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Shardul Pandey Talks To Morgen Stiegler


Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Morgen at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens

Morgen Stiegler: I’m a professional Jazz, Pop and Rock singer from Ohio. From a young age, I loved jazz. My grandfather was a swing clarinet player. My first exposure to jazz was to hear him play and to see how much passion and love he had for the music. I never thought that I would be a jazz singer, or even a singer at all. It was not until a few things happened on my journey that I realized this was my calling. The first was a call from Kim Nazarian of the New York Voices. She remembered hearing me sing in college and asked me to open for her at a small show. I felt so honored. I did it, and then I studied with her for a few years. She helped me to grow so much as a singer and a person. In 2011 I released my first album, Reaching for the Moon. My career started to gain speed, and as it did I became very interested in recreating the 1940s and 50s in my performance through fashion. At first, this was just a passion of mine, but this year the British fashion magazine Vintage Life wrote a review of my album and featured me and my performance style in their July issue. I am working on a second jazz album, and have also launched a retro rock band called The Pinup Project which is really taking off.

Morgen StieglerShardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique ?

Morgen Stiegler: I am not only a one faceted performer, but perform across many genres with one unique image. I live out 1940s and 50s fashion and aesthetics on stage, but do so as a jazz musician and through my various projects. One such project is my retro rock band, called The Pinup Project. We reinvent rock and roll from all genres from a jazz perspective with a rockabilly image. Another project I have is a free improvisation group that reinvents Kurt Weill songs. This is more of an art music/new music setting. I strive to be genuine in how I present myself and use clothing, hair and aesthetics as a way to express myself and to connect with my audience. I was recently featured in Vintage Life magazine because of this mission.

Shardul Pandey: On what musical projects you are currently working one? What can we expect from you in the next few years ? Any long term goals?

Morgen Stiegler: I am in the studio now creating a “straight ahead” jazz album with Gene and Ray Parker, a father son team who have played with some of the greats in jazz. This album will be intimate, focusing on all jazz standards and featuring Ray Parker on upright bass and Gene Parker on vibraphone. We may also release a Christmas EP next year. I am also planning to get into the studio with my rock group The Pinup Project.

Shardul Pandey: What is your foremost experience as an artist ? Any favorite moment you would like to share?

Morgen Stiegler: There are many moments that stick out in my mind, but most valuable to me are small moments of connection with my audience. Hearing from an audience member that the song I sang was exactly what they needed to hear warms my heart so much. I view a vocalist’s role as being a vessel of the lyrics.. it gives us a supreme purpose to be there. Telling a story allows us not only to transport ourselves but to connect with others that may be walking the same journey.

Shardul Pandey: Any other creative mediums you work in?

Morgen Stiegler: I teach ethnomusicology, which focuses on studying the musics of the world. I have been known to draw, paint, and create visual art, but my preferred form is and always has been music. I truly believe it is a window to the soul.

Morgen Stiegler

Shardul Pandey: How do you best describe what music is to you?

Morgen Stiegler: Music is a means of expression, an outlet for frustration and elation, and a way to connect with other members of this human race. We are all so different, but there are many basic needs and desires that make us very much the same. Some of them are the desires to be loved, understood, and heard. Most importantly I think, is this need to be connected to others. Music is a direct way to achieve this connection… Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, political views, etc… we have all experienced heart-break. We all know what it’s like to feel down and out, and we all crave happiness and acceptance. Music taps on this raw nerve in us, and brings out the best, the worst, the saddest, and the happiest parts of who we are. It is truly a beautiful thing that helps us to adapt, grow, accept, and move on.

Shardul Pandey: Who were your biggest musical influences ?

Morgen Stiegler: My grandfather was my biggest musical influence. He was a jazz clarinet player. Famous influences include artists from many genres that have in common one thing – to connect to the audience and touch lives. Some of them are Louis Armstrong, Carmen McCrae, Ella Fitzgerald, Holly Cole, Tori Amos, Kimbra, Sting, Eva Cassidy, New York Voices, and many more.

Shardul Pandey: What songs get you moving ?

Morgen Stiegler: Groove is my one guilty pleasure.. I will move to anything with a great sense of groove. I love so many types of music styles that achieve this – rockabilly, rock and roll, hip hop, country, r&b.. it all comes down to the connection factor.

Morgen StieglerShardul Pandey: Any plans for an international tour on your skyline?

Morgen Stiegler: I have lots of plans in my mind… of course an international tour would be great!

Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a musician and how would you like to be remembered ?

Morgen Stiegler: My strength as a musician (I hope that I achieve) is creating a genuine connection with my audience. I love connecting with new people from all over the world – people I may not meet in any other place, but I have the privilege of being with them at a show or sharing music with them. I hope that I am successful at this goal, and that I am remembered as someone who makes music for the sheer passion and love for making it, and I hope to touch some hearts along the way.

Shardul Pandey: What advice would you give to newbie musicians?

Morgen Stiegler: Have PASSION! This world is not always an easy place to live, but passion can drive you to places you never thought you could go. Passion also makes life so much more positive and enjoyable.

Shardul Pandey: What is your web address, do you own a domain ? Where netizens can find latest news feed about you and your music ?

Morgen Stiegler: I own a domain Morgenstiegler.com and also a new website coming in this month for my new retro rock and roll group, called The Pinup Project. I also have a Facebook page: Facebook.com/MorgenL.Stiegler. The Facebook page for The Pinup Project is launching soon and the address will be: Facebook.com/thepinupproject.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Morgen Stiegler: No matter what you do, what is happening in your life, or where you are on your journey… always remember you are not alone. Find your passions in the small things, and live big dreams by doing this.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Gabriel Lynch

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Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Gabriel at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story.

Gabriel Lynch: My name is Gabriel Lynch. I’m an independent Australian musician and songwriter. Music has been a big part of my life since I was a very young. My parents encouraged me to take up the violin when I was five years old. Shortly then I also became a member of the Australian Boys Choir. When I was 8, my dad – a music scholar and classical guitarist – showed me three chords on the guitar and from then onward, I was writing my own songs. By age 13 I had played my first show in a pub in my hometown of Melbourne, and I have never stopped performing since then.

I’m now 26 years old and I have spent most of the last three years making my living out of touring, performing and selling my own self-funded CDs. I’ve played in countries all over Europe, Australia and Asia and last year I was lucky enough to even perform at a festival in Singapore, alongside my heroes Elbow, The John Butler Trio and Architecture in Helsinki.

I’ve worked along some incredible musicians of various styles and genres. For the last three months I was working my improvising chops as a jazz singer with a small band at Bangkok’s renowned music hub, Brown Sugar. I have also been working alongside Australian DJ and composer, Robbie James, to create a new album of electronic music under the name Stray Nation.

At the present time, I’m working as a musician for hire in Bangkok. I’m also in the process of preparing to create a new record of my own (after having great success with my last EP, Dependent State). The finance for my new album will be raised via an online crowdfunding campaign which is a very new concept to me. But it’s also very exciting because I’m using that campaign to challenge myself as a songwriter – everyone who pledges has a chance to choose a song title and topic that I must then write and record for YouTube within two weeks!

Gabriel LynchShardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique ?

Gabriel Lynch: The thing that makes my endeavours most unique is the fact that I am totally independent. That means that every tour, every record I make, every project I undertake is self-funded and produced. The other thing that perhaps makes my approach to my work unique is that I am always trying new ways to expand my own horizons. Beyond my own releases and performances, I also love to collaborate and play outside of my comfort zone. In the near future I’ll be releasing a joint electronic music project with Melbourne producer/dj Robbie James called Stray Nation. And, of course, in raising funds for my new solo album, I am asking my audience to help me with the songwriting process by suggesting song titles and topics. They get the opportunity to do this when they pledge their support. I think this brings in a new level of online audience participation and I think that interaction (which is one of my favourite things about playing live) is crucial to creating art that is all the more personal for my followers and supporters.

Shardul Pandey: On what musical projects you are working on? What can we expect from you in the next few years ? Any long-term goals?

Gabriel Lynch: As I mentioned, my main project at the moment is the songwriting exercise/crowdfunding project for my next album. This is a big challenge for me as I will have to pour out a lot of music in a short period of time. I’m hoping to then incorporate the best songs I come up with into the new album. The new album will be recorded in 2014 and will be followed by tours in Asia, Australia and (hopefully) the US for the very first time. I’d be lying if I said I had any strict goals. But my main ambition through everything I do is to make more friends, expose my music to more people and find those individuals who connect with what I do. Music is about sharing and I hope to do that in every way possible. That means playing and performing at every opportunity, continuing to write and create new material for my followers, and collaborating with other artists.

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to share the experience of your first performance?

Gabriel Lynch: I was about 13 years old when I first played live. I was invited by a small collective to participate in an open mic night at a pub in Melbourne. It was a very small affair, but I remember being deeply excited because it was my first time performing my music in front of strangers. It was also exciting to be inside a pub! Of course, my mother had to accompany me to many of my shows when I was under the legal drinking age (18 in Australia). But she was really supportive and ended up taking me to loads of shows throughout my teen years.

