My Story

Thank you for checking out my website! I'm a singer/songwriter, performer, and recording artist from California (Davis --> Berkeley --> LA).  I played piano growing up, and started playing guitar and writing when I was a teenager and have been falling deeper ever since. Patience is hard.

I'm a pop music fanatic, and most of my work has a pop sensibility to it, but SOME of my inspirations are Elton John, Billy Joel, Andrew McMahon, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett, The Strokes, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Death Cab for Cutie, Lauv, Lennon Stella, JP Saxe, Alec Benjamin, Julia Michaels, Leah Kate...blah blah blah blah...

I perform year round in SoCal at bars, venues, restaurants, wineries, weddings, corporate and charity events, and busking, and I'm always writing, recording, and mixing in my "home studio".

I try to stay close to my heart with all aspects of my music, especially with songwriting - I'm aiming for lyrics that are poetic and thought-provoking but decipherable to anyone, applicable to many variations on a common human theme, and a sincere attempt to bear my soul without fear of embarrassment.  My favorite thing these days is mixing a song to completion in Logic, but I still love the very beginnings of songwriting (which usually involves a raw session with an acoustic guitar, a capo, and some feels)

I guess I should say that I'm also a full-time researcher in neurobiology at UCLA, and have learned an immense amount about discipline, hard work, persistence, dedication, and passion through my studies (not to mention a fair amount about the brain).

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Peace and love, and hope you enjoy
-Shivan

 


Check out this interview with Jud Friedman, founder and CEO of qWaqq music streaming service, about my background and my music!