Behind the piano: Bhaveek N. Makan

Behind the piano: Bhaveek N. Makan

Where are you from? And where do you live?
I was born in Durban, South Africa. I later immigrated to Canada, and I currently live in Vancouver.

How long have you been playing the piano?
Been playing for a few months, and only recently started to really get into it.

Do you play other instruments as well? 
I do not, but I’ve always wanted to take drumming up.

Tell us about how you started playing music.
I started back in 2009, but only started to seriously get into it in 2014. I have a background in hip hop, but always wanted to try out classical music. It all started with me wanting to make songs for short films I would produce.

How long have you been making piano music?
Around 5 months.

Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
Probably back in 2014, I realized it was a possibility, and it felt amazing. Music to me is therapy, and I usually get a lot of anxiety sharing my music, just because its so personal to me, and I have a fear of my music being heavily judged. I’ve composed many tracks that have never seen the light of day….but it will come out eventually!

What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
Olafur Arnalds, August WIlhelmsson and Allan Ellis are simply amazing. Their music got me through some dark times, and showed me that I can find peace in solitude.  

Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano?
Not really, I sort of just improv, and try playing 90’s Bollywood vocal melodies on the keys. That always gets me in the zone!

How long is your shortest song? 
Around 1 minute!

What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
The idea that you need to know music theory to be a musician. I never understood sheet music, especially in school. I thought I can never be a musician. I just loved listening to so many music genres, and realized so much of it is just feeling.

Thank you for these wonderful answers. Pretty impressive knowing you’ve only played piano for a couple of months. Wow!

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