Score Indie Quickie: Hanita Bhambri – Score Short Reads
Tell us about your latest Raataan chill mix with Tanishk & Jubin and the making of it
It was an amazing experience. It was the first time I was singing in Punjabi and that too a Bollywood song. I feel so honoured to represent indie music community in the mainstream space. I love pushing my own boundaries and experimenting with my voice and genres. And thankfully my community was just as welcoming and supportive for this song as they are for my indie releases.
Who or what inspired you to be a singer-songwriter when you first started?
Music always made me feel I belonged, like that was my safe haven in the chaos of the world. And Damien Rice’s music especially brought me so much comfort and I wanted to do that for others. That is what pushed me to write songs and to be an artist – to help someone across continents feel less alone
Talk to us about your process of creating a new piece of work. What are some of the steps you follow?
I don’t have specific steps. I usually like to do everything together – the words, the melody, the chords and the instrumentation. And the song slowly evolves and reaches a place where I feel like it’s ready to be recorded and released.
How have you been able to use social media in this current times? Are you finding that you use it even more to stay connected to fans and other musicians?
I have been using social media as a way to reach out and connect with my listeners. No one could’ve predicted that the world would change so drastically and that too so suddenly. None of us had any time to even prepare. I wanted to be a voice of hope for people – someone who sang them to sleep, sang their favourite songs to make their day better, made doodles that made them feel like their feelings were valid.
I definitely use social media a lot more but it’s important for to take breaks from time to time because i don’t want to force myself to make content or write songs when I’m not feeling it.
What was the most path breaking moment for you as an Indie artist?
I don’t think I’ve had that yet, and I’m sure when it happens I tell the lovely folks at Score first hehe
If there is one thing you would like to change about the Indie scene, what would it be and why?
I would love to see more acknowledgement and media attention for womxn artists. Despite so much talent and twice as much hardwork – artists still aren’t given their due cause people care more about the male narrative. And that needs to change
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
The ability to create something out of thin air, which didn’t exist up until a few moments ago. Something which will become a home for strangers I’ll never meet – yet somehow we’ll be connected by an invisible emotional force. I think that’s beautiful, hard not to be passionate about something like that
Describe your most favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
Most favourite is songwriting, least favourite is how lonely it sometimes is
I have a few collaborations in the pipeline, very excited about them
- An instrument you would love to learn : violin
- A song of another artist you wish you had originally sung : Enough for you by Olivia Rodrigo
- Hobbies you have other than music : swimming, cooking, painting, illustration
- An artist you would give anything to collaborate with : Damien rice
- A song of your own that you wish you could re-write/ re-create : given my heart
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