I make indie music from so-called Houston, Texas* by way of NYC, the Bay Area, and Southern Ohio, where I was born and raised. I combine one-third training and two-third self-taught skills in electronic music production, acoustic guitar, keyboard, songwriting, vocal performance, and sound engineering. I create from my digital home, monsoon dreaming.
"Your music is like medicine" -listener of Uliya
I'm influenced by wonders like heavy rain, tree canopies, humid air, cool mist, rolling hills towering sand dunes, wide open fields, deep bodies of water; colors like “cobalt blue” and “yellow ocher”; and worlds and landscapes conjured.
I'm influenced by my healing journey; my artistic and musical comrades; the mixtures of Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, and Hindi I heard growing up; the South Asian diaspora; and my queerness and gender fluidity (I use they/them pronouns).
"An earth angel" / "grounded fairy-like presence" -listeners of Uliya
With music, I want to build worlds or spaces that I can see in detail and move through freely, that I can feel on my fingertips and skin. I want it to be personal yet accessible; be soothing; inspire love, intimacy, tenderness, and reconciliation; promote honest self-reflection and maybe, metamorphosis; futurize, or consider expansive possibilities of what could be; and transport you, the listener, to a meditative, dream-like sanctuary.
With the community that comes with art making, my intention is to co create cultures that make space for all of me and all of everyone, that promotes our wellbeing and ability to live authentic, abundant, grounded, and conscionable lives.
My music brings me a great deal of peace and contentment because it helps me affirm my own inherent value, and make space for what I want to be there instead. I come to terms with the past and clear out what does not serve me anymore. I understand that everything changes, nothing is forever, and our future is limitless.
A "poster child for the artist that truly knows....their sound" -listener of Uliya
I began writing songs in 2010 and releasing music to SoundCloud in 2012. In 2015, I committed to music and released my first EP, Life Is Grand, just my voice and a guitar.
Since then, I've released singles and covers, reconciling my tendency to pick up and write songs on the acoustic guitar with my growing love and proficiency for electronic music and using samples, arpeggiators, programmed drums, pads, and synths.
My latest EP released in November 2020, Breathe Me in, finds me embracing hybridity with an organic, atmospheric, vibey, cinematic, lush, beat-oriented, movement-inducing, electro-acoustic sound. Lol. What does that mean? Well, some sub genres you might ascribe to my music are ambient pop, folk, global lounge, chillout, and singer-songwriter.
"The seeds we plant will grow to be a field of flowers, a sanctuary — a forest filled with love and endless wonder." -lyric from "Endless Wonder," off my EP, Breathe Me In
Music is where I feel most at home, but when I'm not making music I write, copy edit, take photos, make visuals and videos, coach, facilitate, creative consult, and volunteer with community-based orgs, all intended harmony with the music. I've been experimenting with not using social media and blogging and sending newsletters instead.
In 2021, I'm collaborating with other artists and releasing singles. I'm deconstructing and reconstructing my music and other's music and uploading live performances on YouTube. And I'm planning on releasing Breathe Me In on vinyl.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end. That's pretty special to me. If you did, I would love to know. I hope you stay in touch.
*So-called here as an acknowledgment that I live on stolen land, the ancestral lands of the Karankawa and Atakapa people.