I definitely did the whole thing you know, working the minimum wage jobs—I mean I still kind of am doing that. Shilpa Ray is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York with a blues punk sound. an end of 2009 interview w/ Shilpa Ray. Shilpa believes loitering, just being, just hanging out in public places, is about ‘claiming the city with your body’. It’s funny because you get made fun of a lot *laughs* so we kind of found each other and we were like “you are weird too!” You like to dress up, I like to dress up. He’s also a very straight shooter, he’ll tell you exactly what he thinks about something and he’s not going to blow smoke up your ass. Shilpa Ray is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York with a blues punk sound. But there is more to Shilpa Ray than a cute coming-of-age story. I graduated early and moved to New York because that’s where I wanted to be. 40:14 Interview Shilpa Ray. BROWN: On the subject of screaming, how do you save your voice? Nick Cave's Grinderman contributed Honey Bee for HBO show True Detective in the end of the episode "Who Goes There". I’ve definitely slowed down a lot. Because you have to keep going, there’s no stopping at that point. It always has to be lubricated some way. Interview: Garrett Bradley on Exploring Human … She’s a documentary film fan and sandwich … I have a musical version of that. I wrote to two of my really good friends in the middle of the night: “I have this crazy idea, talk me out of it tomorrow morning.” Tomorrow morning rolls around and they’re like, “Yeah, we’re down, we’ll do it.” We made the funds in four days; it was really nice, the support we got. EMMA BROWN: I love your video for “Nocturnal Emissions.” I’ve sent it to all of my friends. I was going through a time period where all my bandmates were a lot younger than me. Shilpa Ray is an introvert expressing her inner weirdo through her theatrical performance. PHOTO COURTESY OF EBRU YILDIZ. “Add Value Add Time” is an incredibly easy-going … She’s not afraid to be polemic or political. Sort of slowing down on the booze and the drugs and all that stuff you do when you’re younger. By Jon Young, Mother Jones, 22 Oct 2017. Shilpa portrays chaos, glory, and tragedy throughout her music. And she knows it. That would make 2009 not only their year, but their first year. Shilpa Ray managed to create that high quality of art with … Most articles about musician and singer Shilpa Ray begin with her introduction to rock music. Also, preview of Sacred Sound Club 004. A powerful vocalist and skilled lyricist, Ray’s last album with her band Her Happy Hookers, Teenage and Torture, is filled with belting anguish. It came on at a very difficult time because I’d just fired the last band I was working with because they weren’t listening to me at all about how I wanted to make the sounds. It was a great experience, I had a wonderful time doing that. Charged with punk energy and lyrically profound, her show as an opener for Sharon Van Etten at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was a rocking hightlight of the Northside fest. They all abandoned ship, I was left to my own devices which was both a positive and negative experience. Trying to pin down Shilpa’s sound is a challenge, even Shilpa can’t do it. 54:05 Interview Thelma & The Sleaze. But no, I’m actually very shy. Shilpa Ray is an introvert expressing her inner weirdo through her theatrical performance. I sat down with Shilpa Ray the morning after one of her Trans-Pecos to discuss poetry, native New York music, and her upcoming record. TWEET. Shilpa shares, “Straight culture is in dire need of a … She yowls and growls in her distinctive style. Shilpa Ray. RAY: Yeah, it’s me and a bunch of my friends. We just became friends very instantly. My question was: “What would it be like if men were constantly the subject of political debates in terms of their reproductive rights?” And [my friend’s] response was, “What if there was a ban on jerking off?” And I thought about it for an hour, and I was like, “We have to make a video.” I thought, No, I’m gonna sleep it off and I’m not going to want to do it tomorrow. An interview w/ Brooklyn's Shilpa Ray, while on the road in Tuscon. His crazy characters, Lonesome Cowboy Bill—who is that?” says Ray over coffee in New York. Part of Rock's Backpages, The ultimate library of rock music writing and journalism. Her dark humor is seen in songs like “Sanitary iPad” a cynical song commenting on capitalism from the P.O.V. Shilpa Ray has been a fiery voice in the New York punk scene since before the Bush years, at a time when, in her own words, “feminism wasn’t as cool or marketable as it is now.” Nonetheless, Ray insisted on being the kind of feminist voice that would pave the way for today’s feminist wave; her work championed the gritty underbelly of “intersectionalism” before the term … “I knew I was going to write this record. I wanted a different sound. Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Shilpa Ray over Zoom video!. On. Shilpa Ray has been a fiery voice in the New York punk scene since before the Bush years, at a time when, in her own words, “feminism wasn’t as cool or marketable as it is now.” ... efficiently punctuated paragraphs she sent back to me for this interview. It sounds like East Coast music to me. It was the first time I ever tried doing that, trying to put something together that wasn’t necessarily musical. She abandons her keys to chant with the audience then retreats to play the harmonium with such grace. was commenting on being worn out and having massive responsibilities. It was so crazy. An Interview with Shilpa Ray. This is what I love about millennials (I’m not a Millennial exactly) but they’re bringing out things that we didn’t talk about when I was 20. BROWN: Have you finished working on your next album then? 48:23 Hot Steam (2017) Thelma & The Sleaze. I’ll listen to stuff and be like “I like that idea, I like this idea.” What I did for this record that we just completed in late summer/early fall was inspired by an argument I was having with a couple dudes about indigenous music out of New York. Although Shilpa Ray dropped “and Her Happy Hookers” from the bill, the Brooklyn-based rock musician and many of her same bandmates have returned with Last Year’s Savage.On the album, which was released last week via Northern Spy Records, Ray maintains the deep, powerful voice and poetic lyrics for which she is … The South Asian-American, 17 year strong New Yorker, is on the brink of releasing her second full length album since her 2015 release, Last Year’s Savage. All rights reserved. The Brooklyn musician is coming to True/False with her backing band to play the Saturday Showcase at Rose Music Hall and even sneak in a few busking gigs throughout the Fest. It’s sweet how you and your band found each other. On Sunday, December 17th @ 2PM, DJ Velvet Einstein airs his recent talk with NYC musician, Shilpa Ray. RAY: No. Very relatable. Hopefully there will be more of that for this upcoming record. All of a sudden I have all this freedom. When you work the door, you definitely have that time to zone … I never thought I’d ever get feedback from Nick—that was crazy. On Pop Songs for Euthanasia she sings “When I drove off that cliff/ Blazing of gasoline / That I sold my arms and limbs for.” Shilpa cultivates a vivid image trough her lyrics. is filled with belting anguish. Words by Alex Norelli Shilpa Ray expresses a wild breadth of experience with soulful brooding melodies while rocking a harmonium within an inch of its existence. Part of Rock's Backpages, The ultimate library of rock music writing and journalism. I was like, “oh this makes a lot of sense to me.” Prior to that as much as I enjoyed listening to music I didn’t ever want to make it myself. They all abandoned ship, I was left to my own devices which was both a positive and negative experience. It’s pretty crazy and I’m so grateful for that. Soojin Chang is a Californian-born, Glasgow-based performance artist, art director and filmmaker.. Shilpa Ray: Door Girl (Northern Spy). I need someone to do things for, I know this about myself. All of that stuff was going on with Todd Akin and the Republican Party, we weren’t sure. Shilpa Ray sends us songs from New York on her new album. She is a self-proclaimed goth kid and an unintentional rebel. I don’t even know how it happens—it happens and it’s there. Невероятната рокендрол индийка от Бруклин Шилпа Рей пристига за първи път у нас тази събота (27 юли) за концерт по покана на радиофестивала "Аларма Пънк Дж He came into the shop with his two little boys, and I thought I was going to just die. 19K likes. It’s at a mixing stage, which can mean a lot of things. This time around I just did it the other way, where we’re recording a record. She is a self-proclaimed goth kid and an unintentional rebel. [laughs] It’s so weird. We’d chat on the phone like, “How do I do this? Trying to pin down Shilpa’s sound is a challenge, even Shilpa can’t do it. That is another mark of an introvert—I don’t want to leave the house and talk to you in person so I’m just gonna sit in front of the computer and say it. But we live in a world where the idea of a band ‘selling out’ has no meaning anymore. You know how fashion designers have that big board and they cut out pictures and stuff. By Jon Young, Mother Jones, 22 Oct 2017. of an iPad. It has something to do with being an artist, my mother was a painter. Read the best writing on rock music here. Shilpa isn’t just a ball of intensity, she’s purely funny too. My friend, Maria [Gigante], she’s a director from Chicago, she just taught me and gave me a crash course. A sombre, grey, lonely one. BROWN: So, how would you