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Monica Dogra: Collaborations help me grow and evolve as an artist

Singer-songwriter Monica Dogra talks about her love for collaborations, and explains the reason behind her recent collaboration with Delhi-based musician, Abhishek Bhatia aka Curtain Blue, which released last month.

music Updated: Jan 08, 2018 18:36 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Monica Dogra,Abhishek Bhatia,Curtain Blue
Monica Dogra recently collaborated with Abhishek Bhatia aka Curtain Blue for the single Spell, which released last month.

Apart from writing her songs, singer-songwriter Monica Dogra loves the idea of collaborating with other musicians. The 35-year-old musician, who has “written over six studio albums”, feels that collaborations help her grow as an artist.

“I feel collaborations help musicians come together and unite people on a common ground. And through a collaboration there is a completely different energy, one you would have not seen with that particular musician before. I love exploring that idea,” she says.

“They (collaborations) also help me grow and evolve as an artist. The more I do that, my barriers of judgement get reduced and I think that it is important for me as an artist to grow without any judgments,” adds the Baltimore born singer.

Monica recently collaborated with Delhi-based musician Abhishek Bhatia, aka Curtain Blue for the single – Spell, which released last month and its video has crossed over six lakh hits ever since. Monica and Abhishek had been “bouncing ideas off each other” before they finished the track.

“ I think I saw him at the Magnetic Fields music festival and I thought he was an exciting musician. Then I heard that he had collaborated with Robot Koch ( American electronica musician), whom I love as well. Gradually as our circle of mutual friends began increasing, we discussed a possibility of a collaboration, and then we just kept bouncing ideas off each other. Finally, I sent him a melody, which he also liked, and before you would know it, we were done with the single. After working with him, my admiration for him as a musician and as an artist has only gone up,” she explains.

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First Published: Jan 08, 2018 18:36 IST