Another week passed by and it's time to feature another artist. This week it is Vandita Narayan! She is a dynamic person who never fails to surprise us with her talents. I am very thrilled to share this conversation I had with her. She is skilled at dancing, painting, songwriting and let's not forget singing! Music is her passion and she invests her heart and soul into it. These few questionnaires will tell us how passionate she is about her dreams.
Tell us about your schooling and education.
I did my schooling in Little Flower Public School, Pre-university in Jain College, VV Puram, and currently pursuing a degree in Engineering in KS School of Engineering and Management, Bangalore.
What first got you into music?
It started as a hobby, and when I faced my stage fear at an open mic session at the U25 summit, 2017, I realised music was my passion.
What was the trigger point that made you decide to take up music this seriously?
Music has always been my escape from reality. When I was approached for an autograph and more details, I decided to make the most of what I have in order to contribute to the field of music.
Which is your favourite instrument? Do you own any?
My dream instrument would be a Saxophone. I own a Guitar, Ukulele, and a Kalimba.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Lana Del Rey, Halsey, Lady Gaga, bands like Linkin Park, Green Day. It’s a broad spectrum, the list goes on!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
In India, I would love to collaborate with RajaKumari, Ritviz, Brodha V, Pratheek Kuhad.
Tell us about your first open mic experience.
My first open mic is the reason why I pursued music. It was an amazing experience because it helped me work on my stage fear and boosted my confidence. Though my voice cracked on stage, I didn’t stop. It opened the door of opportunities, and it’s been a good journey.
In Karnataka, classical music is usually given more importance and is easily noticed, how did you manage to reach your audience? Was it difficult?
Yes, in the beginning, it was difficult to reach out. I expanded my range by singing regional language songs which are popular. It made me learn different aspects and techniques of singing. Not only did I reach the audience, but I also improved vocal techniques.
How encouraging was family towards this?
In the beginning, safety was an issue. As months passed, once they understood how passionate I am towards music, they have been very supportive and encouraging. They have also suggested many retro songs and made me work better. They have helped me before the shoots and been my strength through the chaos.
What advice would you give your juniors in this field?
Patience plays an important role. No matter how difficult things get, work on your basics, practice, write songs, improve your skills.
Have you attended classes for vocal training?
Not really. I am a self-trained singer. Although, I have attended a couple of workshops on vocal coaching.
What kind of a singer would you classify yourself as?
I’d classify myself as a Western Pop-Rock singer. I mean, I do blend into other styles, but this highlights and defines what I really do.
We have seen your music videos and they are amazing. Do you think you would show more interest in acting as well?
Sure, why not? It would be fun to explore the field of art. Always been a Drama Queen!
Where have you performed? What is your favourite and least favourite venues?
I have performed at many live music bars in Bangalore. Blue Frog, Casa Piccosa, Pebbles Jungle lounge, JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Beer Café, so on. I don’t have a favourite venue, as long as the crowd is with me!
What is the best advice you have been given?
“Always focus on your goals with horse blinds. And be patient.”
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has given a platform for many musicians to express their talents, and reach out to the right audience.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Though I have medleys of various languages together, nothing beats singing an original composition. Lonely Blues and many unreleased songs are my favourite songs to perform.
We have noticed you singing Kannada songs, is it difficult to learn a song in a different language other than English?
Not really. I was born and brought up in Karnataka, and the only challenging part of this is the classical touch in the song.
What is next for you?
Well, I’m working on a single called “Paper boats.” It’s based on a girl who is full of life. I also plan on releasing more tracks, and collaborate with various artists in Bangalore!
This sums up an interactive session with Vandita Narayan.` Here's a quote to end today's article. I will be back with another such exciting article next week! Have a safe week ahead.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.