Shardul Pandey: What is your foremost experience as an artist ? Any favorite moment you would like to share?

Gabriel Lynch: There are a great many to choose from. I think the best moments for me when I receive words of comfort or encouragement from strangers. That sometimes happens when an audience sings along with my songs. It happens when somebody sends me an email to say ‘thank you’ for a song that touched them in a particular way. Perhaps the one experience that comes to mind first was my début performance at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre. The audience was incredibly enthusiastic and were so excited by the opportunity to sing harmonies with me (something I like to do when I play live – the results are often mixed). They really gave it their all and they were so quick to approach me afterward, one at a time, to introduce themselves and say hello. I think I met a couple of hundred people that night and I’ll never forget it!

Shardul Pandey: Any other creative mediums you work in?

Gabriel Lynch: I stick with music mostly. Although that’s a broad statement. I have several projects on the go and I work as a hired gun for jazz ensembles and cover bands to keep myself busy. But I have recently started writing online for a handful of music websites. The most popular column I have is for Philippines’ DIG Radio site. The column is entitled “All Musicians Go to Hell” and I use it as an opportunity to talk about all things music: performing, music criticism and analysis, tips for other musicians. The fun part is using humour to convey my message.

Gabriel Lynch

Shardul Pandey: How do you best describe what music is to you?

Gabriel Lynch: I think I’d describe it as expression. Simple as that. When I hear music that makes me feel something, irrespective of what, and irrespective of genre, that says to me that the composer has achieved something special.

Shardul Pandey: Who were your biggest musical influences ?

Gabriel Lynch: I’m extremely fond of many different musicians from different backgrounds and periods of history. My favourite contemporary artists are groups like Elbow, Radiohead, Ben Folds and Eels. But I also have a deep love of classical music (Debussy and Elgar are among my favourites) and jazz (Brad Mehldau is one of my heroes). But musically I find my experiences, meeting people and going through the trials of life are some of the best sources of inspiration.

Shardul Pandey: What songs get you moving ?

Gabriel Lynch: The uptempo numbers from Ben Folds Five are usually a good start for music to make you feel energised. Songs like “Kate” and “Song for the Dumped”. I also love Mutemath and their style of bluesy rock. It’s sophisticated and incredibly intense, but a lot of fun.

Shardul Pandey: Any plans for an international tour on your skyline?

Gabriel Lynch: Yes indeed. Once my new album is finished, I’ll be attempting to reach as far and wide as I can. I’ll start with Asia and my home country, Australia. But I’m hoping to get to the US for the first time. This will all take place midway through 2014.

Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a musician and how would you like to be remembered ?

Gabriel Lynch: Musically speaking? I suppose it would be my songwriting. I never really thought of myself as a singer, much less a guitarist. But I think I have the ability to express, through melody and song, the things I write about before lyrics even come into the equation. But what really matters, at the end of the day, is that I love working with other musicians. I think my best quality, therefore, is my approach to making music with others. I like to think I make friends of anyone I play along, and having that relationship opens you up to the possibility of creating something very unique and special.

Shardul Pandey: What advice would you give to newbie musicians?

Gabriel Lynch: Be honest in your music. Forget about being cool. Forget about playing the most current and popular style. Be honest and write and play the music that speaks to you. If you’re honest, people listening will be able to find it and that’s how you’ll reach them. That’s how you’ll grow a support base. And it will also make you happy.

Gabriel Lynch

Shardul Pandey: What is your web address, do you own a domain?

Gabriel Lynch: Yes, TheGabrielLynchBand.com. There are a few other places: Indiegogo Campaign, Gabriellynch.bandcamp.com, Facebook.com/gabriellynchmusic, Twitter.com/glynchmusic

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Gabriel Lynch: I hope that your readers and all netizens who stumble upon this article and/or my music will give it a chance. Support doesn’t come in the form of money or page ‘likes’. But if you hear what I do, and if it means something to you, you can support me by sharing my songs with your friends. You can support me by following my news. And, most importantly, if you make it known that you like what you hear, then I’ll have all the more reason to come and perform for you the next time I hit the road. And I hope that will be sometime very soon.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Aspyre

Shardul Pandey Talks To Aspyre

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Aspyre at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netiznes about yourself.

Aspyre: My name is Aspyre. I’m a Canadian born country singer. I started writing songs when I was 8 years old. I always loved singing but I knew just singing wasn’t enough. I always had an interest in guitar but never knew how to play. As fate would have it, I ended up getting a guitar with a broken neck from a friend. He was gonna throw it out, so I decided to see if I could fix it and teach myself. A little wood glue and dedication changed my life forever. I’ve never had a real lesson in my life, but think I’m doing pretty well with it! I know all the odds are against me in this industry but I’m hoping to beat those odds and travel doing a career that I love!

Shardul Pandey: So what are you doing now-a-days ? What musical projects you are currently working on?

Aspyre: Well right now I’m working at a seniors home and pursuing music on the side. I’m completely self-taught on guitar and practice non stop! I’ve dreamed about this since I was a little, and it’s so exciting that I was FINALLY able to start this journey two months ago. So far though, the support has amazed! I’m planning to record an EP in the next few months, so everyone can keep an eye out for that and a music video! I’m always uploading new videos on YouTube (Aspyresings) and new photos on my Facebook page all the time!

Shardul Pandey: How would you describe your sound to people who have not yet heard your music ?

Aspyre: Describing my sound is hard for me to do, but if I had to put it into words, I would say I’m an indie/country singer. My sound is what makes Aspyre so different from the rest.

Shardul Pandey: Any loves, other than music? Is there any other creative mediums you work in?

Aspyre: My two love’s other than music are my miniature Australian shepherd Baxter, and being able to help others any chance I get! I’m also a great sculptor, not just a writer! I can’t draw at all, but give me a ball of clay, and I can make anything.

Shardul Pandey: Any favorite moment you would like to share?

Aspyre: My favorite moments would have to be the first time I ever heard my voice on a recording and realised, I sounded good! How am I unique? My story is a long and special one. I won’t go into detail, but I will say that I’ve been on my own for this entire journey. My parents/family never encouraged me to sing. I taught myself how to play guitar in my basement bedroom with my guitar I found and fixed.

One day I will share my whole story with you:)

Shardul Pandey: What you do for fun & entertainment? Any peculiar interests?

Aspyre: For fun, I don’t go to cinemas or watch tv. I prefer to spend my time surrounded by my closest friends.

I believe time spent with loved ones is a million times more precious than hours wasted on a TV screen.

Shardul Pandey: Tell us about your favorites.

Aspyre:My favorites:

  • My favorite films are Edward scissor hands, SNL’s Superstar and Anchorman.
  • My favorite actors/actresses: Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
  • My favorite singers: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan
  • My favorite international artists: I really enjoy european EDM artists. Hardwell, avichi, kaskade.
  • My favorite food will always be pineapple and black olive pizza or simply, a grilled cheese sandwich
  • My favorite travel destination would be hawaii, but I would love to see England!
  • My favorite music festival is Shambhala in British Columbia.
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Shardul Pandey: Best advice ever given? First song ever sung? Secret craving?

Aspyre: Everything happens for a reason. Never give up, and never stop trying because clouds will always go away. Sunshine is only hidden as long as you let it.
My first favorite song that I remember is ‘don’t be stupid’ by Shania twain. My all time secret craving is candy! Cotton candy, rock candy, sour candy,… Etc..

Shardul Pandey: How do you best describe what music is to you?

Aspyre: Music to me is what water is to a fish. With out it, I couldn’t make it through my day. I wouldn’t be able to travel anywhere, I wouldn’t be able to keep a smile on my face when others pulled me down. I couldn’t go to sleep at night or wake up in the morning. Music is what I live and breathe for. Music is everything to me.

Shardul Pandey: What songs get you moving ?

Aspyre: Red- taylor swift, Killin it- krewella, Get down – Kairo kingdom, Chicken fried – Zach brown band

Shardul Pandey: According to you, what are easy and hard parts of singing ?

Aspyre: The easiest part of singing for me,is simply just the singing part! But I do find that it is harder for me to play certain or difficult guitar rhythms while I sing.

Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a performer and how would you like to be remembered?

Aspyre: My strengths would have to be my strong vocal range and vibrato. Similar to Carrie Underwood. I hope to be remembered by my unique sound!

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to give any advice to newbie musicians?

Aspyre: Never put your self down or worry what others think of your music. Confidence is everything these days.

Shardul Pandey: Any new plans for an international tour on your skyline?

Aspyre: I have some plans for a tour around the southern united states for summer 2014, but I haven’t even released my EP yet so it’s still up in the air where I will end up in the future!

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Aspyre: My ultimate message to everyone: never give up!! Always follow your heart with a positive attitude and outlook. People will always be waiting to pull you down, but if you don’t let them, you will rise to the top!! Never let anything tell you that your dreams are not possible.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To K.C. Loy

K.C. Loy

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you K.C.at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

K.C. Loy: I always remember choosing paths least traveled. Usually for the adventure it promised, but mostly ‘cos the rest seemed so boring. Yes! ‘Boring’ is one disease I’ve tried to avoid like a plague. Music, Dancing & Performing came naturally. I felt at home on the stage, even at the age of 5.

