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A kid who was really bad at mathematics and really good at eating potato chips dreamt of being a known personality. He has inspired many already and still going on this journey, but he has always stayed humble and grateful to God. A journey from dropping out to be a mechanical engineer to being a Winner of 2 Prestigious Scholarships at the Musicians Institute, LA, rated as one of the best contemporary music schools in the world. He possesses 3 endorsements with Dean Markley Strings, TC Electronic, Bartolini, & a success story on MI website – truly committed to music, lover of life, family, friends .. making India proud !!
Tell us about Your background?
I grew up as the only child in a middle class family, therefore was never pampered (THANK GOD!), finished my schooling from St. Francis de Sales school till my 10th grade and then switched to K.R Mangalam to finish my 12th grade. A studious kid, one you would see sitting on the first 3 benches, doing homework; took science stream all along, chemistry was my favorite subject and music a hobby playing the keyboard. Finished schooling & like any other Indian kid deciding about my future!!! As I was good in science, the only door open was engineering seeing my peers, therefore went ahead to join Manav Rachna University (formerly known as CITM) in Faridabad .. not too far my memories goes down which was in 2nd year, gathered courage and went to my dad and told him “I DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS & it does not excite me, I wish to pursue Sound Engineering”
How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?
Before picking up the bass guitar, Harshit Misra was on the road to becoming a mechanical engineer. His decision to start playing bass, however, was more than just an urge to learn the instrument. It was an attempt to separate himself from the realm of the ordinary. It was his ticket to being more than just your everyday college student. “Something just felt wrong about the path i was on. I felt like fate had carved a certain path for me, but i was moving in a different direction,” he says.
“I started playing the bass guitar but wasnt sure how to take it forward. I found out that there were sound production courses that teach audio engineering. That seemed like a good place to start,” he says. He moved to chennai and began a one-year course at School of Audio Engineering(SAE) in Chennai, where he also began playing for a local progressive rock band, 83 Miles Per Hour. “Playing with my band gave me the technical skills i needed and also taught me how to compose with other musicians. But i wanted to go bigger,” he says.
In 2012, Misra went on to win a full scholarship for an Associate of Arts Degree in Bass Performance at Musician’s Institute,LosAngeles, where where he was soon discovered by The Jackie Boyz. “One of my friends told me about a Jackie Boyz gig for which they were auditioning bass players. I went and played at the audition, came back, did my research on them, and was blown away by their credentials. the next think i know is I get called in as the bassist,” he says. The 24 year old, who is endorsed by guitar strings company Deam Markley and Danish audio equipment manufacturer DC electronics, also accompanied up and coming girl pop group Girl Radical (led by NSYNC singer JC Cjasez and Golden Globe-winning, Grammy-nominated songwriter Jimmy Harry) at a pre-Grammy awards red carpet party in January.
Can you tell us about a few of your gigs as a bass guitarist?
Seven years after his instinctual decision, Misra is playing alongside Grammy Award-winning R&B outfit The Jackie Boyz, American Idol winner Candice Glover and singer-cum-entrepreneur Wayne Brady, who is famous for the improv-based television series, Who’s Line is it Anyway? Misra, who was born in Delhi and grew up here, is now a touring bass player in LosAngeles, where he is based and California. He is also a sessions bassist for a number of artistes such as Columbia Records artiste Ravaughn, Scottish songwriter Liam Horne and LA-based songwriter Brandon Bassir.
“The experience was surreal. When i went for my first rehearsal, i was so confused because there were so many of them. But they work well as a team and the show was lovely,” he recalls.
In addition to his current projects, Misra is working on his debut solo EP which he hopes as he did when he started out, “will make things bigger” .
Any advice for the young guitarists and musicians?
Compared to the greats and more experienced musicians who have inspired me both in India and LA, have few things I really want to say to any musician , aspiring , or just taking music as a hobby .. Love what you do , if you have a feeling , let it grow and just follow your heart , do not stop or hold back .. Turn dreams into reality .. Take steps one at a time and just never give up ..
I never gave up only because I had no option to give up .. and I always work hard and would love to inspire anybody in this field or anybody in general and am always available to help shoot me an email & would love to revert.