'I am not always talkative'

'I am not always talkative'

It was on a whim that Shirley Setia decided to display her musical prowess online. The Indo-Kiwi singer recorded a cover version of 'Tum Hi Ho', from her house in  Auckland, and  entered it into a contest by 'T-Series'. Her entry was chosen as one of the overall winners from lakhs of entries and there has been no looking back for the chirpy youngster since then.  

Shirley has shifted base to Mumbai and recently lent her voice to the movie 'A Gentleman'.

Last month, she  released her new single 'Tu Mil Gaya'  with 'Artist Aloud', a talent and independent content platform. The track will soon  be available on platforms like 'Hungama' and 'Wynk'.  The YouTube star spoke about her melodious journey so far..  

How did you get interested in this field?

I never thought I would ever become a singer; it all just happened spontaneously. I uploaded a video on YouTube, which went viral, and that motivated me to keep doing more videos.  

What platform do you enjoy more  - live shows or the digital space?

I think both have a different vibe. I absolutely love interacting with all my fans online but nothing can replace the feeling you get when you see them in person, singing along with you as you perform. 

The most memorable moment in your singing career so far?

I have had many. The most recent one was when my Bollywood song 'Disco Disco' released. I was with my parents and brother in Europe    - they were all so happy and proud. I don't think I will ever forget that moment.    

How was the experience of working in Bollywood?

It was great! I had an amazing time working with Sachin-Jigar; both of them are super sweet and guided me on how to get the best take for 'Disco Disco'. I also met Sidharth Malhotra when he was dubbing his rap for 'Bandook Meri Laila' and he said that his entire team loved 'Disco Disco'.  

Tell us about your new song...

Ever since I moved to India, I have been wanting to work on more originals. My new song 'Tu Mil Gaya' is all about giving love a chance, being spontaneous and living in the moment. I am an overthinker so just being in the moment doesn't come easy for me. In a way I was telling  myself to just go for it through this song.    

Your musical inspirations...

Ed Sheeran, 'Coldplay', Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, KK and Arijit Singh.    

If not a singer then...

I would most probably have been working in the digital media marketing space.    

What music do you listen to in your free time?

Pretty much all Ed Sheeran songs! I am a huge fan.    

Three things about you that no one knows...

Firstly, I love to drive. Secondly, despite being a musician, I sometimes like to listen to nothing and just sit in silence. Thirdly, I am not always talkative - it depends on my mood.

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