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The one-woman band

Delhi girl Vasuda Sharma beat 420 Indian musicians for a chance to perform in Berlin.

music Updated: Sep 05, 2010 01:54 IST
Nikhil Taneja

She’s singing her way to success. And Vasuda Sharma is loving the feeling. Sharma, who broke into the music scene in 2003 with the pop group Aasma, has won a contest by international music website Music2deal.com, held to select an artiste to perform at the Popkomm Music Festival 2010.

Sharma, who hails from Delhi, has been selected from 420 musicians, including renowned Indian bands like Demonic Resurrection, Junkyard Groove and Shkabang, to open the event.

Sharma recently went solo recently, and is thrilled with the opportunity. “Popkomm is one of the biggest festivals in Berlin and features international artistes. It’s unbelievable that I’ll be performing with them,” she says.

“This is the biggest turning point in my life after Aasma happened. The response has also been incredible so far - people who’ll be performing at the festival have been complimenting my music on the Internet,” she adds.

For the contest, Sharma uploaded two of her original songs, one each in English and Hindi. She says, “The Hindi song was semi-classical, while the English one was a blues number. Maybe the fact that they were poles apart impressed the judges.” But what got Sharma the nod from the jury was her video, where she’s shown her skills with a loop station, instead of using the support of a full-fledged band.

“With the loop station, I use some prerecorded samples of my voice, hand percussion and the guitar, and then do a bit of beatboxing, accompanying it with a couple of instruments, to create a whole live music setup,” she explains.

“I’ve also been jamming with different instruments... I wanted to showcase that I’m a one-woman band.” Sharma, who will soon make her debut as a composer, is hoping to explore international labels while in Berlin to help her cut an album.

I may even do an acapella version of a patriotic song! I just want to make Berlin groove to my music - Vasuda Sharma, singer.