RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW ITALIAN ARTIST INDRA
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Making music is the reason why I am in this world, first of all, it heals me and makes me feel at home even if I am alone, it makes me feel safe!
I hope one-day people will feel the same listening to my songs.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
Indra is the final result of my life as a songwriter.
I’m a 25 years old girl from a lost countryside near Turin in Italy. I play the piano and sing since I was a child and then at 12 years old, I started writing songs.
From this passion started the need to create my own sound therefore after the high school I got a degree as a Sound Engineer in music production, mastering (at the Cinema Academy of Bologna), and Sound Design (at the UCLA).
I started my independent project after my studies.
In LA I met my musicians (Nømen and Andrea).
I fell in love with them and I threw them into my project.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Unfortunately, I’m born with one of the hardest passions in the world. Now, I know that slowly I’m going in the right direction but it’s hard to be always motivated and continuously trying to have everything under control.
I hope one day to see the results of this hard work.
How have your song writing skills developed over time?
When I started writing songs I composed them simply using the piano and my voice, over the years I approached other instruments and virtual instruments until I become a music producer and sound engineer.
Nowadays it depends, sometimes I’ve got a new idea while I’m playing the piano or while I’m on my pc.
Once I have the song structure I produce the whole arrangement, creating the sounds from nothing is absolutely one of my favorite steps.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
Not only as an artist but especially as a sound engineer I can say that differences exist but we can help by not giving them much credit.
The process of change depends on everyone. Considering normal what should already be can help the change.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Socials can help you connect with any part of the world. From my personal experience, I can say that using them in the right way gives me the possibility to make an audience in a lot of distant countries.
This chance let me understand where my music is more appreciated and how can I move my next steps.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
When I get drunk I need to eat some french fries, I have a bunny as a pet and his name is Hannibal, and every morning I go running.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
It’s a very complex issue. It has, like almost all complicated things, both positive and negative sides.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
All the theories about Mayas, Egyptians, etc.. and sky travelers? I’m literally in.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
A lot of cheap games are never used.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I was 16 and I panicked a few minutes before the show, once on stage my mouth was completely drained and no sound would come out. I remember it as a tragedy!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I eat more than the others members of my band.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
My music is the truest portrayal of my soul. It will be always sincere and extremely personal.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
“Killing Machine” is conceptually linked to the previous song “The Witch” as you will understand especially watching the video. This time the two recurrent characters are thrown in a world between reality and imagination with a post-apocalyptical background. In this song the theme of the constant struggle of man with himself and nature is crucial.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.
Musically it follows a strong rhythm by contrasting cinematic sounds, to underline the dramatic nature of the track, with more aggressive and electronic sounds easy to place between an alternative pop and rock world.
What was the recording process like?
The song is entirely written and produced by me. We recorded voices, drums and guitar bass in the studio. I took care also of the mix together with Nømen. Master was curated by Eleven studio Mastering.
In this new song, I come into play dealing not only with the entire production of the music but also taking care of the whole realization of the video clip, with the support of Andrea Zagli (cameraman) and Omar Balestrieri (editing video).
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Try to put the essentials and already think about the mixing process while composing.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Of course, I would always change everything. I’m a perfectionist and I’m never completely happy of the results.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?