Baadshah’s success wasn’t unexpected: Pratyul Joshi
Delhi-based Pratyul Joshi, on struggling as a musician and his debut single, Baadshah
Biggest struggle in India isn’t the fact that the work (music) is sparse but (there is no) social acceptance PRATYUL JOSHI, MUSICIAN
Delhi-based musician Pratyul Joshi is riding high on the success of his debut single— Baadshah, which has garnered over 500,000 hits on Youtube. However, for Pratyul, it wasn’t a surprise. “It wasn't entirely unexpected, to be honest. I wanted to make something timeless and soulful and believed that sooner or later, it would climb the charts,” he says. But Pratyul’s success didn’t come overnight— Baadshah was written 10 years ago. “I was in a college band, still undecided about taking up music as career, and we were writing our first EP. Baadshah reflected my thought process as a kid from small town with big dreams, then,” he says.
Pratyul didn’t have an easy journey as a struggling artist. “Biggest struggle in India isn't the fact that the work (music) is sparse but (there is no) social acceptance.” Pratyul also had to rebel against his family’s wishes, which led to constant travel and “survival anxiety”.