Your parents immigrated from Sri Lanka to Switzerland in the ’80s. What was it like growing up in the country as a child of immigrants?
Growing up with two cultures was difficult to balance. I didn’t feel connected to my Tamil roots, it took me a while to embrace them. As a teenager I was surrounded by Swiss culture, but in school I was a loner. Digging for new music was a passion for me from a young age, but it wasn’t something I could share with my schoolmates. Aside from my brother, I couldn’t find anyone who liked the same styles as me.
Your brother, Japhna Gold, is now your producer. When you were 10-years-old you were in a band with him and your father. How did this experience shape your current collaborative relationship?
I didn’t choose to be in the band, my dad asked me to join because he couldn’t find a female singer. I found singing Tamil songs quite difficult, mainly because of the high notes and the runs, but Japhna had to remember all the interludes, all the intros, and all the chords for each and every song, which is what was most crazy. I believe all of his inspiration comes from learning those interludes back in the day.