Last Monday I had a chat with Debolina. She is an up and coming singer-songwriter in Ahmedabad local scene.
Highly bending towards positivity and goodwill, you can describe her in two words. Motivational & Memes.
People say “You’ve got to be a great storyteller if you are an artist or want to excel in any field.”
And Debolina had some great stories to tell.
She participated in one of her school shows, where she performed a western song for the first time. A bollywood music lover that she was, her interests in music changed because of her close friends. Her till date best friend, Shubhangini Pandey heavily influenced her in listening western music. They listened to Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus all the time, gossiping about every other thing in their lives, relating to the music.
She’s 90’s ka baccha. She was in love with the song “Love Story” – Tay Tay and wanted to perform it. So, she did. TO her surprise, the response was killer. She told me that it was her 1st and the best performance till date.
I told her to perform the song again sometime.
She said “It’s not about the song. It’s about not knowing what is there and still kicking ass.” We keep forgetting that our best experiences come when least expected!
She did her vocal training from Dipti Sharma AKA Freedom Sharma. Not more than 4-5 months. She wishes she had learned more from her. The most important thing she learned from Dipti is to improvise vocally in non-sensible syllables. The reason why she improvises well on songs is because of her. The second important thing she learnt is to pick other genres. Don’t stick to pop.
Dipti made her students perform. She used to held Karaoke sessions to boost confidence among her students. Debolina performed at Rainbow festival which happened at St. Xaviers, back in 2013.
“I was there. I must’ve been high at that time.” I said
She hasn’t constrained herself to a particular genre. She loves to listen to every genre but she renders a bit of jazzy version in every song. And she doesn’t even hate EDM. Well, but just the quality electronic music. Not the one that we usually hear.
When I asked her about Bollywood taking over the Indian culture. She had a really interesting take on it
“I can’t stand this date’s Bollywood. I used to love Bollywood. I still love old Bollywood. 60’s 70’s were great. Even… Until 2010 was amazing. I don’t know what happened. There are few good songs which they make by mistake. What they play now, Im so sick of it.”
She had a start-up along with other 4 partners, which was to promote local talent and all. But somehow it didn’t work out.
“Even before the great Ideas the right people are important. Now we understand.”
- What are your plans for the near future?
“I have not been working as much as I should have. I have a job. I should work in early mornings and late nights after I’m done with my job.”
The coffee arrived. I like my coffee like me. Dark and strong. Winky face.
“You have set a bar for yourself? Is that what you’re telling me?” I asked her taking a sip of my coffee.
“Well, My mother is an amazing classical singer. She is beyond amazing and she works really hard on her vocals. She’s my idol, she’s my inspiration. But I can’t work as hard as she does.”
“That’s what I’m trying to understand,” I said. “Why do you overshadow yourself from your mother accomplishments?”
“I don’t know. I need to work on myself more.”
Funny thing is, she is working on her EP with different musicians. And is planning to record this year and putting it out next year.
Then for a few minutes or so I Blew my own trumpet. Like how I have a record label and how I am looking for artists and the website. Which you’ll know about it.
I then asked her about Nicolette and her association, “Sunday Secret Sessions”.
“I think, it’s amazing. She has lot of energy in herself and I have never seen anyone like her. There are few places where they can work on and be persistent. There’s no stopping her if she takes care of few things. She could rock the world.”
She doesn’t like when new musicians aren’t that good to play and that too for lesser amounts. Another major problem is that market for good local musicians is deteriorating. New musicians tell the cafe owners they will do it for free and it fails. They take place of deserving musicians because Cafe owners don’t want to pay musicians. But want more people to come because of the musicians. That’s funny.
“The most important thing is to not give up. I think our generation right now wants fast results in anything they do. They go for short term happiness. How many likes he’s getting, how many likes I am getting and when nothing works out they give up on their dreams”
She shared an amazing strategy for musicians. I will write a blog post about it in near future. I and she had a really crazy discussion about social media and how a musician can use it.
- How as a musician you can generate attention
- What you can do when you are recording
- What to do when you are not making music
- How to make a brand
- Using different social medias
- Marketing in city
I will be back with all the marketing and the power of social media.
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