He has been around the Capital’s music circuit for quite a while and is a name known in a good few circles of music lovers who frequent haunts that belt out unique talent.Meet Nikhil Mawkin. A professional musician for 10 years and counting, Mawkin has been around in the truest sense possible. With no formal training in music, Nikhil took on singing and the guitar when he was taking a break after school. A performance in a restaurant that happened to him by chance changed the game for him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He has performed on and off in India and abroad, spending a lot of time in Boston where he says he learned the most about music. Looking back, Nikhil says: ‘I was stereotyped for performing Elvis’ songs for the longest time.’ He used to host Elvis tributes for almost four years and it stuck on. It took Nikhil quite a while to break the mould.‘If you have enough conviction in what you do, you will find the right people,’ says Nikhil talking about the innumerous ups and downs that the last decade has shown him. Right from the time he started in small joints across the Capital to a music project for a theatre embassy from Amsterdam and then his stint in Boston and finally to Red Mawkin. This vocalist, guitarist and drummer has indeed come a long way. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe released an album last year and another is due by August this year, he announces. A part of the Red Mawkin project that he is working on, the latest album is made up of songs he defines as groove rock. While his first album was an eclectic mix of different genres, Nikhil says he has finally defined a strain for this album.A bit of drums, jazz, pop-rock and a lot of Indian music influences, Nikhil is also working on what he calls Bolly Jazz. So does he sing mainstream Bollywood songs? Nikhil laughs it off saying, ‘I have been adviced not to sing in Hindi,’ but he collaborates with other singers to produce some soulful jazz renditions of Bollywood songs and he is also not adverse to teaming up for something more commercial. He’ll take it as it comes, he says. While he works with a number of musicians, the team — Shikhar Prasad (Guitar), Clarence Gonsalves (Bass), Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums), Sarthak Mudgal (Percussion), Praachi Kumar (Vocals) and Sayontani Chatterjee (Vocals) — he performed with at Hard Rock Cafe on 14 February is a team that he has worked with for the last six months. Nikhil explains that musicians need to work together for a while to get used to each other, so the teams he gets together stick on for a year or more. Comprising people he has worked with before and new faces as well, Nikhil is on a steady path ahead. And optimism is on a high. If you misssed them on Thursday, keep an eye out for the next performance. It is totally worth it.