Originally from Mumbai India, the singer-songwriter Praya is capturing the attention of contemporary and pop music lovers with his new single titled Come A Little Closer. I’ve recently had the honor of talking with this multi-talented artist. I’m sure you will find his words to be a source of inspiration.
Warlock Asylum: It is certainly an honor to be able to sit down and learn about your creative process and artistic endeavors. However, please introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Praya?
Praya: Growing up I was a pretty quiet kid but the music made me feel that I could really converse. I’d infuse my thoughts with my instruments which would make me feel lighter, like taking off something from my chest. Essentially, I’m a kid with the biggest dreams in the world doing everything I can to make them a reality.
Warlock Asylum: What inspired you to pursue music as a career path?
Praya: I got to this point in my life where I was working on music-related lines but not on the music itself and it wasn’t the same for me. Deep down I knew music made me happier than anything else and it really was just taking that final step to ask myself, ‘can I do it?’ I realized I didn’t want any ‘what if’s’ later in life and I knew this would be the biggest one ever if I never took this leap of faith.
Warlock Asylum: What are some of the obstacles that you had to overcome in order to make your artistic endeavors possible?
Praya: Well I got conned my fair share for sure. Think about it, an artist across the planet comes to a place where his favorite artists are from to make the best music possible. That is a recipe for turning into a lamb for the foxes. I went through multiple producers, artist managers, labels, and etc., all to find out they love talking about dreams with absolutely no clue of what the path is to make those dreams a reality, with another love of charging hefty fees too. Thankfully I found some people who were really brilliant at what they did and they helped guide me in making my music.
Warlock Asylum: Who are some of the artists that inspire you?
Praya: Growing up rock and roll hit me big time. Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd were on repeat all day and I spent most of my formative years on the guitar with them. As I got older, I drifted into more John Mayer, The Weekend and Maroon 5.
Warlock Asylum: Can you tell us a little bit about your new single Come A Little Closer? What is the song’s essential message and what led to its recording?
Praya: Basically some of my friends introduced me to an heiress one night we were out. I thought she was really pretty but she was surrounded by people that hovered around her and I kept thinking should I come a little closer and make a move or not. The song captures the space I was in at that moment. That classic battle of ‘should I shouldn’t I’. As for its recording, I had the main guitar part down for a while and the first words that came out, ‘I see you standing over there, red dress long black hair’ ended up being the first words of the song and it instantly took me back to that night.
Warlock Asylum: How does the music industry in India compare with that of the United States?
Praya: The biggest genre in India is Bollywood. Almost all the hit songs are correlated to movies and are an integral part of them. Each movie has at around 3-6 songs. The writers have a brilliant emphatic point of view of their characters and capture the vibe. Essentially the songs are placed before they even come out. In the US the biggest hits are almost completely independent from the movies. Yes, there are placements but those are secondary to the song going out there and really doing its thing. Sometimes a great placement gets the song out but that isn’t the norm.
Warlock Asylum: What are some of the life lessons you’ve learned since opening up as a musician?
Praya: Music got me to know myself better. You really have this time to arrange all these thoughts and emotions running around your head into something really cool. It also made me destroyed the fear of expressing myself. I realized that’s the most important thing.
Warlock Asylum: What can we expect to hear from Praya in the near future? Any final thoughts?
Praya: I got a bunch more music coming for you guys. From a modern take on ballads to party starters with some twists and turns. Other than that, I’m writing more than ever and you expect me to begin touring soon.
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