Listen to #MonsterArtist Nick Pandya tell his story of becoming a professional musician and discuss how he and his team have adapted their performances during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide virtual entertainment in this #MonsterArtist Development (MAD) episode.
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ABOUT NICK PANDYA
Nick Pandya is the co-founder and producer of Darshan Entertainment and Dandiya with Pandya. Nick has been a student of music since the age of 9. Performing alongside Shankar Mahadevan, Jonita Gandhi, Chinmayi, Sukhvinder and other Bollywood play singers, Nick has also achieved an award in vocal excellence by Pandit Jasraj.
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EntertainmentListen to #MonsterArtist Nick Pandya tell his story of becoming a professional musician and discuss how he and his team have adapted their performances during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide virtual entertainment in this #MonsterArtist Development (MAD) episode.
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>>Nick: Hey guys this is Nick Pandya from Vedik Vibez
and you’re watching MAD.
The band’s name came from
just the people around,
around the band and in the band.
And the one thing that we try to signify is
both the cultures that we were brought up in
so the Western and the Eastern at the same time, right.
So we’re looking at Vedik Vibez has that South Asian cultural feel but
at the same time Vibez is like the Western feel of,
you know, what like we’re vibing with it.
My band members are from various parts of the GTA
so it’s really fun because we all get together and it’s just one collective
uh goal which is to be happy and create music.
Music is not something that’s in my family
and it started at a very young age, I
would say the age of eight,
where my parents put me into tabla.
I did tabla for 12 years before I even
and it just so happened that it carried with me from India to Canada.
I did a vocal contest in Toronto, the very first one,
and I got first prize in it.
From there um, you know, it’s it’s been
it’s been a journey full of struggle.
Finding those moments of joy and at the same time finding
who I am as an artist, who I want to be recognized as
and what do I want to put
And that’s where everything kind of started.
For me, the struggle started when I want to find myself,
what I wanted to do in life,
and at the same time want to surround myself with people
that had the same goals as me.
And it was very hard to do that
in a community which has artists growing left, right and center.
And a lot of times what happened was I would do a show,
but I wouldn’t have that
fulfillment that I completed a show.
And a lot of times you would get called for, you know, karaoke gigs,
you know where you bring your own speakers,
you bring your own mixer, you bring your own mic
and you’re playing tracks and then you’re singing
but there’s not that fulfillment.
So my dad literally said hey listen when you finish schooling
let’s come back to this and we’ll talk
about something grand.
And as soon as I finish my schooling we open up our own music company.
It’s called Darshan Entertainment and
what it allows me to do is it allows me to do the music that
I like to do and the quality that we like to put out.
[Singing in another language]
>>Nick: After I think 12 or 13 years,
just last year, I went back to India
and it was a whole different scene.
And what was really good to see was you know
my music in Canada was actually recognized in India
and when I went there for a month I ended up doing a show, in India, with a
renowned playback singer which headlined BollywoodMonster Mashup
I did a show with Rajdeep Chatterjee.
We have been brothers ever since.
We still talk on WhatsApp,
we call each other, we do Facetimes and
I think that’s the beauty that, you know,
not only BollywoodMonster Mashup,
but music allows us to do is to
connect with people that you literally look up to.
A lot of times what happens in Ontario or in Canada
is the value that
we put on as musicians.
So for example when you go to India a local artist is
respected the exact same way that an international artist is.
When you’re in Ontario it’s really hard for you to you know
market yourself at that point because we’re always looking for international.
But the biggest thing in Ontario is getting yourself out there
because there’s a lot of people that do uh music
but the audience is not that much
that would listen to that kind of music.
For me COVID has really helped me to like
look at the other side of things that I never looked at which was production
uh you know, where do you put your
camera, what kind of camera do you use,
um and green screen.
So it’s allowed me to you know spread my wings and go into different avenues.
[Singing in another language]
>>Nick: The fact that we were virtual just
to see everything come together
was so refreshing.
The band actually got together
and we all watched it uh together and
it was amazing to see and you know seeing all those comments
I think that was the best part and
I want to thank the team once again for
putting up such an amazing, amazing um broadcast.
It was really amazing to see, uh you know, audiences from around the world.
It was something that uh
we never really got exposed
uh you know performing
in Canada and in the States but
you know having your audiences in the UK sending you messages for example
hey do you guys do shows in the UK and if
if you do, how can we book you?
The talks after BMM are still going on, we still have messages coming in.
It’s just amazing to see and I couldn’t
be any happier.
Working with the MonstrARTity team is always a pleasure.
Professionalism is at at the top.
You know we got in,
we did our sound check and boom we were out and
I think that was the best part is how smooth it went.
And I think the most important thing that
I love from the team
is the fact that people are willing to listen
and understand what our
And it was amazing to see that the whole team was there watching our performance
and when we finished everyone was clapping.
[Singing in another language]
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