I think I can still remember the audience, my parents and of course my teacher, by the pews, all waiting with bated breath. I loved it when they broke into smiles and applause. That little flame kept the embers in my heart, glowing, soft & warm up until the day I realized, long after I’d chosen this path, “This is where I am supposed to be! Dreaming – Creating – Performing!”

I started off as a Composer of music for Advertisements & Television, moving on to Bollywood with the Hindi feature I.Proud to be Indian.

I Co-produced a Marathi feature  film “Pak Pak Pakaak” along with Composing the songs, I also assisted in the Story development & Screenplay. “Pak Pak Pakaak” went on to win 8 of The Maharashtra State awards including Outstanding Music, of course.

Well, awards are all nice but I was still missing out on something… direct audience.
All my works have all been, innocently, goading me towards performing my originals to a live audience and of course publishing them.

So, here I stand, Mic ready and Band all tuned up, to sing for you something Raw and Earthy.

Shardul Pandey TalksShardul Pandey: Please briefly explain your sound to our netizens who have yet not heard your music?

K.C. Loy: I am an indie singer-songwriter. So naturally my songs are Lyric and melody based. I love to perform my songs Raw, Organic and straight from the heart. There’s a story in every one of them and of course, they’re sing-able and fun.

Shardul Pandey: What keep your endeavors unique?

K.C. Loy: My compositions are straight from my heart to your heart and nothing in between. Every one of my gigs, is like my first and last gig… I just go all out. My audiences reciprocate with such great vibe, it makes me more powerful, creating an electric atmosphere.

Shardul Pandey: On what musical projects you are working one? What can we expect from you in the next few years? Any long-term goals?

K.C. Loy: Right now I’m working on releasing my first single LIFE IS… it’s a ‘Baul’ (songs sung by minstrels/ fakirs of Bengal) influenced song. It’s simple and yet deeply philosophical. The melody is infectious and just keeps ringing in your head. Making the video is fun but also the hardest part. However it’s promising to be colourful!

I plan to release more songs in the following months. I want to take my Sound all around India… and then the world. My long-term goal would be to hear strangers sing my songs, that would be like receiving a Grammy or whatever great music award exists.

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to share the experience of your first performance?

K.C. Loy: I remember each one of my first performances, however there’s one particular performance that changed my life. Some years ago, at Rang Bhavan, we were performing originals for “The Concert for Freedom”. The first row of “rockers” wanted to listen to Iron maiden, etc. and kept hooting/ swearing at us. We were furious and some of us wanted to break their skulls. Just then my girlfriend(when I peeped off stage) whispered “sing for those who want to listen to you!” And that hit me like… BOOM! I then focused on the 500 odd, behind the guys in the first row. I realized, they were singing along and cheering for us. Wow! That day on, I never lost my cool on stage.

Shardul Pandey: What is your foremost experience as an artist? Any favorite moment you would like to share?

K.C. Loy: Life as an artist is made up of great moments and terrible ones. From the moment you get an interesting idea that has great potential, to the moment you’ve completed the song, is one big buzz. Now, this buzz, gets to its highest point when the audience shows its love. If, however, the audience hates it, the buzz goes down but it somehow, doesn’t usually die. It’s like your baby, your own flesh and blood. I’ve had all these moments many a times over.

Shardul Pandey: What other creative mediums you like working in?

K.C. Loy: I love writing short stories (mostly because I never actually had the patience to write a ‘long’ one). I have a bunch of them that I intend to publish sometime next year. Professionally, I have written screenplays for two Marathi films and many thriller TV shows. I love capturing faces in the sun with a DSLR. I work with a 500D and hope to upgrade soon.

Shardul Pandey: How do you best describe what music is to you?

K.C. Loy: Music is a ‘Miracle’ for me. I never can guess when I’m going to compose a tune or write a song. It just hits me when I least expect and flows till I’m all out. Then I look at it and wonder “Why” I wrote it? And the reason, if I find one, never answers the “How”.

Shardul Pandey: Who were your biggest musical influences?

K.C. Loy: SD & RD Burman, Salil Choudhary, Hridaynath mangeshkar, Beatles, Cliff Richards, Pearljam, Ian Anderson and so many more.

Shardul Pandey: What songs get you moving?

K.C. Loy: Simple songs with lyrics, usually get me moving and tracks with large symphonies.

Shardul Pandey: Any plans for an international tour on your horizon?

K.C. Loy: Nothing planned but of course… as I mentioned earlier, I intend to take my songs to world.

Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a musician and how would you like to be remembered ?

K.C. Loy: My melodies and my lyrics are my strength. I would like to be remembered as a person who spread hope through his songs.

Shardul Pandey: What advice would you give to newbie musicians?

K.C. Loy: Follow your heart!

Shardul Pandey: What is your web address, do you own a domain ? Where netizens can find latest news feed about you and your music ?

K.C. Loy: Yes, www.kcloy.com. I am also on:

Shardul Pandey: What you do for fun & entertainment? Any peculiar interests?

K.C. Loy: I love to trek, find a spot in the mountains and read a book. Or watch movies at home.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

K.C. Loy: Go on and check out all the songs on youtube/vimeo as you like, but ‘Don’t’ forget to BUY indie music online ‘cos that’s the only way you make sure the artist survives and keeps creating songs for you.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Audra Kubat, A Folk Musician Based In Detroit, Michigan

Shardul Pandey Talks To Audra Kubat

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Audra at SANGKRIT.net, tell me your story.

Audra Kubat: My name is Audra Kubat, and I’m a folk singer-songwriter based in my native Detroit, Michigan. I started playing music as a child, teaching myself how to play piano by ear. I started playing guitar in my late teens and began putting words to the music shortly after that. I have performed out since the 1990’s, and have three albums released independently on my own Remedy Records, and two released nationally through a label called Times Beach Records.

I started writing music because it helped me to process and work through the troubles in my life. It was healing for me. As I began to share my work with others, I found that people were moved in a similar way, and this really helped motivate me to branch out and play more and more shows.

I have had the honor of performing at many music festivals in my state and participating in many charity events that have helped numerous causes throughout the years. In 2001, I won an award for “Outstanding Folk Artist” in the Detroit Music Awards, and have been annually nominated ever since.

There was a point back in 2005-2006 when I was in light rotation on over 250 college radio stations nationwide. I began to tour regularly along the route between Detroit and New York, and at the height of my exposure through Times Beach, I moved to New York City with the intention of spending a year or so sharing my music there. When I arrived, I spent 4-5 days a week seeking out and playing open mics throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Meanwhile, as the year passed, it became apparent that my label back home was unable to sustain itself, and folded. Suddenly I found myself out there on my own, without access to the connections they had made for me.

This was hard, and it hit me emotionally at the time. I struggled with depression yet pressed on in New York the best I could for the next few months, but in the darkest part of that experience I returned home.

Disappointed by the collapse of Times Beach Records, and my own, I retreated into a period of reflection, writing, and practice. I played less shows and became a little more reclusive, but I didn’t stop generating new work and got back on my feet.

In the years since my last release, I have steadily built up dozens of new songs, and carefully honed the ones that will become a new album. I feel that I sound better today than I ever have, and with this album, I am stepping back into the ring.

As an acoustic artist, I was long focused on lyrics and melodies and left the digital work to recording engineers. However, recently I’ve stepped into the digital waters, and it is exhilarating. With my laptop and ProTools I’ve had hands-on mixing control for the first time in my career. With these new tools, I created the 20-minute score for ‘Knowledge Is Power‘ at 2012’s DLectricity, a celebration of light.

I’m a working musician, making my living on gigs, shows big and small, giving lessons, and working with local Detroit organization InsideOut Literary Arts Project which places artists and writers in the Detroit class rooms to share their artistry.”

Shardul Pandey:  Any new plans for an international tour on your skyline?

Audra Kubat: I am open to this; however I don’t currently have the resources. I have sold a few thousand records overseas though, many of which were concentrated in the Netherlands. So, it would seem that there are possibilities.

Shardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique?

Audra Kubat: Well, I am not sure it is so unique, but I work to find meaning in the world through my work. The music is trying to negotiate the difference between hope and reality. Picking up pieces and turning them over to see all sides, and uncover the ever-changing dimensions. I guess I am searching for the answers by singing out loud into the universe and asking for a response. Maybe what’s unique about it, is its timing. I am working in a medium that is one of the oldest. In that, I’m trying to find something new that can be said. Something that can again, like many old folk songs, try to explain our position against the backdrop of the present; something that acknowledges our collective need to make sense of it and to belong to it, yet still be ourselves.

Shardul Pandey: According to you, what are cushy and hard parts of singing?

