Reisang Shimray is a 26-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Northeast India. He is currently based in Delhi where he works as a GT- Western Music (Instrumental) at Delhi Public School, Dwarka. His debut single ‘Lift Me Up’ was a big hit among music lovers. He recently released a music video which features a cover version of What’s My Name? by Miyavi Ishihara.
Tell us little about yourself and what got you interested in music?
I spent most of my childhood days in a small village, ‘Somdal’ in Ukhrul District, Manipur. Although I come from a non-musical family background, I grew up listening to music on radio, tape records, and television. I developed a deep appreciation for music early in my life. I started playing the guitar at the age of fourteen. I used to play with other talented kids from high school. Then, I moved to Shillong, ‘Capital of Rock’ as they say. My passion for guitar grew an outrageously. I practiced hard to the point fingers bled, very much like the famous song by Bryan Adams (laughs).
Not long after that, I started playing with bands, and we participated in competitions. I got the Best Guitarist award twice in the Naga Beat Contest Shillong. From that point, I really started embracing the gift of music. I give all the glory to God.
What inspired your debut single? Why have there been no more singles since? Are you planning on releasing any original songs in the future?
‘Lift me up’ was written during my days when I was a worship director/leader at Crossroad Church (HFM) Shillong. This debut song came in quite spontaneously and didn’t take much time to write and record. The song is about God’s faithfulness and grace to a Christian fellow like me. It is an uplifting song for people who are going through constant fears, depression and confusion.
I am working on an EP right now. In fact, me and my team have also begun working on original music videos. So, there’s so many cool stuffs coming up this year. This type of questions always makes me excited. The whole point of this is to let people hear and hopefully be uplifted emotionally, physically and musically.
You are a guitar teacher now, do you think that is your calling? What do you think is the best thing about teaching?
Yes, I do teach guitar or music by profession. I believe that anyone who has got any skill set or talent can teach someone. I love teaching music because it is important to past on to the younger generation the little knowledge we know. The best thing about teaching is realizing that you play a great role in shaping and moulding the world. The main question is, what kind of future do we want?
Do you think pursuing a career in music can pay the bills?
Answer is ‘ YES ’, if you know what you’re doing and depends on how much effort and dedication you give to music. This applies to everything else, not only music. When it comes to music business, there’s a whole lot of routes you can choose; either in producing, performing, recording industries, film music, music education, radio and television, church music etc. If you dream big and work hard, you will get there.
What are your hobbies?
Painting. When I’m not doing music, I paint. I have a great appreciation for art.
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