Frizzell D’Souza Perfects Quarantine Music

Frizzell D'Souza

Two years ago, 20-year-old singer-songwriter Frizzell D’Souza created a YouTube channel. She has since been known as the ‘Cover Girl’ when she uploaded a cover of Prateek Kuhad’s ‘Cold Mess’ in January 2020. The following October, Kuhad shared her video, which skyrocketed viewership. She says it gave her the confidence and validation to take music more seriously.

But the pandemic has allowed her to break out of the ‘Cover Girl’ mold. Her single ‘New’ is a result of the pandemic’s positive impact on musicians and other artists. She says it allows artists to take a step back and use the time to create for themselves.

D’Souza’s relationship with music began as a child when she listened to her dad’s favorite tunes. “My dad is a fan of ’80s rock and roll and jazz so a lot of my covers, even today, are of songs by the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Norah Jones and Frank Sinatra,” she said.

Her videos are characterized by their simplicity — a girl singing with a guitar. She began learning the violin in the third grade but found more interest in the guitar. “My mum struck a deal with me and said I could only learn the guitar if I continued the violin,” D’Souza said.

During the pandemic, D’Souza began to write her music and play on Instagram Live — a phenomenon that has given many artists platforms during this tumultuous time. After performing for Raghav Meattle and Ehsaan Noorani, she decided to have her music produced.

‘New’ turns heads because of its soulful and bluesy vibe. D’Souza says it was a ‘qurantinian’ production a term artists are using to define music produced during the pandemic. “It was written and composed in Mangalore, produced by Akshay Baliga in Bantwal, Guitars, and Bass by Varun Rao and Chethan Ravindran in Bangalore and mastered by Devadattan Nair in Kerala. Plus, the whole project was managed by The Urban Weaver!” she said.

Due to the lockdown, the song took over four months to create from start to finish. 

“’New’ was entirely incidental. Just as I was ready to release the first song I had written, my music manager, Arvind Shenoy, asked me if I was writing something new. I wondered if I could build a narrative around those two words “something new,” says D’Souza.

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“The theme is around two people looking for new and exciting things in their lives. The song calls attention to the fragility of new love. That lasting bonds require an investment of time and effort,” says D’Souza, something that all relationships are experiencing during the pandemic. 

‘New’ has crossed 10,000 streams within a week of its release, a feat for an Indie musician. When asked what’s next, “I’m looking forward to balancing both my studies in architecture and music. In the meantime I have some more music that is releasing soon!” says D’Souza.

A refreshingly new, homegrown, Indie song, ‘New’ is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Follow her Instagram for daily IG Live sessions where she takes on Indie musicians, completing the circle to where she once began. 

By Aishwarya Viswamitra

Aishwarya is the co-editor of Brown Girl Mag's Culture channel and also works as a science communicator, bridging the gap … Read more ›