We had the good fortune of connecting with Sid Srinivasan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sid, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The answer to this question has changed over the years. It started off as an undying obsession with the guitar and all things music. It is this obsession that led me down the path of being a professional musician. I wasn’t thinking about choices and options. I knew what I loved and wanted it everyday. Lately, I have come to realize that I am better at music than anything else that I’ve tried in my life. And part of having this realization has meant that I get to show up as the best version of myself everyday. What I give to people through music and performance is the best possible thing that I am capable of giving. And that is more than enough for me to pursue a life of creativity and artistry.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Musician, but more specifically, I am a guitarist, singer and songwriter. I write within a wide range of musical genres and continue to explore new territories. My work splits into two main categories, music that I write and perform for Saint Sid which is my brand and musical identity. The other is as a session artist where I help songwriters, producers and entertainment/production houses transform their ideas into reality through music performance, arrangement and composition. This extends from starting with a simple idea in the studio to performing at a live event.
What sets me apart?
I was born and raised in India, worked and lived in the UK and parts of the middle east. I think that my understanding of diversity as a result of these experiences has given me a unique perspective on music and life. Everything from music to personal relationships in these countries is different from each other and I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a position to observe and absorb these nuances.
What am I proud of or excited about?
Currently, I am working with a group of extremely talented individuals to roll out my latest musical offering. It’s a collection of songs that reflect a certain time period in my life, the last 5 years or so. I’m so excited to be able to share this with my friends, family and fans. I think the number of Indian born songwriters who are putting out rock records right now are few and far between. So it makes me doubly happy to be able to represent.
How did I get where I am professionally? Was it Easy?
How I got to where I am today is a long and winding road of luck, life lessons, patience and work ethic. Before I came to LA (10 years ago) I worked as a musician in India. I had a decent amount of success as an independent musician, I supported acts like Incubus, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, The Prodigy, Robert Plant and the Strange Sensations to name a few. I also recorded with grammy award winner A.R Rahman and had a foothold in the Indian film music industry. But after some time, I began to plot my next adventure: Los Angeles, CA.
I arrived in LA to study at Musicians Institute. I remember getting a ride share bus from LAX to Hollywood where I checked into a Motel 6. I barely knew anyone in LA and didn’t have a car. That first day, I grabbed a water bottle and walked around the neighborhood knocking on apt building offices to find a place to live. In those early days, I walked everywhere or took the bus. Eventually, I figured I needed to get a car to get anywhere on time.
I think that story speaks to how I’ve approached life and work, and what has led to where I’m at today. The single most valuable asset that has had more to to with my professional growth than anything else has been work ethic. That means practicing for 6 to 8 hours a day, that means going to sleep sore from rocking out too hard lol, that means showing up on time, well prepared, looking good and delivering a memorable performance 100% of the time. I wouldn’t say it has been easy at all. It has been simple in that I put in the work and then the work speaks for itself. But easy and simple are two different things.
How did I overcome challenges?
In my earlier years, I powered through “challenges” with sheer brute force. It was almost as if I didn’t notice the challenge, I just noticed the situation but rarely attributed it to being a challenge or an obstacle. With time though, I’ve learned that mindset is such a key factor in how one frames a challenging situation in their mind. I’ve been practicing mindfulness, I’ve realized that these “challenges” are going to arise from time to time and are a part of life. And almost always, within every challenge comes a lesson and its my work to find the lesson and learn.
What the lessons I’ve learned along the way?
There are so many, but I’ll give you my greatest hits
1. Just be an easy, fun hang.
2. Let go of people that make you feel anxious or bored.
3. Nature will teach you what it has to, when it has to…..by any means necessary.
4. Authenticity needs no explanation
5. Make decisions from a place of love, not from fear.
6. Set your mind to a worthy goal and watch it become a reality.
What I want the world to know about Saint Sid is that it embodies the highest most ideal version of oneself. It points to that elevated plane of existence that we all can access. Saint Sid is an acknowledgment that these higher ideals are within reach. It’s a constant reminder that one can align themselves with these ideals at any time.
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?
1. Muddy Paw Cafe to get started with some coffee and canine therapy. 2. Descanso Gardens for a little meditation and mental reset.
3. In n Out for a quick lunch
4. Mama Shelter for mid-day drinks
5. Bruce’s Beach for the sunset
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No man is an island and I’ve been fortunate to have some truly remarkable humans who have supported me on my journey thus far. It goes without saying but my family are on top of that list. Coming in a close second is one of my early guitar mentors, Neil Mukherjee (@neilmukherjeeguitar)
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