Kiara Chettri’s tryst with music started early in her life or one can say early enough, as she released her first single You’ll See at the tender age of 15, back in 2019. All of 17, she’s got 6 singles to her name already, streaming across leading platforms and as of November 2020 a full length album to boot. And she hasn’t even completed her schooling as yet!
Anatomy of the Genre
I would say that my main genre is pop and that my music had different variations of pop like acoustic pop and rock, new age and even alternative rock.
What Happens at 4a.m?
If I were to describe my album 4am, I would say that the songs are basically how a young girl perceives the world. Her thoughts on life, relationships, her dreams and the people she loves. The feel of this album is very personal. I feel like I have been very very honest with each and every song and their lyrics. The first track I recorded was my first ever single called “You’ll See”. I wrote it when I was 14 and didn’t have much confidence to put it out. My father was the reason why I put it out and he gave me the confidence to keep writing. So, you could say that the reason I made this album was of course because of my love for music and also because of my father’s encouragement. He is my biggest supporter and my pillar of strength. I named my album 4am because all of the songs on the album were written at 4am.
Once my music has been released on all streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, I use my social media to inform my audience. I get a really good response from Spotify, especially when my music gets featured on Spotify’s official playlists. I guess a struggle that I face is to keep the hype up for my music even when it’s been a while that I’ve released my last single or album. Basically it’s a struggle to stay relevant and I think every artist’s biggest fear is to become irrelevant.
Determination and Strong Will
I am a musician but I still do those things like spend time with my friends. I think my passion for music is so intense and immense that I just couldn’t think of doing anything other than music. It’s my first love.
My highlight performance was the performance I did at the EEMAX global awards by EEMA with a friend/pianist, Akhil Sahni. It was the biggest performance I had done with the biggest stage and the biggest crowd. I always dreamt of performing on a huge stage with only a piano and wearing a beautiful dress. My dream came true and that’s why the performance is so close to my heart.
An Ode to the Roots
I was born and brought up in Delhi and most of my life I have lived in Gurgaon. Gurgaon or Delhi have not impacted the way I make music. But I have gotten a lot of local support from the people around. It’s very overwhelming.
There are so many psychological rewards in this career or in being a musician. One very big one is that every time I am sad or upset or angry or have a little bit of anxiety, I pick up my guitar and start strumming. It makes me feel so much better. To me, music is therapeutic. It calms me down. I have never second guessed my choice of being a musician or pursuing music. I know that this is what I was made for and this is exactly what I am going to do.
I would definitely not say that 2020 has been the worst year of my life. It has actually been a pretty good year for my music career. I released my debut album which is a huge deal for me. The only thing I missed out on was live shows and gigs. There’s nothing like the rush of adrenaline you get before going on stage. I miss that quite a bit.
On the Anvil
I would say that I will definitely make more music. Making music is something that I will never stop doing. This month will also see the release of my music video for Kinara Tu- which is a track I’m very emotional about. There’s a lot in store for me for the future, as I know that my musical journey has just started.