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I’m attracted to big bass, boys on bikes and being in the mountains, says singer Anushka Manchanda

Singer Anushka Manchanda on growing up listening to rock and roll, her Viva days, and Lay Me Down, her video with Monica Dogra

brunch Updated: Apr 29, 2017 22:01 IST
Anushka Manchanda says that Viva wouldn’t have disbanded if the members had managed their interactions better
Anushka Manchanda says that Viva wouldn’t have disbanded if the members had managed their interactions better

Date of birth: February 11

Place of birth: Delhi

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Hometown: Mumbai

School/ College: Amity International school, Noida

First break: When I was 17, with Channel [V] Popstars

High pointof your life: I’m always chasing a new high

Low point of your life: Around 2012-13, when I was feeling a bit lost and things were not working out professionally and personally

Currently doing: Working on my own music, editing and shooting other projects

Why do you think we don’t have popular girl bands in the country any more?

I think management is an issue. Viva would have stayed together if we had managed our interactions better. We were living, working, chilling in the same house, and we had no other friends. It got a bit too much.   

A composition that’s really close to your heart...

It’s something I will release soon. I’ve been working and editing my own music after doing a music production course from New York two years ago.

Fondest memory from your Viva days.

On Fridays, after we finished rehearsals dance and vocal classes, we would get on a bus to Pune, where Mahua (Kamat) was from, and get wasted. It was two days of playing games like dumb charades, Pictionary and Taboo.They were special times and it gave me a feeling of home.  

What made you sign up for Angry Indian Goddesses?

There are two things I consider when I take up a project: the kind of work and the people involved. They were artistes I wanted to spend time with and just by being around them, I learnt so much.   

Ever felt too tall to do something?

To wear those sexy, super-high platforms. I look abnormally tall.

A piece of advice you got that you’ll always remember.

Someone I knew once told me, “I know you think you have limitless energy, but you don’t. We need to preserve our energy.” It upset me then, but I get it now.

Every girl should learn to ride a bike because…

It’s awesome. To feel the wind in your hair and on your face is the best thing. In fact, I’m so music-centric now that I changed the silencer on my bike. It has a low sound now, and feels like bass between my legs.

Your Tinder bio would read…

I actually got on to Tinder for three to four days when I was in New York. I don’t remember what my bio was, but I think it would be – I’m attracted to big bass, boys on bikes and being in the mountains.

How was it working on The Party Starter anthem?

It was interesting because usually I don’t finish my own music. But when I get a brief from a client, I can slam it out. I knew they wanted something fun, so it was quite an easy track to do.

Your parents are rock and roll aficionados and have a great collection of records...

Growing up, all I heard was hard core rock and roll – Iron Butterfly, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica. My dad is the best air guitarist in the world. They both collected a lot of music while travelling for work. I want to get them an old-school turn table so they can play all their records.

You have an edgy, grunge style. Where do you seek inspiration?

Instagram is one of the best places to check out street style. I love taking screenshots, which is a bad habit because I have like 2000 of them.

Your video with Monica Dogra on same-sex love, Lay You Down, created quite a stir...

The song was a presentation of the idea that there are no boundaries when it comes to love. We have a society that functions a certain way and there are expectations of traditional relationships, but things are changing. People also need to change. The more we see these things, the more used to it we get.

Washboard abs or a lifetime supply of pizza?

Actually, I don’t get this obsession with pizza. It’s all bread.

How do you keep fit?

I do callisthenics at home with a trainer. I hate going to the gym.

A perfect date would be…

Going hiking and watching the sunset.

The last line of your autobiography would read…

She did what she wanted, without any regrets.


My Favourites

Song to dance on: Anything by Prodigy

Holiday destination: Kashmir, Berlin

Food: Shakarkandi (sweet potato) chaat in Delhi

Book: The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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From HT Brunch, April 30, 2017

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First Published: Apr 29, 2017 22:01 IST

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