Abhijit Dev Kumar
Joins Foo Fighters, Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse & Kanye West on the charts
Hyderabad: They say that life is a road that all of us have to travel. Destinations are the same but the mode of travel is different-- something that Shayan Italia, the Hyderabad-born international singer agrees on. Shayan’s track ‘Reflection’ has made it to the top ten on Britain’s popular TV airplay Music Chart.
Fourth on the list, Shayan’s track is next to Foo Fighters, Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse and Kanye West’s hit single, ‘Stronger’.
Shayan’s journey to the top is a heart rending one. Born in Hyderabad to Mrs. Mahrook Italia and Dr. Fareed Italia, young Shayan went to Doon School for education. After returning to the city post-schooling, Shayan had to face the worst phase of life with his father grappling with multiple sclerosis. He had to attend to his father’s needs while he studied International Trade Practices and Procedures at college.
But fate struck him even harder when his mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 and passed away a year later. Heartbroken, Shayan found solace in playing piano though without any formal training. It seemed as though his fingers knew their way around the right notes and chords.
As time went by, he penned lyrics and composed music for the same, much to the surprise of his family members. A year after his graduation, Shayan’s father passed away.
Four years later, Shayan was a graduate from Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, London and also finished an M.A. in Music Business Management from the University of Westminister, London. His interactions with key people in the music business taught him the nitty-gritty of the industry.
Meanwhile, Shayan had already written over a 100 lyrics of which eleven tracks were recorded for his debut album, Shayan Italia. His first video, ‘Reflection’ went on to become a runaway hit on Britain’s music scene.
“My style integrates the three best elements of Indian music-- poetic lyrics, powerful composing and clear vocals.” says Shayan. “Success is a combination of persistence, perseverance and hard work. If anybody says that something is impossible, then it is their way of saying that they can not do it,” he adds.