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November 03, 2015

The Sound of Alisha Pais

Text by Simone Louis. Photographs by Tejal Pandey

Alisha Pais talks about blues, bass and boldness

“I want to be able to ease the mundane with the music I make.” This, here, is no ordinary girl with a guitar. Powerfully husky vocals and a hypnotising personality make Alisha Pais a force to be reckoned with. On stage, her passion reverberates with as much power as her lyrics, and she allows her music to speak for her. “When I’m performing, it’s like meditation. I’m wholly connected to the songs I’m singing; they’re a part of me and I’m inside them,” the folk-rock artist explains. “Being able to connect with a person and give him a sense of security in knowing that there is much more than what meets the eye, that there are frequencies of feeling too — that’s what I enjoy the most.”

The moment that Alisha decided she wanted to pursue music came early, at the age of 13, when she landed the lead role in a high school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. But it was later, when she was flown to Hong Kong, to perform for the Chairman of the Grammys and a couple of the music industry’s top producers, that she truly felt validated and was sure that it is what she was born to do and had to keep doing. This live wire has great dreams for the future and, despite being avant-garde in most ways, wouldn’t mind strumming at an intimate reception this wedding season. “I think if two people love in a way unique to them and have a wedding that celebrates what makes them special, it’s far more personal and binding.” And as for her? “I’m pretty sure, by default, I’d be an unconventional bride.”

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