describe your music? Shilpa Ray is as raucous a harmonium player as you will find and possibly the first in the history of True/False buskers. , that record took a pain staking long time to do. We definitely have a lot of discussions about Bauhaus and Sisters In The Sea. Her dark humor is seen in songs like “Sanitary iPad” a cynical song commenting on capitalism from the P.O.V. by Max Freedman (@anticlimaxwell)The average New Yorker might not realize it, but they've probably encountered Shilpa Ray.On weekends, when Lower East Side staple Pianos transforms from a venue into a club, the crowd spans many New York types, transitioning from a group thick with rompers, beards, denim jackets, and tattoos to one flush with wealthier, younger Manhattanites … The irony of that was lost on me. BROWN: Is the next album not with the Happy Hookers? Shilpa Ray joins a cool-as-fuck roll call of Rays: Man Ray – Sister Ray – Voodoo Ray – Mr Ray – Johnnie Ray – Ted Ray, and she’s the motherfuckin’ coolest. A lot of people had misconceptions that I throw tantrums and am very arrogant and I … BROWN: Nick Cave is a huge fan, but did you ever get feedback from Lou or Bob? Photos and interview by Stasia de Tilly. She has mastered the rough edges of her voice. It’s Indian. The South Asian-American, 17 year strong New Yorker, is on the brink of releasing her second full length album since her 2015 release, Shilpa’s voice is the most striking aspect of her performance. Singer-songwriter Shilpa Ray drops evocative new single “Heteronormative Horseshit Blues.” As with this spring’s “Manic Pixie Dream Cunt” Shilpa teamed with fellow New Yorker, renowned filmmaker Amos Poe to make a video for the track. Everyone’s been talking about the Rust Belt post-election—I do really well in the Rust Belt, people are really nice out there. TORONTO – The Canadian metal band “Living Dead Girl” has a style that is a unique combination of Marilyn Manson meets (fellow Canadian front woman) Avril Lavigne, with an amalgam of genres including goth, rock, metal, industrial, pop and punk rock. “Shilpa Ray is a wailing, fire breathing Cyclops. I’m a night time person so a lot of it is me zoning out and peering into the dark. My parents made me play. He was like, “Yeah I’ll give it to my friend so-ans-so,” and I was like, “Yeah, whatever.” Then he was lik, “Nick’s in town, and he was talking about your stuff and he wants to meet you.” Then he actually came to the store… I used to work across the street, at AG. I was really shocked at how much of a following I could get playing the harmonium from an American audience. Your life kind of changes when you get older. Labor Day - September 7th, 2015. In Brooklyn Vegan: It was approximately a year ago that Shilpa Ray left her band Beat The Devil to focus on her own project with her own band that she calls Shipa Ray and The Happy Hookers. Her singing conjures up an essence of Patti Smith heavily laden in blues. She scoffs at the topic of modern indie music, elaborating that “indie music thinks it’s better than it is—they didn’t reinvent capitalism, they didn’t reinvent the economy. Culturally, women expect to be mistreated and taken for granted in their relationships with men. “It’s like country music on Broadway. shilpa ray has a primal party for her nyc return at the bell house Brooklyn’s sonic siren Shilpa Ray has returned home from touring Europe and the states in support of her new album Door Girl , the title of which makes reference to the time she spent working the door at Pianos on the Lower East Side, a venue in which she had proudly sold out two nights back in September … BROWN: Do you still listen to music in your spare time? Watch Bigg Boss 11 winner Shilpa Shinde interview post win: When asked if she took up Bigg Boss to change her image, the actor said, “Of course it was a major reason for me taking up the show. Shilpa’s voice is the most striking aspect of her performance. I don’t even know how it happens—it happens and it’s there. EMAIL. Meet Shilpa Ray For anybody out there who has not already heard Shilpa Ray, they are a scream in your face rock and rolling explosion of good-time energy. She’s not afraid to be polemic or political. What has your experience been like as a south Asian woman in the music industry? An Interview with Shilpa Ray The Brooklyn musician is coming to True/False with her backing band to play the Saturday Showcase at Rose Music Hall and even sneak in a … Door Girl (Northern Spy Records). Watch Bigg Boss 11 winner Shilpa Shinde interview post win: When asked if she took up Bigg Boss to change her image, the actor said, “Of course it was a major reason for me taking up the show. Cool. Growing up in New Jersey, Ray’s conservative parents prohibited pop music in the house and encouraged their daughter to study Indian classical music and the harmonium. I just wanted to make