10 Questions with Violinder

Violin prodigy. Check! Played for the Obama's at the White House. Done!
21, dreamer, doer, musician, Bay Area to LA kind of artist.
Allow me to introduce you to Raginder Momi AKA Violinder.
If you haven't heard of him yet, you will very soon.

Where were you born?
Bangkok Thailand. Before marriage, my dad found a job there as a music teacher. He moved back to India and got married and then a little while later both my parents moved to Thailand and that's where I was born.

Did you always listen to what your parents said growing up or did you go through a rebellious age?
People always assume I'm very innocent. As a child for example I wasn't too obedient. Maybe at some point when I started going out a lot, my mom probably thought I was being rebellious. But it was nothing out of the ordinary. I was average.

When did you start playing the violin?
11 years old. One day in 5th grade they showed us a wide variety of instruments, trumpets, brass, violin, and all the kids started choosing. Actually it's funny, I didn't choose the Violin because all the guys were making me feel like it was too much of a girly instrument. Finally when I did start playing the Violin, I got more and more into it and started taking it seriously the 2nd year.

What's the hardest part of playing the violin that people wouldn't know about
Discipline. When I was younger, it was not being able to go outside and play. It was a lot of practicing, taking lessons. 

Do you feel lucky? Some people really struggle to find what they want to do. so early on in life.
Oh yea. Well Senior year in high school I still didn't know. I didn't know if I wanted to stick to music or go straight to University. I ended up going to a community college. But right after all my classes, I would come home and play the violin and so gradually I knew where my heart was leading me.

How did you end up playing at the White House man?
I had a gig in DC and some people in the crowd were actually organizers for the Sikh American events in the White House. After the event, they got in touch with me and a few months later I got a call from them asking me to perform for Guru Nanak Dev Ji's event. Of course I said yes. I flew out there, got meet Michelle Obama, I had just turned 20. It was good.

The biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My mom passing away.

Your biggest fear in life?
I don't really fear anything like death or not being successful. My fears are more towards the spiritual side. Like at the end of my life did I do enough to make my spirit happy. I don't want to arrive at the end of my life and feel incomplete spiritually. I'm not afraid of death but more about what happens after. I want to be connected to myself spirituality.

The first website you went on this morning?
I went on the sports center app

Last meal?
Maybe something healthy since it's your last meal.
What? Why man? You're gonna die?!
Ok, so maybe sticky mango rice, animal fries, Roscoe's chicken n' waffles