Ira Sharma is an American Independent Artist and Producer hailing from India. A current first-semester student at the Berklee College of Music, Boston majoring in Songwriting, Ira aims to translate her own feelings and touch people’s lives through the power of her music Having received a Performance Diploma in Vocals from Rockschool London at age 17, Ira melded her love for music with theatre as she brought to life the lead role of ‘Grace Farell’ in her high school’s Annual Day Production of the Broadway Musical Annie in 2018.
Here is Ira Sharma in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
I started my musical journey at the age of 8 after being taught to play the Timber Block for an Instrumental Music exhibition held at my school (Lotus Valley International School, Noida) in 2010. The performance struck a chord as I soon began formal lessons in music from Noida School Of Rock. I have been taking certificate examinations in Piano and Vocals from Trinity College of Music, London as well as Rockschool, London for the past 7 years.
2) Which was your first song?
My first song was ‘Best Found Treasure’ : A slow pop love song where the piano lines are patient and the lyrics are heartfelt.
3) Which has been your most memorable live performance?
My most memorable live performance happened at the open mic at the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music, Boston, US while attending the 2-week summer program in June 2018. Now I am a current first semester student at the Berklee College of Music, studying songwriting.
4) How do you manage investment for your music productions?
Having only recently begun with producing music solely by myself, I have always been particular about my budget while hiring producers to work with me. I also record and edit videos by myself so I was able to cut costs on the my video productions.
5) Who has been your inspiration?
Artists like Sara Bareilles, Rachel Platten, Ruth B, Sasha Sloan and Katy Perry have been my inspirations.
6) Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years I see myself as an established artist, having released about 10 albums and touring the world. Not only this, I wish to performing for big events such as the Global Citizen and The Super Bowl. In 10 years, I also see myself supporting up & coming artists with their own music and artistic expression by starting my own business venture.
7) Tell us about your latest track.
My latest track ‘Stranger’ is a song about a breakup. Unafraid to be vulnerable, unique & authentic, in ‘Stranger’ I tell an empowering story about falling apart and putting all the broken pieces together to getting right back up. A sentimental ballad and beyond, I wrote this song about how a hurtful experience shaped my perspective and transformed me into a stronger and wiser being than ever before.
8) Which is your most preferred genre?
My most preferred genres are pop and contemporary R&B.
9) How was life in quarantine?
I have been performing live on Nico.Radio every Tuesday at 6pm EDT from late June till late August. Besides this, I have also been working on my next single ‘by the way’ which is to release on 30 September 2020.
During quarantine, I began learning music production and am excited to be releasing my debut EP by the end of this year.
I was hoping to fly to Boston for my first semester at the Berklee College of Music this September, however the pandemic has caused me to start fall semester remotely through zoom meetings for now. I missed performing live on stage but nevertheless, I got the chance to perform live on virtual events.
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