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Dibesh Pokharel, now more known as Arthur Gunn, has added a flavourful hint of Nepali spice to the American Idol platter. The 22 year old born in Kathmandu made his home in Wichita, Kansas six years ago. His passion for music takes him to his roots in Nepal, but it was only in America that he found his voice. Auditioning for the American Idol, he had the attention of the three judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan from the onset.

Dibesh has the whole of Nepal rooting for him as he takes the stage among the top seven on May 17. American Idol has a huge following in Nepal and in this time of uncertainty and apprehension, Dibesh comes as a ray of light for all young Nepalis who believe in the power of dreams.

Dibesh also has a Nepali album titled ‘Grahan’ to his credit. In an exclusive conversation with WOW’s Mannat Shrestha, Dibesh aka Arthur Gunn gives WOW readers a glimpse into his life…

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I see my face.

The transition from Dibesh Pokharel from Kathmandu to Arthur Gunn, and American Idol contestant and finalist – how did it happen?

This journey has been an amazing experience with so many emotions – exciting, thrilling, fun, tough, ridiculous, tiring and unpredictable. It is definitely not an easy journey; you have to work really hard, but I am so grateful for everything I have learned so far that I’ll use throughout my career.

Who or what inspired you to take up music?

I listened to a lot of music before I decided to pursue music. When it was time for me to figure out what I really wanted to do and can do, it happened to be music. This has become a dream.

What qualities do you think makes a winner in life?

To be a winner in life, you must really live your life. You must be able to embrace life as it is, and live it to its fullest.

Do you have the qualities of a winner?

These are the qualities we all have; you just have to find it.

Describe your music in three words

Mathematical, raw and storytelling.

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you were auditioning at the American Idol?

The first thing that came to mind was that I was not the only one as there were so many people that showed up to the open calls, it really surprised me. I thought to myself “wow, there are so many people who also do what I do to pursue the music dream.”

Has life changed after the American Idol fame?

I don’t think I have changed. I am the same person I was yesterday, I feel the same way but my point of view has changed.

 Where do you stand right now and where do you see yourself moving?

I am standing in the world of Idol right now, but I will be moving to wherever the music journey takes me.

A song that best describes your life…

There isn’t any one song that specifically describes me completely. There are a huge number of songs that I can relate to and make me feel that I live through the songs but there isn’t one song yet.

What message would you like to give to your fans?

I am so happy to see how much all the fans love music as it connects us in a way. As an artiste, I would say to the fans: keep listening – without you, there would not be anyone to sing to. Keep supporting the artistes you like.


Music is…
It is a part of life and self-expression

A Nepali artiste you would love to collaborate with…
There are a handful of artists I would like to collaborate with in the future. I will leave it as a surprise for now!

If you could open a show for an artiste, who would it be?
I would open for The Black Keys

Plans to perform in Nepal
Yes! Definitely!

If not for music, what would you be doing right now?
I have no clue! I would probably be working somewhere and focused on school.