TYESHA KOHLI – SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND A PRODUCER
Tyesha Kohli is a Delhi-born and raised, independent Singer and Songwriter, Producer of average demos, and a Cappella
enthusiast (read nerd), and an avid lover of all memes. Alongside working on her own songs as a solo artist, she continues to lend her voice as a background singer to many songs of other independent Singer-Songwriters and friends like Hanita Bhambri, Prabhtoj Singh, Anisha Uppal, and more. She’s currently 25 years old and has been a performing artist ever since she graduated from Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University in 2017. She is currently enrolled in Berklee College of Music as a second-year undergraduate student and also carries on being an active recording artist and songwriter.
Here is Tyesha Kohli in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a musician begin?
Unofficially, it all began when I was a kid. I grew up listening to a lot of different genres and really found my forte when I entered college in 2014. I spent 3 years being a part of a huge Cappella group and right after college ended in 2017, I dove right into the Independent scene as a performing artist. What followed was years of active gigging, recording, and secretly writing.
2) Tell us more about your experience of singing song covers.
I started posting covers because I hadn’t found my own sound yet. Even though today I’m releasing my own stuff, I still feel like singing my favorite songs is a great way to keep my creative expression alive.
3) Which has been your first track?
During my years as an active performer, I did sing background vocals for a lot of friends and talented independent artists. But my first official release was with MojoJojo as a Featured Artist. After ‘Sapne’ came out in 2018, it felt like a wake-up call that I needed to start working on releasing my own songs more actively. My first track under my solo artist name was released this year in April and it’s called ‘Midnight Lover’.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
The Indian Independent community is full of extremely talented musicians, some of them being people I’m lucky to call friends and I’m awestruck and inspired by their work ethic and drive daily.
5) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Hopefully graduating with a second degree from my dream school and work in a cool studio in some corner of the world, making music and meeting people. Yup, that sounds ideal.
6) How would you describe your music?
I love making songs that people could listen to when they’re on long drives or having a moment to themselves. I feel very connected to my songs and I want the listener to have the same connection and feel like their feelings are being put into words.
7) Which has been your most memorable project or song?
Out of all the really cool projects I have been so lucky to be a part of, my favorite has been recording my first single in the comfort of my home and proving to myself that I can be self-sufficient and ask for help whenever I need it.
8) What advice would you give to the aspiring musicians?
KNOW. YOUR. CRAFT. Literally, don’t ever stop learning about your craft. Especially as an independent artist, you should be focusing on more than just one aspect of your craft. Try your best to learn as much as you can about your instrument, about your composition, how to conduct yourself within a band, how to release your own music, how to promote yourself, etc. Do the research, it definitely helps in the long run. Make those cold calls!
9) Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
I feel like there’s a lot more left to achieve but my first single crossing 20k+ streams across all platforms in the first few months definitely had me on cloud 9. It gave me purpose and more motivation to keep going!
10) How was life in quarantine?
Full of ups and downs, I’d say, just like it’s been for everyone. I did start writing way more than I used to, so that’s been great!
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