TWINKLE AGARWAL – SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND A COMPOSER
Twinkle Agarwal is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter composer and performer from Lucknow. She has been doing music for a couple of years now and plays multiple instruments. Started doing music professionally at the age of sixteen. she has a band named The Lost Fireflies where she is the lead singer and the rhythm guitarist. It’s the only woman-fronted band from Lucknow. They have done gigs and performances all over the country.
Her original debut duet is out on all music platforms by the name of Khamiyan. She got a good breakthrough in the 2020 lockdown where she had an opportunity to do an original for Remo D’Souza for his online dance platform also. Her debut EP is on the way that is set to come out this year itself. The EP has four songs and the genre is alternative rock. She writes songs on issues that are very less talked about.
Here is Twinkle Agarwal in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
I was 13 and in a music academy beside my house, I saw a person playing guitar and singing. I went to him and asked if I could hold it and that was when I first time held the guitar in my hands and guess what I never wanna leave it now. He was Shikhar Srivastava now a prominent music producer in Mumbai. Being a guitarist at a young age was kinda seeking attention every time and I liked it. But 2 years later I realized and started feeling the power of music and took it seriously. I started singing and learning more about the kind of music I wanted to do. People started appreciating and telling me that I had a different texture to my voice. I covered different songs, started posting on social media, and discovered that I can write and compose too. Wrote my first song on pollution ‘dhuaan dhuaan’ at the age of sixteen which was highly appreciated on social media.
2) Tell us more about your experience of playing different instruments.
Playing different instruments was always like a dream to me and I started working towards it. The first instrument was a guitar as I mentioned earlier. As I play guitar, it was easier for me to play the ukelele being a string instrument. I thought that everybody is playing guitar these days and I should try something else, so, I asked my parents to buy me a drum set and I started practicing. I don’t usually play drums but I love playing them when I’m with my band. Then later in the 2020 lockdown, I learned keyboard, not a pro but yeah can play good music which is pleasing to the ears. Started my college learning music production as I want to explore the endless world of music.
3) Which has been your first track?
My first ever track was ‘Sapne’ featuring Remo D Souza, the God of dance. Now there’s an interesting story behind it. It was a lockdown and I met Remo sir through a live session on Instagram and that was one of the happiest moments. I sang him my pollution song and he asked me to make an original dance number for his online dance competition ‘Danzstation.’ That was a major task for me but I got so much motivated by my parents and Remo sir himself and with Shikhar Srivastav who’s a brilliant music producer, we made a banger track and now it’s the theme song of the platform.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration is my mother and I get inspired by the hard work and the smart work my mother does and the way I feel motivated and work towards whatever I want to do. I developed the inclination towards writing my own songs because of her as she herself is a brilliant writer.
5) Tell us more about your band, ‘The Lost Fireflies..’
Now that was a task, when I started connecting with musicians to form a band there was always resistance and hesitation from their end. A woman-fronted band was not their thing. Then after struggling with musicians leaving and joining in multiple times my band found some amazing musicians who wanted to stay by and for them, music came above the gender norms. ‘The lost fireflies’ is my band which is named after the fireflies who were lost and detached from their groups and families during the deforestation times. The name suggests that now we the members of the band as fireflies are back together through the power of music. We have done tours all over India. Right now we are 4 members. I along with Aryan who is a fabulous musician, Akarsh as the lead guitarist, and Ajay D Souza as the drummer. The bands’ debut album in the name of Jugnu is set to release later this year.
6) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I see myself living my dreams as an Indie artist making some soulful music. My debut EP is almost complete which will be coming out in the next two months ( got delayed due to the recent lockdown). The EP has four tracks and the first track is Madhoshi which is very close to my heart. . The genre of the EP is alternative rock. This EP will be followed by an album, already started writing for it. Hope to make my parents proud by doing some big music concerts and spreading my music worldwide.
7) Which has been your most memorable project or song?
The most memorable project I ever did was a cover song ‘Zara Zara’ with Sushant Khatri sir, the lyrical king of dance. The song has more than six lakh views on YouTube. It was an honor working with him as I learned so much doing this project.
8) Tell us about your latest track.
Now, this one is my favorite. My latest track ‘Khamiyaan’ was a song in collaboration with an amazing artist Aryan Katoch from Himachal Pradesh. We both wrote the song and composed it together, and we really did serious experiments this time whether it was with the lyrics, music, or the video. We made an Edm’ish romantic song with Shikhar Srivastava as the music producer. It is a vertical music video. The song was appreciated on all the platforms and is doing quite well. This song is my debut duet.
9) Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
Too early to count my achievements but yes by God’s grace had a chance to work with some prominent names at the start of my music career. Doing an original for Remo D’Souza sir tops the list. Apart from being a musician, I’m a sportsperson, have been a National level Swimmer, and a State-level boxer.
10) How was life in quarantine?
Quarantine came to me as a blessing in disguise. Locked inside gave me more time to think about new aspects of music I could work on. I learned the keyboard and wrote songs for my debut EP. Worked on building my social media. Met some amazing musicians on social media and had a chance to interact with them learning so many new things. Was able to listen to diverse music from all over the world and comprehend a lot of new possibilities while making my own music.
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