Artist should push himself to be successful: Shreya Sharma
Singer Shreya Sharma speaks with Shalini Saksena about how she got her first break with Prada and a remix of wedding song for the brides to enjoy on their special day
How did your musical journey begin?
It began when I was four years old and my mother noticed my interest. I started learning at a very young age. I learnt music. I went to New York to study and interned there. It has been an ongoing process. But I came back to India, Mumbai. That is how it all started.
You interned in New York. Was working there never on the cards?
As a performer, I felt that my personal musical influences were more Indian like India pop and Bollywood. I always felt that I would adjust to this kind of music better.
Was it tough to come back and difficult to adjust to Mumbai?
I am not from Mumbai. My family is from Meerut. When I was in a boarding school, I was very sheltered. Then I went to New York, but when I moved to Mumbai, I was all by myself. It was tough going to begin with. But life goes on and things settled down soon.
How did you get your first break — for Prada?
I was doing shows with Katalyst Entertainment and had gone to meet Naveen Soni at his office and it was by chance that they were discussing about Lamborghini, it had only been a week since the song had released. We got talking and saw a cover that I had done and they asked me to record a track. They came up with Prada and we recorded the song. We had a lot of fun. I was at the right place at the right time.
People are usually looking for a Bollywood break. Was it the same for you?
Whether it is indie pop or Bollywood, it is always about connecting with the song and the music. I love Bollywood and the songs. When Prada happened, I enjoyed it very much, I loved the vibe.
You have been associated with music for such a long time. Is there any hit formula?
There is no formula. One can never predict what the public will like or dislike. India is such a vast country, it is difficult to make a generalised statement that this sells or that doesn’t sell. All I would say that a song that connects with the public will do well. There are people who say that fast numbers work, but slow songs do well too. Some people like old songs as well. Content is king and all demographics fail.
How would you define success?
My parameters are feelings and to be professionally satisfied with the work that I have done. If the audience connects with the song means that one is successful. But having said this, it is important for an artist to push himself or herself all the time. One can’t be complacent. If you keep pushing yourself, you are successful then.
Are you working on a project?
Yes, I am working on a couple of projects. Then there is wedding cover of an old song that I am working on, it is an ode to the brides getting married this season. I want them to feel special and enjoy their day. The cover is slated to be released this year on my YouTube channel.
Sunday, 17 November 2019 | Shalini Saksena | in Back Pack
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