We had the good fortune of connecting with Prithvi Prajosh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Prithvi, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
For me, success is to be able to leave a positive impact on a listener or a follower of my brand and music. One thing I’ve set out to do ever since I started being active on social media is to encourage everyone to be themselves and be able to walk lightly in this world. To have fun doing the things they love, learning as they go, never being embarrassed to be themselves. I once had a friend say that I encouraged them to chase their passion of becoming a chef and that made me so happy, it’s something I’ll never forget. It’s moments like those you genuinely can’t replace. Obviously, while making music, I do want to make a living out of it and for me to able to do that is to at the very least, be able to support myself financially while making the music I love for everyone who supports me.
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’m from Kerala, India but brought up in Dubai, UAE. I’m the first in my entire family to be pursuing music as a career and it all started when my mom quite honestly forced me into learning how to play the keyboard as a kid. Spoiler alert, I hated it. Gosh, I hated the classes so much I even stopped. Several years later, when I was about 12 years old, right about the time ‘YouTube’ started becoming big, I got hooked onto keyboard tutorials of songs I really liked and I began teaching myself from those videos. It was still only a side hobby of mine. I started writing my own music fairly late (around 15), and it was right after my first heartbreak (figures). Heck, it was even called Heartbreak. I eventually completed my schooling, followed by a degree in Computer Science Engineering and even worked at a Cybersecurity firm for two years! Throughout all these times, I would still sing, make covers of music I loved and post it on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, wherever possible. In my college and workplace, I would always be known as that guy who sings. I finally decided enough is enough and thanks to my amazing parents who’ve been supportive of my dreams and my girlfriend who pushed me to chase them, I decided to audition for Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA with the hopes of majoring in Songwriting and I made it! I’m currently in my 7th semester and I’ll graduate in May of 2021. Some of my biggest highlights have been performing live on UAE’s #1 radio station – Virgin Radio in May 2018. I even performed live on City 1016FM and opened for renowned singer Adnan Sami at the World Trade Center in Dubai, UAE in June 2016. I released my very first EP titled “Feels Like Home” on March 20th, 2020 under my old artist name “Ptree” and then in May, I wrote a tribute song for Indian cricketer Virat Kohli which got featured on the most popular cricket news publication website ESPNCricinfo. On December 25th, I launched my 2nd EP “The Two of Us” on all streaming services after being exclusively available on Bandcamp in October. Being unsure of what I want to do resulted in quite a few lost years, where I pursued and completed a degree in Computer Science Engineering. I’m still grateful for that. However, I feel as if I missed out on a few years of my life because of the confusion. When it comes to my singing career, I’ve faced so much rejection through various singing competitions and even trying to be a part of the school choir! However, I’m glad I worked on myself and practiced to get to where I am with getting an acceptance into Berklee College of Music being a highlight. My mom was hesitant in letting me pursue my musical dreams and while it did take some convincing, I was lucky enough to get her blessings with my dad playing a huge role in that. I am ever so grateful for them. The things I always want people associating with me when they hear my name is my love for cookies, my smile, and how I can write different styles of music. The cookies are the most important though because my love for them knows no bounds. If people think I’m funny, then I can retire peacefully. I’m proud of the amount of music I’ve released in 2020. Once I got started, there was no looking back and it’s been quite an experience so far. I’m excited about the music I’ve lined up this year because they’re all going to be fairly consistent when it comes to their sound and I’m looking forward to focusing on a particular style of music. One of the biggest surprises I’ve had this year was being nominated for “Best Male Vocalist” by an Independent music platform called Social Mob. I didn’t win, but I ended up being awarded in a surprise category called “Fresh Face of 2020” which was handpicked by the staff at Social Mob and that was a huge honor! I received the “Alex Ulanowski Award” From Berklee in recognition of my Outstanding Achievement in the Harmony & Jazz Composition Department for the year 2020.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love silence. So places that offer anything close to that is something I enjoy the most. One of the places I’d take a friend to is the Griffith Observatory because first of all, it looks beautiful. Secondly, it features an amazing planetarium so what’s not to love? Knowing my best friend is the complete opposite of me I’d probably take them to the Santa Monica Pier and Beach because they have some great night life spots! The Original Farmers Market is a nice spot too which I’d recommend going to.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad deserves a lot of credit for where I am right now. He’s always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and is one of the biggest reasons I’m pursuing a life as a musician. Let’s not forget that he’s funded my education at Berklee College of Music… That’s obviously so very helpful.