In this series, we’re getting to know the finalists who have defeated the other contestants from their cities to reach the Rap Wars Final, which is being held at Oasis’16, BITS Pilani on the 21st October 2016.
Full name: Shreyas Sagvekar
Stage name: Shreyas
DHH: What are you currently doing?
SS: Tolerating engineering academics.
DHH: When did you start rapping? How old were you?
SS: I started like 3 years back maybe. Took it seriously a year or a year and a half back. I was maybe what 19 y/o. Damn time flies.
DHH: What attracted you to rapping?
SS: The honesty. The rapper ego.
DHH: What is your inspiration behind the lyrics that you write?
SS: Myself. Everything that I experience, every person I see is an inspiration to me.
DHH: Where did you learn to rap from?
SS: Haha that’s a bad question. But I would like to answer. No one learns to rap for anywhere but self and the artists he/she listens to just contributes to a part of influence in the early stage.
DHH: What are your songs generally about?
SS: I just have a couple of songs out now and those are experimental projects. The two tracks are mostly about how fucked up the society is. But I am yet to find my style and I’m certain my content matter and style will go through a drastic change.
DHH: What is the best part about being a rapper?
SS: The honesty.
DHH: What is the most challenging part?
SS: Unfortunately, the honesty.
DHH: What are you working on right now?
SS: A new hindi track collaboration with a friend for Mumbai. A marathi track with a friend from Pune who’s a Member of Pune Hip-Hop Renaissance itself. More to come.
DHH: Do you plan on pursuing this full-time in the future? If no then why and what is your career choice?
SS: Yes, this is going to be my full time in the future.
DHH: What has your family’s reaction been to this talent of yours?
SS: All that Indian shit, “Yeah it’s great, it’s a hobby but padhai sambhal ke“
DHH: What does rapping mean to you?
SS: A way of talking to myself.
DHH: Which artists, International or Indian, are your inspirations?
SS: Let’s start from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Biggie, Jay Z. Just the inspiration. Indian would be Enkore and Divine at this moment
DHH: What was the feeling like when you make someone listen to your rap for the very first time or when you performed your rap on stage for the very first time?
SS: Nervousness was at the early stage. Now it’s just me looking out for feeds for the different type of people. Use to be an introvert so the first time on stage wasn’t a great experience. But now I am always ready to be on stage.
DHH: What’s the key to being a successful rapper?
SS: First and the most important thing, Art, then business hacks and marketing strategies. A way to present yourself in the market and audience appeal which comes with versatility is important, and many for since we mentioned being ” successful “.
DHH: If you had to describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you at all, what would you say? (What are your interests other than rapping, are you an introvert/extrovert, what is the one thing that you are well-known among your friends for other than rapping? Are you always bubbly and cheerful or do you often keep to yourself etc)
SS: I am an ex-introvert and semi-extrovert. Other than rapping, they know me for my ability to handle stuff by keeping my head at 0 degree. Calm and cool. But get everything done. I am bubbly and cheerful and keep it to myself depending on the people I am around.