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INTERVIEW: Ishani

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

Hi VENTS! Great thanks! It’s been an exciting month of music and performing.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nothing’s Changed”?

Nothing’s Changed is the last single from my EP ‘Stormy Emotions’.  It’s a mashup of trip-hop, dark pop and drum n bass mixed with some Asian samples. The song is about karma, bittersweet love and impermanence.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It was a culmination of lots of different experiences during a time in my life where I was growing. Life pushes and pulls you and I guess I was just stepping back and observing those forces.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! I’ve been working with this incredibly talented fashion filmmaker who I’ve wanted to collaborate with for a while now.  Tim is the first person to go along with my crazy ideas and brings so much creativity himself. We shared a vision and passion for surreal visuals and experimentation that I think really suits the genre-bending music.

How was the recording and writing process?

I tend to start with a bass line and write lyrics on top of it. Then the synths come in. I write  lyrics and produce at the same time. For this EP I’ve been collaborating with ZAFLON who is an amazing producer with a shared love for trip-hop. When we met in the studio to work on Nothing’s Changed, Dan had just come back from a jungle rave, and so the party continued into our work! The drum n bass worked so well with the Asian samples. It all felt right.

How has your upbringing has influenced your music?

I’ve split my life between India, UK and Singapore. I’ve always been a third culture kid immersing myself in the cultures of the various countries I’ve lived in. This is the first track I’ve released which includes Asian samples. I’m also passionate about social change and bringing people together through the power of music.

How has Banks and FKA Twigs influenced your writing?

I’m influenced by both of their earlier works. I remember I was obsessed with “Before I ever met you” by Banks when she was first breaking out as an artist.  Ultimately I think we all owe a lot to 90s trip hop bands like Massive Attack and Portishead. My triphop God is DJ Krush though. I went to see him in London this weekend and he blew my mind all over again.

. Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’ve got a couple of really cool tracks in the pipeline going down a more raw and minimal approach with lo-fi hip hop influences. I have performed them in a couple of my live performances so far and have had a good response from the audience already and that excites me!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Next single is called Twin Flames – but I don’t have a release date so far… watch this space!

Any plans to hit the road?

Well it’s exciting times here as I’ve just been asked to play at Reading and Leeds Festival next month on the BBC Introducing stage. I’m sure I’ll do some more gigs around London in the coming few months as well.

Website: http://www.ishanimusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ishanichakra/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ishanichakra

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ishanichakra

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ishanichakrasonic/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ishanichakra/videos

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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