I met with rising singer/songwriter Paravi Das to discuss the inspiration behind her covers, trending sounds, and her rise to TikTok stardom.
Breakthrough TikToker and bedroom artist Paravi Das (pronounced Par-oh-vee) has created a wave of trends and positivity spanning the platform. With her effortless speaking to singing transitions, she covers songs in a brand new style, gaining her 2.3 million followers in a matter of months.
Paravi’s hypnotizing covers and motivating pep talks from her under-construction bathroom have interchangeably blessed my TikTok feed ever since I liked the video that really shifted the spotlight onto her.
Her cover of Cloud 9 by Beach Bunny blew up when she started the song with the circulating phrase, “I hate all men.” Prefacing that the phrase is completely a joke, Paravi posted the cover and was overwhelmed with the response she received.
She said, “I thought it’d be cute to combine the two and make it this opposite ends type of thing, so I did it and then I posted it and woke up…”
Although the young overnight sensation hasn’t exactly felt the type of romantic love she sings about yet, she watches the videos under the viral sound with so much admiration for everyone supporting her cover.
Making covers solely on TikTok is one thing, but Paravi branched out into the world of recording and releasing music when she released her first single in 2020 - an original cover of "Electric Love" by BØRNS. Following a wave of positive feedback and praise from her followers, she released a second single in 2020, which was a cover of "Falling" by Harry Styles.
Her recent single, a cover of "Godspeed" by Frank Ocean, is a true testament to how much she’s progressing as an artist. It's hands down my favorite song rn. If you haven’t heard her singles yet, I would highly recommend listening. The soulful tone of her voice is indescribable and just the kind of talent this world needs.
"Fun fact: I have no experience with love once so ever so it’s kind of funny that I sing songs about that type of stuff," said Paravi.
For someone with no experience, the sound she produces and the emotion she holds in her voice says otherwise.
When deciding which songs she wants to release on streaming platforms, she focuses on what her fans (friends) love and want to hear from her. Usually, the short TikTok covers that receive a massive positive response are the ones that get turned into singles. I think it's really unique to see how much she considers what her fanbase wants to hear while also respecting her own wishes and desires when planning to release music.