Monica Dogra, Musician:
Often referred to as ‘The Face of Indian Indie’, Monica Dogra is back with her debut solo music album, SPIT. The album stands for raw aggression coupled with genres like poetry, searching, love, longing and eclectic electronic vibes to ignite one’s deepest emotions. The nine-track Universal Music album features collaborations with popular music producers from around the world including Robot Koch from Germany, Prash Mistry of the Engine Earz Experiment and Gaurav Raina a.k.a Grain, well-known as one half of the Midival Punditz. Three years in the making, the uplifting positive music album is a testament to all that Monica Dogra stands for.
SPIT is a demonstration of a song that emerges from the artist’s tongue, teeth and throat—an act of rustic courage. The album explores a wide range of sentiments and beacons reinvention through its poetic stream.
How would you describe your debut? What is the idea behind it?
The album is a collection of stories in song—different genres—loads of poetry—and as usual, me sort of telling all my secrets and documenting my life through music. I knew I wanted to write a solo album and figure out what that would look like and sound like on my own, after years of collaborating with a lot of my musical heroes. When I set out to write an album, I just walk the path…I don’t really define it, I just write it and let it define itself. SPIT is a snapshot of my life as well as an exploration of musical styles that don’t usually co-exist. Some songs are pop, some are heavy bass tunes, some are drum and bass, some are folk, some are big band/jazz tunes. The record is pragmatic but when you stitch it all together, it makes sense.
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