Singer Kanika Patawari on her music: Currents is a crossover between my Indian and Western identities - Exclusive


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Singer Kanika Patawari on her music: Currents is a crossover between my Indian and Western identities - Exclusive

Singer Kanika Patawari is well-known for her breakout hit 'Runak Jhunak'. This Belgium-bred, raised by Indian parents, artist is strongly connected to her roots. Working out of Mumbai and Los Angeles, Kanika has recently released her new EP titled 'Currents'. ETimes spoke to her about the four unique tracks from the album that have a contemporary and global soundscape. Kanika says, “Most of the music I created during the pandemic has been a crossover between my Indian and western identities. What I think sets ‘Currents’ aside is the variety of genres it explores. The track, Khone Do has an electronic club vibe, while Taare has an afrobeat groove. Baawre is your singer-songwriter style, but featuring a beautiful sitar sound. Dil Pardesi is completely different from anything that I have released before.”

Kanika credits her producer for lending a unique and totally new sound. She adds, “The producer Ysoblue really lifted the music with his electronic sound design. All four songs are sonically different and they explore the various facets to my identity as an artist.” Her music has found its listeners on Youtube and social media. The world music scene has diversified a lot with individual artists getting more exposure on a global stage thanks to social media. Kanika agrees and says, “Social media has really opened up the world to artists. So much so that it’s a key component to getting your music heard and seen; especially if you’re going the independent route.”

She also elaborates that YouTube and social media numbers drive the business prospects of indie musicians. She reveals, “The joy I get to see how many people are streaming my music is something else. No matter what the number is, it’s so amazing to see my music being heard. At the end of the day, it’s called the ‘music business’; and like any other business, numbers do matter. The decision on paying attention to the numbers depends solely on the artist’s goals.”

Finally speaking about adding fusion elements to folk music, Kanika says, “Folk music already has an identity. The idea of adding different elements to a song has an impact on my identity as an artist, rather than a genre of music. I look at it more as a flavour that I combined with another flavour and made my own little dish.”

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