30 seconds interview: Shammi Pithia

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Composer and multi-instrumentalist Shammi Pithia excels in creating the kind of expansive soundscapes that gently nudge you away from the humdrum of everyday life.

He deftly blends his worldly electronica with classical piano, flute, pipes and acoustic guitar to bring dimensions of folk and enhance his cinematic sound.

Testament to Shammi’s skill, his second album COSMIC rocketed to the top of the iTunes World Music Chart on release this summer.

Featuring vocal collaborations with R&B luminary Sonna Rele (who Ne-Yo signed to the Universal Motown label he presides over) and new folk talent Sabiyha, the album swings softly from liberal instrumentals to stirring songs.

Fresh from a remix for Nitin Sawhney and appearances at Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape and London Mele, plus a headline slot at London’s prestigious Purcell Room, Shammi is preparing to take his sound to the continent for an appearance at The Hague, Holland, next month.

We caught up with him amid rehearsals to learn more about his unique sound…

I first started writing music because…
It felt like the most natural thing to do at the time. Writing music is also a lot of fun!

I have been making music since…
I first started making in secondary school. Although I didn’t take music as a subject, I used to spend a lot of lunchtime and after school time in the music block making tunes on the one Mac they had. It was such a long time ago I even used to use a four-track recorder!

My music is…
My music would fall into the ‘world’ category. It’s largely instrumental but does feature guest vocals. A lot of it is live, but there is also a heavy studio influence. I love film music, so a lot of my arrangements are big and epic!

You’ll like me if you listen to…
I would love to say Nitin Sawhney, but that’s aiming high!

My favourite venue is…
My favourite venue that I have played at has to be the Southbank Centre. It has such a rich art culture and they are so accommodating when putting on a show.

Music is important because…
It is an expression of the self. For people like me, it’s hard to share your feelings and thoughts with words, but it’s easier with music. Also, music stays with people and accompanies them in life; it goes onto be to an expression of them also.

My biggest inspiration is…
Music itself. Hearing anything that makes you feel something is always inspiring and drives you to create.

My dream collaboration would be…
This is a tough one! Right now, I would love to get into the studio with someone like Anoushka Shankar.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Inside from my new album COSMIC. You can also see the live video for it on Youtube.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Bored!

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
In 10 years’ time I would love to be making more albums, touring, and writing music for film, TV and theatre.

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Photo credit: Amanda Rose, www.amadarose.co.uk

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