Editor: Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you entered the music industry?
Anurag Mishra: I am a singer-songwriter, hailing from the state of Odisha. Having completed my studies from reputed institutions like NIT Rourkela and IIM Indore, I started pursuing my passion for singing and music during my corporate stint in Mumbai in the year 2015. I started my own Youtube channel which has my music compositions. Then, with more and more experience in Reality shows, live gigs, private projects – I have gained a decent amount of experience in the music field and striving to do more with each passing day.
Since 2017, I have been working on MY debut original album, where I have worked with multiple composers, fellow-singers, lyricists, and producers. It’s my mega-collaborative maiden project. The first song from the album – ‘Chal Pada‘, is already out and the rest of the album will be out in the coming months. I am very excited about the same.
I am mostly into Indian music – Sufi, semi-classical, pop, and soul music. I believe in simplicity and that genuine music has the power to stir people’s emotions.
Editor: Tell us about your achievements as a musician?
Anurag: Few Note-worthy moments for me.
1. First original song “Chal Pada” got featured in ‘The Wire’, ‘Times Now’ channels in 2019.
2. Sang the official NSG anthem, for the NSG commandos of India
3. Part of India’s Top – 10 in Benadryl Big Golden awards Season 5, by BIG 92.7 FM and did playback with Hamsika Iyer in 2017.
4. Won the MTV Bollyland event in Indore in 2015, and opened the concert for Atif Aslam, in front of approximately 12000 people
5. Featured as one of the Top 100 Singers in “THE VOICE 2016” singing reality show on & TV.
Editor: Tell us about your songs which have been released until date. Is there a song you feel most proud of?
Anurag: I have more than thirty-five covers on my Youtube which are basically my renditions of the songs I love. I have been proud of most of my work, at that specific point of time, with whatever knowledge and skill I had. My proudest work till now would be the official ‘NSG Anthem‘ which I have sang. It gives me so much pleasure to be associated with the brave NSG commandos and their journey.
Editor: If you weren’t a singer/musician, what would you be doing right now?
Anurag: I would be a cricketer. Most probably trying to get into/or in the national team.
Editor: Where did you get that confidence to perform on stage?
Anurag: There is a funny story to it. When I was in my post-graduation in IIM Indore, on my first singing appearance, due to some technical glitch I could not get any feedback on monitors and my performance was botched up. I got booed by my entire senior batch. Also, I got rejected twice by the music club (for reasons unknown). But in the 2nd year, I did make it a point perform in front of a full auditorium and it was serene. It was that night I thought something can be done in the field of music. I started believing in signs, destiny, and universe. I started brewing the thought, what if I am destined to become a musician. And then there was no turning back after that.
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Editor: What is your dream project?
Anurag: Nothing specific, but working with the best musicians in the world. And spreading my music.
Editor: What would you like people to take away from your music?
Anurag: I feel the most important thing missing in most of today’s music is real-ness and honesty. And I wish to give my honesty to people through my music. This means, whatever emotion I am feeling and trying to communicate through music, the audience should be able to feel that as well.
Editor: Any upcoming album or song release you want to share with us?
Anurag: Absolutely. I have my debut album called “Project SWA” coming up next month, on which I have been working for almost two years now. It is an album of eight songs, talking about ‘self’ (hence ‘SWA’ which in Hindi means self). In these songs, I have tried to capture the emotions which are undervalued and under-rated and stay within ourselves. The 1st song called ‘Chal Pada‘ is already out which speaks about the feeling of moving over depression.
The rest of the album will be out in July and I can’t wait to show you our labor of love. Stay tuned.
Editor: Who were your inspirations growing up?
Anurag: Inspiration is everywhere. I just have tried to be aware of it. There is inspiration which comes from people with obscure backgrounds who have made it big in life – SRK, Dhoni, Mary Kom. There is inspiration from people like Shankar Mahadevan who is legendary in multiple arts – singing, performing, composing. And why only these stars, you can find inspiration from people around you. My sister has inspired me to take on this big bad world single-handedly, in a bad-ass manner. My father has taught me humility and my mother – care. I see a lot of my fellow artists hustling in the industry, and never giving up. I derive and learn so much from them.
Editor: Are you into songwriting? What are your main impulses to write about music?
Anurag: Yes. I have been writing songs for over an year now. I have 6-7 compositions (some complete and some broken) which I will release next year as singles/ in an EP. But it is a new and exciting process for me.
I have to have a guitar to start on a song. I start with some chords, fiddling around till I find some combination which appeals to my gut. And there is this moment I know this can be a melody of a song. This is the most important and rare moment. I keep recording almost everything on the phone, which I make, to refer later. I have rejected so many combinations and so many sessions have gone without producing anything. But the ones, where there is such a Eureka moment, are truly priceless. I am still learning.
Once the base melody is clear, it is all about building on it, making a structure and also depending on what mood the song wants to convey, the progression is made.
Editor: Is there any particular advice you would give to up-and-coming vocalists?
Anurag: I can only say to never ever lose hope. Music is an unpredictable profession and it will be tough. Even I have just started and am nowhere close to being established. I am trying to find my feet. And trying to persevere each and every day. But I have learned to be patient. I suggest the same to all. Also please keep practicing and never leave the desire to learn new things. Keep that spirit alive. If you are static, you are dead.
Editor: What is your opinion about One Song? Do you think it’s a valuable platform for the career growth of musicians like you?
Anurag: I think One Song is an amazing platform for any form of talent which is to be showcased to a large audience. I have been in touch with them for more than a year now and it has been very fruitful for me. Most importantly they are very genuine people to work in the digital marketing space. Highly recommended.
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