WOW | Musical Conversation

Feel the Beat

Rosh Rana Magar popularly known as Piroo Rana is amongst the few musicians who can effortlessly connect with her listeners. Her songs are the window to her soul. Her latest single Lukamari is creating waves and has become one of the most trending songs on Youtube. She talks with WOW about her musical journey, challenges and more.

What got you interest in music?

I was interested in music since childhood but gradually music became a form of expression for me. The things which I couldn’t say out loud, I could express through music. This made me realise that music is something I’ll be doing for a long time.

When did you first get recognised for your music?

The first song that I ever composed was called Jeevansathi. It was uploaded on Youtube in 2009. However, the first time I got recognised for my music was in 2011. It was a song called Satayera that I did with GXSOUL. Although the song went viral, many people are unaware that I sang it because I was not in the music video.

What’s the journey been like since the release of your first song?

I have improved a lot in terms of vocals, way more polished than before. Similarly my choice of music has gotten better and so have the lyrics and composition. I still need to improve because the competition is real. I guess one needs to keep updating and improving because music is vast and the learning is never ending.

What have been your biggest challenges as a musician?

In a country like Nepal, music is not taken as a real job. There is a big misconception that a career in music is not meant for the long run as one can’t be financially secure. Personally, the biggest challenge for me was to convince my parents.

Lukamari is one of the most trending songs in Youtube, what has the fan response been like?

We have been receiving amazing response from fans. For me personally, this was a proper comeback after Satayera.

Have you had any standout moments with fans?

Many of my fans have told me how my music has inspired them during difficult times and that they can relate to my lyrics on a personal level. When people feel the emotions of your song, you know you have made an impact as a musician.

What was the inspiration behind Lukamari?

Every song that I have ever written is very personal to me and Lukamari is no different. I try and relate the situation and express my feelings through my songs. The inspiration behind Lukamari is my past experience of having to deal with people who have taken advantage of me.

What’s next? 

I am planning to come up with a music video for Lukamari. The audio is receiving amazing response so the video needs to meet the expectations. We are carefully working on a concept.

Any plans for an album?

If everything goes according to plan, my album will be coming out at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019.

Do you think gender discrimination exists in the music industry?

As far as I know, music is the only thing in this world that doesn’t discriminate. Talking about the music industry I think there used to be gender discrimination but slowly it’s improving. Fortunately, I haven’t had such experience.

What is it that separates you from other musicians?

I think I am very patient with my work. It can take me months to work on a song if I am not satisfied.

How do you deal with criticism?

I am always open to constructive criticism. Not everyone has to agree with you. If that were the case, life would be so much easier, wouldn’t it? So I try and take it in and work on it.

What is a day in your shoes like?

I’m not an early riser so I struggle every single morning to get up. I always have four or five to do things that I try and complete. My day starts with good old classic songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole. I sing along to warm up my vocals. The rest of the day I make sure I am doing something productive.

Get to know Piroo

Musicians that I admire: Frank Sinatra, Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Steven Wilson and Justin Bieber

A song that I can listen to all my life: Fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra 

The most romantic song: And I love you so by Elvis Presley

Top five tracks on my playlist: 

  • Chitthi Bhitra by Sajjan Raj Vaidya
  • Umer by Bartika Eam Rai
  • Psycho by Post Malone
  • Fantasy by Alina Baraz
  • No brainer by Justin Bieber and DJ Khaled

Advice to upcoming musicians: Believe in your dreams and don’t give up. Rome was not built in a day. Similarly, it takes time, determination and persistence to make beautiful music. Be passionate enough to make it happen.

If I were granted three wishes:

  1. The ability to fly. I want to be free and go anywhere I want.
  2. Time travel as I am very keen to find out what happened in the past and would also want to change a few things.
  3. Invisibility. I am an introvert and sometimes I want to stay among people but don’t want to interact at the same time.