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The Thirteen Questions

By Kalent Zaiz 

Today we have the honor to feature not only a very kind person, but also a great and talented musician! But don’t take my words for granted, let’s have a little chat with the voice behind all this healing and empowerment, Hargo Khalsa.

KZ: Hi Hargo, it is a pleasure to have you sharing your time with us. The world is having an emotional, physiological, and economic situation right now. And it is almost impossible not to talk about it. As a human and as an artist, with all of the challenging times now with the COVID-19 and the race situation what message would you like to share with people?

Oh my God, wild times we are in! As an artist it’s been bewildering for me, more than anything, to have basically all gatherings of more than 20 people be restricted. Of course I understand why, but as someone who makes music and does live events it’s been a major shift in my approach to keep sharing my music. I released an album only a few weeks before COVID really hit here in the U.S. I played two shows and then… boom. No more shows. I have to say I was a bit depressed for a while. But it’s not personal, we’re all in this boat together. That brings me to my thoughts on this as a human… For the first time in recorded history we are all, basically everyone on this planet, affected and unified by a common experience… COVID-19. There is so much fear and hardship, isolation and struggle happening… and everyone is relating to it differently. But we ARE all dealing with it. I think COVID is showing us how fragile our systems really are, how unsustainable our way of living has become that pandemonium can break out after a week of no toilet paper! My hope and prayer is that we can embrace and recognize that we’re all on this giant spinning rock together. We are one people. And it’s up to us to decide HOW we want to live and build our culture from here forward.

KZ: Every human has an interior fire full of questions about what they want to be or become. When and how did you discover yourself as a musician and what is your message as a musician?

I knew I was going to be a musician after the first 3 chords I learned on guitar at age 7. When I started singing and playing music with my mom & dad (they’re both musicians) it was the best thing ever as a kid! My message… it’s always evolving. I write very intuitively, usually something just flows straight through and I don’t necessarily know what a song is about until part of the way through writing it. The common themes though are usually lessons I’ve learned through the ups and downs of life. Things I feel: love, doubt, heartbreak, disillusionment, hope, empowerment. I think empowerment more than anything. I believe in people.

KZ: Congratulations on the release of your album “SATURN RETURN”! How many songs are there? And for those in our audience who don’t know you just yet, how do you call the genre or genres of the music that you sing?

Thank you! The album was the culmination of a time of huge growth in my life, some really tough years between 28-30 y/o. There are nine songs on the album and I put them in sequence to share the experience I went through in my own Saturn Return. For those who don’t know what that is… Saturn Return is an astrological phenomenon of the planet Saturn coming back to the position it was at in its orbit around the Sun when you were born. There’s about a two year window when astrologers say we go through a huge shift in our lives. This happens between age 28-30, because it takes Saturn about 29 1/2 years to go around the Sun. It’s a time of looking at how you’ve been living up until then and really preparing for stepping into a deeper and more authentic role in your own life and in the world.

 I call the genre Tribal Rock. I worked with an Argentinian producer who made a lot of the beats and then tracked a bunch of live instruments over the top of it.

KZ: What is the message behind the lyrics and the visual representations?

The artwork is basically the rings of Saturn with an astrological chart behind it.

KZ: Does your music talk about your personal experiences? How did you overcome the different challenges in sharing your and other people’s feelings?

Yes, this record is particularly personal. My other records were more focused on what was happening in the world at the time. But this one is all about my own experiences. In a lot of the songs I’m writing from the first person to “you”. But I’m actually talking to myself. That’s how I hear a lot of lyrics. It feels like spirit is speaking to me and I’m just singing what it’s saying, if that makes sense. It’s inspired by my own feelings and what’s happening in my life, but many of the words are messages that came to me, for my own healing, as I was going through those hard times. My parents had split up, my band of 5 years broke up, I moved to Los Angeles, then suddenly to Joshua Tree, broke up with a girl and then met my wife!

KZ: In regards to your composition, are there any other musicians which have inspired you?

Yes! The Beatles, John Lennon, Radiohead, Chancha via Circuito, Uji, Tom Petty, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Prince.

KZ: What is life without music for Hargo?

 Haha, hard question to answer. In short, it’s hard… and I’m still blessed regardless! To be alive at all is basically a cosmic miracle. So I try to embrace that feeling of gratitude for each day. With that said, I definitely start to feel weird when I don’t get time to play music as much as I need. It’s my main spiritual practice. It’s how I connect to myself, to my dreams, to my heart, to the universe. But I have many other interests. Psychology, Cosmology, Design, Fashion, Business. My wife and I were joking the other day about how we are both artists, but we’re entrepreneurs first. It’s just in my blood I guess.

KZ: What are some songs you’ve listened to that are very therapeutic for you?

Singh Kaur’s “Ad Guray Nameh”, Radiohead “Go Slowly”, The Beatles “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”, Populous “Azul Oro”, just about anything that El Buho puts out, the list goes on… 🙂

KZ: What keeps you busy when not involved in music?

I love being in nature… so hiking, climbing, going on adventures! As I mentioned, I’m also an entrepreneur… so real estate deals, coaching – my wife Alice has an amazing online coaching program that we just launched. I’m organizing a summit called IMAGINE, which will be about bringing ancient wisdom and conscious, forward-thinking technology together… with some cool live performances and workshops. It’s going to be amazing! That kind of stuff.

KZ: What does the rest of the human race mean for Hargo?

It means everything. I’m passionate about helping people and so much of my drive around making music and the businesses that I’m a part of are geared towards bringing tools for people to use to heal themselves. Humanity still has so far to go in our evolution and many old patterns that lead to abuse, neglect, racism, sexism, child sex trafficking, murder, poverty, etc., all link back to trauma inflicted by people who have been hurt in their lives. I believe people are inherently good, but bad things can and will happen in life and we need the tools and a culture around us to support us healing those wounds so we don’t take them forward to the next generation.

KZ: Name your three favorite singers or musicians and why?

Favorite singers: Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Robert Smith, Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Fiona Apple, Michael Jackson
Favorite musicians: Swapan Chaudhuri, Jimmy Page, John Lennon, Miles Davis
There are too many reasons why to list! But they’re all unique and groundbreaking with their style and artistry.
KZ: What would you say to all newbie singers and musicians about overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals? 
Be of service. Get out of your own way and give to your music, and to yourself. Do TimeLine therapy (I’m serious, this is HUGELY impactful work that Kalent and others from the team know how to do). I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened that door… and it changed my life and cleared things I didn’t know were holding me back.

 

KZ: Do you have any major plans that you would care to share? 

Feather and Dot record coming in the next month… you’ll see it!!!

Today’s quote.

“Don’t confuse language, color, and culture with ignorance. We came to this world to grow together” Lesson learned!

Life is great. that’s right! We’ll see you in the next installment of: “The 13 Questions” by Kalent Zaiz.

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