1. WHO ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
The Beatles, The Corrs, Alexz Johnson, Aerosmith, Bittersweet, and many more.
2. WHAT WRITERS ARE YOU INSPIRED BY?
T.V: Jane Espenson, Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancheron, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, J.J Abrams, Eric Kripke, Ben Edlund, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Shonda Rhimes, Rachel Bloom, Jason Katims, Rob Thomas, Miranda Hart, Damon Lindelof, Jenji Kohan, Tom Bidwell, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, Andrew Dabb, Jeremy Carver, Marti Noxon and many more.
Film: Nora Ephron, Aline Brosh McKenna, Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith, Jennifer Lee, Fran Walsh, and many more.
Books: J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Eoin Colfer, John Green, Jostein Gaarder, Meg Cabot, Oscar Wilde, and many more.
3. WHERE CAN WE FIND WRITING SAMPLES FROM YOU?
Ask me here.
4. WHAT FESTIVALS/CONTESTS HAVE YOU BEEN SELECTED IN?
A complete list can be found here.
5. WHERE CAN WE LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC?
Currently only "Mix it Up" is available online. On iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and a number of other online retailers and streaming services.
6. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER INDIE ARTISTS/ASPIRING WRITERS?
Firstly, don't conform to what society expects from you. I grew up in India and I get stereotyped a lot. People expect me to write Indian characters in my scripts. Or to write Hindi music or "fusion" music. But that's not me! I was always influenced by music from the U.K. and the U.S., as well as TV and films from the U.K. and the U.S. People don't expect to hear the kind of music I make coming from me, and I think that is a huge problem because people already have preconceived notions about someone before they even take the time to find out more about them. I think I've been very true to myself this whole time and not conformed to society's expectations of what an "Indian artist" should be. I think everyone should just be true to themselves and make the kind of music they want to make.
And secondly, get out there as much as possible. Write, sing, draw - whatever your craft is, do it. And once you've worked on it - get it out there. Submit your stuff to festivals, radio stations, websites...whatever it is, get out there. Get your voice heard.
7. WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Check out my social media links here