Aakash Mehta: Singing a different tune – L’Actu Loisirs

Aakash Mehta wanted to be a musician when he was in school. Instead, he studied law in college, crowned by a degree in sound engineering as a consolation. Eventually, Mehta found his calling as a stand-up comedian. After ten years of comedy career, the 28-year-old boasts 601,000 YouTube subscribers and regularly sells out shows in Indian cities. Yet even as he branched out into podcasting and writing, music remained at the back of Mehta’s mind. This month, life came full circle when the comedian released What a Life, his first musical album.

Musical artist and comedian, Aakash Mehta

Q As an artist whose craft lies at the intersection of tickets sold and internet views, how do you measure success?

Success improves in the profession. I became a comedian for writing and telling jokes, so it doesn’t matter how many tickets I sell or how many views I get. It’s about making the most of people’s time by becoming the best they can be at what they came to see.

Q As an artist whose craft lies at the intersection of tickets sold and internet views, how do you measure success?

Success improves in the profession. I became a comedian for writing and telling jokes, so it doesn’t matter how many tickets I sell or how many views I get. It’s about making the most of people’s time by becoming the best they can be at what they came to see.

Q Ten years after the start of stand-up, are there any changes you’ve noticed in the way comedians approach this art form?

We live in an age of influencers. There aren’t enough people paying attention to craftsmanship anymore because brand deals are more lucrative. The end result is that comics tend not to be as good on stage, and are much more likely to not touch anything that might interfere with the ability to get branded work.

Q “What a Life”, the title song resembles the ballad of the album, both melancholy and joyful. Was it always supposed to have the speaking interlude between the two?

When I wrote [the song], it was just the two verses, but as we played, the song took us to this completely different space. This is where the idea of ​​the voice note was born. It was like the whole band and I were saying things not said before while we were playing.

Q How exactly do you shape the way you express yourself as an artist when you’re recording a music album and then doing comedy on stage?

Art elevates craft to the point where you can express something in a way that makes people who encounter your creation feel something. There are things better said in song, things better said in jokes. But here’s my rule of thumb – comedy comes with the caveat of a fun ending, music doesn’t have to have one.

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