Music2deal.com, an international music website dealing with licensing, publishing, artiste management and promotion, recently held a contest in India, to select an artiste to perform at the Popkomm Music Festival 2010.
Vasuda Sharma, who broke into the music scene in 2003 with the pop group Aasma, has been selected from 420 musicians, including renowned Indian bands like Demonic Resurrection, Junkyard Groove and Shkabang, to open the event.
The jury for the contest included top names in the international music scene like Hans Cuny (Peer Music), Corciolli (Azul Music), Maxe Alexxon (Pama Music Group) and Richard Rogers (A&R consultant). Sharma, who hails from Delhi, only recently went solo, and is completely 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. I’m really excited.”
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 make her debut as a composer with Makarand Deshpande’s Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu, is hoping to explore international labels at the festival for a private album. “I have a 40 minute performance, and I want to make the most of it by adding both Indian and western elements to my songs. I may even do an accapella version of a patriotic song! I just want to make Berlin groove to my music.”