Known for her foot tapping mashups and covers of Bollywood and English Songs, the YouTube sensation, Vidya Iyer, famously known as Vidya Vox (her YouTube page), is coming to Mumbai for a live musical extravaganza curated by Radio Mirchi on March 17th, 2017. Having garnered over 150 million YouTube views, Vidya has sung and composed many original songs as well. Born in Chennai and brought up in Virginia, she released her first mashup cover in April 2015. This gorgeous and talented Youtuber can sing in a multitude of languages ranging from Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, to Hindi, English, Bhojpuri and French. Her melodious voice and groovy covers, in collaboration with many other utterly talented musicians, have been noticed and appreciated by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Major Lazer.
Here are 5 of her best mashup covers:
1. Closer| Kabira
With over 28 million views, this beautiful mashup of the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” (one of the most loved songs of 2016) and “Kabira” (the soulful melody from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), is simply amazing. Vidya Vox and Casey Breves weave magic with their phenomenal voices. If you haven’t already listened to this, go do it now!
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spfaub0sVk0
2. Let me Love You| Tum Hi Ho
Three years ago, India was introduced to “Tum Hi Ho” by the mellifluous Arijit Singh, and it soon became the love song of the year. Vidya Vox made us fall in love with it again when she combined it with the chart topper “Let Me Love You” (DJ Snake ft Justin Bieber). This beautiful blend is worth listening to.
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYcL5_iSZJE
3. Love Me Like You Do| Hosanna
Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” was instantly liked by everyone. The sensuous voice combined with soothing melody, made it a smash hit. “Hosanna”, with music that soother your senses and enchanting voice of AR Rahman, was the underrated hit of 2013. Vidya’s mashup cover of these two is the stuff dreams are made of. Listen and fall in love.
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw9EiwUn4Yg
4. How Deep Is Your Love| Balam Pichkari
One of the first few mashups, this one makes you want to get up and start dancing. Calvin Harris and Disciples’ “How Deep Is Your Love” was a billboard topper, and when mashed up with the Holi Song of 2013 (read: every year since 2013), it is the perfect tune to move your hips too.
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPweDwkDw6w
5. Lean on| Jind Mahi
The ultimate Punjabi wedding song that everyone can dance to all night, drunk uncles and teenage cousins alike. “Lean On” by Major Lazer is ‘the’ party song, and the traditional Punjabi folk song “Jind Mahi” makes you break out into bhangra. So when Vidya Vox (ft. Ricky Jatt, Raashi Kulkarni and Raginder Momi) made this mashup, who could stay off the dance floor?
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK0K-2Gz780
This is just the tip of the immense talent that is this human. For more of her extraordinary work, check out her YouTube channel ‘Vidya Vox’ and if you want to see this wondrous girl live, fly off to Mumbai!
About the Author:
A kaleidoscopic swirl of the luminous colours of happiness, adventure, humour, love, friendship and art is basically who I am, along with quite a strong wave of irony. Also, I am having an affair with my tv and a multitude of novels.