'Pop music has a certain high'

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'Pop music has a certain high'

Perlita Emilya Rodrigues got inspired by music at a young age and since then, there has been no looking back. She identifies herself as a pop-music artiste and a dancer and there is no differentiation between the two for her. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, this young computer-science engineering student from Vemana Institute of Technology sheds light on her passion for music and more.

How did you get interested in singing?

I started singing when I was in the second standard, after which my life has always included singing and dancing. Pop music happened to me after I became inspired by musicians like Beyonce and Rihanna. I have been doing  gigs as well as uploading live videos on Facebook.

The different languages you perform in include...

I have performed songs in Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and English. (Smiles) I love singing English tracks more as I have an accent while performing in any other language. I love singing rock or peppy numbers more than any other type of songs.

What is it about pop music that makes you continue in the genre?

I think I’m at my best when performing pop music. I’m the performer who brings her own moves into the act when she performs. I dance in a certain style, which is why I connect to artistes like Beyonce and Rihanna completely. Pop music has a certain high. The beats make one dance, which attracts and gets the attention of the audience. The crowd tends to sing along with and dance to such songs. And I feel it is a great thing to make someone break out into some impromptu steps.

Some of your favourite songs are...

I love a lot of musical numbers and I’ve played many of them, which include ‘Locked Away’, ‘Cheap Thrills’, ‘This Is What You Came For’, ‘Starving’, ‘Stitches’, ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, ‘Into You’, ‘One Dance’ among others.

Other favourite artistes, apart from Beyonce and Rihanna?

I love V Bozeman who sang ‘What is Love’. Apart from her, I really like Sia who sang ‘Cheap Thrills’. I also love Shakira, because I’m also into singing and belly dancing.

How do you balance your passion for dance and music?

For me, they are both part of the same things. I feel dancing and singing is the best mixture possible. One listens to music and progresses according to it. I cannot differentiate between the two.

How important is an online presence for artistes nowadays?

In today’s times, one has to have a good online presence. The medium allows a better communication with people, where they are able to ‘Like’ and comment about an artiste’s work and give feedback. Also, when it comes to requests at a live gig, there are many people who will be allotted a particular slot. The personal touch feels much lesser there. This is something which is possible during online personal interactions.

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