Minoti Vaishnav is a Hollywood based singer and songwriter and CEO of Minoti Records. She released her first album, ‘The Fictional Truth’ in August 2010. Her second pop album is ‘Secret Garden’. She can also play the guitar and keyboard. Minoti has a Bachelors Degree in Film with an emphasis in Screenwriting, as well as a minor in Creative Writing.
Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome to OpenBeast. Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in Mumbai, India and moved to Los Angeles at the age of nineteen all on my own. I’ve wanted to work in film, television and music for as long as I can remember. I started writing songs when I was eleven, started writing short stories and scripts when I was fourteen and started receiving professional training in music theory and vocals when I was sixteen. Since moving to LA, I have worked on several different projects in both film and music. I love to write and compose and create new things.
How and why did you get into the world of music?
My family is very musically inclined. My father is a huge fan of The Beatles, so growing up I always listened to a lot of The Beatles among other things. My cousins all write music and play instruments as well, so we would always get together and make music together. Around the time when I was ten or eleven, I was a huge Spice Girls fan. I tried my hand at writing songs like theirs and I really enjoyed songwriting. Over a decade later and I still enjoy songwriting and singing. It’s a childhood dream that has stuck with me.
Talk to us about your albums.
The Fictional Truth is a mainly acoustic album that I recorded back in India. My cousin Vivek Vaishnav played the guitar on all the songs while I sang. We co-wrote the song “Tin Man” together and my cousin Farah Vaishnav and I co-wrote the song “Coffee”. The biggest hit from the album is the fully produced non-acoustic song “Psychologist”, that got thousands of downloads online. The Fictional Truth was just my way of putting my music out there for people to hear.
With Secret Garden, which came out earlier this year, I produced, wrote, engineered and sung the entire album all on my own. The first single ‘So Will You’ actually has over 100,000 views on YouTube, which is absolutely amazing. The album is pop with 90’s alternative influences. It’s very raw and relies on melody and lyrics rather than glitzy production to get its message across. So far it has been played on the radio all over the world, which is extremely exciting.
So what’s your one best gig or achievement thus far?
It’s hard to choose just one! I produced and composed music for a documentary film called Pastriology, which won a Gold Award from the Prestige Film Award competition for Sound Mixing, as well as a few Awards of Merit from the Accolade and IndieFest Competitions. I’m also writing and producing twelve episodes of a fantasy/sci-fi show called 3 Orbs of Light at the moment, which is very exciting indeed.
How do you get inspired?
The two things I really want to do in life are to produce music and to write and produce television shows. My inspiration for music comes from daily life – things that move me, make me laugh, make me cry and just generally make me feel things. Inspiration for my television career comes from television and film producers like Joss Whedon (I was hooked on Buffy The Vampire Slayer as a child), Steven Moffat (I’m a huge fan of both Doctor Who and Sherlock) and J.J Abrams (Lost is one of my all time favorite shows). I watch a lot of television and learn a lot from it, which I think is important for someone who wants to work in T.V.
Any upcoming initiatives you would like to discuss?
3 Orbs of Light, the sci-fi fantasy show I am writing and producing starts filming this month and is set to premiere this November. The other major project I am working on at the moment is a documentary film about independent musicians called Being Independent. The film is shot in the U.S, the U.K and in Germany. It follows artists and bands in these three countries as they work as independent musicians and highlights their difficult journeys and ultimate triumphs. We’re in production at the moment.
What are your leisure time activities?
I like to read. I enjoy reading everything from Pride & Prejudice to Harry Potter. I also really love to travel and discover new places.
Describe your fans in three adjectives.
Supportive. Sweet. Super.