An avowed fan of romantic comedies, Nitika Rajkumar was addicted to the acclaimed Korean drama Crash landing on you after a friend recommended it to him. The Chennai-based singer-songwriter’s first contact with Korean culture was through pop group BTS during the pandemic, which led her to watch Korean shows as well. “Korean dramas have happy endings, which is why I love them,” she said.
Her third single “Oh My Dear” was written after ruminating on a scene from Crash landing on you, a 2019 series that sees a South Korean businesswoman fall in love with a North Korean army captain. “They kept saying goodbye and bumping into each other, and didn’t know if they were going to see each other again. I binge-watched the show and woke up every day with the goal of writing. I started writing ‘Oh My Dear’ after watching one of the scenes.
Produced by Ashwin Iyer, the track sees Rajkumar go from being laid back and ruminative in tone to being emotional and angsty throughout the song. The Chennai artist, who has been performing in her city since 2017, released two singles ahead of ‘Oh My Dear’ – ‘Young Love’ and ‘Silhouettes On The Terrace’ in 2021. She says, ‘The first song I I left was last year. The coolest thing is that the day it came out – seeing it on my phone and on Spotify – I was like, ‘Wow, my song is on Spotify now!’ It was awesome. All three songs feature Rajkumar’s strong pop, soul and R&B leanings, which she drew on while studying Western classical music at KM College of Music and Technology. The artist is also a co-founder of the On That Note live performance series, which was launched around 2017 to promote independent artists in Chennai. “I didn’t know if I was capable of writing at the time – I also didn’t have any ideas and concepts in mind. I think it was during the pandemic, when we were all spending so much time at home, that I pulled out my book and started writing,” shares Rajkumar.
A performer for many years, entering the studio was a whole new experience for the artist. “I always said I was a performer, but I fell in love with recording. I’m getting used to the whole concept and it’s very exciting,” she adds. Even with Iyer behind the boards at Music Studio in Chennai, Rajkumar still had his share of challenges while recording the song. “The whole process took a while, because the demo only had me and my ukulele. I didn’t want it to be just on the ukulele – we had a completely different idea for that in the studio. I imagined it as a heavier, fuller pop ballad. We tried a bunch of things, but then Ashwin said, “I think you want the simple demo that you wrote, I think that’s what’s going to work. »
It was around this time that guitarists Mayank Saini and Ashiyan Nujoom stepped in to work on what became the track’s final iteration. Rajkumar says the clarity came just when they were swinging between a “heavy version” and his original demo.
Its three singles and a few other songs will form Rajkumar’s debut EP which is slated for release in June. The thematic threads that tie the five-untitled EP together are love and relationships, and the artist’s personal journey through it all. “It all depends on my experiences and everything I’ve learned. Personally, I also identify with “Oh My Dear”. Besides I looked Crash landing on you twice,” she laughs.
Watch the lyric video for “Oh My Dear” below. Stream on more platforms here.