Sounds of the ’80s disco

Debarati Palit Singh
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Vasuda Sharma talks about her latest single Unavailable and bridging the gap between Indian classical and Western contemporary music.

Vasuda Sharma, a known face from the pop band Aasma, is busy creating independent music. The talented singer is back with a classy number titled Unavailable. The single features the ’80s disco groove and has been directed by Rupin Suchak. The song has been choreographed by Jahnavi Shreiff. 

Vasuda has yet again collaborated with Qyuki Media, after delivering hits like Happy Place which garnered 50,000 views on YouTube. The singer, who is trained in Indian classical music, has also composed her own tunes. Since her debut album Attuned Spirits, a crowdfunded project, Vasuda has worked on several others including Bollywood projects like Akaash Vani, Diary of a Butterfly, Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu and others.  

While promoting her latest number Unavailable, she says that the song is a groovy fun number. She offers us a peek: 

Tell us about your new single Unavailable?
Unavailable is my latest single as a part of my electronic act Miss V. The sounds are inspired by the ’80s disco and has got beats that one can dance to.

The ’80s disco music is still a favourite among music lovers. Do you connect with that era of music?
I have personally been a fan of the ’80s disco, particularly of songs by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, etc. Every time I hear those songs I groove to them. When I started working on my electronic project, I wanted to create a track that had similar retro disco feel to it. That’s how Unavailable came about. I also intend to work on my EP keeping the same vibe in mind.

Over the years, how have you managed to bridge the gap between Indian classical and Western contemporary music?
Well, I have always followed my inspiration. At the time around and post Berklee (I got my music education from Berklee College of Music in Boston) when I wrote my music it was something that was highly influenced by classical raga-based compositions and folk music. I wanted to put that music out and blend it with contemporary Western styles. Also because of Berklee, I got to interact with musicians from completely different cultures and ethnicities which expanded my vision of music in a big way. Attuned Spirits — my first successful crowdfunded album — was a result of this evolution in my musical life. Songs like Jaagi Jaagi Raina, Laagi Lagan, Maula and Maajhi are known to highlight that blend of Indian traditional with Western contemporary music.

Over the last few years, you have mostly worked in the indie music scene in India. Do you see the genre growing here?
The independent music scene in India has grown in a big way over the last couple of years. We have so many young and budding singer-songwriters out there making their own music and doing gigs. In terms of the audience, more and more people are being aware of these new artists and following indie artists and listening to their original content rather than just Bollywood which, by the way, still dominates the music scene in India but there is a small ray of hope. There are also a lot of live venues, music clubs, and festivals for independent artists to showcase their music. The scene is ever growing and ever evolving.

After Aasma, do you wish to work with another pop band in the future?
I am very open to collaborating with different artists and bands. Since I love experimenting I am open to different genres of music.

What are the other projects you are working?
Apart from my Miss V EP (electronic play), I am working on my band Sharma & The Besharams’ next single and music video. By early next year, we also plan to release our EP. So lots of ‘indie excitement’ in the horizon.

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