Priya Panda

FRESH: ‘Shook U Off’ – Priya Panda

Priya Panda, “Shook U Off”!

“Shook U Off” was created to inspire people to get out of a bad situation and move on from it. Priya Panda recorded the vocals in her kitchen in LA with Ben Cook (Fucked Up/No Warning/Young Guv) and made a video and really excited to have her very own vintage tinged pop song. The raw, tender pain of an unforeseen breakup. The intense joy of your first and best high. Priya Panda’s music evokes both, lingering like a bittersweet memory that won’t stay buried. Somber, saccharine melodies pour out effortlessly in her debut, delivered with the intimacy and vulnerability of a close confidante.

Raised on Depeche Mode and vintage hard rock, Priya spent her teenage years scouring the record stores dotting her native Toronto. Eventually, she gravitated toward the underground and freestyle pop records lying neglected in dollar bins. Pure bliss, heartbreak in the city juxtaposed against sweet, catchy melodies and an undeniable beat. So began a lifelong love with dark, ’80s provocative pleasure pop like Stacey Q and Vanity. Her first single, “Take Me Back”, channels her unique influences to arrive at something universal and incredibly personal: a sexy, stark and sticky exploration of heartache and yearning in real-time.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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