Connecting through music with Asel Karannagoda

By Mahika Panditha 

Happy New Year, everyone! As we move into a new year, it is also time to add to our playlists. I highly recommend checking out our cover feature, Asel Karannagoda. Asel is 22 years old, and is currently pursuing his higher studies in logistics and supply chain management at UCSI University, Malaysia, whilst also studying the art of mixing at the Pearlbay Institute for music. “Music has always been a huge part of me for as long as I can remember. I find it the best way to express feelings and understand emotions. It’s something that I love and enjoy doing every single day, and I will continue to do so no matter what’s in it for me. Also, I appreciate everyone who connects with me through music. Love you all! Thank you!” Asel told Happinez. In his free time, Asel produces music and trains as an oarsman. He also indulges in a bit of graphic designing when he can. Before I give too much away, check out our interview with him!


You have a beautiful voice, what inspired you to pursue music?

Firstly, thank you! (even though it still feels strange hearing my own voice on recording).

My inspiration to pursue music began with my father. He was a guitarist in a band back in the 1980s, and as a result I grew up around music. As a kid I would play around with his guitar and I enjoyed learning how to play. My father could play many instruments by ear. He taught me, and I quickly got the hang of it.


What is your favourite genre of music and why?

I don’t have a favourite genre. All genres have interesting tunes and I enjoy them all. I’m astonished by how much creativity and talent is out there.


Any exciting projects we can look forward to? 

Yes. I have a few originals lined up which are still works in progress. In the meantime, I have been creating my versions of some popular music.


What do you enjoy doing apart from music?

Apart from music I’m passionate about sports. I’ve been an oarsman and a water polo player from a young age. However, I also love trying other sports for fun and enjoy training because it makes me feel good both mentally and physically.


If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?

It would be somewhere in Europe.


What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about being an artist?

Some people believe that songs can only have one meaning. I believe that whatever is written can be understood differently by each individual. Art is not just the artist’s creativity. It’s the listeners’ creativity as well.


Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

In five years, I expect to have released my first music album.


What piece of advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Look at other musicians for inspiration, but create and follow your own path, create your own legacy. The beautiful part about this is when you start loving what you’re doing regardless of the numbers you get. Being true to yourself is important.