Audra Kubat: The cushy part of singing for me is that it seems to be effortless. I can’t really even stop myself from singing…any time of day or night. I am constantly making up tunes, as I am walking, waiting in line, driving…I sometimes don’t even realize I am singing and am reminded when someone from the next stall over, ha. Words too, come like this. It is like I can just see something and be moved to sing about it on the spot. Most of my songs come this way…melody and lyrics together.

The hard part of singing for me is trying to be completely in the song and give it its just due when I am performing it. For the song to work it must be honest, I really have to dig down and find the mindset that I had when I was moved to write it. This is the tough part…reliving those moments. Whether happy or sad, they all were quite intense, or I would not have written about them. Regardless, that is the challenge. This part takes all of me, and I am not saying that is it not worth it. It is a part of the process and in the end is the most meaningful for me. It is that you deliver the song to the people and that they feel it and they know that you gave it to them with honestly and you can feel it coming back to you. This is the goal. This is where the real value is.

Shardul Pandey: What is your foremost experience as an artist?

Audra Kubat: My foremost experience as an artist…that is a big question. I could answer this in a simple way, really. I think my experience overall is that being an artist is not a choice I can make. It is a joy and a burden. The highs are glorious and the lows, just devastating. Really, for myself, it is like having an affliction that causes you to feel such a connection to the things outside of yourself that you are crippled and empowered at the same time; a challenge in a world with so much tension, right? Yet, this pressure is what causes the pen to push on the paper, and causes the artist to react. It helps make the unbearable seem conquerable.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Audra Kubat, A Folk Musician Based In Detroit, Michigan

Shardul Pandey: What do you feel is your strength as a performer?

Audra Kubat: I believe allowing myself to be vulnerable is a strength, and doing so in turn allows others to be. This is when a connection can really happen. I believe vulnerability can be a good thing at times. Really what’s happening, is that one is being honest about their true feelings. When we stop hiding and allow ourselves to be open, we can know each other more wholly. Kind of a nice thing, I think.

Shardul Pandey: How would you like to be remembered?

Audra Kubat: I guess if I am remembered, I would like it if people said I gave myself to the world. I wanted so badly to help others be themselves and love each other, that I sacrificed for a dream that is not mine alone, The dream of a global love and respect between people. This is why I write and I struggle, why I push and dig. I can see it sometimes, imagine it when I try…

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to say anything for “Shardul Pandey Talks”?

Audra Kubat: I love the Internet. It is important for understanding our global significance. It creates a place where conversation can take place and open dialogues can be inclusive and expansive. People can talk about their experiences from many miles apart. They can share a collective experience and have it change how they view others. From a business perspective, it’s freeing, and allows me to be at home and still connect with people directly.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Audra Kubat: Be kind, follow your hearts, be fearless, love hard, travel, spend time with your elders, be like a child, challenge your beliefs, be leery of stereotyping, sing out loud in a restaurant, spend time alone, spend time with friends, listen to the beggar once in a while, question authority, be real, dance with your lover sometimes, even if you hate to dance!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Arpita Mukherjee

Arpita Mukherjee was the WINNER of the “GOLDEN VOICE HUNT “ on Zee tv’s SAREGAMAPA. An Air Force officer’s daughter , and an Economics (Hons) Graduate and Sangeet Shiromani from Delhi University, she has a strong musical base with her classical and semi classical training.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Trenton Thomas

Shardul Pandey Talks To Trenton Thomas

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Trenton at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story.

Trenton Thomas: My story really begins when I was four years old. My mom was a garage sale, and there was a very old and beat-up piano in the corner of the garage. It turned out the piano was not for sale, but was awaiting a trip to the dump! My family saved it from said trip, and it was the piano I learned on, and continued to play until I was fourteen, and its old keys could no longer keep up with my more demanding pieces. Because of that old piano, I began writing Christian songs at the age of six, and took over as music director of my church at the age of ten. Music theory came naturally to me, as did songwriting. While most children played dodgeball, I practiced piano during recess at school. When most teens were dating or playing sports, you could usually find me listening to an orchestra or at the piano bench. Music was my life’s work.

During college, while studying for a degree in Sacred Music, I sang for and traveled with several music groups, and even wrote some of their music. Because I went to a Christian university, our groups performed at churches – hundreds of them, and most of them small. I would talk to the pastors, and ask them about their church’s musical needs. Most often, the response was the same – “We need sheet music. We simply can’t afford it for our choir and pianist every week.” I decided to do my part to fill the need and began the online ministry of Free Sacred Music (www.freesacredmusic.com). Initially, the site offered only my own arrangements/compositions, but has since grown to include works by many talented and generous writers and arrangers. Today, over 4,500 people download music from the site every month – many from nations where Christian music is not otherwise accessible.

During the same time frame, I discovered a new passion in the music world. I was volunteering in the university’s recording studio, and found that I loved it! I learned from an excellent recording engineer and several producers the “tricks of the trade” that have become essential to my life’s work today.

Today, I continue to write, record, and perform music. I still run Free Sacred Music, as well as my own website, www.trentonsmusic.com. I have seen some successes in the wide world of Christian music. My singles (and even my full album, in some cases) are played on several large stations across the United States, and my songs have gained recognition. More importantly to me, my music is being sung in hundreds of churches all around the world. I long to be able to visit and perform at some of these churches, but have not been financially able to travel in order to do that. Currently, I am running an Indiegogo campaign to raise finances for that very thing at –http://igg.me/at/trentonsmusic/x/4980077.

It is my dream to one day soon be able to perform at many of the churches my music has ministered to. I hope that someday my music ministry will grow further, and that the hymns I write will end up alongside some of the great hymns passed down through church history.

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Shardul Pandey: Would you like to briefly explain your sound to people who have not yet heard your music ?

Trenton Thomas: My sound is very unique. Many people hearing my music for the first time use words such as “worshipful,” “deep,” “beautiful,” and “relaxing” to describe it. My favorite compliment is, “I think I could listen to your music all day!” And some people do, for which I am grateful.

Shardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique ?

Trenton Thomas: My entire purpose and main goal as a modern Christian artist is entirely different from most other contemporary artists. I am primarily a writer of modern hymns, so my music is driven more by quality and depth of content than commercial appeal. As a hymn writer, my main goal is to provide the modern Church with hymns that fit this generation, but still contain the depth of theology and Biblical truth for which hymns have been historically known.

Shardul Pandey: On what musical projects you are currently working one? What can we expect from you in the next few years ? Any long term goals?

Trenton Thomas: Right now, I’m working on getting together a tour to visit some of the churches here in the US that use my music. I have released a full-length album and three singles, and most of that music is getting airplay on some large Christian radio stations, but I have not yet been able to tour with my music, due to a lack of funds. I’m trying to raise the funds for a tour through an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign (http://igg.me/at/trentonsmusic), so I really hope that people will get involved in my music ministry by supporting this campaign and in turn getting some very cool perks for their donation!

In the next couple of years, I hope to release my next full-length album, with many more original hymns that will resonate with churches in this day and age, and hopefully stick around with some of our long-standing hymns.
Long term, I hope to be able to make my music a full-time ministry. At this point, I am working 1 ½ jobs to make ends meet, and basically fully supporting my music ministry. If I can get to the point where this is full time, I can definitely reach a lot more churches with a lot more music. Right now, I am limited by time, which is limited by finances, so I hope that I can dive in to this ministry full-time in the future.

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to share the experience of your first performance ?

Trenton Thomas: I believe my first performance was a piano recital at the age of five, and I honestly don’t remember it vividly. I do remember being pretty scared at the time, since it was my first time on stage. I will tell you that I still get nervous, but more so for a small crowd than a large one. Something about a more personal audience makes it more nerve-wracking!

Shardul Pandey: What is your foremost experience as an artist ? Any favorite moment you would like to share?

Trenton Thomas: My favorite experience as a musician was actually a side project, where I collaborated with three of my professors while in grad school. We did a Valentine’s Day concert as a barbershop quartet, with all sorts of antics and dusty old barbershop love songs. In-between music sets we had another grad student who was an excellent amateur magician do tricks and stunts. The whole thing was really fun, and we had such a packed auditorium that we ended up doing the whole thing twice that night so people could all see it! So while it wasn’t even a formal concert, it was definitely my favorite performance memory.

Shardul Pandey: Any other creative mediums you work in?

Trenton Thomas: Actually, yes, I do wildlife & scenic photography, and actually considered it as a career at one point. I began in high school, and received several awards and publications. I still really enjoy it, whenever I get a chance to do so, and have a large photography section on my website (www.trentonsmusic.com/photography), where people can view my work and order prints, photo puzzles, and calendars. I believe music and photography go together extremely well, and someday I would like to integrate multimedia slide shows into my concerts.

Shardul Pandey: How do you best describe what music is to you?

Trenton Thomas: Someone very wise once said, “Music is the language of the emotions.” I definitely believe this to be the case, and that is what makes it such a powerful medium of communication. In my field of church music, I think music is the single most powerful method of teaching solid biblical truth and impacting lives with the power of God’s Word. Music is also the best way any group of people, such as a church, can communicate something simultaneously, which makes it the absolute best method of praise to God. On an individual level as well, music can and does impact people for real life-change, and if the music is Scripture-based, that change can be a permanent change for the better. In short, music is the most powerful catalyst at our disposal for expressing praise, learning truth, and aiding change in someone’s life.

