We live in a
world where most people believe that the illusion of attaining intense fame
makes people happy. But is being famous equivalent to happiness? Many might
believe this is true. Being an anonymous pop singer, I have learnt that being
appreciated for your talent and not your upbringing or social background has a
different kind of satisfaction altogether.
I began singing
in my teen years in early 2000’s, but it was only when I released my first
single, ‘Beside Me’ in 2016 that I realised that music had unveiled a whole new
side of my life. Coming from a relatively lower-class family in India, I was
completely overwhelmed wondering what the audience response will be. Therefore,
choosing to be anonymous was like a social safety mechanism that shielded me
and my family if any negative reactions came up.
important motivating factor behind choosing to remain anonymous was because I
wanted my voice to be heard without discrimination or judgement over which place
I belonged to or what my caste was.
Being a public
figure can be very daunting on your life, with constantly trying to match up with
people’s high expectations. The world of social media has benchmarked success
with the number of followers, likes or views on their favourite celebrity’s
media content. Some bands like Daft Punk have also tried to hide their real
identities to avoid complications in their private life and to emphasise on
their music rather than their personalities.
they say, there is power in anonymity, because people love secrets, and being
anonymous is a very attractive pull factor.
Of course, there
are times when I feel that so many people who have crossed paths with my life
might feel proud of my achievements if I reveal my real identity, and their
appreciation will mean the world to me.
drawback in remaining anonymous has been seeking collaboration opportunities.
Being an independent artist, it limits my contacts to only those who have heard
my music. In today’s age, the lack of steady income is one of the most
prevalent disadvantages for a professional singer.
I have been an
anonymous public figure for the last two years, and there has been a constant
fear about my real identity being leaked. I must confess it has been a bit
tedious having to explain why anonymity is so important to everyone who I have
to work with.
If I have to
summarise, I would say anonymity mainly gives me a sense of social security; it
gives me confidence that the audience genuinely appreciates my talent and does
not judge me over my social upbringing. On the downside I feel limited in terms
of building credible business contacts. It creates fear in my mind about being
exposed publicly, and I feel missed out from getting comments from my childhood
friends and mentors.
But above all, I would like to use this platform to inspire others to pursue their passion, without judgment over what their social background has been. By Lord J – International Pop Singer-Songwriter