Hailing from Haflong, Thang is a self taught musician who recently released a music video ‘You’re Gone’. A heartfelt song, it is about the heartbreak of losing someone special and finding a way to move on. We talk to this new artiste on the block about his music, the video and more.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you became interested in music
My name is Thang, and I hail from a small town Haflong, Assam. I am 24 years of age and have completed MA (political science) and right now, I am preparing for civil service examinations. I grew up listening to classic rock, ballads, pop and soul music. The powerful vocals of Sebastian Bach, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Etta James truly inspired me to sing and this is one of the reasons why I played ‘At Last’ by Etta James in the beginning of my music video (You’re Gone) as a tribute to one of my greatest icons ever.
Have you had any training or are you a self-taught musician?
I never had any training. In fact, I can’t even play any musical instruments nor do I know the basics of Do Re Mi. I am doing this out of pure passion. I belted along to the melodies of the above mentioned artistes and that’s how I learned to sing.
What is your latest song about and tell us a little about your experience while shooting the music video?
During the summer of 2016, after I released my first YouTube cover (Hello by Adele), I was in Shillong for a day and while browsing cafes to have a cup of coffee to compliment the rainy weather, I came across Souls Cafe in Police Bazaar. While I was sitting there and sipping on my coffee, the manager came forward and introduced himself. We started having a conversation, he was telling me about the purpose of thee cafe and how they wanted to help and encourage the youth. Especially the lost souls, depressed youth, the ones giving up on life and the writings on the walls of the cafe inspired me to write a song about the life of a person who lost his beloved and how he led his life thereafter. And this is what my song “You’re Gone” is all about.
Shooting the video was quite an experience as I directed the video myself. I got the chance to witness beautiful breathtaking new places and also learnt that making a video is not as easy as it seems. And above everything, I’m ever grateful to my friend Parthiv Gogoi (the lead cast) in my music video (You’re Gone).
Do you want to pursue music professionally?
Yes, given the chance, I would love to dedicate my whole life to music.
What can fans expect from you in 2017?
Everyone can expect more refreshing music this year.