Shardul Pandey: Who were your biggest musical influences ?

Trenton Thomas: Early in life, I became enthralled with classical music, and would sit and listen to Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, etc. for hours. In the area of Christian music, I received heavy doses of artists such as Fernando Ortega (still my favorite Christian artist), Michael Card, Buddy Green, Steve Green, and Dallas Holm. I took over as music director for our church at the age of ten, so naturally I was also heavily influenced by church hymns, which ultimately led me to become a hymn writer in the modern hymn movement.

Shardul Pandey: What songs get you moving ?

Trenton Thomas: “Smellin’ Coffee” by Chris Rice is one of my favorite “get-up-and-go” songs – its really fun and upbeat! Probably my favorite artist to simply enjoy life to is Adam Young (Owl City).

Shardul Pandey: Any plans for an international tour on your skyline?

Trenton Thomas: I would love to do an international tour! Because my ministry of Free Sacred Music is so international in nature, I have a large number of fans in Australia, South Africa, the Philippines, and Asia, as well as several countries in Europe. I would love to visit them! Hopefully someday I will. I honestly think I have as many fans in other nations as I do in the U.S., so it would really be an honor to be able to travel to some of those countries someday.

Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a musician and how would you like to be remembered ?

Trenton Thomas: I would love to be remembered as a solid theologian who wrote some of the hymns sung fifty or even one hundred years from now. I work very hard to write music that fits our current generation, but is also timeless in nature because it is solid lyrically and musically. Ultimately, only time will tell if I have accomplished that goal.

Shardul Pandey: What advice would you give to newbie musicians?

Trenton Thomas Four things: 1. There is no substitute for practice – especially not success. 2. Don’t ever compromise quality for commercialism. 3. Never stop learning and improving. 4. If you ever start feeling like you’re the best there is, remember there is some child in a remote corner of the world who can play and sing much better than you ever will!

Shardul Pandey: What is your web address, do you own a domain ? I mean where netizens can find latest news feed about you and your music ?

Trenton Thomas: People can find my music, latest news, monthly blog, photography, social media links, free stuff, and more at my website, www.trentonsmusic.com.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Trenton Thomas: Always make sure the musical praise in your church is the best it can be. We serve an awesome and holy God, and it is our duty to praise Him with the best of our frail human abilities. Never settle for less simply because it is easier, cheaper, or “cooler.” Music is powerful, and as such should be treated with care, preparation, and understanding.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Marie Parie – 2, Marie Parie On Her Online Store

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Marie Parie Part 2

Marie Parie: Hi Shardul! How are you? I have some news. One I’m going to Paris, and will be having radio interviews, and TV.

Also, I just created a store – http://mariepariemusic.com/store.html

Shardul Pandey: Hi! I am good. What about you ? Great with your success :-) What kind of store you have created ? Is it a simple online store of your music albums or it is your official web store with more stuff for your fans and followers ?

Marie Parie: I have an online store that has all MP gear, CD, and singles. I sell T shirts, Mugs, all sizes and for women, men and kids. The cool thing is that my fans have the choice to choose their own color, their own size and style. All products are high quality, and made in respect to the environment.

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Shardul Pandey: Cool. You’re going to Paris, so this is an official tour ? Have you planned any special events ?

Marie Parie: This is exciting, I’ll keep it a mystery. Well, I’m going to Europe for Radio and TV interviews. I’m going to meet with amazing people in the industry. Many surprises to come and I’d like to keep the rest of the mystery and have my fans find out about the adventure.

Shardul Pandey: BTW Your new album “Alien Victory” is now available for purchase so from where we can buy it on Internet, I mean give me some links of your music on iTunes, Amazon etc ?

Marie Parie: Yes, everyone can purchase my Alien Victory album either digital copy or physical copy. It’s available on Itunes, amazon, spotify, and many other popular sites. My single “Dating” is also available and it will be interesting to find out who are the first Martians to have my album before anyone else. After my trip a lot will change so I’m excited to hear about my fans.

Shardul Pandey: Few weeks back you said that you are working on your second album, so how is it going ?

Marie Parie: Yes, I’m in the process of putting together a new album with different flavor. It will be a great surprise, and exciting new sound. A hint, it’s more melodic..

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Shardul Pandey: Your fan following is increasing everyday and you are getting more and more popular on Internet, you own a domain and now you have your own store.

What do you think about creating your online private network. By saying private network I simply mean a Facebook/Twitter type network created specially for you and your fans. What do you say?

Marie Parie: Yes I do have my own domain, if not many one of them is www.mparie.com, in addition to www.mariepariemusic.com. I am looking forward to having my private network. In a way, it already exist on my website and FB mainly. I do have twitter as well for those who prefer Twitter. My “Fans belong to the Martian club, and I often refer to them as angel-aliens or Guarding Aliens as you can see on FB. We are all Aliens and belong to the MP Galaxy. We believe in Love, celebrate each other, and are all powerful and ready to conquer the world with music and love. Our secret is we love to party, Dance and have fun.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Carly Krantz, A Southern Rock Singer

Shardul Pandey Talks To Carly Krantz

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Carly at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

Carly Krantz: My name is Carly Krantz and I’m a southern rock singer from Atlanta, GA. I’ve been playing piano a writing music since I was a kid but I wasn’t always able to sing. It was something I decided I wanted to do in high school, so I joined choir and practiced 24/7 until I sounded even halfway decent. When I turned 21 I joined a band called Kenotia and we signed to Sumerian Records out of LA. We released our ep You’ve Dug Your Grave, Now Lie in It in October 2007 and had multiple songs on MTV’s The Hills. After Kenotia disbanded I started working with different producers and writers in Atlanta and really focused on my songwriting. After working with so many talented musicians I finally found my musical niche in country/southern rock music. I’m currently working on my first solo ep and I hope I have it recorded by the end of this year. You can keep up with my shenanigans at https://www.facebook.com/CarlyKrantz

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to briefly explain your sound, your First EP to people who have not yet heard your music ? How long have you been working on this project for ? Tell us about the songs which you have already recorded/written ?

Carly Krantz: My sound is southern rock/country influenced. I’ve always loved the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and even Kid Rock’s newer stuff because I feel like it’s a good solid mix of country and rock and that’s what I hope to capture with my ep. I’ve been writing with a very talented writer named Jeff Silver who lives in Atlanta and we have been working on this batch of songs for a good 6 months, but really I’ve been working towards this specific project for the past couple of years, experimenting and trying to find where my voice belongs.

The songs I have now are different from any songs I’ve written in the past not just because of content but even just the thought process behind them. Being in an indie rock band, you kind of have the liberty to just say what’s on your mind, but when you’re writing mainstream music and especially country music, you really have to put in a lot of thought as to what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Sometimes Jeff and I will spend an hour on writing just one line, which is something I’ve never done before but you can definitely see the quality difference in the lyrics i’m writing now as opposed to lyrics I wrote 5 years ago. As far as lyrical content, the songs are loosely based on me but are more relatable to the general public and that’s something I’ve never done before. I used to write songs so specific to my situation that I think it may have been hard for people to relate to but the songs I have now can be enjoyed by anybody.

Shardul Pandey: You said that your most important goal is to finish writing songs in Nashville with top country songwriter. Do you have any ultimate goals ? Success can mean many different things so what does success mean to you ?

Carly Krantz: My ultimate goal is and always has been to be able to make a decent living off of music and to be able to tour most of the year. I’ve never specifically wanted to be a superstar, I’ve always just wanted to be able to do music full time. If I could look into my future a few years, what I’d really like to see is me touring 500 person venues and writing for other artists. I don’t need a label, if that comes along it’s a bonus. I just want music to be my career. Success can mean a lot of different things to different people, and I think someone is successful when they’re completely happy and satisfied with what they’ve achieved.

Shardul Pandey: So how our netizens can help you finish and record your EP with professional musicians and producers ?

Carly Krantz: I really struggled with the idea of a fundraising campaign for myself, it’s not something I decided overnight. I hate asking for help and I especially hate asking for money but when I got the invite to Nashville and Atlanta, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to travel, record and pay musicians unless I reached out for assistance. The main reason I gave in and created my campaign was because Indiegogo creates a reward system for both parties, so not only are people donating to me but I also get to give them things in return. People can see what my campaign is all about here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-carly-record-her-solo-ep

And yes, donations help me immensely but even just sharing the link on Facebook is a huge help!

