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What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?

I have been into music ever since I was in 4th grade. Starting off as a guitarist, I always saw music as a hobby. Later when I turned 14, the idea of writing my own songs came into my vision after being inspired by various female artists. From that moment onwards, I decided to become a soloist.

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

My name is Ruchie Sharma, and I’m a 20-year-old female aspiring rock artist, singer and songwriter. I come from a small town located in India. As mentioned earlier, I started showing professional interest in music at the age of 14 and I am finally releasing my music after years of hard work.

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

This is my first interview so I think it’s too early for me to be sick of anything you ask.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Assuming that the question asks if I believe in any conspiracy theories, I do not. I don’t sign up to any conspiracy theories.

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

I didn’t not buy anything, but I definitely lost a lot of time over the past two years.

What useless party trick do you have? 

I can do a bottle flip. Sometimes, I even succeed.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Since I haven’t performed my album live, I do not have any moment to share with everyone related to it.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Years back when I was in school, I was supposed to give a speech on how capable I was to be a part of the student council, and I came back after introducing myself due to stage fright. Thankfully, I don’t feel embarrassed about it anymore.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I have already surprised everyone when my debut album was released. No one was expecting me to be so serious about music. But when talking in general, people would be surprised when they hear that I sleep with my eyes half open.

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

I would play my music and start head banging to it. I bet it would confuse the alien even more, but that’s the best way I can describe it. 

What makes you stand out as a artist?

I’m trying to combine classic rock and pop with modern music, hoping to create something new. The way I write my own songs is the way that no body can do better than me. I think that is what makes me stand out from the other artists.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

The heat. It’s summer and the one thing I cannot take in is the heat. That’s what’s pissing me off right now.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why? If you haven’t played live yet, what are you most excited to play?

My favorite song to perform live would be ‘Move On’, from my album ‘Xtraordinary’. I think it would be a perfect opening song for a live concert because of it’s anthemic start. 

I hear you have a new album, what can you tell us about it?

‘Xtraordinary’ is my debut album and it was released recently this year on the 19th of March. It is about being unique and extraordinary in a world where everyone wants us to be something that we don’t want to be. The main idea that can be found in the songs of this album is never giving up. No matter how tough it gets, no matter how much you need to struggle, life is all about carrying on and moving on. I want to be independent and self-reliable, so I want to convey those feelings through my songs. My song ‘No One Tells Me’ expresses those feelings very strongly and effectively.

Talk me through the thought process of the album?

Since this is my very first album, the songs I’ve written are very personal to me. While writing it I was flooded with thoughts of how I wanted to be out of the ordinary and try to stand out from the rest. So most of my songs in the album are about being strong, having the urge to carry on, and be someone that you want to be, not what people want you to be. I think that I can easily express what I feel through my lyrics than when I talk. When I started writing songs, it made me feel like I was letting a huge burden off my shoulders into simple words. There have been a lot of times where I had to conceal what I felt, and writing that in my songs makes me feel good. I want to keep writing songs and let everyone hear them worldwide so the listeners could relate to the emotions I’ve put in them. 

What was the recording process like?

The recording process was a long process. We had to switch constantly from working to being quarantined to working again and getting quarantined again. It was a very hectic thing to do. But it was worth the wait, I would say. I got to work with different talents at Wild Crotchet studio, got to learn a lot from them and made some really sweet memories while recording my songs.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?

The biggest learning curve was that I learnt a lot about writing songs and music composition. Of course, I made so many mistakes in the start, but I couldn’t have reached where I am now if I didn’t make them. My very first lyrics sounded like a poem, but after experiencing new things and learning from them, I transformed those poems into proper song lyrics. I have discovered my style through the writing process, realizing what fits for me and best describes my feelings. I’ve also learnt to take criticism in order to grow and learn because if I can’t handle criticism, I would never be able to push myself out of my comfort zone and fix my mistakes to become better than I was before.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, I would not like to change anything about my album. I think it’s perfect right now.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I plan to work harder for my next release to give everyone the best of me and try to reach new audiences.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I would want to say that everything in this world is difficult. It’s up to us to decide what we want to be bothered with. Never give up without giving it a chance.

Thanks very much for speaking with us today!