Nitasha Randhawa is an electro-pop musician hailing from Toronto, Canada. Born in Italy to an Italian mother and Indian father, she grew up falling in love with music from different parts of the world. Moving to Canada as a young girl, she quickly involved herself in local musical theatre which eventually led her to the creation of writing her own songs.
With the release of her self-titled debut EP, “Nitasha Randhawa” upon us, the collection of songs comes to us in conjunction with a talented team of musicians. Heard across the three tracks we hear the sounds of musicians Baleine, Def Starz, and Sebastien Gauvin, while the engineering components are handled by Grammy award-winning Alex Jarvis, and Bollywood producer Maninder Dogra.
Leaping into the vibrant charisma that trickles hues of illumination from the EP’s first record, we get the pleasure of taking a trip through the nostalgic sounds of “Feel Less Shy.” The mesmerizing dance ambiance sweeps us into a time warp of sounds that pulsate through your speakers along with the lavish harmonies that Nitasha Randhawa performs. Her vocals carry a sultry essence to the empowering nature that cements her unforgettable timbres into the composition with mass dynamism. Setting a vivacious tone as the words she croons leave us fully immersed in her gravitational pull, Nitasha Randhawa has us eager to further explore the contents found on her self-titled EP.
Asking an important question to her audience as she eases us into the atmospheric realm of “Spaces,” Nitasha Randhawa takes to a personal narrative that has us reflecting on what we truly value in this lifetime. The complexity lies in the production elements as the call and response essence before she leaps into her second verse has us feeling as if the question of ‘do you?’ is directed directly to us. Grasping onto the passion that pours from the vessel that is her being, Nitasha Randhawa leaves us awestruck with the almost ethereal atmosphere she conjures up on this particular track.
With each song coming together as a final product reminiscent of what Nitasha Randhawa stands for as an artist and individual, fans will not be disappointed when they take in the bold soundscape from her debut EP.
A huge congratulations are in order for the release of your debut, self-titled EP, “Nitasha Randhawa.” You worked at such a quick pace to deliver this to your audience, and it sounds like the care placed into this took a plethora of time. How long did it take you to create this EP, and how do you feel to have a debut project out to the public?
Thank you! I am so excited. I can't put into enough words how it feels to finally get to this moment. I feel like every step I took before this was to get to the point where I could bare my soul freely through my own music. I've always been a very shy person and felt apprehensive with speaking but it is the complete opposite with singing. I feel the most connected with myself when I make music - I needed to do this for me. The songs started taking shape after I decided to take the really difficult step of leaving my job for many years to take care of my mental health. Once I got into a flow I just couldn't take my foot off the pedal. Focusing on my music became my therapy and three months later I had a three-song EP.
Showcasing various sounds that manage to fit onto the same spectrum of intensity, what inspired the EP’s concept in terms of messaging and sound?
The tracks on this EP feature different electronic sounds for getting into your own mind, and also out of it - bopping your head to a beat while you focus on what drives you. This is a big part of the concept and messaging of the EP, too. The journey starts inward - reconnecting with oneself, letting go of regrets and fears to move towards the unknown, and ends with a celebration of confidence. Most of this EP is a conversation with myself and it includes reminders like being present in the moment when I sing, "I find I feel it, know what I'm in" in the song, "Spaces."
What was it like working with such big names, and talented individuals, in order to get your vision of “Nitasha Randhawa” across?
I felt fortunate that they took this project on. I knew I wanted to make the best EP I could while representing my Toronto sound and just like my city it took artists from around the world to make it happen. Art is forever and so I feel a lot of gratitude for everyone that brought this vision to life. It felt natural to convey the kind of sound this project would have - everyone on this team was on the same vibe.
Out of the three tracks that can be heard, do you happen to have one that resonates with you more than the others? Why?
Yes, I do! While the whole EP is personal, the song that resonates with me the most would be the first single, "Feel Less Shy". Faced with the reality of how things are, the lyrics say it is time to lose all inhibition and get more out of life and keep that drive going. It really is a reflection of my personal journey and with the mantra "no matter where you've been, it's where you go" repeating on the track, gives me the strength to keep moving forward.
What do you hope your fan base can reflect on when taking in “Nitasha Randhawa”? Does this play into your mission statement as an artist?
My hope is that it is fun and makes you want to move from the first track to the last. I hope that if you happen to reflect on the lyrics that they can help inspire anyone else to reconnect with themselves, get out of their own way and live the kind of life that will make them feel fulfilled and happy. This project that started out as my therapy is now something I can proudly let live on out there and that is the greatest feeling for me.