Into the Groove

Deeksha Thapa and Himal Shrestha, are two promising faces of the music industry. After bagging the title of Pepsi Voice of Nepal, they have performed in numerous concerts.Their Youtube video Timro Mero is making waves among the masses. Moin Uddin talks to the young musicians about their journey

Deeksha Thapa

What attracted you to music?

My first recollection of music is that of my grand mum. She would play the guitar for me. My dad is also a musician. It runs in the family (smiles). We always had musical instruments lying around in the house and we had impromptu jam sessions! However, the credit for nurturing me as a musician early on goes to my dad.

How did fame happen?

I did not know anything about Pepsi Voice of Nepal until Himal came up to me and asked me if I was interested. I was a little hesitant about it at first but my friends and family encouraged me to give it a shot. It has been one of the greatest achievements of my life. I have now learnt to believe in myself.

Something people don’t know about you...

I laugh a lot. I am a little sensitive; I get angry and hurt easily but I bounce back to normal in no time! Also, I am

a big foodie!

What are you currently working on?

I am working on my very first album, of which I will tell you when the time is right. I am also grooming myself to

become a better singer.

You are a big fan of

I am a huge fan of Demi Lovato. Her vocal prowess in exceptional. I also love Deep Shrestha, Sabin Rai and Albatross. Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Skrillex and Adele also top my list.

Himal Shrestha 

When did your musical journey start?

I started my musical journey right after SLC. I started with drums and formed a Metal band — Vaishanav. We participated in the 10th Inter College Music Competition and stood second. That is where it all began.

Most played songs on your playlist

I like metal. My playlist comprise of Lamb of God, Dream Theater, Slayer and Opeth. I also like John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Porcupine Tree. I listen to 1974 AD, Albatross, Sabin Rai and The Elektrix too.

How did you get you first big break?

Pepsi Voice of Nepal was my first big break. It was and is a great platform to learn. I met senior musicians from various genres and learnt different techniques of playing. It was a major breakthrough for me. Through this platform we are now in the position to contribute to the music industry. Also, we learnt a lot about stage presence and how to deliver a good performance.

What have you been up to after the competition?

Life has changed drastically after the win. We got the opportunity to perform in a lot of concerts and shows. Now, I have joined the Chorus band and have been working on few songs for my album.

What is Himal when he’s not a musician?

I am always a musician (laughs). But the answer to your question would be that I am a student.