visual art. In Brooklyn Vegan: It was approximately a year ago that Shilpa Ray left her band Beat The Devil to focus on her own project with her own band that she calls Shipa Ray and The Happy Hookers. Shilpa notes, “I wrote this song as an anthem to myself. Charged with punk energy and lyrically profound, her show as an opener for Sharon Van Etten at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was a rocking … Me neither. That’s not what I’m seeing when I’m out on the road. It’s my ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ much like ‘Rebel Girl’ by Bikini Kill or ‘Edge of Seventeen’ by Stevie Nicks. No one telling me how to represent myself, or who I am, or what’s my positioning business-wise. That was a lot of fun to do. You have all these terms, POC, WOC, I didn’t have that growing up at all. Shilpa Ray’s latest single “Heteronormative Horseshit Blues” is a gorgeous and relatable takedown of the toxic expectations inherent in heterosexual relationships. The band will present a Virtual Christmas Show on December 12th, 2020. I’m going with what I can earn and put into it, as I do it. Musician and rebel Shilpa Ray released her hauntingly beautiful pop ballad single, “Heteronormative Horseshit Blues”, back in October, accompanied by an equally pleasurably dark music video where Shilpa plays two roles: the submissive love-stricken girl, as well as the object of her affection, a 1950s-type bad boy. 60:34 Finish. 47:25 Maia. The individual songs are good but fitted together in sequence, they are a masterpiece. Thousands of articles, interviews and reviews from the world's best music writers and critics, from the late 1950s to the present day. I met him outside, he seemed like a really cool guy, and we just hit off. 48:23 Hot Steam (2017) Thelma & The Sleaze. Ethical Adult Cinema: An Interview with Trailblazing Porn Director Erika Lustby Amarantha da... Our Story by Marci Schur – poetry. I also need a cattle prod to push me to do things. Notable works include the animated visuals provided for Brooklyn-based musician Shilpa Ray’s track “Burning Bride and the State of Possession – Performance at the ICA in London which provided support for the band These New Puritans.. References Dec … I don’t really want to think about it.” I carried his advice with me for a while. New York’s Beat the Devil long stood out on the indie music scene, and not just because it was the lone drums-bass-harmonium trio. The positive part of it was I could do whatever I want. I’ve just lived in this corner of the country for so long. SHARE. Event Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 2:00pm. Shilpa Ray is, through no fault of her own, one of our unsung great artists. He had already made it back to the East Coast, and this was his last night of summer touring before safely landing back in NYC. It takes a while, especially when you’re trying to make decisions, you second-guess yourself a lot. A message from the desert with Last Year's Savage. It came on at a very difficult time because I’d just fired the last band I was working with because they weren’t listening to me at all about how I wanted to make the sounds. [laughs] When I was writing Last Year’s Savage, that record took a pain staking long time to do. It’s cool how you use your Facebook fan page to share your voice. Check her interview below. RAY: No, I wasn’t. How did you and your current band get together? Her music is a force to be reckoned with—a wall of sound that strikes you unlike anything you’ve heard before. They pushed me in this direction even thought I wasn’t allowed to pursue it on a professional level. RAY: I went on a long tour around spring, summer 2011, after Teenage and Torture came out—the album I did with the Happy Hookers. She scoffs at the topic of modern indie music, elaborating that “indie music thinks it’s better than it is—they didn’t reinvent capitalism, they didn’t reinvent the economy. Yeah totally! BROWN: What made you decide to do it yourself? Both. There is a lot of poverty and loss of industry, I don’t want to get into the politics but I definitely don’t enjoy them being painted as these people that are backwards. Last Year’s Savage was commenting on being worn out and having massive responsibilities. Review: Dating Amber Is a Touching Yarn About Defying Heteronormativity. RAY: A work in progress. Together they discuss Ray's life working as a music venue door girl, playing the harmonium, and having her heart broken while living in New York City. Every record I’ve done has a different band. Although Shilpa Ray dropped “and Her Happy Hookers” from the bill, the Brooklyn-based rock musician and many of her same bandmates have returned with Last Year’s Savage.On the album, which was released last week via Northern Spy Records, Ray maintains the deep, powerful voice and poetic lyrics … Most articles about musician