HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
Avneesha. I remember trying to think up different names I could use for my artist name. I wanted it to sound super-cool, but nothing stuck. I then thought this is too hard I’m just going to go with my name ‘Eesha’ but then felt that was too personal. My full name is actually Avneesha but no one really calls me that unless I’m in trouble, I thought that was perfect as it leaves a little bit of space between what everyone calls me every day and what people call me as an artist.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Avneesha. I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. My dad brought me into the music scene from a young age. I can remember singing traditional music and Hindi music early on and then venturing out trying different genres, eventually teaching myself a few chords on the guitar so I could write my own songs. I’m still pretty bad at guitar though; that should be my 2020 resolution! I’ve wanted to pursue a career in music as long as I can remember but probably got really serious about it in high school.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Avneesha. That’s a good question. I worked in retail for quite a few years so I think that really contributed to my current sense of style. I think my main inspo is whatever looks comfortable lol.
HCM. On your current release… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
Avneesha. My latest single ‘Real Ones’ literally wrote itself. I remember wanting to write a song about fake friendships and when I started writing it, it just came pouring out. It felt like I was writing a diary entry. When my producer and I started working on the track it became apparent that this song needed a rap feature. I’m still thanking my lucky stars that K.I.A agreed to jump on the track! He killed it with his rap.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Avneesha. I think there are many challenges. I think the biggest one being an independent artist is how expensive making music is, so all the extra cash I make goes straight into my music. But I love it so much and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I think in terms of my work ethic, my family is my greatest attribute. My husband especially, always pushes me to work hard and reach for the stars so without him I don’t think I would have been able to say I’m working on my third track!
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
Avneesha. I like to write about various things, so I just hope that people can find their own special meaning from my music and that it helps them in their own journeys.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
Avneesha. Music, music, and more music! I really want to work towards creating an EP. I’m just working on writing new songs and exploring different styles of music. I love writing, so for me this is the best!
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Avneesha. My husband. Number one fan.
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