Astha Tamang-Maskey is not just a pretty face with a golden voice. Let her petite stature not deceive you. She is also a certified sound engineer. 23 year old and three beautiful albums under her belt, Astha feels lucky to have had these wondrous years in the music field. But she feels that a lot needs to be done. Here she shares with us, what she was like as a teenager.

 

Q What were you like when you were a teenager?
A) I was “the cool nerd”. I was always good at academics, I loved mathematics and sciences but I was into music, I learnt how to play the guitar.  I think the being “cool” factor kind of came along with the fact that I was academically very smart and but at the same was involved in music as well. Also, like every other teenager, I was quite lost. I hadn’t known then that I would be taking up music as seriously as I am now, but at the end of high school, it became clear to me that this is what I should be doing.

Q How close were you to your passion of singing as a teenager?
A) I was very intent on doing music ever since I was a little girl. My family moved around a lot when I was little, so it was kind of a hard thing to cope and keep up with different places. I picked up a guitar when I was 13 and wrote my first ever song when I was 14. Music to me was much like a way to express myself. I was more of
an introvert and music helped me in my search for direction.

Q What kind of music did you listen to as a teenager?
A) I used to listen to The Venga Boys. I absolutely loved them. When I moved to Canada, my neighborhood was a ghetto, and hence I picked up a lot of hip-hop and R&B influences. I also listened to a lot of classics like The Beatles, The Carpenters and Abba amongst others. I explored many different genres which helped me a lot as a songwriter. However, acoustics have always been
my strength.

Q Did you have any inferiority complex? Do you still have it or have you overcome it?
A) For some reason I always did. It may come as surprise, but I don’t think I’ve overcome it yet. In due course of time people have come to know me more, and that in turn adds pressure, so in a way yes, I do have to work on overcoming this inferiority complex.

Q What was your aim in life as a teenager?
A) Like most Nepali children I dreamt of being a doctor.  But with time, I realized music was my true calling and my parents never forced me into being a doctor. They are liberal people, who have always backedme with whatever I chose to do in life.

Q How did you perceive life as a teenager?
A) I went through a lot of phases. The good times rolled with the bad ones. Like I mentioned earlier, when I was a child, my family was moving around a lot, and I had to cope and catch up with a lot, but I have always been an open-minded person and I think this attitude helped me accept life the way it was. But now that I look back upon my teenage years, I think the changes and the challenges that I went throughshaped me into much of who I am today.

Q What was the most interesting part of your life as a teenager?
A) I think it would have to be music, or rather, how I discovered music and completely took charge of it.

Q Any message to the teenagers?
A) There are a million roads one can take, but this doesn’t mean they are necessarily nice ones nor are they a bed of roses. I knew my limits so I’m glad I never strayed into the wrong path. I suggest all the teenagers out there to be safe and stay away from all the negativity. One always has a choice and a say over what he or she wants in life. Let not other people influence you. Do what’s right for you and pursue a career that you love.