PICTURE CREDIT: THE HUMMING TREE
Tell me about your journey upto producing your own EP.
I’ve been writing songs since I was 17, which was around the 12th grade. I ended up recording about 9 of those songs with whatever little equipment I had (just a mic then) to release as an album. I even burnt some CDs. It didn’t work out cause I moved to Delhi for college. And I have written songs since then but never released anything, apart from the RITK album which was co-written by Shantanu Pandit and me. Putting out Shed Winter is me finally finishing what I started back then. By finishing, I mean restarting it. This may be confusing. Also, I really like being part of a band, playing an instrument. The motivation there is coming from beyond just yourself, you’re a part of something bigger. That’s why it took so long. At this point, I want nothing more than for my music to be out for the world to listen to.
What defines your music?
I actually prefer to not define what my music sounds like, because honestly, I don’t know how to describe it. If I had to say, I have a more melody-oriented musical brain than a rhythmic one. I try to balance those two as much as I can. or It’s soft music, I guess...
Who are the artists that inspire you?
I’d say Nirvana and Red Hot Chilli Peppers are the two bands that really stand out for me in terms of what I grew up with, though that’s not necessarily reflected in the way I write songs. I also really liked Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne. Since I have been writing for so long, my process has constantly changed (hopefully evolved) depending on what I was listening to at different times. Currently I’m really digging bands such as Clairo, Katie Dey, Porches and a few others, which are all quite recent acts.