Varsha Vinn is an Indian born, Boston-based pop songwriter, recording artist and performer. Her interest in music predominantly lies in country, pop and hip hop genre of music.
This Chennai born, who studied in Bengaluru, started her musical career at the tender age of 2. Varsha adds, “I was born into a family that was very musically inclined from the start. I started writing songs when I was 14. I was 15 when I got a scholarship to study in the Berklee College of Music, Boston, where I was exposed to country style of music and it was here that I decided that I wanted to be a full-time musician.”
She considers musicians like Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley to be some of her biggest inspirations. Talking about what music means to her, she says, “It is the best way I can express things I can’t quite do. Whatever thought process or emotions I’m feeling, it’s easier for me to write them down as a song than to actually talk about it.” Varsha released her debut EP, which was a mix of country and pop in the year 2015.
Talking more about this EP she says, “This did quite well and it was played on a bunch of local country radio stations. Two songs from this EP called Magnet and Loving You From A Distance did really well when this EP was released.” It was after this release that Varsha went on to switch completely to the pop-rock genre. Talking about the new single which she recently released in February, she says, “You’re Not the Man is a song that I wrote right after I broke up. I think people still try and defend an ex even after they are broken up. The lyrics for this song are sort of autobiographical in nature.”
On her process of songwriting, Varsha says, “The process changes for each song I write. Sometime the melody comes first and then the lyrics. The melody for Sweet Poison which I will release in two months came while I was taking a shower,” she says with a chuckle.
Talking about this single, she says, “I co-wrote this single with a friend of mine — Lyons from Berklee. Sweet Poison is going to be a mix of pop and Middle Eastern music. It’s going to have a little bit of a Turkish element too. The visuals for this single are sort of like a home video.” The song talks about women feeling sexy and confident in their own skin. Adding to this, she says, “I wanted to write a song for young girls who tend to be uncomfortable in their skin. This song was written to make them feel good and sexy.”
Varsha is quite multi-talented as she does a whole range of artistic things when she is not busy. “I love painting — especially sketching. I tend to do some dark sketches when I am in a sour mood. Other than this, I love belly-dancing and reading,” she signs off.