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

Hi Shagun, how do you think about risk?
I take a lot of pride in forging my own path on the road less travelled. This is a game that comes with a lot of pitfalls, a lot of detours, and a lot of uncertainty. Every move I make is a risk. There’s always a chance that a song might not stream very well, or that a music video might not circulate very well on YouTube. There’s always a risk that the money I spend behind a product might not pan out. I might not get the return on my investment. But that’s what comes with the territory. I think taking risks is what defines you as a player in this game. Shouldering great risk and turning it into a grand reality is the mark of a successful artist.

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.
Being an Indian immigrant in modern America is nothing uncommon, but I want to be the foremost voice for the Indian-American experience in the hip-hop community. I’ve always taken the utmost pride in being a Hindu, and I have felt most empowered when I’m around hip-hop. I feel that the intersection of these two realms is where my brand lies. The challenge thus far was just figuring out what my brand even is, because nobody knows who they really are when they start off as an artist. It’s taken me over three years to understand where I need to take my brand as a hip-hop artist, and now the challenge will be to execute that vision to the fullest.

Being authentic and vulnerably honest was something I leaned into early on, but is rather challenging for most people. I felt ready to be that vulnerable despite all my apprehension, mainly because I felt that I could use my own pain as a way to motivate others. I respect everyone’s unique struggles and want to inspire everyone to push themselves. That’s ultimately the goal of my music. And seeing how much people supported me early on motivated me to continue being that honest in all my songs.

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’d take them for a morning brunch at Denica’s Cafe in Dublin. It’s a very popular little spot that attracts guests from all over the Bay. I’d love to go to the Livermore Outlet Mall or Stoneridge Mall during the day, do a little shopping. If we have time to go all the way to San Francisco, there are a few spots I LOVE in the city: Fort Point right under the Golden Gate Bridge; walking around Golden Gate Park; explore the Mission District for food and even pass by Different Fur Studios where I make records; and of course, a trip to the city would be incomplete without dessert at Ghirardelli. My 2 favorite areas in my hometown though are downtown Danville and New Dougherty Road. Downtown Danville is a beautiful pocket of town with many great restaurants and cozy places to walk by. New Dougherty Road has my favorite view of my hometown, so it’s a great spot for a moonlit hike.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the past few years, my top 5 list of rappers has shifted around as I’ve discovered more artists. But the 2 artists I’ll always keep at the top are Logic and G-Eazy. They are the ones that initially made me fall in love with hip-hop, and made me want to rap in the first place. I will forever be grateful to them for showing me a path in life that I came to realize would make me happy. They made themselves so vulnerable in their early music that it motivated me to bare my honesty in my music. And they documented every step of their journey on YouTube. Those 2 components gave me the blueprint on how to start forging my own path in music.

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