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Man of his word

Becoming a lyricist was quite an unexpected surprise for Dilan Gauthamadasa, an aspiring lyrist and poet representing the modern generation. Never in his wildest dreams had he thought of becoming a lyricist, but destiny changed the hopes of becoming a Police Doctor to a talented song writer, enhancing his love for music.

He never misses a good musical concert if he can help it, and the unexpected outcome has brought him a long way, still to be continued. Up to now he has penned 43 songs, using his creativity and writing ability to the maximum capacity. In the field of music, he is known as ‘Gautam’, and is mostly known for his hit song ‘Shrungari’, sung by Rahal Alwis. Having embarked on a journey full of challenges, ‘Shrungari’ was the turning point of his journey as a young lyricist. Dilan has also composed many other songs for both new and senior artistes. He studied at Sri Sumangala College, Panadura, and currently resides in Pothupitiya, Wadduwa.

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Q: What is your progress these days?

It's a very difficult time for me as an artiste because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone in different fields all across the world are affected by this situation. I focused on new releases and laid the foundation for them during this time. I produced a few and I am mostly I’m working on the creations which I had missed. I really hope that this catastrophe will end soon. We could breathe freely as we did before then.

Q: What inspired you to become a lyricist?

From a young age, I had a great interest in music. There were a countless number of times we were punished by teachers for singing songs with friends during school hours. My school is Sri Sumangala Vidyalaya, Panadura. During this period, when I was in Grade 6, I got a chance to participate in a poetry competition. That's when I realized I had the ability to write.

Later, after winning those competitions and improving my writing skills to the point where I could turn into a lyricist, I am still continuing with that journey. I studied art as an aesthetic subject, and I did not study any music related subject during my school days. I believe writing is a talent which I have. I still get a lot of support from my school. The lyricist 'Dilan Gautamadasa' emerged in the field today because of his ability to write in school.

Q: How many songs have you done so far?

My first song was done in 2014. Seven years since then, 43 songs have been released and more songs are yet to be released.

Q: What were the challenges you had to face when you first entered the field?

When I did my first song in 2014, I didn't know what a studio was or what a music production was. In fact, it was an unknown journey. That is the biggest challenge. At that time I did not associate much with anyone in the music industry. A lot of people said they would help release the first song when it was done.

It was like magic to me! I didn’t even know the meaning of some words which were used then. I came on a journey without knowing anything and recorded my first song. After that I could not even find those who said that they would help. As time went by, I had to keep the first song at home for about a year.

I gained a lot of experience that year. We found solutions to the problems we had, and it was with that knowledge and experience which helped me engage in a solo journey after the second song.

Q:Didn't u have an ambition to become a musician, as you were interested in music?

I never thought I would entertain people today as a lyricist. My biggest ambition during my childhood was to become a Police Doctor. This is because my father is a police inspector and all my relatives work in the police department.

I have always loved music ever since I was a child. I still enjoy watching musical concerts. Even if I watch TV, I like to watch those programmes. Eventually, I selected my journey from the music side too. That is fate.

Q:What are the themes which you mostly focus on, when writing songs?

I am an all-rounder for anything. Most songs are based on these three subjects: love, separation and society. So I guess I’m a master of all three. Today the society is demanding a lot for separation songs. Sorrowful songs have become a trend. The demand has to be met and the supply provided, otherwise there is no survival in this sector.

Q: How do you find the content and information to write your songs?

Social networks give great support to newcomers like us. Today it is used by all, both young and old. We get a lot of good response for our creations. It is after seeing and enjoying my creations on social media that certain people contact me to create songs. TV channels and FM channels rarely support newcomers like us. The best thing is to promote our creations through social media.

Q: You are also specialized in Russian language.

I studied Russian. The Russian Center in Colombo helped me a lot in this. Russian is one of the most difficult languages ​​to learn in the world today. I am sharing my knowledge of the Russian language with others as a teacher now.

The reason I learnt Russian is because I am interested in tourism. In addition to my songwriting work, there is a separate tourism company which I own called 'Dilan Tours'. My aim is to bring Russian tourists to this country. Most of my attempts have already been successful.

Q: Are there any renowned lyricists who helped you to come forward?

There is not much support from those in the field. Popular singer Sandun Perera helped me to release my first song when I was at home for about a year. People in the field are jealous and are not interested in helping out. The only ones who help me the most even today are the media and other friends.

Q: Do you have any role model u follow as a lyricist?

Whoever a lyricist imitates is not successful because the lyricist is based on words and ideas. So they vary from person to person. They are common to all. I have created my own style and I am going on a journey where I have made my own path.

Q: What's your best moment in the field?

From the time I started writing a song till the end of it, I think of all the experiences, challenges, opportunities and threats I received during that time. Those were all the best moments of my life. When I compose songs, I get praise as well as criticism. However, I manage them successfully.

I value my self-confidence a lot. My parents and girlfriend are behind giving me strength and advice. All three of them are supportive. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the directors and songwriters who loved the songs I wrote and directed the music. I love all the people in the world who encouraged me on this journey and enjoy my songs. It is because of them that we are able to continue with our musical journey. Even though I’m unable to mention names individually, I’m thankful to all of those who helped me at least by uttering a single word.

Q: What are your plans for this year?

My latest song ‘Adambarakari’ is due to be released this year. There are a lot of other songs to be released this year. Maybe this year I will be singing my own song. It might be different from all those I have composed so far. I wanted to make a difference by combining the Russian language with the Sinhala language. My only wish is that this COVID-19 menace should be eradicated as soon as possible to work freely as before.