10 Questions With Singer-Songwriter Tanya Nambiar
New Delhi-based singer-songwriter Tanya Nambiar holds her professional life by its collars. We can safely say this because she has accomplished half of the things most people her age can only dream of – made the most out of her career as a singer-songwriter, anchor, voice-over artist, entrepreneur, you name it, she has done it all, and she is proud of it too!
Nambiar recently released a single called Good Old Days (from her forthcoming EP Good Girls Gone) a number with a ‘cabaret, Moulin Rouge vibe, as she describes it’. The song is as Nambiar reflects (in a recent interview) ‘her attempts to unleash that inner sexiness people don’t expect from married women’. Well, in the times we live in, and the preconceived notions we have about the female gender, kudos to songs like these, eh? We catch up with Nambiar who tells us more about her single, her pet-peeves and more.
You recently released a single titled Good Old Days, what is the song all about? What spurred you to etch the number? Fun things you might remember from the entire recording/writing session. Will we see a full-length album soon?
Good Old Days is my fun sexy song. I love the whole cabaret, Moulin Rouge vibe and wanted to do a song based on those lines. Hence, Good Old Days was born. My keyboard player Vishal Dixit composed the number and I loved it the moment I heard it. I penned down the lyrics and voila! Yes, there should be an EP out soon!
A little backstory on how you got into music?
Music has been such an important part of my life. And now it’s everything – my career, my passion and my hobby all rolled into one. In school, I was an active part of the choir and participated in a lot of competitions. In college, I became more of a listener and less active in the singing department. Once I got sucked into the corporate routine of my job, I snapped and decided to take up music full-time. I realised I had to give this one shot and at least try it out as a career. Went through a lot of ups and downs, but finally found a foothold. Never give up, I repeat, never give up!
Five people in your inner circle?
My parents, my brother, my husband, Laila (my dog) and my BFF Sonam. That’s six people, but this is my core group! Such a nice family girl I am (laughs).
If you wake up as Laila one day, what are the first three things you would do?
Get a nice belly rub; eat without a care and nap!
The best album of 2016/2017 goes to? Why?
Beyonce’s Lemonade! Love every freaking thing about this album. Also, this woman is such a beautiful performer. Love her!
A pet peeve?
People picking at their skin! Annoys me so much! (rolls eyes)
A singer-songwriter you admire. Why?
Prateek Kuhad. Each number of his is a beautiful creation – simple, beautiful songs. My all time favourite though is Amy Winehouse!
If we gave you a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
Travel the world. I am all about the experiences, you know? Also get a fancy music video done. Otherwise, budget nahi hain (laughs).
Which superhero character would you like to play on-screen, and why?
Catwoman. Sexy and fierce, and can claw her way through anything.
Feminism to you is?
Is about finding the perfect balance among all genders – male, female, transgender. It doesn’t matter whoever you are. No human is greater than the other. Live and let live. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back” – Malala Yousufzai.
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