Jameer Kharkongor is the winner of the Karaoke world Championship North East Zone of India 2012. Winner of the Meghalaya Icon East Zone 2013 and Winner of the Autumn Music festival 2012 organised by people from America in Shillong. He has been a rocker in Shillong for the past 3 years and now looking to learn more and gain more from music.
1. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY
Well, it all started back in School when we had our yearly concert/drama shows etc. where I’d always audition and get through in it through my singing capabilities. That’s when I realized I could actually sing since I’d be one of the main parts in the shows.
Well after that was College where we had our college bands in which we had performances in Doordarshan television, private parties, and the local band competition… that’s when I was noticed by one known guitarist out there in Shillong where he took my performance to another level as he had guided me through since he was more experienced and stuff. That’s when I took my music Career seriously and had come to Pune to learn more about music from one very respectable lady in the Western Classical scene Ms. Ferieda Havewala where she guided me with Western Classical Training in which she also guided me through the Grade exams of Trinity.
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Now, I am a part-time teacher in Schools here in Pune and a regular performer in bars clubs private parties and Hotels in and around different cities in India.
2. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR LOVE FOR MUSIC
Well, I was always influenced by good music since childhood from my parents with songs of Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and all the late 70s and 80sRock n Roll. And we all know once you get hooked to real Music there aint no going away from it.
3. WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE
Well, there are numerous Challenges we face as Musicians.
Firstly we still live in a Society where Musicians rarely get the appreciation they deserve. Then there are fewer payments from venues on top of that delayed payments, which makes it even impossible for us Musicians to pay our bills.
Venue artiste managers employing startups/amateur artists just so they can make a bigger cut by underpaying them hence destroying the quality of music that people should actually be hearing, people taking advantage of your talent for free shows and excuses such as charity.
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE WAY AHEAD FOR THE ARTIST AND MUSICIANS FROM THE REGION
We need to push each other, have each , learn to appreciate what others do in Music and support them and always encourage each other, selfishness, greed needs to get out our heads.
if we want to take up music seriously we need to keep in my mind that music for some people is not just a hobby.,we need to sweat it out and work hard and never give up and keep on pushing ourselves forward no matter how messed up it may be. Search up for places, people who are willing to help and promote you.
And always keep in my mind to not always top another guy/girl’s performance but always perform better than the last performance you’ve done. That’s the only way in which you could actually grow.
5. ANY FAVOURITE MUSICIANS ANYONE IN PARTICULAR FROM NE/MEGHALAYA
6. HOW DID THE STAGE HAPPEN? HOW WAS PERFORMING THERE
I heard about the TV show last year and was really keen on joining it so I had made up my mind that I would definitely take part in it the coming Year. So I searched online for auditions and dates and yeah that’s how it all happened where I got selected as the top 50 and it just went on from there.
Performing out there was a whole new level of experience for me. I’m all used to performing in clubs and Rock shows where we just let go of everything, but on The Stage, it was just something way different, we had to be precautious in everything we did, The way we walk, talk, sing how our moves should be made. Everything just had to be choreographed in a way inside our minds.
We had to get used to performing without proper sleep and practice and long late hours of shooting. Camera lights everywhere!
But Overall it was amazing with all the beautiful experiences, we got to learn a lot from it by listening and learning and taking advice from one another helping each other out learning from what mistakes we did , taking the criticism of the judges and working on it to improve ourselves
7. TELL US ABOUT THE CELEBRITY JUDGES THERE
Vishal was really chilled out, humble, hard working, passionate with his beliefs and also always speaks his mind out.
Ehsaan is a very sweet, caring , humble and always has a smile on his face no matter what!
Devraj was another crazy guy who loved metal to the core the Big Man who was full of energy and positive vibes.
Monica's cool in her own way with all her Girly Swag and full on the attitude that she carries, she was all about the connection when it comes to music.
They were all very nice, sweet humble, friendly and most of all helpful to all our queries.
8. MESSAGE FOR YOUR LOVERS OF MUSIC WHO WANT TO TAKE IT UP AS A CAREER.
Work hard, strive hard be prepared for criticism, it will definitely not be an easy road you are gonna have to slog and sweat your heart out. It ain't an easy road but you are strong enough to not give up and strive for your Goal.
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