The most important thing I want to leave people with is that this ep is something I’ve wanted to do my entire life, my music on my terms the way I want to do it. It’s something I’ve been working towards for the past 13 years and to get to finish this ep would be a dream come true. I truly appreciate every one’s help whether it was money, sharing my links or just a general appreciation for the music I’ve created, it means the world to me and it’s not something I’ll ever take for granted. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Rolando Absinth, An American Electronic Dance Music Producer

Rolando Jasso, better known by his alias Absinth, is an American EDM producer from Houston, Texas who started producing music at the age of 12.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Marie Parie, The Alien Pop Dance Artist & Musician

Shardul Pandey Talks To Marie Parie, The Alien Pop Dance Artist & Musician

Marie Parie lives the very definition of “alien”. As a Parisian pop artist who has called the United States home since 2005, she witnesses American society from a unique point of view. Bewildered by the process of dating and motivated by the power of futuristic music, Marie shares these observations through her art. With her debut full-length album, Alien Victory, slated for an early 2013 release, Marie anticipates us strange creatures being drawn to her playful and sexy vibe.

However, the story of Marie Parie was not always so glamorous. Abandoned by her parents at birth, Marie spent her earliest years in an abusive foster home. As a creative individual exposed to harsh living environments, she expressed herself through a love of music and dance. An affinity for singing and songwriting at an early age helped Marie develop a natural talent that was soon to become her life’s aspiration.

In her teen years, Marie was rescued from creative inhibitions by a Catholic priest. Under the artistic guidance of this priest, Marie continued to grow as a performer, singing regularly in the choir of “La Basilique de Saint Denis”, “Notre Dame de Paris”, in various school performances, and even acting -such as in the film Holby City-. Once she decided to pursue her passion further and move to America, Marie arrived with nothing and nobody, once again solidifying her alien identity.

But despite the immersion into a new culture, Marie Parie was driven to succeed in her musical aspirations, performing in cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Her dedication to art and charismatic nature quickly gained the attention of entertainment professionals who were eager to help the cause. As a result of this support, Marie’s first single, “Dating”, will come to visual life through a video shoot beginning late November 2011. * From Pain comes knowledge, the best gift of all and if your heart is torn, let your alien save you, be futuristic and let art heal you.

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Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Marie at SANGKRIT, please tell our netizens about yourself.

Marie Parie: I would like to introduce myself to my fellow citizens in India. My name is Marie Parie, self made French Pop performer. My music is catered for all people around the world that love dancing, freeing themselves and feeling good regardless of circumstances. I invite everyone to my futuristic world to escape the daily situations and would like to thank you all for being open to receive me as well in your hearts.

My style is influenced by many cultures including Indian, spanish, French, Russian flares on some of my work, especially my second album. Being French always been into Fashion and flare. I infused a lot of that in my performances as my videos witness that side of futuristic alien. My first single “Dating” is a perfect example that witnesses the American culture with different perspective. I also had an amazing and somewhat unusual childhood, raised by catholic priests, which usually is the opposite of Pop culture. I went through a lot of hardship that made me what I am today. I consider myself a warrior that fights for my music, survival as well as my Aliens Fans. Love of music always saved me and kept me strong to face just about anything that comes to me. My song “Alien Saved me” is explaining somewhat my path. I faced extreme pain as a child, and was suicidal, yet something happened that changed my life and brought me back to life. I always wrote songs as a child, that was my only language i spoke, which was my survival mechanism from overcoming the lack of love, and the loneliness.

I came to America to pursue the American dream, alone, and with no money in my pocket and no family. All i had is talent, and hope, which was not always easy. There were times when I didn’t know how to survive the next hour. I knew I was on a mission, and knew that I will win, it’s just a matter of time. I started working with producers, creating my sound, performing, and directing my videos. I extended my awareness and realized my music touches people all over the world, especially my song “We are all beautiful”. I knew how to navigate through the wolves and find an angel at a time that kept me going. One of my first mentors is Indian, and got me to Buddhism, reading about Indian leaders. This was a turning point that lead me to get signed in France. I’m very grateful for my mentors, teachers, fans, and leaders, and as well for the talent that I’m given. I hope you’ll appreciate this part of me. My goal is still to extend my mission to support children all over the world and contribute to their well beings, as I experienced the vulnerability of a child and it’s effects.

Thank you Shardul for the opportunity to express myself and as well to share all i have with my fellows in India, as well as all over the world. Very much appreciated.

Shardul Pandey: Would you like to briefly explain your sound to people who have not yet heard your music ?

Marie Parie: My sound is infusion of futuristic sounds to Pop sound. I call my sounds “Alien sounds”. Most of my harmonies are inspired by French, English, Spanish, Russian and Idien flavors. I like to mix cultures as we are All one.

Shardul Pandey: What you feel is your strength as a performer and how would you like to be remembered ?

Marie Parie: My strength is stage presence, connecting with people, as well as delivering an amazing amusing performance. Most of my songs, I wrote them to cater to the audiance, amuse, make them dance, and relax from daily lives activities. I would like to be remembered for my music as well as a philanthropist that helps empower people, mainly children as they are the future.

Shardul Pandey: What do you think, why have you succeeded in a field where so many others have failed ? What keeps you unique ? What advice would you give to newbie musicians?

Marie Parie: My success is a fruit of my consistent effort. Since I was a child I knew what I want to do, music was what kept me alive, and then I didn’t let anyone stop me. I used all the oppositions to create fuel to go forward.

Shardul Pandey: Every new idea is a copy of a copy of a copy… Likewise you compose all of your own music; so from where do you draw ideas, inspiration or intuition from when you write songs ? How much you like this process and when you get completely satisfied with output ?

Marie Parie: My style quite unique, though it fits in Pop dance world. I believe that I’m a channel through which music travelers through me to come to the world. Music creates itself, I don’t create it. I only allow it to come through me. When I write is usually late at night or early morning. The idea comes, and I simply recorded and work on it later. Then, I go to a producer who has a certain sound and work with them to get my sound, and won’t stop till I get it close. It’s merely rare for me to be satisfied. I think we are all apprentices. Now the singers that inspired me are many. I have respect for all artists around the world as well as the fans that support the expression of an artist in any of its forms. So, Michael Jackson has always been my hero, as I loved how he tried to heal the world, through music, and also the dance expression. There are many other artists, French Mylene Farmer, Madonna, Britney Spears stage presence…so many other.

My advice to other artist is to be themselves, love what they do, and believe that they can do it, and never let anyone put them down. Sometimes, we don’t know we arrived to the destination, till we open up our eyes, through a reflection. So do it no matter what is my philosophy. If you worried about pleasing everyone, it’s never gonna end. So, embrace the haters and the lovers, and focus on what you love to do.

Shardul Pandey: “I am open for interviewing all those individuals who register domain and opt Internet as their place of doing business” What is your opinion in continuing this ?

Marie Parie: I believe internet is the future, and interviews are ways to let the world know of what’s out there and help filter through, so it’s a great idea.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Marie Parie: My ultimate message for everyone, is to have love in their hearts, speak love, dream love and share love with everyone. That’s the route to happiness, and I think music is one way to get there, as you can hear dance music and be upset, it makes you jump no matter what, and that’s what I want people to do, is to dance, and free their souls. So welcome to MP Alien’s world, and drink the cup of happiness, while your body is shaking to the music.

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Marie Parie: Hi Shardul, Talking about my music is such an amazing thing, and love the work you did. I appreciate very much your support. I would love to hear about more of what you do for sure. I just released my first CD, and now working on a second. New exciting things to come. Thank you

Shardul Pandey: Thank you Marie! I wish all success to the first release of your music. I am now listening to it.

Today again our talk is trending upon SANGKRIT.net that means many more people across all time zones want to know about you. I am gratified that you admire it.

Whenever you want discussing any more creativity of yours, we may do so.

Marie Parie: Thank you so much. I’m so grateful for all you do. I would love to do so. Thank you again, will be in touch very soon.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Alice Rose About Her Album ‘Each Is A DREAM’

I welcome you Alice at SANGKRIT, please tell our netizens about yourself.

Alice RoseI started out doing experimental theatre, but soon realized my true passion is in music. I have always been involved music, since I was a child, my mother and grandfather were musicians, so it runs in the family, The choice to do music was a natural one, I had to try out a lot to find out that I wanted to do. It still changes as I grow interested in new things and new directions.

How long have you been working on this Album for?

The oldest song on the album is from 2005, but the main work was in 2009 and 2010. I finished it in 2010, but the original label decided not to release the record, and I didn’t have another label for the album. It took a while to find Manual Music, and it eventually happened through the other project I do, Tiger Rose, which is techno and house music.

Tell us something about the songs which you have already recorded and which song are you most excited for people to hear from your new album?

I have done a few albums so far. “Tales of Sailing” from 2006 is a more electronica oriented album, my “Mora with the Golden Gun” album from 2007 is a road trip albm, good to travel in a car with. I did two experimental albums so far, 21 Days and 21 Days 2011. Both are free and quite imperfect to listen to. I think some of my best tracks are on there, actually, but it is not for everybody, definitely not main stream music.

I have a connection with all the songs from ‘each is a DREAM’, my new album, and am excited about all. It took a long time to choose which tracks to finally put on the record . I think ‘Teardrops’ is really strong, I could totally hear it as a sample in a hip-hop track. Also ‘Shadow Princess’ is haunting and dark. I think ‘Riot’ has the potential to become an indie hit song, a little bit like ‘Creep’, by Radiohead, has a dark and raw energy, and the duet with John Parish is very unique, he has a great voice and my friend Paul did good work on the lyrics. The absolute summer hit song of the album, is ‘Into My Heart’, which I wrote with Gabriel Ananda, it was originally inspired by a Red Hot Chilli Peppers bootleg Gabriel had made. We turned it into our own little pearl.

