A trained classical and ‘A cappella’ singer; songwriter, musician, music composer and more. A truly gifted artist Vasuda Sharma is exceptional in all her talents. She beautifully weaves her skills together to create music that touches your heart. She says, “For me, music is something that has the power to teleport you to another time and space and evoke really strong emotions.”
For me, music is something that has the power to teleport you to another time and space and evoke really strong emotions.”
For Vasuda, music has been a dream that she has nurtured since childhood. With the support of her parents, she has turned it into reality. “I sang on stage the very first time when I was 4 or 5 years old.” Talking about how she added playing the guitar to her skill-set, she says, “I picked up the guitar the first time in college when a senior of mine Donny Lama, heard me sing and encouraged me to attempt songs by Alanis Morisette. I learnt to strum some very basic chords from him, just enough to be able to accompany myself while singing.” A humble start that’s taken her far.
After several live performances, collaborations with other artists, composing music for movies, Vasuda is now working on her solo fusion album ‘Attuned Spirits’. Her first single ‘Jaagi Jaagi Raina’ released recently has already become a hit. “Attuned spirits was a result of my wonderful experience and inspiration at Berklee where I ended up creating a lot of music and collaborating with a lot of musicians from all across the globe.”
Attuned spirits was a result of my wonderful experience and inspiration at Berklee where I ended up creating a lot of music and collaborating with a lot of musicians from all across the globe.”
The journey has been tough, getting to where she is today has been a struggle. The uncertainty of the profession, the intense competition, the desire to create music that you love and not peddle to the wishes of others; these are just some of the challenges. Recounting the difficult times, Vasuda says, “The biggest struggle I had to go through initially was to find my true calling within music. I wanted to create my own music and needed an outlet, needed a direction. For two years I was doing random things and there was no progress. It’s de-motivating when there is no growth and challenge. I did doubt if I was meant to do music.” But she ploughed on and here she is, ready to take on more. “The key is to be consistent, hardworking, but at the same time keep innovating and reinventing yourself and your music so there is novelty in your act.”
Driven by her need to express herself through music, Vasuda is struck by inspiration anywhere and everywhere. “The whole writing or music making process is very spontaneous. The idea can pop out anytime anywhere. I feel it’s magical.” And when she needs to seek out inspiration, she travels. “Travelling helps immensely. I feel refreshed and inspired to write more, I come back with a lot of enthusiasm and zest.”
Travelling helps immensely. I feel refreshed and inspired to write more, I come back with a lot of enthusiasm and zest.”
With the urge to keep improving and do more, Vasuda is looking to experiment with her music by working with different artists to expand her horizon. Currently, she is involved in multiple projects that she is kicked about. “I have my own band ‘Sharma and the Besharams’. There are 6 of us and it is a Hinglish pop band. We are in the process of recording our EP. Other than that I am working on my solo electronic project called ‘Miss V’.”
Vasuda’s advice for aspiring musicians is to work hard, dream and keep working. There are no shortcuts.
Vasuda Sharma was fearless when it came to pursuing her dream. She fanned the flames of the fire in her soul. None of the hardships she faced could put it out. Because she stayed strong and Bold.