The worst part of partying hard is faced only the day after when you wake up to a hangover. And when you’re hungover, all you might want is a little peace. For me music does the wonders.
Last month while I was scrolling through soundcloud, I came across a name called Tanya Nambiar. The name looked familiar, and then I remembered where I heard her singing. This beautiful lady used to sing for her rock ’n roll band Gravy Train [she is not a part of it anymore], and I had fallen in love with her husky voice when she sang the “What The Hell” number. And today I am listening to her all over again.
I approached Nambiar for an interview few days back, and you won’t believe she responded within minutes — no arrogance, no ego but absolute love and humility. Here is an excerpt from the interaction where Nambiar had shared about her passion for music, leaving her corporate job, her icons and upcoming works.
- You are a singer and songwriter. When did you first realise your passion for music? Any anecdotes to share?
I’ve been singing since I was a little kid. The passion was always there but the confidence wasn’t. It took me a while to realise that one needs to follow their passion and not get stuck in a boring 9-5 job. So I quit my corporate job and just took the plunge. I remember a few months after I was pursuing singing full time, someone asked me “Oh music is just a hobby, what’s your real job?”
- How did your family react to our choice of career? If not a musician, which profession would you have chosen?
I wouldn’t be here if my family didn’t support me. I feel absolutely blessed to have the coolest and such a supporting family. You know, I honestly can’t imagine me being anything else. This had to happen. I wanted this so bad.
- What do you think does it take to make it big in the independent music scene in India?
The indie scene in India is bigger than ever! I guess to make it big anywhere in the music scene you need to understand yourself as an artist and be true to your music. Find your true sound.
- How do you see your journey so far?
It has not been easy. I’ve learnt so much as an artist. When I hear my first recording, my style was so different. I’m glad my journey has been full of ups and downs because it has made me stronger than ever. I was with my band Gravy Train for more than two years and this year the band fell apart. I hit quite a low then. But now I’m bouncing back.
- What defines your music style? Languages you are fluent in?
My vocal style has changed a lot. I like my delivery now. I am fluent in English and Hindi. But I usually sing in English.
- Who is your musical icon and influence?
Too many icons on the list. The Doors, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu to name a few. I am influenced by a lot of different genres.
- What is your proudest moment so far – both personal and professional?
There have been great moments. I have a long way to go. I am proud of the fact that I didn’t listen to the folks who tried to bring me down. I am focused on my goal and nothing can stop me.
- How do you inspire yourself while composing?
This is a crazy process. Somehow when I am pissed off, I get the best ideas for my music.
- Are you planning on releasing an album? If so, what is it going to be like?
As of now releasing singles. But yes, an album is definitely in the pipeline. I wish I knew what it is going to be like [giggles]. I need to get that together.
- What do you do when you are not performing?
When I am not performing, I host karaoke nights in Delhi which I absolutely love. I also anchor for shows. I love being on the stage. I love interacting with new people.
- Name your 3 favourite musicians?
There’re many to name. Sheryl Crow, The black Keys, The Pretty Reckless, Ed Sheeran, John Newman.
- Your take on Bollywood music industry?
Though majority of it is still crap, I love the work of A R Rahman and Amit Trivedi.
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Making more music and busy with gigs and tours.
- How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Tell us about your next project in the market?
Right now my single is available on soundcloud. For more info they can access my Facebook page. I have more original music coming up. Also I’m working on some covers and collaboration with other artists.
Note: The blog first appeared on GoYaNo