"Everyone has their own personal story about music"

Feb 23, 2016, 08:21 IST | Dhara Vora

Indian-Canadian rapper and spoken-word artiste Humble The Poet on making videos

Q. What got you to make videos and music?
A. I was inspired by others who were making videos. I appreciated the community that was being created on YouTube and wanted to be part of it. In terms of making music, everyone has their own personal story about music that positively affected them as individuals. And this was my way of taking it forward.

Humble The Poet
Humble The Poet

Q. Does making videos help people from diverse backgrounds?
A. The community of the Internet allows people to connect on a very specific level. So, when we members of minorities where we are from, make videos, it helps give a voice to people who might have felt they are all alone. It’s the most important thing; it’s about creating a voice. Once you have someone else speaking your thoughts, it empowers and motivates you to do the same for others.

Saltar Lake will be the venue for The Lost Party
Saltar Lake will be the venue for The Lost Party

Q. Tell us about your friendship with Lilly Singh (popular YouTuber).
A. I was making a few videos through 2008-2009 and in 2010, she sent me a message saying she wanted to do the same. She asked for my advice and we met up once every six months or a year to collaborate on projects. Slowly, we became close friends. We connect because we share common goals and understand the importance of having a strong work ethic.

Log on to: www.youtube. com/user/kanwersingh

The Lost Party

Humble The Poet will perform at The Lost Party, which will take place over three days near Saltar Lake in Lonavla. On February 26, the organisers have thrown an open invite to interested folk, to help with setting up of the festival. Performances kick off February 27 onwards. Here are our favourite picks:
>> The Bartender z HVOB
>> Swanand Kirkire +Kabir’s Cafe
>> Karsh Kale
>> Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator

From: February 26 to 28
Log on to: tickets.thelostparty.com
Future Theory Festival
Fort Jadhavgadh near Pune is set to host Future Theory Festival. This experiential festival will see performances by Alexander Robotnick M.Mat x Sandunes, Pawas, Kumail and Audio Glitch to name a few. The festival includes nature trails too.
On: February 27 and 28
Log on to: www.futuretheoryfestival.com

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