Paravi Das, 20, has skyrocketed to TikTok fame by spreading positivity and posting song covers with her rich, unique tone. She's gained over 2.4 million followers on the app, and even officially released a cover of Børns' single "Electric Love" across streaming platforms. Photo courtesy of Paravi Das.
This is the first installment of exclusive Q+As with our Shifter Fest Vol. III performers. Be sure to check out their special performances on our IGTV channel!
Logging into the Zoom call just a couple of minutes before 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15, Paravi Das turned on her camera with the brightest smile and an ever-positive attitude. Her dark hair was peacefully resting over her shoulders while her nose ring glimmered from the sunlight shining through her window. She sat in front of her bookshelf full of knick-knacks and trinkets, with splashes of pink adorning the items behind her. Her radiant energy brought ease and relaxed rapport to the conversation, allowing the interaction to flow naturally.
Das, a newly-minted 20-year-old, has quickly gained a strong following on multiple social media platforms, but specifically TikTok, where she has recently gone über viral with her trend, “I hate all men, but…” She has released three full covers on music streaming platforms, including “Falling,” “Electric Love” and “Godspeed.” The latter song has been included in Apple Music’s “Day One” editorial playlist where they highlight up-and-coming artists.
With that, Shifter Mag is pleased to introduce a Desi artist that will eventually end up on Billboard’s Hot 100, Paravi Das!
Shifter Mag: Where did your love for music first start? What fuels your musical fire?
Paravi Das: I grew up in a very musical family, so I've been singing since I was like three years old and, um, my parents are from India, so like we have a lot of festivals and like, like, you know, cultural events that we would perform at growing up. So it kind of just started from the day I was born. I didn't have an option.
SM: You're from Virginia, right? How has that background affected your musical style and where you fit into the world today?
PD: I'm very thankful for my time in Virginia, but I do know that this is not where I feel most creative or free to like, you know, be myself in that way. I'm very grateful for my high school choir and theater programs and like the way that that was structured. I wish that there was more of it, but I'm like, it made me who I am today. So I'm very grateful for where I came from.
SM: You're two years into your journey at the University of California - Los Angeles. How has that been and has it affected your music style?
PD: UCLA is literally my happy place. Like, it's everything that I've ever wanted. I have met the most wonderful human beings. I have the most wonderful professors, classes, like everything about it is just, it's home. I just love it so much.
I studied musical theater there, so I've done, like, all those singing classes and all those types of things. But ironically enough, I think it helped me find my pop voice more just because we would have jam sessions every weekend with all my friends. Like, we'd go to one of my friend's dorms and just sit there and sing a bunch of pop songs and stuff like that. And I don’t know, just like doing that around people kind of helped me find out who I wanted to be in that realm.
SM: You've recently skyrocketed to TikTok fame, but I wanted to get a take on your initial reaction to your "I hate all men, but..." trend. What was that like for you?
PD: I couldn't believe it, like, literally, I woke up and I looked at my phone and I was like, “There's a glitch. There's something wrong with my TikTok, I gotta restart it.” Like, I still can't believe it. It doesn't feel real because obviously, I'm cooped up in my house. Like it just feels like a regular day, you know, but it's not. Things have changed and I don't know. I'm just so blessed. I'm so grateful, but it doesn't feel real.
SM: What is something that you would want to tell your younger self? What is something that you wish you knew then that you know now?
PD: I think it's… if you pay attention, it's a little hint towards something [down the line]. I don't know, but I would say it gets better.