DEESHA – The Rising Canadian South Asian Music Talent
Posted by Vivek on March 23, 2012 | No Comments
Canada is home to many second generation South Asian Canadian artistic talents. Directors, Stand Up Comedians, Actors etc. Now emerging in that space are the musicians and primary among them is the young and very talented, DEESHA. In a short span of time, this artist has captivated audiences not only across Canada, but across the globe. Here we catch up with her:
A little about what got Deesha into the creative line?
I’ve always loved music. Listening to it, singing it, dancing to it. Without music my life feels silent. I started writing music when I was 14 and no matter whatever else I endeavored to do, music has always been that one thing I always run back to. It’s fair to say I’m having a life long love affair with music.
On the influence of Canada in your creativity?
I was born and raised in Canada and so I have had the unique opportunity of growing up with two distinct cultures. I grew up watching Hindi movies and listening to Bhangra. I also loved pop radio and listened to everything from Whitney to Depeche Mode. It gave me a real choice when developing my own creativity and at the same time gave me a lot of different influences to choose from.
What are your current projects?
I’ve recently completed my sophomore album entitled ’200 Grams’. I’m just awaiting it’s official release. Beyond that I’m continuing to write new music all the time.
On being South Asian Canadian, in the artistic landscape of North America?
Being South Asian Canadian has it’s unique challenges. At the end of the day you’re still considered a visible minority despite the size of our population and so I’m not considered the face of the majority. The interesting dilemma is that both non-South Asian’s as well as South Asians seem to have a similar expectation of what represents the face of pop music. It’s definitely an uphill battle for artists who are creating anything outside the influence of ‘Indian’ music.
Given that you performed at IIFA, might there be a possibility of doing a Bollywood project?
Of course! If the right opportunity presented itself in Bollywood it would definitely be something that I would be excited to be a part of. I just love to create and whether it’s North America or Bollywood, there’s nothing more exciting than being a part of a great song.