Aditi Verghese is National Law Institute University’s homegrown musical talent. With her soothing voice, skill with the guitar and her beautiful compositions, she has wowed the crowd at numerous university events. Lately, her music has been creating quite a buzz as she started recording her songs and sharing them over the internet. Our interviewer Karthika Annamalai caught up with Aditi to ask her a few questions about her musical ventures.
Karthika: Hello, Aditi!! Shall we start with a word game? (Aditi looks surprised.) I will call out a word and you have to tell me the first thing that comes into your mind. Are you ready?
A: Group of girls.
A: Heart shape!
K: When did you start writing and singing songs?
A: I wrote my first song when I was eight years old but my first real song only at fourteen.
K: What’s the most important part of a song for you?
A: The feelings and emotion behind the song. I think it’s important to be able to relate to other people when you write a song.
K: Have you performed in any shows?
A: Not really. I’ve performed at school and church back home in Vellore, and at cultural shows in college. I did perform at a party once!
K: What goes on in your head while you perform?
A: It’s usually a thrill. I’m generally excited and not that nervous when I am on stage.
K: How many songs have you written?
A: I have written 23- 25 songs in total but I have actually put up only 4 online.
K: Is there a general theme underlying your lyrics?
A: All my songs are about different things. The lyrics usually represent what I had been thinking of or feeling at that time. Some songs are about people, some about my feelings or observations and others are just abstract.
K: Do you have a favourite among your songs?
A: Probably ‘The Other I’.
K: What inspires the music in you?
A: It is usually an extreme emotion, like sadness. And sometimes it is just a concept or idea that inspires me. ‘The Other I’, for instance, was inspired by the idea of that one person who comes into your life and who is similar to you in so many ways, that they understand you completely – the concept of a ‘kindred spirit’.
K: Have you taken part in any competitions? And have you won any?
A: I took part in a singing competition at the NLU Jodhpur Cultural Fest. I won it for singing a song I’d written called ‘You Yourself’. I also sent some of my songs for a song writing competition based in Tennessee.
K: Why are you distributing your music for free?
A: Well, because no one would pay for it! (laughs)… No, actually I have never thought of music as a career. What I like best is people’s reactions to my songs. It’s just the greatest feeling when someone likes something you wrote.
K: What is your opinion on modern music, i.e., the music of today?
A: Well, everybody has a different way of looking at today’s music. I know a lot of people prefer seventies and eighties music and think today’s music is crap. But there is definitely good stuff out there… if you look hard enough.
K: Do you have a favourite song, musician or a band?
A: I like quite a few bands, actually. I like Oasis, the Shins, the Libertines, the Youth Group, Tegan and Sara, the Replacements, Band of Horses.
K: Is there a musician or band you do not like?
A: (hesitates, and then laughs) Taylor Swift!
K: You recently landed a job at the Delhi-based firm TPM. How will you manage to balance your job and music? Do you think you will take your hobby of writing and singing music further?
A: As I said before, I have never thought of music as a career. My ambitions definitely lie in law. I can always write and sing songs in my free time. There are other ways of getting your music across to people. You don’t have to make it your career.
K: If you dedicated your music to something or someone what or who would that be?
A: No one or anything in particular. Some of my songs are dedicated to specific people.
K: Thank you, Aditi!! It was wonderful having this conversation with you.
A: It was my pleasure!
To listen to Aditi’s music, you can visit her Reverbnation page and also stay updated with her latest doings on Facebook.
Karthika Annamalai is an eighteen year old arts student from Bangalore. She completed her high school studies at Shanti Bhavan Residential School. Her hobbies include writing, drawing, skating and cycling. She is currently studying at the National Law Institute University and aims to join the UN someday.