My oh my, was this conversation amazing. Srijan Bikram Gewali ladies and gentleman. I don’t know what to say other than the fact that this was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Now i don’t know if everybody see’s this or it’s just me, but Sirjan dai almost reminds me of Dimebag Darrel and damn does he play like Dime. It was an honor to just be around someone who knows how to absolutely shred the guitar. Loved every moment.
Srijan dai is an inspiration to many young guitarists out there, he sure is for me. It’s a dream to one day have his set of skills and his onstage persona and just knock it out of the park. But that is for a different time. For now, let’s take a look at this Q/A shall we?
1. How’s the lockdown going? How have you been keeping yourself busy?
This lockdown has been productive for me. Staying home has given me the time to explore & create new music. I spend long hours just practicing new techniques & learning.
2. Any new songs we can expect this year?
As a band we are working on a new album. Right now, we are putting together new ideas & compositions, it’s in the initial stage where each of us are working on our part individually.
3. What made you want to be a guitarist?
I took up guitar at an early age, while in school. Was always attracted towards guitarists & their music. Started performing in school bands & the more I learnt, the more my interest grew. After college, I was active in the live music scene in kathmandu & started performing every weekend. I got an opportunity to experience & learn through gigs. We started making music which was accepted well by the audience & then I never looked back.
4. Who were your guitar idols growing up? Who did you want to be like?
I have always looked up to Sharad Shrestha of the Axe band & my frontman, vocalist & guitarist Divesh Mulmi. I consider myself very fortunate to have joined Cobweb, the band I looked upto while growing up. I am glad play alongside my guitar heroes.
5. Among all the guitars you own, which one is your favorite and why?
I am currently playing a Sahana Guitar, SBG Danphe model. This is my customized guitar with my initials, designed specifically to match my playing style.
6. How do you feel about the current situation on music in Nepal?
Music in Nepal has come a long way. People these days openly follow the genres they like. It’s all about expression. Taking up music professionally is still difficult but we are getting there. We need more creations than covers.
7. Growing up, how often did you practice? Was it like 10-12 hours a day or just a couple hours?
My practice time has always been long hours. Definitely 10-12 hours a day. Once I sit with my guitar, it’s 4-5 hours at a stretch. I take a short break & carry on again. I started off this way & still practice it this way. Everything takes time, so being patient & the will to keep learning & exploring is essential.
8. If you could go back, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I don’t think there will be a need to go back hence no advice.
9. If you weren’t a musician, what profession would you have been involved with?
I love aviation so may be a pilot.
10. And finally, what advice would you give to the next generation of aspiring guitarists?
I would say, follow your passion, be consistent, keep learning & be patient. Nothing happens over night so work hard & you will get there.