Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

My real name is Pranavindra Lal. I was born in India on 11th November 1995. I grew up in a family of academics and I had to fight my way to do something creative. This was confusing because I wanted to be academic in some way as well, which is why I ended up in Cardiff to pursue a degree in Music Technology.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

I have very recently (2nd October 2017) released my first single and the related EP. I have been writing songs since I was 16 and have been trying to furnish my songwriting skills ever since. I am a solo artist and I also play with a band. I have been trained in Indian classical music as a child but as I grew into my teenage years, I found a natural affinity to the blues. I have played in a few bands but my wacky song ideas aren’t always entertained by bands.

I consider myself to primarily be a blues guitarist and then a songwriter and it’s always hard to find the right balance between the blues and contemporary songwriting.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

My debut EP falls in the genre of Ambient/ Singer Songwriter. It is my experiment with electronically produced music and how to incorporate meaningful lyrics into the songs, while being true to myself.

The EP follows a chronological progression of gradually getting detached from love or a lover. From being hopeful and working hard to keep a relationship together to realising that there is loads more of heartache of this nature in everyone’s lives.

Drive falls in the middle of the track list and translates to a weird zone, where one realises that they are how they are and aren’t going to change in the ways they are expected to. It is about the development of self-worth and realization.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

Through the time I spent undertaking my degree in Music Technology, I have constantly been learning new things about the music industry. I was an active performer in New Delhi, India with my previous band and always thought the music scene in western countries was more susceptible to the kind of music I was into. While I was trying to ‘get heard’ in Cardiff, I was also constantly learning about my types of music and was hence facing a dilemma with my own musical style. It is hard to make a mark for yourself as a performer if your musical choices change every month. I have very recently embraced my wide taste in music and am always trying to adapt my style and still make myself recognizable and listenable.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

This EP is a labour of love and it has come to life because of the efforts and skills of Dafydd Thomas. He is one of my best friends and an extremely talented music tech nerd. The EP is produced and mixed by him and it is truly a collaboration. Coming to shape after two years, the style, the musicality and sound of the EP was continually evolving for us. With the countless hours spent in studios, the final EP was completely recorded in Daf’s bedroom.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I’m just testing the waters in the music industry and have only been a part of it this year (2017).

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

It all comes from the true need of creative expression. This expression gets crafted into things I’m into. I have always loved music that meant something, written by inspiring songwriters. This drives me to work hard and develop my own skills. I find inspiration in everything but what I share with others is a small part of my comfort zone.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Haha. I wouldn’t know. Although, the pattern suggests for simple chords, simple melodies and pseudo-intimate themes.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

Listen to my music. I’d like to be in your 3AM playlist.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

No one knows how it works.

The key is in capital.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

The lyrics come to me first. I sing about stuff when I’m by myself and if anything worthy comes, I try to milk it into a song concept. I haven’t had any trouble adding music to the words yet and I write with some rhythmic sense so it seems to work. But at the end of the day, it’s just me and my acoustic guitar, pretending to be storytellers. My vocal ability is very limited in a contemporary sense. I try to craft my songs slightly out of my comfort zone. Recording is the least complicated part for me. I just plug and play.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, Chance the rapper, Bob Dylan and Bon Iver.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

Zac Hameiri and Mayank Chaudhary.

I’d like to collaborate with Post Malone.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

My Facebook

My Instagram

My Twitter

Youtube

Snapchat@pranavindra

My Website

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Spotify

iTunes

Bandcamp   ​​

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest Day- My first gig. The first time I heard applause for my own music. It was like an instant connection with the whole crowd and I felt like people got me for a moment. I’ve been trying to replicate that feeling ever since.

Saddest Day- When BB King passed away. I picked up the guitar so I could play with him some day and that can never happen anymore.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d make a studio, buy some guitars and a nice piano. Maybe a round of drinks at a pub. Potentially pay my student loan. Something for my parents would be quite nice too. Could get a few cosmetic procedures as well. Maybe some shoes and some handbags. And go on holidays to Essex. Idk?

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