Disciplined-The Real-Life Story of Selwyn Fernandes

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

So, my name is Selwyn Fernandes. I’m a guitarist. I’ve played guitar for multiple bands, and some Pakistani artists including Zoe Viccaji, Alycia Dias, and Yashal Shahid. Something I would like the world to know about me, is that other than just playing music, I love to just spend time listening to new music and discovering new styles.

Describe a typical day in your life.

A typical day in my life usually doesn’t have a time when it starts or ends. Lol. However, let’s begin from the morning, I work as a music teacher in the morning, till mid-day. Starting in the afternoon, I give Guitar, Piano and Ukulele classes, privately. I’m usually done with my classes by the night, which is when my creative work begins. I have either band practices/jams, a recording, or I’ll be working on my original music. I’m usually done by around 1am or 2am. It’s a lot of fun and I love it. Weekends are fun, because we usually have gigs and shows to play Fridays and Saturday nights. Sometimes mid-week too, which is a nice change from the routine.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

So basically, I’ve had multiple challenges as a musician, the biggest one that I’ll always remember is when I hit this mental ‘block’. I was going through a really hard time emotionally, and I didn’t realise it at the time, but I was allowing it to block my mind from learning. I couldn’t learn any new techniques. When I would actually sit down to practice them, I wouldn’t be able to understand it or play it. Neither was my music sounding very appealing even to me. I simply took a break to clear my head and all was so much better.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

My role model is definitely John Mayer, as he’s a guitarist and definitely where I want to be in a couple years. John Mayer has a certain ‘feeling’ in his music, which one can only achieve by putting a part of yourself into your work, and that is something I try to live by. Which is, being true to yourself and your work. Don’t let the world around you affect you or dictate your inner ‘feeling’.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

Well, one thing about me that most people don’t know, is that I actually do fine art. I love sketching. It could be anything from still life to portraits, I just love sketching. I think I’m okay at it. Lol.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

One advice that I’ll give to anyone who is struggling, is probably what has been said so often by many others, that is ‘Don’t give up’. I know it sounds so mainstream, but it definitely has a way of working. For the longest time, I didn’t think I’d be able to play guitar or certain songs which I found extremely difficult, however I stuck to it relentlessly and I just kept trying it again, every single day. So, DON’T GIVE UP! You got this!

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).

One word that I feel does define me as a person entirely, and not just a personality trait or my profession, is ‘Disciplined’. I feel to succeed in any walk of life or in any career, you need to be disciplined. Make a schedule, get a routine, make yourself feel your self-worth by knowing exactly what you have to do next and when you have to do it.