Tell us about the easy and hard parts of singing ? What is your best experience as an artist ?

Well, singing is all about transporting emotions, I think that it is easy to sound shallow – the challenge is to really connect with your own emotions and that way you can touch other people’s emotion with your voice, it has a lot to do with intuition and being in tune with yourself and the emotion you are transporting. Difficult to explain. The technical issues are secondary. My best experience as an artist? I have no idea… Lot’s of good ones. Maybe my most intense gig so far was this year in June, in a small coffee shop in Cologne, about 45 people in the audience. My friend Lisa on the piano, the atmosphere was magical and fantastic, everybody had tears in their eyes at one point or the other, it was beautiful.

Who were your biggest musical influences ?

It varies. As a child I was greatly influenced by classical and soundtrack music, I sang in the church choir and learned to play the violin. Also the whole Eurovision song contest, a really cheesy show, was a big part of my childhood. My sister and I were recording and performing our own songs, imagining we were in the contest. The 80s had a rich pop music life that was very inspiring for children. Later I was more into punk and indie music. I also listened to a lot of my dad’s records, Beatles and Pink Floyd. I admire Barbara Hendricks as a singer, Beth Gibbons has intense emotional message, and Björk is of course epic, lot’s of good singers and musicians out there.

What is something you learned recently about singing, and what are you learning about right now?

There is always more to learn and more to explore.

Do you try giving messages in your songs?

Well, guess lot of the songs have a message, some intentional, others more intuitive. A lot has to do with dealing with challenges and disappointments in life and rising again, after a break up, f.ex..Listen to the songs and you will know.

Do you have any new plans for an international tour on your horizon?

I wish. At the moment I am looking for a booking agent.

What makes your endeavors unique ?

I think the way i perform with my viola and my voice.

What’s next for you? What can we expect from you this year ?

My album is coming out in the fall on Manual Music. In November. We are launching the single in the end of August. So I will be really busy with that. My longterm goal is to make a good living off my music, I just wanna do as much as I can to spread good vibes and music in the world. I would like to play great gigs and record more records with good people. I just want to work on exciting music. Sing, perform,record.

What you feel is your strength as a singer and how would you like to be remembered ?

My strength as a singer is that I am very versatile and sing with emotional depth. I just care about making beautiful music, not really thinking about how to be remembered.

What does success mean to you?

True success is to be able to align your life according to your values. Being able to do what I love in my life is a privilege. On a commercial level I would like to be able to make music a full time profession, still working on that.

What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

Do what is true to you, Concentrate on YOUR music.

Shardul Pandey Talks To AWKWORD, A Lifelong Activist, Sociologist & Rapper

Shardul Pandey Talks To AWKWORD

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you AWKWORD at SANGKRIT, please tell our netizens about yourself ?

AWKWORD: AWKWORD (@AWKWORDrap) is a lifelong activist, a sociologist and a rap/Hip Hop artist who is in the midst of finalizing the first-ever 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project, World View. Organized almost exclusively through the Internets, World View features contributions from every continent, approximately 20 countries and all U.S. regions.

The album is sponsored by The Morgan Stanley Foundation and The DJ Booth and will be available via DJBooth.net, as well as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, AudioMack and other online locales. All proceeds from World View are donated to Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun exchange, working to eradicate street violence through the education and empowerment of at-risk youth. Topics covered on the 25+-track album include mass incarceration and police brutality, poverty, imperialism, war, rape, freedom of information, drug abuse, depression and suicide, loss, teen angst, personal contradictions and individuality, perseverance and hope, the music industry and much more.

I will be dropping a brand-new video for my single “Throw Away The Key” on mass incarceration, stop and frisk, police brutality and systemic injustice and inequality. The video is sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Occupy The Hood and will be world premiered on 08/06/13 exclusively via RapGenius.com. Once it goes live there, though, it will be available to all (via youtube).

Shardul Pandey: So what is your ultimate message for netizens ?

AWKWORD: If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.

Like Anne Frank said, nobody ever got poor by giving.

  • We are losing our privacy and civil liberties every day — and this will be the end of democracy (not terrorism).
  • For the poor and people of color, there is hardly any democracy (or justice) today.
  • We all have a right to information, and there is no greater and more equal source than the World Wide Web.

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.”
— Juan Ramón Jiménez

“Anything a writer writes should be written with the urgency of someone holding a gun in their mouth.”
— Maya Angelou

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Shardul Pandey: I am open for interviewing all those individuals who own their domain to somehow create virtual wealth in webspace since sustaining freedom is mostly built around domains running wonderful utilities in webspace that human-beings enjoy. What is your opinion for continuing this?

AWKWORD: First off, let me say thank you for everything you do to help further this mission — and for thinking of me in the same light.

As I believe you know, I am a major support of Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, etc.

Also, it was on myspace that the idea for World View was first born, as I was inspired by all the music producers from around the world who were on there back in 2008 who asked me if they could remix songs off my solo debut. World View today is an extension of that, with many of those remixes and much more completely new music.

Further, as the domain owner of AWKWORDrap.com, I continue the tradition of private, individual ownership of Web space.

Shardul Pandey: It is really great to own your domain individually because you value your freedom. Such a tradition of individual ownership of webspace must get followed by all. What Ladar Levision could do with lavabit.com as absolute owner of domain that google.com registrants cannot ever do being a publicly traded company. I wish you freedom. Thank you!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Marie Martin About Her Debut Record

I welcome you Marie at SANGKRIT, please tell our netizens about yourself.

I started with the violin at 5 years old.. but we always sang at home cause my dad used to sing as a side job.. so, lots of music at home! My sister also sings. Then I really sang for the 1st time at 12, for the junior high school orchestra.. and then sang in a couple bands in my home town.. I moved to Paris at 19 and started singing and playing the violin for several artists.. and more and more through the years as a background vocalist for recording sessions.. (French TV stuff,etc.. and also a couple lead vocals for movies in France.. )
If you want more details…here is the link to my bio.

I moved to NY 6 years ago and started writing songs around 2007.. I became a lead singer in NY.. after meeting lots of musicians at Jam sessions.. slowly but surely, I developed my solo career.. We also started a trio 3 years ago called SoNuvo with 2 musicians from Ohio.

How long have you been working on this project for?

It’s been a little more than a year. We did a gig at BAM in Brooklyn in June 2012.. and exactly 1 year later, we were in the studio to make the record.. between BAM and the studio, I’ve been working on it with Dion Tucker, the musical director.

Which song are you most excited for people to hear from your first album?

That’s a tough one because each song is different and has it s own identity..

I d say “Nena”.one of the 2 songs I wrote for the record.. because some people know it but it’s been arranged by Lionel Loueke and now it’s like a new song almost! it’ll be a surpirse to some people..! Also the new tunes that Dion Tucker wrote!!

Who are your biggest musical influences ?

Stevie Wonder, Prince, Sting, . Also Rachelle Ferrell has great technique, Chaka Khan, Tania Maria , Minnie Riperton Me’shell Ndegeocello”

And I listened to a lot of acid jazz, soul, r’n’b, fusion, musics from several countries in Africa, jazz, etc.

What is something you learned recently about singing and what are you learning about right now?

Technique wise, I learned that if we want to, we can always improve our singing.. I have improved my highs the last couple years.. I can sing higher now.. for ex. I realize how powerful singing is and I realize the beauty of the effect it has on people who listen or sing themselves.. It is pretty unique.

Do you try giving messages in your songs?

The last song I wrote is an Afro beat tune .. I wrote the music.. Helene from the band Les Nubians wrote the lyrics.. after I gave her an explanation of what I wanted the song to to be about.. it is a pretty strong message for the young generation.. a message of freedom, open mindness, free will… eyes open to the rest of the world.. etc

Do you have any plans for an international tour on your horizon?

Yes, the idea is , for the next few months, to do gigs in Morocco in September, in France in October and November, and NY and Ohio in December. after that, we plan to go to Japan with the trio SoNuvo.

What makes your endeavors unique ?

Ok. I guess the diversity makes me and my music different from others.. due to several factors:

My background: I have a mum from france, brittany (Brittany had not always be a french region.. it was independant for a while.. celtic region.. it has a very strong identity with traditions,etc. Music has a huge place in our celtic culture..)

My dad is from Algeria. his family is from spain.. So, I grew up hearing a lot of spanish tunes.. and my dad listens to and sings lots of different things.. from french pop music to soul music, to fusion, to jazz, to world music, etc.

My travels: I lived in Paris, London and New York.. The last 6 years in NY made me improve my jazz and soul music skills.. so, I guess I still have a european type of sound , mixed with a very soulful and jazzy thing, but also mixed with my background of spanish-french-arabic melodies and intonations sometimes!

