The singing NHS doctor | Sukh

  • How did you become involved with music in the first place?

My parents started sending me to piano lessons when I was young but I didn’t really come to enjoy it fully until I stopped reading music and started improvising and coming up with my own ideas. It started with me being interested in film music and slowly shifted to writing songs.

  • Describe your sound in three words.

Thoughtful earthy indie-rock.

  • What is your favourite album of the past year?

I was enjoying Phoebe Bridgers record and I just started listening to Doves’ new record which I’m starting to get into. It’s strange how bands are no longer really in the same position they used to be.

  • You have an EP coming out. You have performed live in the past but at the moment this is not very easy. How do you plan to communicate the new music to your audience? 

Now I spent a lot more time creating video content whether it be acoustic live performances, music videos and reaching out more with social media content. There are some days I feel more like a YouTuber than an artist but that’s where we are at the moment. Planning, shooting, editing shoots. Been learning a lot of new skills to get it out there!

  • How do you juggle hospital hours and songwriting? In realistic terms you must be killing yourself…

My medic days tend to be long and stressful. It does take a lot of effort and energy. Clinical work is never ending. Some days I don’t have a lunch break and I’ll probably still be reviewing prescription and blood results while holding a sandwich. By the end of the day, I would just want to escape from it or blow off some steam. Songs come quickly for me. It’s the rest of it that takes work. Music is my second job but I manage to fit it in. It doesn’t pay very well but it feels like something I have to do. It takes up most of the rest of my time. That and sleep.

  • This pandemic showed that NHS and artists have one thing in common: they are both undervalued and underpaid. Do you think this can be somehow rectified and if yes, how?

It is an interesting comparison. Both artists and NHS staff give you what they have to give up front and it is reliant on the world and people to support them and give back. It will only change when individuals in places of power realise this. Maybe you don’t know what you got til it’s gone. So lending your support can help certainly. Will it be rectified? Not so sure about that. 

  • Tell us something most people don’t know about you. 

I only speak English. One could say I’m a coconut.

  • Thank you!

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