With a multicultural upbringing, which saw her live in Spain and India as a child, Birmingham-based singer and songwriter Pavit Sanghera has always been one to blend and merge different sounds together to create her music, and now returns with her latest lovelorn single You Ran Away.
Bringing together a warm and ethereal production with a dark and sombre RnB direction, her latest offering delivers barrels of heartfelt emotion that you can hear in every note throughout her rich and soaring voice.
So with her new release delighting us this last week, we sat down with her to find out about her origins and what has inspired her over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The first instrument I fell in love with was the piano. I was really intrigued by them and wanted to learn how to play it from a young age. When I first started playing the keys though nothing stuck. I couldn’t make sense of the chords or theoretical side of it at all. It wasn’t until college that I really started understanding how to play. I also picked up the guitar during this time and had a teacher who guided me through that. the rest was self taught.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
I think I get inspiration from different songs and cultures. Due to my background in Indian Classical music it does influence my music in a way that may be in the instrumentals behind my track or my vocals. But my main inspiration comes from within. The feeling of making people feel how i felt listening to my favourite tracks.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
As a teenager I listened to a variety of music. From Bollywood to pop to Rap. I started listening to all genres from a young age and learned to appreciate all of them. Pop, R&B and Rap being my favourite genres.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
It would have to be either Jessie J’s – Nobody’s Perfect or Demi Lovato’s – Gift of a friend. I just remember those songs moving me and making me feel emotional which really captivated me. That’s what I want to do. I want my music to move people, in a happy and sad way.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
I like to listen to fun songs that I can dance to. It just sets the tone for the day for me and gets me ready for the day.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
All my songs are either about someone or my own experiences in life. My best writing happens when I write what I know. I feel more connected to the song when it’s something I have gone through. The audience feels the song more when you, the artist, feels it too.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
Gigging around England and India is an amazing experience. To me, the performance is one of the most important and exciting moments. Connecting with your audience and commanding a room with your own songs is a totally different space.
Outside of music, what are your biggest passions?
I love to dance. I have since I was a child, choreographing my classes dance routines for our teachers day or other events that we had. Dance is something that is another beautiful art form.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I would probably be a dancer or maybe even a therapist of some sort. I find the human brain very fascinating so that might’ve been another career I might have gone down.
And what advice would you give to those looking to start a career in music?
I would say, go for it, but know what you’re getting into. It’s a very competitive industry so you should be ready to give your 100% into it otherwise it won’t work for you. If you’re in it for the right reasons this won’t be that much of an ask. Also, the more you know about the industry and its rules the better equipped you will be to start your career because there are a lot of people out there that will take advantage of you.
Pavit Sanghera’s new single You Ran Away is available to stream and download now.