and singer Shilpa Ray beging with her introduction to rock music. Mixing is daunting; it’s like working with a canvas, but you can’t see it all together. Which is a tall order for a project boasting instruments like saxophone, harmonium and some old-school synths. Musician and rebel Shilpa Ray released her hauntingly beautiful pop ballad single, “Heteronormative Horseshit Blues”, back in October, accompanied by an equally pleasurably dark music video where Shilpa plays two roles: the submissive love-stricken girl, as well as the object of her affection, a 1950s-type bad boy. The Velvet Underground, the Stones… The Eagles. Shilpa Ray: Door Girl (Northern Spy). Interview with DIIV‘s Andrew Bailey by Holly Cartwright. Shilpa Ray and I chatted before her set about the creation of Door Girl and the story that goes along with it. It’s been an interesting experience, I’ve actually enjoyed this line up in particular because in the totem pole of alternative cultures the goth kids are on the bottom. I wanted to make a record that I felt was “native New York music.” I pulled from a lot of old Harlem doo-wop, a lot of hip-hop from the Bronx, a lot of Punk, Noise—these are genres that I think are very New York and very angular and have a certain speed and consistency about them. The negative part of it was I was working as a sales girl and at a bar at the time. How do I cast? My own excitement for the band came right around … It was some of the greatest people that came out to be on crew or extras or perform on the front lines. I was born and raised in Jersey, I’ve lived [in New York] for 12 years, it’ll be my 13th in April. Does this matter in the world of great art? They’re always so much fun. I’ve been self-financing so far, so it’s a little slower than if somebody had put up a large sum. Dec 22, 2020 | Highlights. I hate The Eagles, but I’ve got to give them that.”. NICK CAVE - DEANNA with Shilpa Ray and all the Crew Bologna 29-11-2013 last date of the Push the sky away tour. I imagine it matters when Ray is unable to pay her rent. Notable works include the animated visuals provided for Brooklyn-based musician Shilpa Ray’s track “Burning Bride and the State of Possession – Performance at the ICA in London which provided support for the band These New Puritans.. References 09/10. RAY: That’s a good question. Or do you find it exhausting? What are you doing with your songs? (2014) Nick Cave and Warren Ellis covered "All the Gold in California" from Larry Gatlin for the ending of first … Even if [New Yorkers] are Republicans, the Republicans here make a little more sense to me—when they talk about money, the way the budget is supposed to work. One day she found a copy of the Velvet Underground’s debut album at the local library. From the infectious upbeat tracks that inspire anarchy within the audience to her emotional body heavy harmonium ballads. I met Ratso after doing a Sly Stone tribute concert over the summer. 00:00 - Mutual Core … IN THIS EPISODE. It’s way easier to figure out what arrangements are working and what isn’t working when you record first and then play live later. RAY: You have to do exercises. The positive part of it was I could do whatever I want. I’ll try to write a surf song and it comes out really weird—it just ends up having this weird twist to it. Whenever I had written a song, I’d play it live to death before I’d go into the studio. When we did the “Nocturnal Emissions” video it was like going to summer camp for 2 days. Why do I have to scream? Невероятната рокендрол индийка от Бруклин Шилпа Рей пристига за първи път у нас тази събота (27 юли) за концерт по покана на радиофестивала "Аларма Пънк Дж Her high stage energy flourishes into a spirited performance. A lot of people really like to talk to me about instruments and music but I really hated it as a kid. I love it because it is a complete album, it tells a story that engages the listener. It was frontwoman Shilpa Ray’s distinct voice, along with her harmonium playing (sort of an accordion played on a table, imported from Europe to India in the nineteenth century and popularized there), which was the band’s signature. I saw you did a call out for your last video. With that kind of income, making a record and financing it is really difficult. I change up lineups a lot. House Playlist: Little Dragon, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, and The Vaccines. Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Shilpa Ray over Zoom video! “I knew I was going to write this record. Shilpa Ray Interview You are here. Shilpa explores performative elements in her varied body of work. She never put stipulations on me or my sister and encouraged us to think for ourselves and be very strong. The Velvet Underground, the Stones… The Eagles. Copyright © 2021 Interview Magazine. 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