love to hang out.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Everyone that has ever taught me anything deserves credit. My teachers, friends, parents, events in my life, myself, and even youtube have given me the skills and encouragement to improve and strive for my goals. Specifically, I would like to give thanks to my guru Shri Babu Parmeswaran Sir. Growing up, he taught me how to sing Carnatic music and gave me the platform to perform and find myself as an artist. Furthermore, I would like to give a shout-out to my parents for supporting me in every way. Also, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the people that listen to my music. That keeps me going. Everyone in my life is a piece of a puzzle that has gotten me to where I am today.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gayathriikrishnan/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg58fNRFvXcigXk90BOpsLA

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2taq1DRlIQkpVGINnWdVht?si=Gfh8177eS9alxzbkJvg4Ew Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-283807804

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