“I started out with classical. I’ve been interested in music for as long as I can remember. I even went to symphonies when I was little.
“I took violin lessons and loved it – but eventually wanted to get out of that box and explore a wider variety of styles. So, naturally, I went straight to the opposite end of the spectrum,” he chuckles.
Reliant upon the mimicry of icons like Mozart and Beethoven, orchestral music can often become a void for originality. In a world dictated by historical giants, repertoire overrides resourcefulness, limiting the genre to a retrograde approach that can stifle expression. For Giri, a particular show was able to bridge the gap between these two ostensibly opposing styles, opening his eyes to the idea of synthesis and musical fusion.
“The Goat Rodeo Sessions was this amazing collaboration of classical and country. It changed everything. I realized that this – this is what I want to do. When I picked up mandolin guitar, doors started opening. Since then, I’ve expanded my horizons by delving into a bigger catalog of genres. That’s where I’m at now. Merging different styles together and being more open-minded.
“When I started researching, I realized that all music is connected. You play differently once you know that. Bluegrass came from blues, which also gave birth to jazz, which also has its influences in pop, rock, you name it. I don’t even like thinking about genres. Get rid of boundaries and you can experiment and be more innovative.”
Music has always been an escapist tool, and for Giri, it’s allowed him to convey and process some of his own tribulations. When operating on the peripheries of ‘normal’, uniqueness is suffocated by a whole host of narrow-minded outlooks. Luckily, Giri understood these pig-headed perspectives for what they were – misguided opinions of those overly concerned with fitting in.