I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaradhna earlier this year after having a sneak preview of her album, Treble & Reverb. As you’ll find below, she was very open and candid about her long absence from music. She had in fact quit music altogether by 2007, and was just doing, as she put it, the ‘girlfriend thing’ with her partner Leon in Romania, who was there to play basketball.
It was only when she made a youtube channel, out of boredom and to fill her days while Leon was at training, that she began to write music again, and realised people were still listening out for her. Check my interview, and more stunning photos, with her below:
You told me that you’d quit music. What brought you to that point?
When I quit, I did it because I just didn’t wanna do music anymore. I quit because I couldn’t take criticism. I was real sensitive. Anytime anyone said that I sucked, I really took it to heart. That’s why I quit, because I couldn’t handle all that stuff. When I started making music again, the true fans were still checking up on me and wanted to hear more stuff from me. I thought ‘Oh, I should do it for all the people that want to hear my stuff, plus, music is what I wanna do.’ I shouldn’t have let negative people stop me from doing what I really love doing.
Did you remember that you actually really enjoyed it too, when you started doing it again?
Yeah, it was a release for me because I didn’t write music for a while. When I started writing music, there was nothing else I was doing at the time too. Whenever I finish writing a song, I always feel complete, it’s like, ‘ahhhh,’ it’s hard to explain.
It’s like nothing you get out of anything else you do in life?
Yeah, it’s like people get excited about riding roller-coasters, but that’s [writing music] what I get excited about. When I finish a song and I really like it, it’s like ‘I gotta use this song for something.’ That’s how I feel, ‘I gotta use this song for something’, I can’t just keep it to myself.
I thought it might have been when you went to the States, that might have put you off a bit?
There was a whole bunch of things. When I went to the States, all the criticism, that was all in my head as well. But I thought, America, I’m gonna try and do something and get over all that stuff. I thought something was really gonna happen, but it didn’t work out. The people I was with, they were all good people and they had good intentions but it just didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out. That’s when I started getting homesick as well, I started missing my family. It was just me and Leon, and it’s just a different world over there, it’s too fast.
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