TFword in Conversation With Zachary Ray and Shreya

Following their second collaboration of the year, we had a chat with Zachary Ray and Shreya about their releases so far and their plans for next year.

With a penchant for finding his deepest inspirations and narrating them through his infectious voice, Boston-born and bred Zachary Ray has been making releases, teaching and training musicians in India for over a decade.

Moving to India in 2011, Zachary Ray began working closely with Global Music Institute (Delhi), performing around India and songwriting with artists across the country. Releasing a number of singles and an album in the past four years, Zachary has worked with artists like Jody McBrayer (Avalon), Nathan Walters (PlusOne), Angie Miller (Zealyn), Akanksha Bhandari, and Siddharth Basrur.

For his latest single, Zachary Ray has teamed up with one of his prominent collaborative partners, Shreya Bhattacharya. Known for her versatile singing techniques in jazz, R&B, gospel and Western classical, Shreya’s ability to harness the innermost human emotions is second to none. Her love for collaborations has led to Shreya working with Zachary on their third release together; and for ‘Moving On,’ Shreya has taken a pop-leaning route.

The writing process for ‘Moving On’ was deeply introspective, intertwining personal experiences with universal emotions. Each lyric was meticulously chosen to capture the essence of growth and resilience. The result is a testament to the transformative power of music, inviting listeners to join Zachary Ray and Shreya Bhattacharya on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.

After witnessing them working on three releases together, we got a chance to sit down with Zachary Ray and Shreya Bhattacharya to know more about their single, and here is what they had to say:

TFword: ‘Moving On’ marks your third collaboration together, and it’s a delightful one. What are your thoughts on how the tune has shaped up?
Zachary Ray: Shreya and I both love a good pop/EDM song so going into the studio and writing this song was so much fun. We love how the song has turned out and feel like it’s a good vibe for people growing and moving on from seasons , people and situations.

TF: We love the end of summer feels to the tune. Talk us through the creative process of the tune.
Zachary Ray: Shreya and I started working on this song during the summer and went into the studio this past August to finish up recording the vocals. When we write together we always take time outside of the studio rehearsing before the fun happens in the studio. We contacted Hersh Desai our engineer and producer when we were ready to record.

TF: You guys possess incredible individual styles and they come together so seamlessly in your collaborations. Maybe we could get a little peek into the secret?
Zachary Ray: Shreya and I have worked together for years on the stage & in the classroom. We both taught together at NMIMS so that gave us a lot of time to work on our own music between classes.

TF: When and how did you strike a chord with the Indian musical landscape and how has your experience been so far?
Zachary Ray: I moved to India in 2011 and it’s been over a decade working in the music education field and industry. It all started working with friends so it’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve grown a lot as an artist and songwriter in India.

TF: Talk us through your sonic journey. How do you think your style has evolved over the years?
Shreya Bhattacharya: I’ve been able to work in this industry for a while and in different genres. Jazz, Bollywood, r&b and pop all have a unique element you have to bring to the studio and performance. I feel like I’ve honed my skill in multiple genres and languages to be a versatile singer and artist.

TF: Who were your biggest inspirations when you started working on this tune?
Zachary Ray & Shreya Bhattacharya: For this song ,’Moving On,’ it was The Chainsmokers, Alok, Chapter & Verse.

TF: How is 2024 looking like for Zachary Ray and Shreya Bhattacharya?
Zachary Ray & Shreya Bhattacharya: Another gorgeous collaboration that we can look forward to? We will go into the studio this December to start working on our pop EP so you’ll get a few more songs and collaborations from us.

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