Former member of the Aasma band, Vasuda Sharma dropped two songs under her newly launched independent music label Song Nest. While Manwa bhaagey, a solo song, is a nostalgic trip to her childhood, Kataar mein by her band Sharma and The Besharams, is a satire on the shared struggle of humans. A chat with the crooner who is charting her career both as an independent and commercial musician.
Congrats on the label. How will it help in your career as a musician?
I am thrilled to have launched my own indie music label Song Nest that will soon be the playground for new collaborations and aspiring artistes to release their songs.
After how long are you coming out with your original songs?
I have been releasing singles regularly, however, I am coming out with an original song titled Kataar mein by my band Sharma And The Besharams after almost a year.
So a total of two songs in August. Tell us about the genesis of the songs.
Manwa bhaagey takes us on a nostalgic journey back to our carefree days when innocence and wonder filled our hearts. It paints a vivid picture of relishing the joy of childhood, where imagination ran wild and every day was an adventure. I went through a phase when I had a strong desire to revisit and cherish precious moments of my childhood. When I had a heartfelt chat with my mother reminiscing my childhood days, there was a sense of longing for simpler times. She helped me pen down those outpouring emotions that eventually turned into a song.
Kataar mein by Sharma And The Besharams is a satirical song that humorously reflects on the never-ending experience of standing and waiting in queues throughout our lives. It serves as a light-hearted commentary on the repetitive nature of human existence. I noticed that waiting in lines is something that almost everyone encounters throughout their lives, whether it’s waiting for opportunities, relationships, achievements, or simply going through daily routines. The idea was to write something relatable highlighting the shared struggles and experiences humans go through, whether physical or metaphorical.
In terms of music, Manwa bhaagey is a smooth song and with its simple lyrics, it will invite you to relive the precious moments of your childhood days. With a mix of longing and gratitude, the song captures the essence of that childlike spirit, reminding us to hold onto the magic that resides within us and to always embrace the power of nostalgia as a source of comfort and inspiration.
On the other hand, Kataar mein is a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll song that will make you jive to its beats. Both the songs have music videos as well.
You operate as an indie artist as well as perform in a band. Which one do you enjoy more?
As a solo artiste, one has complete creative control over the music. All the decisions regarding songwriting, musical style, arrangements etc are taken by me. The process of decision-making is also quick and less time-consuming. However, working with the band has perks, especially if you are working with musicians who you appreciate and admire. I am fortunate to have an amazing bunch of musicians who are a part of my band. Being in a band allows for a collaborative creative process, where each member contributes their unique skills and ideas. This results in a more diverse and rich musical output.
Are you in touch with any members of the Aasma band?
Yes! I am in touch with all the bandmates of Aasma — Neeti, Jimmy and Sangeet. We often meet on certain occasions and have get-togethers where we catch up and chill.
I have a few wonderful collaborations in the pipeline. I am excited about working on a song with Akanksha Sethi, a promising singer-songwriter with a velvet voice. Apart from that I am writing some songs for my band and producing some music for a few indie artistes.