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"Painting Shadows", South India born brother and sister singing group residing in Thousand Oaks, California take their musical style to the next level with their Indie infused performance and western beats you can view on their hit YouTube video, "Diamonds".
Raju Ivaturi, 19 year old singer, songwriter trained in south indian classical has put his sound with a mainstream fusion with music hits like," Can't turn time back", "Chasing Dreams" and their hit "Letting You Go", just to name a few on his latest album entitled, "Reminiscence".
His younger sister, 15 year old Chaitanya Ivaturi also trained in South Indian classic music and choir has allowed the fusion of India influences and western music to create her unique style that is leading the way in the international market. Chai's soft, melodic and youthful tones set her singing style apart with hit songs like, "Taj Mahal" and "CoffeeTable" that can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and ReverbNation.
Real Life Media had the chance to get an exclusive interview with the dynamic duo to find out what is currently on their minds!
Everyone has someone that inspires them, who "DRIVES" you to become the strong man/women you are today?
"My mother has always epitomized the definition of a strong woman. She teaches my sister and I the importance of working hard and always displays the essence of female power through her attitude and aspirations. Furthermore, she showed me how to accept failure and demoralizing situations with optimism and how to move forward from anything."
"100% my mother is the one who continually and consistently inspires me. Despite all the flack strong women of color get in the workplace, everyday I watch my mother overcome opposition and show me that you can be powerful, influential, and still be in touch with your emotions as a person. Her kindness and supportive energy makes her a pillar for so many people, which is something I respect to the highest degree and want to imbibe in myself as well."
Out of all of your natural talents, which one do you feel leads your abilities the most? (And why?)
"I think my best natural talent is my ability to understand a person’s inner feelings and act accordingly. I think I’ve always been empathetic and my attitude has always reflected my respect for others, and this is how I’ve been able to build important relationships that have helped me in life in a number of ways."
"I think my best natural talent is honestly kindness. It has always come easily to me to just be nice to people, and to me has proven to be the most important thing in keeping good relations and self-esteem. Showing others their worth to you through words and actions is powerful in the sense that it also heals you as a person."
Describe the moment right before you step out on stage to perform? (Are there certain things you do to prepare)
"In the moments right before I step on stage to perform, I’m straight up practicing my whole performance in a really hush-hush voice. I quietly try to ingrain my song(s) into my brain so they can flow out really effortlessly when I’m actually out there and so that it’s easier to add improvisations on the fly. Sometimes I might just go for the highest notes before my performance just so I can prove to myself what I already know, in that I can hit those notes."
"It's so weird how this always happens, but right before I perform I always have this moment where I imagine the single most ridiculous worst-case scenario that can possibly take place. As dumb as it is, it actually helps ease my nerves a lot. It just sort of make me realize every time that, "hey, it can't really get any worse than that, so might as well get out there and do my best regardless of the outcome". And I'd like to think that ultimately, that helps me become better over time as well."
Realistically, What would you like to achieve within the next 2 years?
"Within the next couple years, I would like to be an experienced artist who has written for and worked with big names in the industry. I know I have a unique talent for songwriting and singing, being able to produce quality material spontaneously, so I want the right people for me to notice that and give me a shot to make the music I love. This music will be creative, uplifting, and inspiring, and I feel like I deserve to work on such music."
"Over the next two years my biggest desire is to really develop my voice not only as a singer but as a writer. I really want to improve and flesh out what type of a writer I am, and what i prioritize and want to write about in my music. Along with that, I really want to start experiencing more in the business, working with other artists, writing for others, and more. I truly want to make more connections and advance in my journey to expressing myself in a clear, creative manner through music."
With your career on the go, what legacy would you like to leave for your future fans?
"I want to be remembered by future fans as an introspective artist capable of rendering emotion through music in a number of ways. I want my intelligence and uniqueness to shine, and I want to be known as an underdog who was never gifted with anything because I truly feel that I have had to work for everything I have in the industry."
"I think most of all, I want my future fans to relate to my music and connect to it in a way that helps and improves their lives. Growing up, the most influential and talented artists in my eyes and in my life were the ones who could really get through to me when i needed them to. Their lyrics offered me a lens that I could use to look at my life introspectively. It would be the highest honor and something I aspire to be able to do to be an artist who could give that same feeling to fans."
What do you do to escape the pressures of performing?
"Performing is of no pressure to me as long as my voice is 100%. I always focus on going out there with no qualms or fears regarding any aspect of my appearance or sound and just try to give it my best."
"Accept it. I don't think I can, or ever will be able to run from the pressure of performing. The truth about arts like music, art, dance, etc. is that they're all careers in which your success is based upon other people's judgement. And that is a truly terrifying thing. Accepting the fact that you're scared, and continuing to do what you do is a brave and empowering thing.
It shows that you as a person care most of your own dreams and desires of success, not anyone else's. I think when you have a support system of fans, you'll realize you now have a community of people who relate to you and understand you more than others, That makes it a lot easier. Suddenly it's like singing to friends and family rather than a scary crowd."
What would you want people to know about you?
"I want people to know that I’m a full-time college student and artist, and that I’ve been juggling the 2 for 2 years now. I also play basketball and love all things Hip-Hop and RnB, with my favorite artists being Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. I’m a hard worker and an competitive person who loves a challenge, but most of all, I love meeting the right people and expanding my network."
"I would want people to know that I'm a young person who believes in the power of other young people. I love activism and think it's important to use your voice to cause progressive actions, and I urge others to do so. I adore Frank Ocean, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Coldplay. My brother is one of the people who inspires me the most, and watching him grow while growing alongside him is a gift I cannot repay the universe. I want more than anything to make music that I'm proud of with people that I love. :)".