Meet Swati From New York City.
“I wanted the perfect playlist to complement the feeling of waking up and enjoying a Saturday morning and provided the right ambiance and mood. I just started adding some of my favorite songs and new discoveries to a list and was surprised when it became popular without any push.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
Coming from a musical family (my father is a musician,) - aficionados of the arts, I grew up exposed to different types and genres. From classic rock like the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills & Nash, Eric Clapton to Indian/Pakistani Classical music and Bollywood, Sufi Rock, our household listening was varied. There were those genres and everything in between from Soul, the initial days of RnB, 70s Disco, Broadway Musicals, Latin and African Beats, Americanah and Folk and contemporary Pop, Rock and Soul that drifted through our living room and cars. Music often filled the silences of conversation and provided a way to bond and learn which have led to many fond memories and associations.
What artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
If I could have a dinner table filled with exemplary, interesting, and soulful artists, it would be a table of the following: Joni Mitchell, Prince, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Carlos Santana and the composers John Williams and AR Rahman in a discussion moderated by Oprah because all of them bring emotion, soul, depth and real exemplary artistry to their work - and it would be a dynamic discussion!
What is the best concert you've ever been to?
The AR Rahman concert of 2000/2001 featuring his greatest hits and a variety of artists, Coldplay because I went with my sister and best friends (and Coldplay's music moves me,) and Beyonce because watching her was like watching a demi-God perform.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
Thriller-obvious reasons, When I Woke - Rusted Root, Mariah Carey- #1s, Dil Se/Roja/Bombay - AR Rahman, Rumors- Fleetwood Mac, Where the Light Is- Live in LA-John Mayer, Lauryn Hill MTV Unplugged Live, No Strings Attached - NSync
Do you have a life slogan?
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato