Dhvani Bhanushali is a fresh voice with extremely fresh perspectives. A peek into her life was all we needed to know what a beautiful musically charged future we’re heading to. In conversation with Smriti Raizada, Dhvani talks about how her life has changed and her journey to become the next big pop icon.
Ex: You were a part of the One Plus Music Festival this year that hosted pop stars like Katy Perry and Dua Lipa. How was that experience?
DB: It was an amazing experience. I’m still at a nascent stage of my career and for OnePlus to give me an opportunity to open for such big pop artists is just crazy. I’m very thankful, grateful and definitely over the moon. I’ll always remember the fact that Katy Perry was so nice to a person who she was going to meet literally for 10 seconds. She was so warm, she complimented me and made an effort to engage in a conversation. That really did leave a mark on me and it’s something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.
Ex: You started your journey with the song Ishtehaar. What was going on in your head at that moment, especially as it was you singing alongside the legend, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan?
DB: Funny thing is I didn’t know that I was singing it alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan until I went to Yash Raj and his voice started playing, my first reaction was, “Dude, what? I can’t do this! I am this 19-year-old nobody and I’m going to sing with such a legend.” But then, I went back home, my father sat me down and told me one thing – you’re always bigger than the problem. The next day I went with a fresh mindset and knocked it off in 45 minutes. I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to start off my career on such a high.
Ex: Was singing something you’d thought of pursuing since childhood?
DB: I used to sing in school and it was all in a flow from there. I didn’t even realize when it turned into
my profession. Eight months after Ishtehaar, Dilbar happened. The journey from then on has been magical. I didn’t have to try hard or have had to complain, I would’ve never imagined all of this to happen at such an early stage.
Ex: It’s been just about a year since you started out in the industry. Do you have an icon or an artist you draw inspiration from?
DB: Arijit Singh. He’s so indifferent with all the situations that he’s been put in. So much creativity comes out of that man that you couldn’t even think of. He’s so versatile and there’s so much to learn from him. Even Jonita Gandhi, I love the way she plays with her tonal textures.
From the west, I love Beyonce – she’s a queen!
Ex: Your single Leja Re was your rise to fame making you widely recognized. How did you deal with the outburst of fans on digital platforms?
DB: I got really happy. I’m a 21-year old, so for me, it was this dreamland and it kind of seemed like my life changed overnight. I loved the fact that people started to know me, they wanted pictures with me and made me feel important because they looked up to me. After a point, I felt a sort of responsibility on me which I made sure to carry with me and do things accordingly. For me, there’s nothing negative about this whole thing. Like I said, it’s been like a dreamland.
Ex: How do you think digital platforms are changing career paths for this generation?
DB: It’s become easy and difficult at the same time. Easy, because you don’t need a huge production or a setup. It’s an easy way to the public, so as to say that you can reach out to your audience easily. But it’s also difficult because now there’s so much competition.
Ex: How do you think technology is seeping in when it comes to the music industry?
DB: The recording process in the studio has changed. It’s not hard to connect with people overseas. To make a song has become easier, to reach the audience has become easier. You don’t need a full-fledged studio to record or program a song. I can do it at home with a laptop, and um, yeah just a laptop [laughs]. So I guess the process has simplified over time.
Ex: What do you think is the best technological innovation for a music artist?
DB: I think, the phone. The fact that there is a voice recorder on the phone for all the on-the-go ideas for vocals and melodies. For me especially, I get ideas when I’m travelling and it’s made my life a whole lot simpler!
Ex: Have you ever thought of exploring songwriting?
DB: Right now, I think I’ll stick to singing. There are a lot of amazing composers and lyricists out there that I want to work with and lend my voice to their words and compositions.
Ex: In a parallel universe, what would Dhavani Bhanushali’s calling be?
DB: I’d be a lawyer. But I’d always have music in my life.
Ex: What would the theme song of your life be?
DB: Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai.
Ex: Most expensive tech buy?
DB: My phone.
Ex: Your dream collaboration would be with?
DB: Charlie Puth, I’m really rooting for it every day!
Ex: 3 travel tech essentials?
DB: My headphones, the phone and my laptop!
Ex: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
DB: Hopefully, collaborating with Charlie Puth [laughs]
Ex: A Quote you live by?
DB: Suck all the marrow out of life.
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