'You don't have to be a supermodel to be an artiste'

Rising star

'You don't have to be a supermodel to be an artiste'

She’s inspired by the sounds and hues of Japanese anime and that shows in her music.
Tarana Marwah, popularly known by her stage name ‘Komorebi’, is releasing her eight-track debut album this month. The album features multiple collaborations with artistes like singer Nicholson, bassist Mohini Dey and guitarist Warren Mendonsa.

Much like her name, Tarana’s music is enchanting and whimsical. All pumped to explore different parts of the country as part of her ‘Candyland Tour’, she was in the city last week for the release of her album ‘Soliloquy’.

In a chat with Anila Kurian, Tarana talks about her work and what it’s like working in the music industry.

Tell us about your stage name ‘Komorebi’.
It’s a Japanese word that translates to ‘sunlight that filters through tree leaves’. Everything from my look, art and music is inspired by Japan as I am highly influenced by anime and manga. My music is my way of expressing my identity.

How excited are you about ‘Soliloquy’?
Very excited! Along with the albums, there’s also an art and photoshoot release and the tour which is keeping me on my toes. I’ve been working on this since 2015 after the release of my first debut EP.

Where does your interest in music come from?
I’ve been a musician since I was seven years old. I’ve also been part of many bands before. But I started dabbling with electronic music in 2015 after the debut song. I posted the EP just for the fun of it and it was highly appreciated. That’s what encouraged me to make this album.

You’ve collaborated with many artistes for this album...
Yes, and what makes it special is that they are from different fields of art. Everyone,from the animator to the vocalists, was a lot of fun to work with. They made my dream a reality.

Which is your favourite song from ‘Soliloquy’?
‘Little One’, because I wrote it for my brother. It’s very relatable for everyone who has a sibling. It’s a song about family issues and how you have that kinship with your sibling. And with Warren Mendonsa on the guitar, the song seems just magical.

How would you describe your music?
It’s personal, vocal, lyrical and has lots of melody. My music is a mix of electronic and hiphop. It’s honest music that anyone can enjoy.

What do you think about the music scene in Bengaluru?
It’s fantastic! I wish the audience in Delhi are like Bengalureans. Bengalureans like listening to indie music and that’s very inspiring for artistes like me.

Is there any discrimination in the music field against women?
There’s a certain standard as to what one should wear and how to perform — it’s very annoying. I think everyone should just focus on the art. After all, you don’t have to be a supermodel to be an artiste. So just appreciate the art and let everyone be.

What are some of your future goals?
I want to continue releasing more music and collaborate with more vocalists. I’m also pursuing scoring for films and series. I hope to extend my musical influence to the entertainment world.

How do you spend your time when you’re not busy with work?
You will either find me eating something or playing ‘World of Warcraft’.

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