My musical experiences: And I’ve had the chance to be apart of various projects with so many different genres.. pop, soul-funk, jazz, hip hop, afro beat, carribean, brazilian, and more… i started music as a classical violin player.. I ve experiences improvisation too..

All these things I guess, makes me sound like I do.. and makes me write a diverse repertoire of songs!

I can t really stick to one sound, one genre.. I love to mix the things I like.. and never do the same thing over and over all the time.. I like challenge, and I like change in general.. I like to surprise people too!

So what’s next for you?

The next step is my record, showcases, CD release parties in Paris and NY. I would like to tour with this project and also with the trio. and keep on working as a recording artist and also keep on collaborating with people from all around the world on several projects.

There is a message we would like to spread. Through the lyrics of the songs, the cosmopolitan side of the record (musical diversity and working with artists from all around the world). I hope this record will travel all around the world and I would like to play concerts, do workshops, talks, in order to share my musical, vocal and traveling experience. I also would like to get people from all backgrounds to sing together , play together, get people united through music and choir… I would like them to discover the power of playing music and singing together… Its union, well being and therapeutic virtues.

What you feel is your strength as a singer and how would you like to be remembered ?

I think the fact that I am versatile.. I can sing in different genres, mix them.. I started with classical violin.. then sang in a funk band, and then pop music, soul, I also sang with a hip hop band, Caribbean bands.. now I sing also jazz, I sing in Spanish, french and English.. I guess it surprises people most of the time.. and It makes it so much richer for me to explore so many genres and even mix them together.

Also, The fact that I am an instrumentalist in the 1st place and that I am a lot into rhythm gives me a good sense of rhythm and people say I have a great ear.. I guess music theory + violin helped a lot.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is definitely not only selling a lot of records and having millions of fans.. I feel successful if people tell me after a concert that they were touched by my voice,etc. that my music moved them.. etc.

What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

That the support for that type of project is way more than the support of 1 singer..A lot of people are involved in this adventure… and I will keep on trying to have as many artists as possible joining this adventure.. visual artists, more lyricists, arrangers, musicians… I will be involved with Blues up.. a music crew that has started a charity campaign..so, a part of thr $ for the Cd s will go for that.. and other charities.

One of the messages also here is to tell people to keep hope, no matter what, and to peruse their dreams.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Jamison Murphy About His Debut Record

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I welcome you Jamison at SANGKRIT.net, tell me about yourself ?

My name is Jamison Murphy, and I’m a 24 yr old singer/songwriter from Lakeville, MN. I’ve been playing music for 10 years and writing songs for 7. During that time, I attended and graduated from high school in my hometown of Lakeville, MN and college at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN). I spent the past year modeling in New York City to save money for studio time.

My hard work has finally paid off—at the end of summer, I’m bound for Los Angeles, CA to make my debut record with Grammy-nominated producer, Warren Huart. Warren’s work is well-known by many music lovers; he produced both of The Fray’s first records (“How To Save A Life,” and their self-titled LP), Augustana’s “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt” LP, James Blunt, Howie Day, etc…

This opportunity is a dream come true for me. To help lighten the travel/lodging expenses incurred by my band and I during our recording sessions in Hollywood, I launched my own Indiegogo campaign. See the campaign trailer for my whole story. There are also links to my songs, photos, and videos in its gallery, but here’s a direct-link to my first and only single’s music video I released in March, 2012, “Chapters.”


How long have you been working on your first Album for?

Since it’s my debut record, I feel like I’ve been working on it my entire life! You only get one “first record,” so unfortunately, I’ll never get to relive this experience in quite the same light again—I’m not taking anything for granted.

Which song are you most excited for people to hear from your first album?

The track list for the record hasn’t been finalized, so I can’t make that call yet. What I can say is: There’ll be a lot of stylistic variety from song-to-song. I don’t want people to listen to the record and feel like the same song’s on repeat.

photoWho were your biggest musical influences?

Singer/songwriters: Sleeping At Last, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, James Blake, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran

Bands: Stateless, Coldplay, Sigur Rós, The Fray, OneRepublic, Augustana, Twenty One Pilots

What is something you learned recently about singing, and what are you learning about right now?

A while back, I didn’t really know my voice at all. I’d hear an artist with a great voice and wonder, “How come I can’t sound like that?” So, I’d try emulating my favorite vocalists ’cause that was my idea of ‘what sounds good.’ It wasn’t until the past year or so that I actually learned and accepted what my voice sounds like. It’s unique, but all my favorite singers have unique voices—some people will like it, some people won’t, and that’s okay.

Do you try giving messages in your songs?

Absolutely. I write songs with respect to remembering the past fondly, keeping your chin up in the present, and having faith in the future. I try to help people celebrate the good times cope with the bad times.


Do you have any plans for an international tour on your horizon?

None right now, but having a record under my belt should present a bunch of new opportunities. I hope touring is one of them.

What makes your endeavours unique? What’s next for you? Tell me if you have any long term goals?

I also feel like working with Warren is pretty special. I feel so lucky; most artists don’t have the opportunity to work with such a legendary producer for their first record.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I feel old! In this day and age, most musicians seem to start out so young! I took time to focus on my education, get my college degree, and save up my own money. 24 is still young, but now that I’m about to hit the studio, I’m giving music my best effort. My only long term goal right now is to finish the record, get people to hear it, and go on tour.

What you feel is your strength as a singer and how would you like to be remembered?

I think my greatest strength is songwriting. I try not to write without having a good reason to. Once a concept inspires me, I just run with it and hope for the best. I’d like to be remembered as someone who helped—just, in general. I want to leave as much love in my wake as possible, and so far, music has been the best way for me to do that.

What does success mean to you?

I don’t, and never will, measure success by money or fame. I solely measure it on whether or not I get to continue making records after this one, because that’s what I love to do—write, record, and perform.

I am open for interviewing all those individuals who opt internet as their place of doing business, What is your opinion for continuing this ?

I think you should continue interviewing. You asked good, thoughtful questions. The internet is the present and future of business. Definitely continue doing what you’re doing!

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

That I appreciate anyone who’s listening to me/reading this. This is my dream, and it’s coming true because of others showing interest and supporting me. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the help of other people. Thank you for joining me on what I hope to be a very long journey! To hear my whole story, visit my Indiegogo page, watch my videos, hear my music, and, if you see fit, donate! Every cent counts and is greatly appreciated. This is my once-in-a-lifetime moment.


Shardul Pandey Talks To Laura J. Evans About Her 6 Song EP

Shardul Pandey Talks To Laura J. Evans About Her 6 Song EP

Laura J. Evans is a singer originally from South Wales valley in UK. Now she is living in LA. Laura started singing from an early age and now music is the biggest passion of her life. She is also a songwriter and is writing songs from over 10 years.

I welcome you Laura at SANGKRIT, please tell our netizens about yourself ?

I have been singing ever since I could speak, I did my first show when I was 5years old singing an old folk song called ‘The Wild Rover’ and then I guess it went from there…I didn’t stop. Growing up in Wales I was always surrounded by music, my aunty and uncle were singers, and I looked up to them like my very own popstars, I just knew at very young age, I loved music and singing live. I decided to leave Wales to study at a theater school in London, Sylvia Young Theater School, which little to my knowledge at the time churned out very famous starlets… Amy Winehouse was at school with me, and at the time i just remember thinking everyone was soo gifted and talented, i felt very lucky and a little scared at times to be pursuing my career with these kids! :)

How long have you been working on this project for ?

I have been working on this project for almost a year and a half.

Which song are you most excited for people to hear ?

I am super excited about a song I wrote with my producer and co-writer Jeff Zacharski called ‘Remember When’… it has such a sweet sentiment and great vibe! and its more of an upbeat song, I am a sucker for ballads! so i’m excited to share something new.

Who were your biggest musical influences ?

I grew up listening to the Jackson 5, Mariah Carey,Whitney Houston, The Carpenters, the Eagles, Sterophonics, and more,i feel like they all have influenced me.

What is something you learned recently about singing, and what are you learning about right now?

I learn something new everyday! ha I used to beat myself up about not being able to sing something perfectly or hit a note clean, but now i think I am happy with what i can and can’t do vocally and sometimes imperfections can make you stand out as an artist.

Do you try giving messages in your songs? If so, what are they?

I always have a story to tell in my songs, and they are usually about everyday life stuff….which am sure most people can relate to.

Do you have any plans for an international tour on your horizon?

I would love to do an international tour!!! watch this space…?:)

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You Can Support Laura By Contributing To Her Project

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What’s next for you?

I am just excited to make this EP and get it out there in the world!

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is just pursuing and doing what i love, reaching a bigger audience and sharing my music and having fans that love and support me as an artist means everything!

What is your ultimate message for netizens ?

First of all Thanks you f for finding this interview and supporting my Indiegogo campaign to help get my EP out there! If I can reach a bigger audience with my music and share my stories this way, sing, perform live and make just 1 out of 10 people in the audience, smile, cry, laugh, get goosebumps, or wanna buy my record! then that’s another little piece of my dream fulfilled! :)