Propelling towards being one of the highest rated indie-singers, Kamakshi Khanna, a former participant of The Stage (season 2) believes music is her superpower. Since the closing of ‘The Stage’ chapter in her life last year, this R&B and Soul singer-composer has performed at the ‘NH7 Weekender’ in Shillong and Pune along with her band ‘River’, and has released her debut album ‘Cakewalk’, her EP. Her song ‘Much Mellow’ gained a lot of popularity amongst a wide array of music listeners. And presently, she has launched a multi-city tour.
I have learnt that why I do what I do is not about what the world gives me, be it fame, wealth, or attention; but rather about my intentions being true, about making music that heals and touches people, and if that happens for even a single person which I know it has, I know I am doing the right thing.”
Coming from a family of artists, Kamakshi never felt the pressure of having to choose music and art over more ‘practical’ streams. Instead, she is the one who is constantly worrying about more practical things. “My parents are cooler than me. It’s a fact. I worry much more about my career, my goals, and my finances than they do. I wish they’d just tell me what to do. I do feel great about the fact that they have faith in me and I use that as a motivation to keep doing what I do and make them proud.” Apart from her parents, Kamakshi is also supported by her sister, who she considers as her got-to person. She helped Kamakshi by using her skills as a graphic designer to create the album art work of ‘Much Mellow’ and ‘Cakewalk’. Music aside, Kamakshi has another keen interest; she was a student of Psychology, and hopes to get back to it some way or the other.
To make one’s dream a reality, one must have the right tools. But, for dreamers the battle is often fought with a different kind of weapon. In Kamakshi’s case, music itself has been hers. This spirited indie-singer who pulls the crowd like moths to a lamp says, “I have learnt that why I do what I do is not about what the world gives me, be it fame, wealth, or attention; but rather about my intentions being true, about making music that heals and touches people, and if that happens for even a single person which I know it has, I know I am doing the right thing.” She channelizes all the turbulent emotions faced during rough times into her art. “I pull all nighters in the corners of my room, writing, venting, and letting it all out through my music.” And this honest outpouring of her heart is the essence of her brand new album. In her own words: “Difficult life experiences made into simple melodies that put my life into perspective.”
Difficult life experiences made into simple melodies that put my life into perspective.”
The constant pressure to live up to the standards of what is ‘trending’ has often led to her struggling to express herself. She says, “Feeling guilty about something that may not fall in that category and the fear of being judged is the worst. I’ve been there. I have tried to express my frustration through ‘Hold Your Horses’, one of the songs from my upcoming album, ‘Cakewalk’.” The feeling of not belonging, because of her old soul and her traditional ways of following music gets to this musician, and she says, “But I want to share that side with the world in an unapologetic way through this album.”
Kamakshi Khanna began her tour early this year on the 17th January, and till 11th February she can be spotted in all the popular cultural joints of the cities she will be touring.