Kavi

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Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there? I grew up in and am based in Melbourne. Besides being an incredible city, I'm constantly so grateful for how supportive and collaborative the creative community is here - so many of the people around me are constantly sharing each other's work. There's so much going on in terms of music as well, with heaps of young creatives regularly taking the initiative to get together to put on gigs. How did you first start playing music? I grew up as part of a Hare Krishna community, in which music is a huge part of worship, so was exposed to lots of incredibly beautiful music from a very young age. I started singing there when I was about 13, then started writing my own music, outside of my spiritual upbringing, at 18.  What have you been working on recently? I've been spending a lot of time lately writing for a second EP, as well as working on some concepts for some visuals for my first release. I've also been working with some friends to put together features on some tracks of theirs.  You've got a new EP in the works, what has been influencing the sound and songwriting for the EP so far? I've always used songwriting as a sort of outlet for my real world experiences, so this EP has been drawing on a super emotionally transitional period I've been working my way through. I think my recent state of mind has also had a pretty formative impact sonically - I want to write songs that I can cry to while also wanting to dance. Lots of early 2000s-inspired angsty pop moments. How has the songwriting for the EP been taking place? Little phrases come to me at really random times, and I've got a folder on my Notes app where I write them all down. It's the same with melodies - they'll hit me so unexpectedly, and I hum them into my Voice Memos. I'll then usually dedicate an evening where I piece bits together to form a song.  Do you have an idea of where you'll record and produce? I'm working with my friend Balaram, who's a producer based in northern New South Wales, so I'll be flying up there in a few weeks to record. You also have a music video on the way, what's been happening so far? At the moment, just lots of conceptualising and story-boarding! Because it'll be my first music video, I'm trying to make sure I'm 100% happy with how I imagine it in my head before I start filming. I'm working with some insanely talented local creatives on it, so I'm beyond excited. You're working on some features on tracks by a couple of your friends, please explain: I'm not sure if I can say whose tracks at this stage, but it's such a cool experience to add your own creative input to somebody else's project. Sacred almost. It's an experience that's new to me, and one that I feel so grateful for.  Who are you listening to at the moment? Lots of Robyn, lots of Charli XCX. What do you like to do away from music? I do a bit of photography and creative direction. It's a creative outlet I get so passionate about; although there's a whole lot of planning involved with every shoot, it moves a lot quicker than music does, so it's a sort of semi-instant creative gratification. Any secrets that you care to share? Not at the moment! I like working quietly until a project is properly ready. What's planned for 2019? Aside from music related releases, lots of work, a Europe trip, more work, and a potential India trip. Favourite food and place to hangout? Most days it's anything vegan and involving fettuccine, and Indian food when I'm travelling and homesick. I love Melbourne's northern suburbs - Fitzroy and Northcote in particular. There's always so much going on around there, arts-wise, and the people are so lovely and so switched on.  https://soundcloud.com/tunesbykavi IG: @karvesh  Facebook: facebook.com/tunesbykavi Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7GmuVIS9CdJkdAmbwu1yV1 Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/train-tracks-and-bad-dreams-ep/1453034712
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I grew up in and am based in Melbourne. Besides being an incredible city, I’m constantly so grateful for how supportive and collaborative the creative community is here – so many of the people around me are constantly sharing each other’s work. There’s so much going on in terms of music as well, with heaps of young creatives regularly taking the initiative to get together to put on gigs.
 
How did you first start playing music?
I grew up as part of a Hare Krishna community, in which music is a huge part of worship, so was exposed to lots of incredibly beautiful music from a very young age. I started singing there when I was about 13, then started writing my own music, outside of my spiritual upbringing, at 18.
 
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately writing for a second EP, as well as working on some concepts for some visuals for my first release. I’ve also been working with some friends to put together features on some tracks of theirs.
 
You’ve got a new EP in the works, what has been influencing the sound and songwriting for the EP so far?
I’ve always used songwriting as a sort of outlet for my real world experiences, so this EP has been drawing on a super emotionally transitional period I’ve been working my way through. I think my recent state of mind has also had a pretty formative impact sonically – I want to write songs that I can cry to while also wanting to dance. Lots of early 2000s-inspired angsty pop moments.
 
How has the songwriting for the EP been taking place?
Little phrases come to me at really random times, and I’ve got a folder on my Notes app where I write them all down. It’s the same with melodies – they’ll hit me so unexpectedly, and I hum them into my Voice Memos. I’ll then usually dedicate an evening where I piece bits together to form a song.
 
Do you have an idea of where you’ll record and produce?
I’m working with my friend Balaram, who’s a producer based in northern New South Wales, so I’ll be flying up there in a few weeks to record.

You also have a music video on the way, what’s been happening so far?
At the moment, just lots of conceptualising and story-boarding! Because it’ll be my first music video, I’m trying to make sure I’m 100% happy with how I imagine it in my head before I start filming. I’m working with some insanely talented local creatives on it, so I’m beyond excited.
 
You’re working on some features on tracks by a couple of your friends, please explain:
I’m not sure if I can say whose tracks at this stage, but it’s such a cool experience to add your own creative input to somebody else’s project. Sacred almost. It’s an experience that’s new to me, and one that I feel so grateful for.
 
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Lots of Robyn, lots of Charli XCX.
 
What do you like to do away from music?
I do a bit of photography and creative direction. It’s a creative outlet I get so passionate about; although there’s a whole lot of planning involved with every shoot, it moves a lot quicker than music does, so it’s a sort of semi-instant creative gratification.
 
Any secrets that you care to share?
Not at the moment! I like working quietly until a project is properly ready.
 
What’s planned for 2019?
Aside from music related releases, lots of work, a Europe trip, more work, and a potential India trip.
 
Favourite food and place to hangout?Most days it’s anything vegan and involving fettuccine, and Indian food when I’m travelling and homesick. I love Melbourne’s northern suburbs – Fitzroy and Northcote in particular. There’s always so much going on around there, arts-wise, and the people are so lovely and so switched on.

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