The very first time we heard Virie sing, it sent shivers down our spines. We couldn’t resist exploring more of her songs, and once we did, we couldn’t stop talking about her! Virie, the incredibly talented and sensational singer-songwriter from Nagaland, has truly captured our hearts.
Hailing from Kohima Village, Virie currently devotes her time to teaching music at a local music school. Her journey began by showcasing her talent through cover songs on YouTube, and the immensely positive feedback from viewers motivated her to release an original track titled “Down That Road.” Collaborating with her friends Zaza and Temjen, Virie poured her heart into this song. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with her and learn more about her musical journey and her latest single.
R&L: So Virie, tell us more about your single ‘Down that Road’. For those who haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe this song? Is it an original composition?
Virie: Well, the song is about one of life’s many phases that one goes through. It’s about taking a pause – forgetting all grudges and pains, and embracing solitude after you’ve been through hard times; that is when then you get reconnected to your soul, and “Down That Road” is about that very moment. Yes, it’s an original composition. Written and composed by me and Zaza.
R&L: Where was the video shot and who was behind its creation?
Virie: It was shot at Kire’s (her friend) farmhouse in Kohima. It was a two days shoot and all of us had an amazing time making the video. Stillfilms production shot the video and did all the post-production work as well. They have done a great job.
“I have been a lover of music for as long as I can remember. I used to be a really shy girl but things took a drastic change in 2013; that’s when I started practicing a lot and got introduced to music from great female artists like Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Tove Lo, Amy Winehouse, and Ellie Goulding. I was so inspired by their music that I have been longing to create my own as well.”
R&L: So, how have your (Naga) roots influenced your style of music?
Virie: We have a really rich culture. We are such a small group, yet there is so much variety – in terms of languages, attire, folklore, customs, etc. I feel that this is the reason behind our ingenious way of life – and that is what I try to bring to my music. Original but always full of variety.
R&L: Do you do live gigs? Do you also perform outside of Nagaland?
Virie: As an artist, I will go anywhere where my music will take me and I am looking forward to anything which is possible.
Check out her latest video “Down that Road” with Zaza
Song written and composed by Zaza and Virie. Music video Directed and Edited by StillFilms Production. Song recorded at Jam Studio 11, Dimapur, Nagaland
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