Tempo High Five features local musicians around the Gulf. Check out whoâ€™s under our spotlight for this month.
Social Media: @nushka_abrhm
Inspiration(s): Life â€“ mine and that of others
Favorite Artists: Tool
Music Dreams: I just want to express myself and when I put it out there I hope people can connect to it and relate to it and interpret it as they want to â€“ so that when things get to them they can feel a little less alone. Thatâ€™s what music did for me.
Tempo: Introduce yourself.
Anushka: Iâ€™m just a person who always has a lot to say. I got plenty of thoughts and plenty of emotions and Iâ€™m always looking for ways to express myself and relate to people. I honestly donâ€™t know how to classify my music.
Tempo: How did you get started?
Anushka: Iâ€™ve always loved writing. I started with lyrics when I was around 12-13. It took ages but now one thing led to another, after a couple of open mics I got the confidence to put my music out there.
Tempo: Have you performed in public before?
Anushka: Yep! Very few times growing up. More so since the end of last year.
Tempo: Have you ever mixed up your music with other genres?
Anushka: For sure. Iâ€™m really not keen on being limited to a genre as long as the music I make is honest and it feels like â€˜meâ€™.
Tempo: What are your favorite music genres?
Anushka: I pretty much like everything. Tool is my ultimate favorite not only because of there music but the lyrics, the way they put together pieces. I also listen to Scropbius Pip, MIA, A Perfect Circle, Pascifier, Enter Shikari, Lorde â€“ the list goes on forever. But what I mean to say is Iâ€™m open to all genres and you might even catch me grooving to RnB.
Tempo: What do you do besides sing?
Anushka: Iâ€™m a special needs educator and Iâ€™ve been tutoring various ages for a while now. So I teach, do therapy, love working out, camping, cooking, dancing, being around people I love and getting to know strangers.
Tempo: What do you need to be successful as a singer?
Anushka: Depends on how you define success. If you want to be rich and famous â€“ recognize your niche then explore and exploit it. If you want to just have fun and gig, well just have fun and gig. J For me thatâ€™d be success just and getting chances to gig and for that I need to let myself be and hold onto no limits.
Tempo: What do you think about the UAE music scene?
Anushka: Itâ€™s a baby but itâ€™s learning to walk. Itâ€™s at that stage where you learn to walk, talk and explore and thatâ€™s awesome. Itâ€™s great to be part of something thatâ€™s developing . Culture may come as a barrier â€“ but weâ€™re a diverse blend of people with a love for music. Iâ€™m sure we can find a way to work around it and respect it.
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