Revisiting memories through melodies
Singer-songwriter Tanmaya Bhatnagar’s songs are drawn primarily from her personal experiences. With dark voices and melancholy tunes, Bhatnagar’s music addresses themes of love, distance, sorrow and loneliness; the product being tender and evocative.
The artist, who recently released his single Quietly, is ready for his four-track Extended Play (EP) in English. Everywhere I go I would like to be all I need, coming out today. In this week’s Soundscape, we talk to the artist about his inspiration, songwriting process, and EP. Extracts …
Walk us through the process of writing the song Quietly.
Of all the songs on the EP, Quietly was written quite recently. Honestly, I wrote this song after I had a huge panic attack. I feel like most of the time we keep things bottled up and it ends up being a huge lump in our throat that has to find its way. Quietly was something like that for me. I felt the words so strongly that I was able to create a painful but hopeful melody out of those feelings. I wrote the song in maybe 15 minutes. It was a release of intense emotions. I didn’t want to make up words, I just let them flow.
Your songs communicate very strong emotions. Have personal experiences ever been a source of inspiration for your work?
Always. This is where I get my inspiration for just about anything I do creatively. I think emotions are meant to be explored, explained and shared in art form. I need it, we all need it. It shows us a way to make sense of things, it makes us feel included. I think anything emotional and true validates how you feel and it can be very liberating.
Do you write the lyrics first or is the emphasis on the melody?
It depends on how I feel. Most of the time, the melody comes first.
Your first EP is out today. What does this imply for your listeners?
Aaah, so much! I waited and waited to work on these songs because I feel like they are an integral part of my story and the way I started to write music. I know my audience and supporters have been very understanding and patient throughout the process, and I’m sure they will enjoy the EP. It’s personal and raw, and I had the best time to bring these songs and stories to life. I am really excited; all is love, heart and hard work.
‘Quietly’ by Tanmaya Bhatnagar is available on all streaming platforms
Song – Quietly
Artist – Tanmaya Bhatnagar