Irvington Musician: Prachi Sinha


When I first started singing, it’s not because I really wanted to, it was more because my parents just put me into lessons, but after I stopped, it became really fun. I just really liked listening to music and the people around me sang and were into music, so it kind of just made me want to continue.

I have an Instagram and a YouTube account, and I cover a lot of other people’s music, but I also started writing originals.

When I first started, I just wanted to cover whatever was most popular because I  wanted more views. After a while, I realized that I naturally sing better and I’m more proud of a cover if I sing something that I genuinely like. It usually just depends on what I’m listening to, but I’ve covered a lot of Billie Eilish’s songs because I feel like her voice is similar to mine. But if I really want to cover a song and it doesn’t fit my range, I try to adapt it and kind of make it my own version.

I started composing in 2018. I didn’t really know much about how to play the guitar, but I just came up with a chord progression and started adding lyrics to it. When I look back on it now, it’s a really bad song and the lyrics are pretty bad. But I remember feeling really, really proud of myself for writing that because it opens up a new world. It’s like I don’t just have to listen to other people, maybe I can write and compose my own. Since then, I’ve been writing way more frequently.

The song I’m most proud of is one that I haven’t shown anyone yet. I wrote it a couple months ago. Due to the pandemic, I feel like everyone’s mental health has been kind of degrading, because of no social interaction. I wrote about a lot of insecurities that I have, and a lot of my friends have in general. I’m really proud of it because when I start writing a song, I usually come up with a metaphor that I want the whole song to fit into, but very rarely does it work that way. Usually there’s a lot of lyrics that are just irrelevant, but with this song, I feel like it just came really, really naturally. When I read back the lyrics, I realized that they all fit into the metaphor that I was trying to portray.

When I listen to music, I tend to automatically connect to sadder songs, because I feel like those songs are the ones that the artists are being more vulnerable in, and that’s something that I want to accomplish. I want to be as open as possible and actually say what I’m trying to feel, but not necessarily sadness. I think feeling anything while you listen to someone’s music is really powerful, no matter what you feel.

Music is a huge part of my life now and it’s really comforting to just have that one thing that doesn’t really go away. You can make your own music, you can listen to other people’s music, you can pretty much do anything with it. I like that it’s so limitless and there’s no right or wrong to it. With music or with art in general, it’s really easy to be creative. The feeling that some songs give me while listening to them is really euphoric, and some of them have literally been feelings that I haven’t felt before, which is crazy.

I feel like people can just try music because you can’t go wrong with it. If you start pursuing music and you feel like you don’t like it, just know that it’s just there. You can always come back to it. Just experiment and find your style.