Interview: Soma Chhaya

We recently caught up with up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Soma Chayya. You might recognize her from her acting roles on Degrassi- The Next Class, Saving Hope and The Breadwinner. Now, after many years of a successful career in acting find out how she’s transitioning into the music scene with her latest single Forever Boy. Check out the interview below.

Sharon: You’ve been dreaming of a career in music for a long time, and the time is finally here! Congrats on the release of your newest single Forever Boy.

Soma: Thank you! Forever Boy means a lot to me because it shows a softer side to me as a writer and singer. The lyrics are much more tender than my first song which I think is why people are drawn to it a lot more too.

Q: Although music was your first passion, you’ve had quite an exciting career in acting with roles on Degrassi, Saving Hope, and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated The Breadwinner. How did you decide to get into acting?

A: Well I was 10 years old and naturally my inspiration was Hannah Montana, I wanted to be just like her. I tried to be a singer but got too scared. Acting happened almost as an accident because of my stage fright. I would get nauseous thinking about singing! I figured acting was the next best thing. I took years of classes and training and fell in love with it. Being on set still makes me really happy!

Q: When did you decide you wanted to really start working on your own music?

A: I decided around 2 years ago. I’m a writer at heart, and I started having all these lyrics and songs piling up in my house. My mom always encouraged me to make my own music but I didn’t even know where to start. Later I met some musical friends and co-wrote with them and we played open mic nights together. That’s when it really sank in how much I loved it and that I wanted to start my own solo career in it.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge transitioning from acting to singing/songwriting and balancing your time?

A: The biggest challenge, and biggest blessing too, is that music is my own and no one is here to direct me on how to create. I’m so used to being under direction with film and TV that I almost forgot how to be myself. I had to discover myself all over again, and stick to my morals and style. It was hard to put my true self out to the world when I had always been other characters before but so refreshing at the same time.

Q: Who is someone you consider a role model in music and why?

A: I consider Eminem to be a role model in music. He is so mainstream and appeals to a wide audience without ever compromising who he is as an artist, it’s a tough balance. Also, his story and background is inspiring, to think he’s manifested his entire career with limited resources. He’s a kind person, and a fantastic writer. Lyrics are important to me since I write my own, so I appreciate his work a lot.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: My mom always told me as a kid “This too shall pass” and I loved that saying. Whether it’s a good time in your life or a bad, it will inevitably pass so relish in it or have relief it will end. Live in the moment as much as possible. This saying helped me especially with over coming stage fright.

Q: The music video for Forever Boy has a bit of a darker ending- Tell us more about the concept behind the video.

A: Well I write and direct all of my music video’s along side my uncle who has a film background too. So the story is something personal and is actually been my biggest fear growing up as a teenager. When I had my first love in high school, I would always fear loosing him to death (I think I watched Titanic too often). So I used death in my music video as a metaphor for how exhilarating love is but how in the back of your mind there’s always fears of loss whether it’s a breakup, cheating, death, etc. It felt fitting for the soft lyrics to juxtapose it with a sad story, the song itself feels desperate and this was my interpretation of it.

Q: What’s coming up next for you?

A: I’m hoping an album! I’m working on it right now and my last 2 singles will be on it. I don’t have a set release date in mind, but all songs are already written. I think this album will be a goodbye to my teen years and experiences seeing as I’m turning 20 this summer!

Q: What are you a bestfan of?

A: I am a BestFan of Gwen Stefani and Die Antwoord, I know every lyric to every one of their songs!

Thanks so much for your time Soma! We look forward to the album and wish you all the best with your music and acting career!

For updates, follow Soma on her socials below:
Twitter: @SomaChhaya
Facebook: @SomaChhaya
Instagram: @somachhaya

Featured Photos by Ahilan K 

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