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A Dirty Dozen with AVARIN – May 2022

According to a recent press release: “Mumbai based producer & singer-songwriter Avarin recently released his debut single “Come a Little Closer,” which is best described as ‘lightning in a bottle.’  The smooth vibes and seductive energy of “Come A Little Closer” has led to its success, topping more than 1 million views on YouTube in less than a month’s time. The success of this single release is indicative of the shape of things to come for Avarin, as the Mumbai, India bred artist is destined for stardom. This is only the beginning.” We get Avarin to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

It is the first song I finished in a studio. I think we always spend a long time working on music before we go in so it was a little daunting but I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Never thought about putting in hidden nuggets in the material. I kind of just went with what I was feeling. Might explore that on the next record.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My mom signed me up for piano lessons when I was 5. I picked up the guitar in my teens and wanted to learn the songs I loved. I think it was in college or just after where I was like you know what, nothing makes me happier than music.  I’m gonna dive into this and just go for it.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I had a big rock phase for a while spending a lot of time figuring out Guns, Zeppelin and Floyd records. Then I gradually moved into pop with Bruno Mars and John Mayer.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Haven’t really thought about that yet. Been so busy exploring where I want to go with my music that it hasn’t crossed my mind. I can definitely see myself doing something down the road but right now I’m pretty focused on what I want to put out.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I love going to concerts and music festivals.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I’ve seen a whole bunch of comparisons so far. I don’t really like defining it, I let that go the listener. I’d say it’s somewhere in the pop realm with bits and pieces of all genres.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We’re all pretty moody so I’d say whoever is feeling it goes first.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I wouldn’t say star struck. But I did see Tommy Emmanuel in concert this year and was completely floored by how good he was. I’ve never seen anyone take one acoustic and bring the house down like him.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Moments when you’re completely in the zone. Probably get into speaker design.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Don’t have one so far.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Not yet thankfully.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Thriller – just to see if they knew they were about to write possibly the greatest record in history.




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