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INTERVIEW: Rashmi

Hi Rashmi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great! How are you? Nice to be in touch again.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Puzzle¨?

Puzzle is a song about those empty moments in life to which you don’t have the answers and you don’t know how to form the question or begin seeking answers. It is a song about those desperate moments of confusion and loneliness that we all experience but have a very acute sense that we are the only ones who are feeling this deep despair.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

Ha! A moment when I wasn’t sure what the next step was and nothing was clear. I think I was second guessing my move back from LA to Brooklyn. Did I do the right thing? Is this really making any difference? I expected a dramatic feeling of “Oh this is right” but it was more gradual. Sometimes or more often than not, realization is gradual but I think we like to think of receiving it as a very clear ‘Eureka’ moment. That is simply not the case. At least not for me. Puzzle, the song itself, changed too from a former version into its current form.

Why naming the EP after this track?

It is universal, heartfelt, very honest and creates a nice visual, on a more practical level.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the songs on the album over a few years. Writing, playing them and tweaking them. Recording was simpler – the whole band and some guest musicians went in and recorded all the instruments over two days. Then I went back in for two more days. My lead guitarist, Wilson, played the acoustic guitar tracks and I sang all the lead vocals, and harmonies. I believe there was another day of additional harmonies because I was hearing harmonies that would go well with the tracks and got them down.

The album deals with different aspects of life – did you handpicked these life events or they grew in you as you were writing the album?

I was writing about what was coming up for me along the journey and asking and answering questions through song, I guess. You are right, there are so many moods on the album- they reflect life and what was coming up – the PUZZLE that is LifeJ

Any plans to hit the road?

Would love to play in my home state – Texas; and California b/c I used to live in L.A. I played a fun show in Frankfort, Kentucky and had a great time. Maybe the tri-state area. So yes, I think it is in the future. Let me know if you have any ideas J!

What else is happening next in Rashmi´s world?

Acting and screenwriting. I am revisiting a screenplay that I had written that had done well on the contest circuit but has been on the back burner b/c of the album this year. I plan on pulling it back out and giving a revision and submitting to festivals, etc. There is a producer in Los Angeles that is interested so I want to really create a team around the script. So that is where focus will be next. I will continue to perform my music with the band and promote PUZZLE but also fold back into my life the screenwriting and acting. I was on an NBC’s American Odyssey this year so I want to reconnect with people from the acting world and get back out there in 2016.

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