My name is Shachi Pathak, I am a singer-songwriter, from Gwalior, based out of Mumbai. I was a practising forensic expert for about 1.5yrs and made the switch just in 2020. I came out with my debut EP “Mann Tarang”, a Hindi Lo-Fi and chill album, which got featured in magazines like Rolling Stone, The Score Magazine, the Curator Mag, etc. I recently took my single out, called “Teri Yaadein”, which is a ballad song, heavy on vocals and lyrics. My Instagram is usually full of #uthakpathak (renditions of songs in my very own style), where I mix the genres, language, etc.
Here is Shachi Pathak in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
As a kid, you could always find me singing as my hobby, but with time I improved, I incorporated, or at least tried to sing and perform like Miley Cyrus (I have been a huge fan of her since childhood). In my school, I was usually doing something or the other on the stage, sometimes singing! My first ever BIG performance was in my 12th standard when I was chosen as the lead singer of “Do Re Mi” from the sound of music, for our school’s annual day function, it was a great experience.
2) Which was your first song?
The first song I ever wrote and published was “KAREEB” that came out on 11 June 2020. You can stream it here.
3) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Well, definitely with a gazillion songs out! And still making more! Would love to see myself happy with whatever I’m doing, and wherever I am. I would love to be known widely, for my music!
4) Why did you leave Forensic Science?
I love my subject immensely, there is no doubt about that. After practising as a forensic expert for more than a year, I realised it is taking too much of my time and by the end of the day I would just be exhausted and have no time to make any music. I took the leap of faith in February, and have concentrated on increasing my knowledge in music and making music as much as I can.
5) Who has been your inspiration?
From when I was a child, I used to watch Miley Cyrus perform, the way she felt music, and have tried to always have half the confidence as her. With respect to music, my inspirations keep changing. My biggest influence in my EP was Joji for the 4th track “Aasman” wrt the sound and vocals, Trove Lo’s “habits” was a big inspiration for the structure of “KAREEB”, and the chorus of “Adaayein” was inspired by The Dream’s “Wee Hours”.
You can find my EP here:
6) What is the creative process like behind your work?
My process is very unconventional since I don’t know how to produce music. So, I usually begin with one word that comes to my head, example “Teri Yaadein” for my newest single, “Ratiyaan”, “Aasman” etc, and then I write down the rest of the song as the thoughts come pouring down. Then I try to find the right track that fits the feels of the words I’ve written, wrt the instruments, the tempo, etc., and then I compose the vocal melody accordingly.
7) Tell us about your latest track. What was the inspiration behind it?
My latest single, “Teri Yaadein” that came out on 30th October is a Sad Indie Pop Ballad. In it, there is me with the most vulnerable side of myself. One day when I was just revisiting my past, things I have left behind and my lost love, the thought of reconciliation crossed me and this song came pouring down into my diary.
You can stream the song here:
8) Which is your most preferred genre?
It had to be Pop Ballad, or Lofi and chill, this is the kind of music I always like to end my day with. Even though I have a very wide taste, I would prefer these two over a lot of others.
9) How was life in quarantine?
Quarantine has turned out to be very productive for me. I got a chance to learn so many things, listen to music that I didn’t know existed! I wrote my entire EP “Mann Tarang” during the first Nationwide Lockdown, and now that I am back home, to Gwalior, I’m making more! *fingerscrossed*.
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