MARSHALL - When Southwest Minnesota State University senior Atul Karki wanted to learn how to make videos to go along with his music, he used his free time to figure out what to do.
A year and a half ago, Karki moved to Marshall from Houston, Texas to get his degree at Southwest Minnesota State University. Although his major is in hospitality management, Karki said his passion is in music.
"I've made music for about seven years," he said.
Karki said there are 15 to 16 songs that he's recorded and written himself, and he's collaborated with different R&B artists in Houston, including Kartier.
About four years ago, Karki got into video production so he could create videos to go along with his songs.
"When I got free time I took online classes (on video production)," he said. "It took almost more than a year."
Karki practiced video production by shooting videos for others before he did his own work.
This past summer, Karki created a video for his song, "Manna Samae," shooting it entirely in Marshall. He mostly used SMSU and Independence Park as his venues and auditioned people to be in the video.
"I tried to make it professional," Karki said.
Karki did the camera work and the editing for the video.
"To be perfect in my creation, I need to direct it myself," Karki said. He said that since he wrote the song, he knows the "feel" of it in order to make a video for it. "It's a one-man show."
To get an idea for a song, Karki said it can be based on his feelings or past experiences.
"When I'm sad, I'll come up with a tragic incident," he said. "Or what's in front of me, reality."
"Manna Samae" is about a relationship that's gone wrong, he said.
"I try to write a script for my song, so I know what to portray in the video," Karki said.
The video for "Manna Samae" has been released all over the web, Karki said.
"I got a very good response," he said.
But as a college student, it's hard to find time for his music passion, Karki said, especially when it comes to promoting it.
"It's very stressful, I believe," Karki said. "I just want to do some good work."
Besides creating videos for his music, Karki said he also shoots videos for different events at SMSU.
During SMSU's holiday break, Karki plans to record two new songs, using one of them to publish in media.
"For now, I can make professional videos for myself," Karki said.