Humid heat drapes over the Indian city of New Delhi every day as people hustle throughout the busy metropolis. From one side of town to the other, there’s barely any time to get lost in thought. San Francisco artist Aish knows this all too well as he reflects upon his early upbringing.
“I’ve been on my own since very early on in life. I had to take jobs in high school to help sustain myself,” said Aish. “When you’re constantly thinking about safety and financial concerns, it’s hard to focus on being creative.”
Aish dreamed of a music career during the long bus rides that took him to and from school. He had a knack for singing ever since childhood, and, as he began to realize that talent, he had to find a way to harness his ambitions. During high school, he enrolled in his first music class. Right away, he fell in love with the concept of using instruments to illustrate his imagination. Unfortunately, Aish’s living situation remained painfully stagnant. “The place I came from, art was considered a luxury. We knew art was out there, we consumed it, but we didn’t know how to reach it. I didn’t even have a role model or point to start from. What I was really trying to figure out was how to get there. How can I be a part of this art world?”
Aish found his first major opportunity when the London Music School offered an outreach program that caught his eye. The institution taught a course on classical guitar that Aish found interesting, and he spent his time in London learning string instruments and studying voice and composition. Through this work, he was able to experience art on a much higher level, and music no longer felt like an unachievable luxury.
With college in his near future, Aish determined that the United States held better opportunities for his music. “