This week CNBC-TV18's special show Club Class interviews Devraj Sanyal, a man who has more hats than one may require. He is an entrepreneur, a thinker, also the MD of Universal Music and a front man for Brahma.
This week CNBC-TV18's special show Club Class interviewed Devraj Sanyal, a man who has more hats than one may require. He is an entrepreneur, a thinker, the MD of Universal Music and a front man for Brahma.
Below is an edited transcript of Devraj Sanyal’s interview on CNBC-TV18
Q: When one is starting off, when one is a kid, one wishes to sing a couple of songs whether he is a singer or not. A lot of us think that we can sing, but when did you first realise that you could sing?
A: I was never a bathroom singer. I was in the sixth standard and our music teacher said that there is going to be a singing competition in school. She said, I just want anyone who thinks he can sing to stand up and read a hymn from the good old calendars that we used to have in school.
I stood up with full confidence and sung Ave Maria and she said I like your voice. Strangely that was the year I took participated against the established set of singers in school and sang a very gay song called Barbarella by Boney M and I won. That was my first gold medal for singing.
Q: So, you start off with Ave Maria, you start off with Boney M and you end up singing heavy metal. How did that transition happen?
A: School was very sedate, cool, soft, young music. In college I realised that the coolest thing to do was to play guitar, sit in Xavier's and hang at the quadrangle. Somewhere in that transition we started listening to the very early, the new wave of heavy metal way back in the late 80's, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica and so on.
That really got us thinking and we got into that kind of music. Naturally when I formed my first band, it was a band called Orion in college with a couple of college guys and the first go to music just became heavy metal.
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