For over two decades now, indie singer and musician Druv Kent has garnered worldwide acclaim for his music. Being the first Asian musician, whose work has been backed by BBC Radio, Druv brings a blend of Indian and western music to the plate. His recent song, Bit At A Time talked about the loss of innocence in current times. In an exclusive interview with Music Beat, the popular artist, who has over 110K Spotify listeners, talks about his music, story behind every song, his lockdown phase, their upcoming live but different concert, and his second mini-album, Don’t Burn Away, which will be releasing tomorrow.
With nine English and two Hindi singles, 110K Spotify listeners, over two million YouTube views and now releasing your second album … how do you view your journey so far?
The journey’s been rather extraordinary … for a banker who wrote his first song in 2013 … to receiving international acclaim for my releases … it feels very gratifying. When BBC Radio 2 playlisted my debut single, Little Bit of God, it set the bar high and put the pressure on from the get go. I feel fortunate that some of music’s legends in the UK, US, and India have helped me polish my recordings, sourced collaboration opportunities, and spoken loudly about my songs. So, while on the one hand it’s been like riding a roller coaster – akin to jumping off a cliff without a parachute –I do feel super blessed as to how fulfilling and fun it has been.
Be it your recent single, 'Bit At A Time' or others, your every song has a story! Can you tell us more about it?
There’s an inner child in each of us that believes in goodness, purity, love and where, our heroes are larger than life and life is beautiful. That was – for many of us – our view of the world, when we were very young. This song is about finding that part of us again. How we can uncover that inner child, before we began to lose our innocence … a little Bit At A Time.
Your music is both contemporary and yet comprises of bass, blues, guitars and meaningful lyrics. Can you tell us more on the song ideation and it’s making?
Songs are really stories set to music that come from either an experience or even a magical world you’re trying to recreate … and often a combination of both. Ideas for instruments, words, and beats – all come in snatches during the song writing process. How they interact and best convey that story is key – and the permutations can be intimidating. So it really is a process of trusting your instincts and it’s all one crazy experiment until – almost rather astonishingly – the song unveils itself and… a song is born.
How was your lockdown phase? What key things have you learnt or done, apart from music?
I’ve learned to appreciate bars and restaurants more, value medical staff even higher, and to be grateful for a world where some of us have a comfortable space to socially isolate ourselves – not everyone does. And I’ve poured my heart into my family, staying in touch with friends, staying healthy and sane, and into my music.
Your Covid-inspired song 'Till We Meet Again' struck a chord with the audience. Can you tell us about it more?
I think the lyrics of Till We Meet Again hit a real nerve as the song is about our lives ‘today’ –the family and friends we can’t be with thanks to this awful pandemic. The track is still breaking new ground because the world has not moved on yet as this crisis sadly remains very much a part of our lives.
Let's talk about your EP 'Don't Burn Away' and the songs it comprises
Don’t Burn Away is a five-song mini-album, my second album offering, which was to be released in April but, along with a massive international tour, was pushed out due to Covid, it will now release globally tomorrow on 30 October 2020.