SHALINI – Now available to Listen, Love and Buy
Digital album only $5 / Individual tracks $1 (hmm, dollar store or great music, dollar store or great music?)
Vancouver to Guangzhou, CHINA – The One-Way Ticket
At a week's notice, Shalini makes her China debut, filmed for a model/talent competition and car show. Click for all "CHINA" articles.
“Freeze Up” – a loverly free download
First 200 downloads are free, just click "Buy now" and enter "0.00" as the price. After that, name your price, from pennies to bazillions of dollars if you please!
National Anthems and Behind the Scenes with the Vancouver Giants
My Day Singing the National Anthems at a Vancouver Giants Game!
An interview, nay, a conversation with the Producer extraordinaire behind the Shalini EP
My friend found this review on The Province! Thank you Tom Harrison for mentioning my CD on your blog and for giving my EP a nice review.
Shalini has a girlish voice that can be deceiving. Her piano-based five-song EP is made lighter by her singing, which is not a criticism. It suits both her playfulness as in jaunty opener Feeling Lonely or the hurt she communicates in closer Book Of Dreams. In between there is the feeling of a well-rounded songwriter with a dramatic sense and an elegant style brought out by Winston Hauschild’s production.
Just got back home from the radio telethon - so far Sher-E-Punjab raised $60,000 for the kids - way to go guys!! A special thank you to Jas Gill for inviting me out and having me sing on the show! Here's some fun behind-the-scenes footage:
Jas and I
I got the opportunity to perform on Urban Rush with my band - Shalini and The Mixtapes!!! This was our first performance as a band... ever! After 3 weekends of playing together, we sounded good. I have to admit that I let my nerves get the best of me... but at least now I know where we need improvement in the future.
After watching the video, we all got together and gave each other positive and constructive feedback. It felt really nice knowing that we were all on the same page -eager to improve our stage presence and be our best! What I love about our group, is that everyone has a hidden talent aside from just playing an instrument on stage. Like.. Faizal is an amazing vocalist and arranger - he's worked with choirs, numerous bands and teaches guitar! and Taufik is not only one of the best guitarist's I've ever met...he is also an incredible songwriter! Paul (our bassist) has this incredible stage presence that we all feed off of...he also invented a famous iphone app called Pocket Bhangara! Jaena and Candice are wonderful girls who help keep the group together, smiling, calm and coordinated. Raajan is an incredible drummer who offers us insight well beyond his years. And of course, Vikaash, is our photographer, videographer, wardrobe coordinator... and so much more! He also helps us carry our equipment in his mini Van.
Here are some of our band pictures! (Vikaash, made the ties and took these lovely pics - isn't he awesome?!)
Standing in the back row (from left to right) are Faizal, Paul, Raajan, Candice and Jaena.
And sitting in the front are Taufik...and myself <3.
Here is the Urban Rush video recording - I like how Fiona and Michael introduced us - it was so surreal to watch them say my name on TV! My favorite part in the video was twirling around in my dress during the bridge!
You can also join our facebook page for more pics and the latest updates! www.facebook.com/ShaliniAndTheMixtapes
So...what are you waiting for? PICK ONE UP!
When it comes to writing about pop music, sometimes the easiest way to describe something is to relate it to something else that is popular. Easy enough, right? Well, yes, it is easy enough, but now I have pigeon-holed an artist to sound similar to a more popular artist in order to entice you to check out some new tunes. That doesn’t strike me as fair at all, but it is the easiest way out of a conversation. For this particular EP I’m going to ask you to keep Sara Bareilles and Zooey Deschanel in mind and not go much further than that.
This set of tunes comes from Vancouver, British Columbia instead of someplace in New Zealand. We should be happy that Shalini Kumar is pursuing her dream of recording music rather than becoming a successful accountant living on a farm on the opposite side of the world. I’ll never know how her number crunching skills are, so I’ll just have to tell you that she can sing very well.
I’ve stated before that I’m a sucker for well crafted pop songs, and this EP has five great examples. When a sad subject can make you tap your feet and bounce, you know someone is doing their job; which is why I like “Feeling Lonely”. Another interesting piece is how she incorporates other instrumentation into her music that reaches further than guitars and drums. Piano and string arrangements intertwine to help create a soothing backdrop, and you can hear the complexity grooving underneath the sweet vocals that want to whisk you someplace far away or take you somewhere dark and personal.
There are not a lot of songs on this EP, and my favorites are “Feeling Lonely”, “Freeze Up” and her best track, “Book of Dreams”. She has lofty ambitions to make it into the world of music, and you can’t help but cheer her on as she races toward her goal. It is refreshing to hear and see artists that don’t rely on costume changes, skimpy clothing and bad reputations in a tabloid to bolster their careers. For more information on Shalini check her website. Anyone that likes pomegranates, Mozart and violent video games can’t be all bad.
Source: Tunes News - http://tunesnews.com/shalini-ep-2011/
Many fans have asked, "Who is Winston?"
And so, on the 13th day of the 12th month of the 11th year of this millennium, Vikaash Prasad and Shalini Kumar took part in conversation with one Winston Hauschild, producer (and guitarist, bass guitarist, synth keyboardist and glockenspiel-ist) of the Shalini EP.
The original air date was December 26, 2011 -- there were some technical difficulties because Nick was all alone at the station, but he held the fort and it was surreal to hear the EP on the radio (again).
Here's the short version of the original airing on CJSF 90.1 FM:
Featured in an article on VanMusic.ca as they present the Indie Pop Vancouver Series Vol. 10 on December 23, 2011.
It's at the British Ex-Servicemen's Association in Vancouver TONIGHT!!!
Tickets at the door for $5 (and beer for only $2).
They've also got the podcast of my radio session with Oswaldo, live at CiTR 101.9fm Vancouver on Dec. 20, 2011.