With a sparkling new album out last week, a summer vineyard tour next February and plans for an overseas tour in the works, Kiwi R 'n' B songstress Aaradhna has plenty on the go at the moment.
Treble & Reverb marks her return to the New Zealand music scene after a couple of years of timeout in Romania with her partner, current Breakers basketballer Leon Henry, and she'll be in Nelson on February 19 as part of the lineup for the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour, along with Opshop, Missy Higgins, and Che Fu.
She says she is as proud as a new mum of her album, from which the catchy single Wake Up is getting good airtime.
"I've had an awesome response here, in Australia and the US which is very humbling. I'm just stoked that people are connecting with my music, it makes me super happy."
Aaradhna describes her sound as "metro-retro", channelling some soul greats from the past but adding a contemporary twist.
Amy Winehouse, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding are among her musical influences: lyrically, she says in penning Treble & Reverb she was inspired by "life and its lessons (love, depression, friendships, people, broken hearts etc").
Aaradhna got her start with the Nelson-originated Smokefreerockquest, and says it has a lot more going for it than some of the TV-based talent shows that have become so commonplace.
"With Smokefreerockquest you are meant to compose your own music and you are judged on originality, performance and presence etc. Plus the judges write down their feedback for you so you know what to work on.
"I feel that Rockquest is more challenging and teaches you a lot more than just chucking you on stage in the spotlight in front of the cameras to sing a bunch of covers.
"It is much more than that, it's not a gimmick - they are there to help you gain more knowledge about the music scene."
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