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The Tamil Creator (Ep.19): Priya Ragu – Swiss-Tamil Music Artist On A Meteoric Rise To Global Fame
Priya Ragu is a Swiss-Tamil artist making uplifting R&B that explores her independence while remaining true to her Tamil heritage. Her overnight success took years to develop and her career has exploded in the last few years with her being featured in Rolling Stone India, BBC Asian Network and Vogue.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host
Canada
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Priya Ragu is a Swiss-Tamil artist making uplifting R&B that explores her independence while remaining true to her Tamil heritage. Her overnight success took years to develop and her career has exploded in the last few years with her being featured in Rolling Stone India, BBC Asian Network and Vogue. Priya is also being named as an artist to keep an eye on in 2021.  She joins Ara to discuss being compared to M.I.A & being inspired by her, working alongside her brother, turning 30 & realizing there had to be more to life, quitting her full-time job and telling her parents she was going on a 6-month business trip when she was actually moving to New York to pursue her musical aspirations, and more!

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Timestamps

00:54 - Introducing Priya Ragu

03:13 - Giving herself 6 months to make it in the music industry

05:59 - Why she chose to chase her dream in New York

07:43 - Growing up in a musical family

11:41 - Working alongside her brother

13:40 - Wrestling with her music ambitions and parents’ expectations

18:33 - Telling her parents she was on a “business trip” when she quit her job to chase her dream

19:18 - The making of Priya’s hit “Good Love 2.0”

22:40 - How Priya viewed her strict upbringing growing up versus now

24:10 - Reconnecting with her Tamil roots in Toronto

26:45 - Did it matter where she grew up, how much luck is involved in success?

29:29 - Being compared to M.I.A. and wanting to collaborate with her

30:47 - The independent Tamil music scene

32:38 - What Priya does when she’s not making music

34:03 - Insecurities, and overcoming them

36:30 - The time Priya blacked out during her TEDTalk

38:10 - What would Priya tell her 16-year-old self

38:29 - The personal legacy Priya wants to leave behind

39:29 - Being inspired by Snoh Alegra and M.I.A.

41:43 - Advice Priya has for other Tamil creators

43:14 - Creator Confessions

47:27 - The wrap up

 

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